You're Under Arrest (Miles Davis album)

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
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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, to translate the Miranda warning into French and yell it into the microphone against a backing track.[3]


  • Track listing 1
  • Personnel 2
  • Production 3
  • References 4

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


Miles Davis: trumpet, "Police Voices, Davis Voices" on track 1, synthesizer on track 5,6
John McLaughlin: guitar on track 4,5,6
John Scofield: guitar on track 1,2,3,7,8,9
Bob Berg: soprano saxophone on track 1, tenor saxophone on track 8,9
Al Foster: drums on track 1,7,8,9
Vince Wilburn, Jr.: drums on track 2,3,4,5,6
Robert Irving III: synthesizers, celesta, organ, clavinet
Darryl Jones, aka "The Munch": bass
Steve Thorton: percussion, Spanish voice on track 1
Sting (credited as Gordon Sumner): French policeman's voice on track 1
Marek Olko: Polish voice on track 1
James "J.R." Prindiville: handcuffs on track 1


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". Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Sting (2003). Broken Music. Simon & Schuster.