The Columbia Years

Betty Davis • LP


At the end of the 60’s Betty Davis and her husband Miles Davis recorded a legendary session in Studios B and E at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios. The landmark session was produced by Miles and Teo Macero and featured Betty on vocals, accompanied by Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, guitarist John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock on keys, and bassist Harvey Brooks. Other players included bassist Billy Cox, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and organist Larry Young. The sessions were in a vault for decades, but in 2016 Light In The Attic, with full support from Betty herself, presented these recordings to the public for the very first time. These historic sessions (never heard, never bootlegged) predate Miles’ revolutionary album “Bitches Brew” and are the true birth of Miles’ jazz-rock explorations, along with the roots for Betty’s groundbreaking funk that came years later, starting with her self-titled debut in 1973. While, ultimately, these recordings would go unreleased for nearly half a century, they would greatly shape each of their careers.

The vibe is intrinsically unique, fresh, and futuristic—jazz heavyweights playing psychedelia, rock, and jazz-fusion long before the term became commonplace. The songs include Betty originals and covers of classics by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Cream. The concepts explored on these previously unheard sessions fueled concepts that wouldn’t be fully realized until years later with Miles’ seminal “On The Corner”.

This is a second hand item but other than some light signs of use on the heavyweight outer gatefold everything is brand new. Includes the large booklet plus the original obi strip.



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Gebruikt – als nieuw


180 grams vinyl, Gatefold


Booklet, Obi strip

Jaar opname

1968 – 1969

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Rock, Jazz, Soul, Funk