Easily the most accessible of Miles Davis' late- '70s electric releases,
Live/Evil is at once both sexually steamy and unsettling. The 15+ minute
live jams (some recorded in the studio, others during live events) run the gamut
from barroom brawl action-funk to sensual bedroom jazz magic, creating two hours
of charged eccentricity you'll never forget.
Live/Evil dates back to 1970, making this the first release after Miles'
seminal Bitches Brew in '69. It's the first in a series of five Electric
Miles reissues from Legacy/Columbia, and it sounds exactly like the original
vinyl. You've got the dense, pounding of the bass guitar, you can feel the
percussion in your bones and when Miles' horn releases those deafening, spastic,
high- pitched wails, there's no escape from the groove.
If you're interested in checking out Davis' electric releases (and you really
should be), Live/Evil is really where the action is. With the opening
track's out of control, African funk, the second disc's swanky "Selim," and the
outstanding, rhythmic freak-out "Funky Tonk," there's no way you can go wrong.