Get Up With It

Label
Columbia
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
102:27

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 He Loved Him Madly 13:35 13,700
2 Maiysha 12:17 13,729
3 Honky Tonk 5:51 12,527
4 Rated X 6:50 12,161
1 Calypso Frelimo 32:06 6,901
2 Red China Blues 4:08 6,938
3 Mtume 15:07 5,844
4 Billy Preston 12:33 5,874

About this album

This may be the most “commercial” sounding of all of Miles’ electric records from the ’70s, but it still sounds out there, alien, and futuristic in all the best ways, and Get Up with It is perhaps just coming into its own here in the 21st century.

Get Up with It is an album collecting tracks recorded between 1970 and 1974 by Miles Davis. Released on November 22, 1974 as a double LP, it was Davis’ last studio album before five years of retirement from music.

“He Loved Him Madly” is a track recorded in tribute to Duke Ellington, who had died one month before; Brian Eno cited it as a lasting influence on his own work.

When Get Up with It was released in 1974, critics — let alone fans — had a tough time with it. The package was a — by then customary — double LP, with sessions ranging from 1970-1974 and a large host of musicians who had indeed played on late-’60s and early-’70s recordings, including but not limited to Al Foster, Airto, John McLaughlin, Reggie Lucas, Pete Cosey, Mtume, David Liebman, Billy Cobham, Michael Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Fortune, Steve Grossman, and others.
The music felt, as was customary then, woven together from other sources by Miles and producer Teo Macero. However, these eight selections point in the direction of Miles saying goodbye, as he did for six years after this disc. This was a summation of all that jazz had been to Davis in the ’70s and he was leaving it in yet another place altogether; check the opening track, “He Loved Him Madly,” with its gorgeous shimmering organ vamp (not even credited to Miles) and its elaborate, decidedly slow, ambient unfolding — yet with pronounced Ellingtonian lyricism — over 33 minutes.

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  • RussellChap

    This LP is so out there it's beyond any genre. "He loved him madly" Miles' elegy to Duke Ellington is the most intense track on the Album. One of Miles Davis' masterpieces. No wonder this was his last release before his five year retirement!

    28 Aug 9:47pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    Calling Rated X one of Davis' worst tracks makes my funny bone throb.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    prefer Dark Magus but this is wonderful.

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Think I found my favorite Miles record.

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Theeboon

    Cosmic catharsis.. This is like taking a giant shit, multiplied by a million

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    V rated x?

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ubermenschean

    Very good album with the exception of one song which may very well be the worst Miles Davis song I've ever heard. It was totally annoying because this fucking tone he had blasting, other than that it would have been good.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    wow. I'd heard most of these tracks on the Complete On The Corner... but in this form, damnit they hit hard!

    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • jbchervin

    Brian Eno jived off this album so hard.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Scories

    I think it's my favorite Miles album.

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Trouvere

    I have known some strange and very pleasant evenings with this album playing

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • MadMax973

    He Loved Him Madly is unlike anything I have heard. Beautiful!

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Nico_almeida

    The most underated Miles' album.

    11 Jul 2008 Reply

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