Miles Davis: You're Under Arrest

Miles Davis: You're Under Arrest
You're Under Arrest
1985
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Originally, Miles wanted Gil Evans to create arrangements for some popular songs,
including D-Train’s “Something On Your Mind” and “Human Nature,” recorded by the
group Toto for Michael Jackson, and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” which would
henceforth become one of the highlights of Miles’ concerts. Then, interrupted because
of health problems at the end of 1984, Miles returned to the mode of Star People and
Decoy. During the winter of 1984-85, Miles made an about-face and decided to redo
everything in several days. The result was an album of great contrasts: popular songs,
a solo by John Scofield used as the theme song, the alternation of Al Foster and Vince
Wilburn, the return of John McLaughlin, and an opening sketch “One Phone Call/Street
Scenes” with the voices of Sting and Marek Olko (a Polish promoter who had tried to
arrange a tour for Miles in Russia). It concluded with a curious descriptive piece featuring
children’s voices and a nuclear explosion. As a bell tolled, Miles lamented, “Ron, I told
you to push the other button.” Was he addressing his sound engineer Ron Lorman or
Ronald Reagan, reelected for his star-wars strategy?
Original issue: Columbia LP FC 40023
and CD CK 40023 in April 1985
Producers: Miles Davis, Robert Irving III
Co-Producer: Vincent Wilburn, Jr.
Engineers: Ronald F. Lorman, Tom Swift
January 26, 1984 (a)
Miles Davis (tpt, voc); John Scofield (el-g); Robert Irving III (synth); Darryl Jones (el-b);
Al Foster (d); Steve Thornton (perc)
December 26 and 27, 1984 (b)
Miles Davis (tpt, voc); Bob Berg (ss, ts); John Scofield (el-g); Robert Irving III (synth);
Darryl Jones (el-b); Al Foster (d); Vincent Wilburn, Jr. (d); Steve Thornton (perc);
Gordon Sumner (Sting) (voc); Marek Olko (voc); James Prindiville (handcuffs)
January 10-14, 1985 (c)
Miles Davis (tpt, voc); John McLaughlin (g); Robert Irving III (synth); Darryl Jones (el-b);
Vincent Wilburn, Jr. (d); Steve Thornton (perc)
All tracks recorded at The Record Plant, NYC

1 One Phone Call/Street Scenes [b]
2 Human Nature [b]
3 Intro: MD1/Something's on Your Mind/MD 2 [b]
4 Ms. Morrisine [c]
5 Katia Prelude [c]
6 Katia [c]
8 You're Under Arrest [b]
9 Medley: Jean Pierre/You're Under Arrest/Then There Were None [b]

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