The Last Word was an ill-fated project that was meant to highlight the music Miles played during his time at Warner Bros Records (from 1985 to 1991). Featuring four studio albums – Tutu, Siesta, Amandla and Doo-Bop – plus a sprinkling of soundtrack recordings, live performances, guest appearances and unreleased tracks, it sounded like a tempting proposition.
But the project was dogged by problems, which saw it shrink from a six-disc set to four discs, before being finally pulled by Warner Bros barely a month before its official release. The picture shows the sleeve information that accompanied the promo set of CDs sent to reviewers.
For more information on The Last Word, see the section on it in my book The Last Miles, the article on the Miles Beyond website written by Paul Tingen, The Last Word set’s original liner note writer; and a review of the set by Jim Santella at AllAboutJazz.com