Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces Miles Davis – CHAMPIONS – Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions on 12″ yellow vinyl as part of the label’s line-up of releases created especially for Record Store Day 2021, celebrated at participating stores worldwide with an RSD Drop on Saturday, July 17.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a regular celebration of the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores around the world.
As with last year’s pandemic-related RSD Drops, stores will be handling sales and store procedures in the way they determine to be right for themselves and their community and that may mean something different from what people are used to. RSD recommends checking in with your local record stores –join their email lists, follow them on social media– so you’re as in the loop as possible. Find your nearest participating RSD shop HERE.
Legacy Recordings – RSD Drop 2021 – July 17 Release:
Miles Davis – CHAMPIONS – Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (12″ yellow colored vinyl)
Miles Davis had a deep love and respect for boxing, seeing deep parallels between “the sweet science” and his own relationship with music. One of Miles’ favorites of his own recordings was the 1971 soundtrack to the Bill Cayton documentary about Jack Johnson and he was inspired by the political and racial subtext of the legendary boxer’s saga. Culled from the celebrated expanded project The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions released in 2003, and name-checking a number of pugilistic legends (“Ali,” “Sugar Ray,” “Duran,” “Johnny Bratton”), these funk-infused recordings rock as hard as anything Miles ever put to tape. Featuring a sterling line-up of musicians (Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham) and Jim Marshall’s legendary cover photo of Miles in the ring, CHAMPIONS finds this music issued for general release on vinyl for the first time ever.