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January 5, 1983 (14 items; TT = 86:19)
Record Plant Studios, Studio B, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

Miles Davis (tpt, synth); William D. "Bill" Evans (ts); Mike Stern (g); John Scofield (g); Marcus Miller (el-b); Al Foster (d); Mino Cinelu (perc)

1 It Gets Better (take 1 (complete)) (M. Davis) 9:35
2 It Gets Better (insert take 1) (M. Davis) 0:27
3 It Gets Better (take 1 (edit)) (M. Davis) 3:27

Evans out
4 It Gets Better (take 1 (edit)) (M. Davis) 5:25
5 It Gets Better (take 1/2 (edit)) (M. Davis) 9:27
6 It Gets Better (take 2 (inc)) (M. Davis) 12:02
7 It Gets Better (take 1/2 compilation, bootleg version) (M. Davis) 19:58
8 It Gets Better (take 1/2 compilation, unissued) (M. Davis) 17:05
9 It Gets Better (insert) (M. Davis) 0:14
10 It Gets Better (insert) (M. Davis) 0:33
11 It Gets Better (insert) (M. Davis) 0:52
12 It Gets Better (insert) (M. Davis) 6:00
13 Intro - "Star People" 0:33

Davis and Stern only. Used in the issued version of "Star People"
14 Interlude - "Star People" 0:41

Davis and Stern only. Used in the issued version of "Star People"


3 It Gets Better (take 1 (edit))
45 rpm: Columbia 38-03605

4 It Gets Better (take 1 (edit))
12" LP: Columbia AS-1629

5 It Gets Better (take 1/2 (edit))
12" LP: Columbia FC 38657, CBS/Sony 25AP 2350, CBS/Sony 30AP 2535
CD: CBS/Sony 35DP 55, CBS/Sony CSCS 5347, Sony 9135, Sony 9765, Sony SICJ 86, Sony SICJ 30107, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 49)

7 It Gets Better (take 1/2 compilation, bootleg version)
CD: Legendary Collections Series "Black Album" (no number)

13 Intro - "Star People"
12" LP: Columbia FC 38657, CBS/Sony 25AP 2350, CBS/Sony 30AP 2535
CD: CBS/Sony 35DP 55, CBS/Sony CSCS 5347, Sony 9135, Sony 9765, Sony SICJ 86, Sony SICJ 30107, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 49)

14 Interlude - "Star People"
12" LP: Columbia FC 38657, CBS/Sony 25AP 2350, CBS/Sony 30AP 2535
CD: CBS/Sony 35DP 55, CBS/Sony CSCS 5347, Sony 9135, Sony 9765, Sony SICJ 86, Sony SICJ 30107, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 [= Columbia (F) 86975 52492] (CD 49)


"It Gets Better" is listed in the files as "Blues." The original released version on Columbia starts with a short intro (0:19) by keyboards, el-b, and d. This is not part of the two takes listed.

The version of "It Gets Better" released on the 45 rpm single (Columbia 38-03605) is re-titled "Celestial Blues." "Star on Cicely" is on the B-side. A radio promo version of Co 38-03605 has "Star on Cicely" on both sides (see August 11, 1982).

"It Gets Better (take 1/2 compilation, bootleg version)" on Legendary Collections CD Black Album (no number) consists of the first 7:43 of take 1 and the complete take 2 edited into one long piece with the title "It Gets Better (unedited long version)."

"It Gets Better (take 1/2 compilation, unissued)" includes the first 5:08 of take 1 edited as the Columbia release, plus the complete take 2, edited into one long piece.

The inserts (items 9-12) are listed in the Columbia files as "Blues Outtakes (DNU)", take 1 (5:09) + take 2 (12:10).

The titles listed above as "Intro" and "Interlude" are probably the organ parts spliced into "It Gets Better" and "Star People" (see August 29, 1982).

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