You're Under Arrest (Miles Davis album)

You're Under Arrest
Studio album by Miles Davis
Released September 9, 1985
Recorded January 26, 1984 January 10, 1985 at Record Plant Studio, New York
Genre Fusion, jazz-funk
Length 43:02
Label Columbia
Producer Miles Davis and Robert Irving III
Miles Davis chronology
You're Under Arrest
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[2]

You're Under Arrest is a 1985 album recorded by Miles Davis that saw Miles mix pop tunes with political statements about racism, pollution and war. Among other tracks, the album features Davis' interpretations of two contemporary pop songs: Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Michael Jackson's "Human Nature".

During the recording sessions, bass player Darryl Jones introduced Sting to his longtime idol Miles Davis. Sting was startled when Davis asked him if he could speak French, and since he did, Miles asked him to translate the Miranda warning into French and yell it into the microphone against a backing track.[3]

It marked the ending of Davis's 30-year association with Columbia Records, although the label released the 1984 recording Aura in 1989, and would release many archival recordings in later years.

Track listing

  1. "One Phone Call"/"Street Scenes" (Davis) 4:34
  2. "Human Nature" (John Bettis, Steve Porcaro) 4:30
  3. "MD 1"/"Something's On Your Mind"/"MD 2" (Davis, Hubert Eaves III, James "D-Train" Williams) 7:17
  4. "Ms. Morrisine" (Davis, Morrisine Tynes Irving, Robert Irving III) 4:57
  5. "Katia Prelude" (Davis, Irving III) 0:40
  6. "Katia" (Davis, Irving III) 7:37
  7. "Time After Time" (Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman) 3:37
  8. "You're Under Arrest" (John Scofield) 6:14
  9. "Jean Pierre"/"You're Under Arrest"/"Then There Were None" (Davis, Irving III, Scofield) 3:23



Produced by Miles Davis and Robert Irving III
Co-produced by Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Producer: Dr. George Butler
Engineer: Ronald F. Lorman
Mixing Engineer: Tom Swift
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York City
Production Coordination: Jim Rose
Art Direction: Lane/Donald
Illustration: Miles Davis
Photography: Anthony Barboza


  1. Yarnow, Scott (2011). "You're Under Arrest - Miles Davis | AllMusic". Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. Davis, Francis (2011). "Miles Davis: You're Under Arrest : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. Sting (2003). Broken Music. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-5081-7.
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