stream Miles Davis’ unearthed “Paradise” from ‘lost’ album ‘Rubberband’
A lost Miles Davis album from 1985, Rubberband, is finally coming out on September 6 via Rhino/Warner. The album’s original producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles finished the project with Davis’ nephew and collaborator Vince Wilburn Jr, and they also brought in guest vocalists Ledisi and Lalah Hathaway. New single “Paradise,” which also features guest vocalist Medina Johnson, is out now, and it’s a groovy, Caribbean-inspired song that sounds very mid-’80s but sounds great today too. You can read more about what Wilburn has to say about the project via Rolling Stone:
According to Wilburn, the original Rubberband album was shelved when Warner Bros.’ Tommy LiPuma “felt Miles should go in another direction,” paving the way for the Tutu album, a collaboration with bassist-producer Marcus Miller.
In revisiting the material, Wilburn, Hall, and Zanes tried to stay true to Davis’ mindset in the mid-Eighties.
“What people may not know is Uncle Miles was digging MTV during the Eighties,” Wilburn tells RS. “When he saw a group he dug, he turned up the volume, then called the artist’s label to send music over.
“That’s how his cover of Scritti Politi’s ‘A Perfect Way’ came about. He also dug Mr. Mister and recorded an unreleased version of ‘Broken Wings’ and also covered Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Human Nature.’
“He recorded with Prince, Toto, and Cameo,” Wilburn adds. “He dug the sound of the Eighties and he used that vibe for the Rubberband sessions.”
The album’s song “Rubberband of Life” (ft. Ledisi) came out on a Record Store Day EP last year, and you can listen to that EP and the new song below.
1. “Rubberband of Life” (Feat. Ledisi)
2. “This Is It”
4. “So Emotional” (Feat. Lalah Hathaway)
5. “Give It Up”
7. “Carnival Time”
8. “I Love What We Made Together”
9. “See I See”
10. “Echoes in Time / The Wrinkle”