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January 1986 (9 items; TT = 55:40)
Ameraycan Studios, Los Angeles CA
Commercial for Warner Brothers

Miles Davis (tpt, synth); Wayne Linsey (keyb, voc); Adam Holzman (synth, d programming); Attala Zane Giles (b); Steve Reid (bells)

1 See I See (master) [C.I.C] (M. Davis-A.Holzman-R.Hall-A.Z. Giles) 6:00

The beginning of Davis' tpt part is used on mix 1 and mix 2 below
2 See I See (alt) [C.I.C] (M. Davis-A.Holzman-R.Hall-A.Z. Giles) 5:20
3 Carnival Time (N. Larsen) 5:58
4 It's Not a Waste of Time [Lalah Song] (R.Hall-A.Z. Giles-V. Wilburn Jr-M. Johnson) 6:40
5 See I See (mix 1) [C.I.C] (M. Davis-A.Holzman-R.Hall-A.Z. Giles) 4:19

The tpt part is from the unissued master take (#1 above)
6 See I See (mix 2) [C.I.C] (M. Davis-A.Holzman-R.Hall-A.Z. Giles) 8:27

The tpt part is from the unissued master take (#1 above)
7 Carnival Time (N. Larsen) 4:24
8 So Emotional [Lalah Song] (R.Hall-A.Z. Giles-V. Wilburn Jr-M. Johnson) 6:12
9 So Emotional [Lalah Song] (R.Hall-A.Z. Giles-V. Wilburn Jr-M. Johnson) 8:20


2 See I See (alt)
CD: Warner Brothers R2 74360, Rhino (F) 5249878472, Legendary Collections Series Black Album (no number)

5 See I See (mix 1)
CD: Warner Brothers 603497850785, Rhino R2 599464

7 Carnival Time
CD: Warner Brothers 603497850785, Rhino R2 599464

8 So Emotional
CD: Warner Brothers 603497850785, Rhino R2 599464


It is not clear whether "Carnivasl Time" and "It's Not a Wate of Time" were recorded at the same session as "See I See," but the matrix numbers provided by Warner Brothers suggest that they were.

Vocal on "It's Not a Waste of Time" by Wayne Linsey.

"See I See" remixed versions (2018/2019):

See I See (actually C.I.C.) - mix 1 (4:19)
See I See (actually C.I.C.) - mix 2 (8:27)
Miles Davis (tpt, synth, arr); Attala Zane Giles (g, el-b, arr, d programming); Randy Hall (g, arr); Adam Holzman (keyb, synth b, sound design, d programming); Vince Wilburn Jr. (d, arr); King Errison (perc); Munyungo Jackson (perc); Kevin Santos (Pro Tools editing, sound design)

In both mixes the tpt part used is from the beginning of item #1 (6:00). Mix 2 opens with a short musical intro, followed by Davis talking and then people like Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Vince Wilburn Jr. talking about Davis. The conversation ends with Miles talking into "See I See." Unknown music can be heard under the voices, plus an excerpt of "Right Off" at 2:58.

"Carnival Time" remix (2018/2019):

Carnival Time (4:24)
Miles Davis (tpt); Neil Larsen (keyb, synth, d programming); Adam Holzman (synth brass); Randy Hall (g); Attala Zane Giles (el-b).

"So Emotional" (2018/2019) is a new tune based on Davis' tpt part on "It's Not a Waste of Time," whose earlier title was "Lalah Song."

So Emotional (6:12)
So Emotional (8:20)
Miles Davis (tpt); Attala Zane Giles (d programming, keyb, arr, Moog bass); Randy Hall (keyb, arr); Isaiah Sharkey (g), Vince Wilburn Jr. (dr, perc); Lalah Hathaway (lead & backing voc, arr); Medina Johnson (lead & backing voc, arr)

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