An album that saw Miles mix pop tunes with political statements about racism, pollution and war. Guitarist John McLaughlin guests on the reggae-tinged “Ms Morrisine” and the smoking “Katia.” The opening number “One Phone Call/Street Scenes” sees Miles acting out a street drama that includes Sting as a French cop. The title track is a furious funk number, and Miles also plays Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” two pop tunes that would dominate his live repertoire for much of the decade.
Excerpt from The Last Miles:
You’re Under Arrest: Engineer Ron Lorman on how “Katia” was recorded
“I was getting ready to remix a song when Miles unexpectedly walked in with John McLaughlin. We were totally patched [plugged into the studio console] for a remix and he went into the studio and started playing. I’m tearing the patch bay apart and we started recording that tune channel-by-channel as I’m pulling out the patches out of the console and then we’d get a kick drum on channel, then the snare, then the trumpet – the whole tune came up bit by bit, channel by channel; they played for about half an hour.”