Looking Back: Miles and the Dead at the Fillmore West 1970

Today marks the 41 year anniversary Miles Davis’ run of shows alongside the Dead at the Fillmore West. The series of performances, curated by Bill Graham, began on April 9, 1970 and continued for the next three nights. April 1970 also coincided with the release of ‘Bitches Brew,” an album that would go on to change music for all time to come. These shows offer a glimpse of Miles’ Quintet during this revolutionary period, and also the influence the music would have on the Grateful Dead in the following years.

It’s my pleasure to be able to share with you a pristine SBD recording of The Miles Davis Quintet’s set from April 9, 1970. This set, capturing groundbreaking early versions of songs such as “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down,” “Spanish Key,” and “Bitches Brew,” is a must-hear for any Miles fan. If I’m not mistaken, we likely owe thanks to Bear Owsley for this recording. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

DOWNLOAD: Miles Davis Quintet 1970-04-09 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

The Dead’s performance from the same night is average. The acoustic set is solid, but there is nothing especially noteworthy about the electric set. You can check out the recording via Archive.org here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


One thought on “Looking Back: Miles and the Dead at the Fillmore West 1970

  1. These shows were the weekend I was born. As a huge fan of both Miles and the Dead I have long been facinated by them. Thanks for posting! Do you know which of the Miles tracks appear on “Live at the Fillmore West”?

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