rad creative of the day: funk pioneer betty davis’ unreleased, miles davis-produced 1968-69 tracks resurface

June 29, 2016

Rare vinyl lovers and funk n soul aficionados rejoice the news of the unearthing of cult figure Betty Davis’ (then wife of Miles Davis) 1968-1969 recordings for Columbia Records, years before her Just Sunshine and Island days. Until now, these historic tracks have never been released, largely remaining in obscurity.

The remastered collection features 9 tracks that were produced by Miles himself alongside Ted Macero and recorded at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios on May 14 and 20 in 1969 and some from 1968, which were captured in L.A. The collection finds Mrs. Davis jamming out alongside John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock, Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Box, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, Hugh Masekela and members of the Crusaders and so many more. These album’s bio notes explain that these sessions were pivotal to “the true birth of Miles’ jazz-rock explorations.”

You can order several versions of The Columbia Years 1968-1969 from Light and the Attic, right here, but hurry fast—they’re selling out. Preview the album down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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