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Miles Ahead session details

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January 26, 1984 (8 items; TT = 196:15)
Record Plant Studios, Studio C, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia

Miles Davis (tpt, voc); John Scofield (g); Robert Irving III (synth); Darryl Jones (el-b); Al Foster (d); Steve Thornton (perc)

1 Time After Time (full studio version - master for edits) (C. Lauper-R. Hyman) 8:58

The rhythm from this take is used for the four edits listed below. An alternate tpt part is used in edits 3 and 4
2 Time After Time (edit 1) (C. Lauper-R. Hyman) 3:36

This edit consists of the first 3:36 of the full studio version
3 Time After Time (edit 2) (C. Lauper-R. Hyman) 3:29

An unissued edit planned for the You're Under Arrest album. This mix is the same asin edit 1, just a few seconds shorter
4 Time After Time (edit 3) (C. Lauper-R. Hyman) 5:34

This edit consists of the first 4:45 of the full studio version; the last 1:09 uses a different tpt part
5 Time After Time (alternate take) (C. Lauper-R. Hyman) 5:53

This alternate take includes a short solo by Scofield
6 Time After Time (edit 4) (C. Lauper-R. Hyman) 8:25

This edit uses a new tpt overdub
7 Heart to Heart (rehearsal) 96:55
8 Heart to Heart (takes 1-8) 63:25


1 Time After Time (full studio version - master for edits)
CD: Columbia Legacy 94398 63852

2 Time After Time (edit 1)
45 rpm: Columbia 38-04829 (7" single)
12" LP: Columbia FC 40023, Get on Down GET 51473, CBS/Sony 23AP 3034
CD: Columbia CK 40023, Columbia Legacy C2K 85475, CBS/Sony CSCS 5349, Sony SRCS 9137, Sony SRCS 9723, Sony SRGS 4530, Sony SICP 1237, Columbia Legacy 86975 24922 (CD 51), Columbia (F) 86975 52492 (CD 51)

4 Time After Time (edit 3)
12" LP: Columbia 44-05125 (45 rpm), Columbia CAS 2024, CBS/Sony 12AP 3037
CD: Columbia Legacy CK 65038, Columbia CK-89920, Sony SRCS 6842, Sony (F) SMM 504236-2

5 Time After Time (alternate take)
12" LP: Columbia 19439863841
CD: Columbia Legacy 94398 63852


The accompaniment on all listed versions of "Time After Time" is the same, but Davis' tpt solos are from different overdubs.

The radio promotional 45 rpm single (Columbia 38-04829) has the same version of "Time after Time" (3:36) on both sides. CAS 2024 (matrix XSM 173229) includes both long and short versions of "Time After Time."

On Columbia CK-84784 the date for "Time After Time" is listed as September 18, 1984; on Castle CCSLP 243 the date is listed as January 1985.

Steve Thornton recalls that this tune was his maiden voyage with Davis (quoted in George Cole, The Last Miles, p. 161); he does not play on "Heart to Heart."

The music is unslated, but according to what is written on the tape boxes, eight takes of "Heart To Heart" were recorded. On the four reels there are six fragments of varying lengths that include Davis on tpt.

Reel #1 (33:18) is explicitly listed as a rehearsal (rhythm section only: g, el-b, d, plus synth on few segments); but the fragments/segments on the following two reels suggest further rehearsals.

Reel #2 (33:16) contains more fragments with the rhythm section (again, g, el-b, d plus synth on most fragments).

Reel #3 (30:01) contains music by synth, g, el-b, and d; and Davis' tpt is audible at 0:08-1:41, 12:40-16:38, and 16:44-29:40. Written on the tape box: "0000 tk 1 / 1900 tk 2 (maybe) / tk 3 1900-2700 / tk 4 2750 end on next reel"

Reel #4 (33:24) contains music by synth, g, el-b, and d; and Davis' tpt is audible from 0:00-9:29, 11:52-15:57, and 16:44-23:21. Written on the tape box: "end of tk 4 – 1000 / tk 5 1300-1620 / tk 6 1706-2330 / tk 7 2350- ? / tk 8 ? - end"

According to John Scofield, Davis participated in a number of sessions in late 1983-early 1984 where as many as 40 rock and pop tunes were recorded. The dates include November 17, 1983; November 18, 1983; December 21, 1983; January 26, 1984; January 27, 1984; February 7, 1984 (no information); February 8, 1984 (no information February 16, 1984; and February 17, 1984 (no information).

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