Miles Davis On the Corner Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Numbered, Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile
Fidelity! Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes!
Get Down and Make It Funky: Miles Davis' Groundbreaking On the Corner Focuses
on the Groove and Bottom End
Mastered From the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Reveals
Multiple Levels of Rhythm, Visceral Bass, and Pioneering Production Techniques
In Transparent Fashion
Exotic, Bold, Streetwise: Spirited 1972 Album Embraces Davis' "Jungle Sound"
With Percussive Foundations, Trance Loops, and Transformational Arrangements
Miles Davis' boundlessly influential On the Corner was so far ahead of its time
upon release in 1972, the jazz cognoscenti rejected its groundbreaking
concoction as middling in nature. Yet time has a way of righting wrongs and
shifting views by adding needed context and perspective to visionary ideas,
music, and approaches – the likes of which fill Davis' boldest and most
controversial – undertaking. Designed to bring the focus back on the groove and
bottom-end frequencies, the funk-loaded On the Corner revolutionized jazz. It
also set new standards for record production, presaging remixing and electronica
by more than a decade. And the work has never sounded more thrilling.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered
limited-edition hybrid SACD of On the Corner exposes the internal mechanisms,
free-associated playing, and then-unmatched studio techniques in vivid
audiophile-grade sonics. The low end, crucial to every composition here, is both
heard and felt, with locked-in bass lines and low-range percussion conveyed as
taut, solid, and visceral passages. You can even discern the multiple levels of
rhythm Davis employed on complex tracks such as "Black Satin," as On the Corner
stands as his first effort to use overdubbing and multiple tape machines.
New degrees of spaciousness and airiness – equally important to the musique
concrete arrangements – give the impression Davis and Co.'s creations float in
space. Instruments are portrayed in three-dimensional manners, rhythmic loops
retain tonal purity, and horn solos skitter across an extra-wide soundstage that
takes listeners into Columbia's Studio E. Mobile Fidelity's digital version
captures Teo Macero's innovative production – and the trumpeter's cutting-edge
aural collages – in definitive fashion.
Heavily inspired by Sly and the Family Stone, On the Corner portrays street
vibes and remains Davis' blackest-sounding record. The conscious attempt to
connect with youthful audiences tapped into rock and funk is evident not only on
the colorful cartoon cover art depicting hot-pants and zoot-suit revelers, but
in the music's emphasis of recurring drum and bass grooves. Distinct from Davis'
earlier fusion experiments, the record's long-misunderstood set dials back
improvisation in favor of beats, loops, and atmospherics that generate
trance-like effects. While Davis utilizes his band for core duties – Chick Corea
and Herbie Hancock prominently figure – he also relies on an all-star cast of
sidemen for concentrated soloing and additional support.
With rhythm providing the basic foundation, other notes fall into place, with
their positioning steered by Macero and Davis' editing-room techniques. Looking
to the manipulation-based work of Karlheinze Stockhausen and teaming with
Stockhausen disciple Paul Buckmaster, Davis re-imagines what grooves constituted
and could accomplish throughout On the Corner. The shapes of the songs become
completely transformed as they progress. Faint melodies, spacey chords, chunky
riffs, wah-wah fills, and repeated motifs bounce in and out of a sonic funhouse
that wouldn't be out of place at a Harlem block party. Exotic, intrepid, and
filled with Davis' "jungle sound," On the Corner remains daringly hip more than
four decades later.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. On the Corner/New York Girl/Thinkin' One Thing and Doin' Another/Vote for
2. Black Satin
3. One and One
4. Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X