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Miles Davis - BOX - BW2-low res-2We’ve used this space before to raise an eyebrow about massive boxed-set collections released by various artists, wondering out loud if they REALLY need to be so large. You won’t find us saying that about The Miles Davis Box Set, a 70-CD collection that’s being sold exclusively through Amazon. Why? For one thing, we’ve always been a fan. More importantly, most of these albums pushed contemporary music forward in one way or the other, whether it was his early forays into bebop or later efforts at fusing jazz and rock. There’s precious little dross in the Davis catalog, so to have it assembled in one place makes this a terrific collection.

Need more details to whet your appetite? There are 70 CDs in all (52 CD and double-CD albums) including a previously unreleased full-length audio version of a 1970 Isle of Wight performance. You’ll also get a DVD of the Miles Davis Quintet (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams) called Live In Europe ’67, which includes two concerts by this amazing lineup filmed in Stockholm and Karlsruhe, Germany. And no set’s complete without reading material, so you get a 250-page book whose centerpiece is an 11,000-word biographical essay on, well, Miles Davis.

So what are you waiting for? At $239 it’s a decent bargain, so buy it for that special someone (yes, even for you) by visiting Amazon.

You say you’re thinking smaller this week? OK, other new releases include: Fame Monster, the second album from Lady Gaga; Keb Mo has a Live and Mo, with live cuts and studio recordings. Now we know why Adam Lambert stirred things up with his performance at the American Music Awards: his new album, For Your Entertainment, arrived this week. Want more live music? Tom Petty has delivered Live Anthology and Tom Waits serves up Glitter and Doom Live.

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