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John Coltrane: Prestige Recordings [International Version] [Box]

Track List

>Tenor Madness
>Polka Dots and Moonbeams
>On It
>Tenor Conclave
>How Deep is the Ocean?
>Just You, Just Me
>Bob's Boys
>Mating Call
>Super Jet
>On a Misty Night
>Soul Eyes
>Light Blue
>Minor Mishap
>Tommy's Time
>Mary's Blues
>Route 4
>Velvet Scene
>Witches' Pit
>Cat Walk
>Pot Pourri
>J.M.'s Dream Doll
>Don't Explain
>Falling In Love With Love
>Blue Calypso
>Way You Look Tonight, The
>From This Moment On
>One By One
>Straight Street
>While My Lady Sleeps
>Chronic Blues
>Violets For Your Furs
>Time Was
>I Hear a Rhapsody
>Trane's Slo Blues
>Like Someone In Love
>I Love You
>Dealin' [Take 1]
>Dealin' [Take 2]
>Wheelin' [Take 1]
>Wheelin' [Take 2]
>Robins' Nest
>Things Ain't What They Used To Be
>You Leave Me Breathless
>Bass Blues
>Soft Lights and Sweet Music
>Traneing In
>Slow Dance
>Our Delight
>They Can't Take That Away From Me
>Woody'n You
>I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)
>Soul Junction
>What is There To Say?
>Birks' Works
>All Morning Long
>Billie's Bounce
>Two Bass Hit
>Soft Winds
>Lazy Mae
>Under Paris Skies
>Two Sons
>Clifford's Kappa
>Paul's Pal
>Ammon Joy
>Groove Blues
>Real McCoy, The
>It Might As Well Be Spring
>Lush Life
>Believer, The
>Nakatini Serenade
>Come Rain or Come Shine
>Russian Lullaby
>Theme For Ernie
>You Say You Care
>Good Bait
>I Want To Talk About You
>Why Was I Born
>Freight Trane
>I Never Knew
>Big Paul
>Rise 'N' Shine
>I See Your Face Before Me
>If There is Someone Lovelier Than You
>Little Melonae
>By the Numbers
>Black Pearls
>Lover Come Back To Me
>Sweet Sapphire Blues
>Spring is Here
>I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All
>Love Thy Neighbor
>Don't Take Your Love Away From Me
>My Ideal
>I'll Get By
>Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?
>Then I'll Be Tired of You
>Something I Dreamed Last Night
>Goldsboro Express
>Time After Time

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

A comprehensive retrospective of John Coltrane's output for the Prestige label, all recorded over a 32-month period between 1956 and 1958. This 16-disc set, reissued in a compact and sleek new brick packaging, is presented in a rigid lift-off lid box. This package also contains a 32-page booklet, which includes a historical essay from Doug Ramsey and a session-by-session breakdown by Carl Woideck.

Featured in this collection, playing alongside Coltrane, are some of the Jazz greats, including Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Zoot Sims and Red Garland.

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (3/92, p.46) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...an essential document ...thoroughly annotated and painstakingly packaged..."

JazzTimes (p.124) - "[T]his music is well worth acquiring..."

Option (5-6/92, p.99) - "...Originally scattered across 31 different albums, Fantasy has done a classy job, both with the sound, the package and the booklet's documentation..."

Album Notes

125 selections totaling over 18 hours of music.

Personnel includes: John Coltrane (alto & tenor saxophones); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Bobby Jaspar, Paul Quinichette, Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne, Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Donald Byrd, Idrees Sulieman, Bill Hardman, Johnny Splawn, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Ray Draper (tuba); Red Garland, Elmo Hope, Tadd Dameron, Mal Waldron, Tommy Flanagan, Gil Coggins (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Paul Chambers, John Simmons, Doug Watkins, Julian Euell, Earl May, Jamil Nasser, Spanky DeBrest (bass); Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Louis Hayes, Ed Thigpen, Albert "Tootie" Heathe, Larry Ritchie, Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Producers: Bob Weinstock, Teddy Charles, Esmond Edwards.

Compilation producer: Orrin Keepnews.

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey between May 7, 1956 and December 26, 1958. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey and Carl Woideck.

Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).

Personnel: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone).

Liner Note Authors: Carl Woideck; Doug Ramsey.

Recording information: Van Gelder studio, Hackensack, NJ (1956-1958).

Photographers: Jim Marshall ; Burt Goldblatt; Herb Snitzer; Lee Tanner; Chuck Stewart.

OK, this is IT: for the Coltrane fan who wants/needs (almost) everything, this 16-disc set has it all--all the music John Coltrane recorded for the Prestige label in the '50s, as a leader, co-leader, and sideperson. Excluded are the recordings he did as a member of Miles Davis' Quintet, which can be found on MILES DAVIS: CHRONICLE. The tunes are a wide-ranging mixture of originals ("Straight Street"), standards ("Lush Life," "It Might As Well Be Spring") and jazz originals by composers/pianists Tadd Dameron, Mal Waldron and Tommy Flanagan.

The cast of players includes legends like guitarist Kenny Burrell, sax gods of contrasting styles/schools like Sonny Rollins, Zoot Sims and Gene Ammons, and ex-Miles drummers Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones. Heart-rending ballads, hard-swinging bop, jam sessions, more thought-out compositions (Dameron)--it's ALL here. Save your dimes, take a couple of weeks off and dive in--this jumbo box contains some of the best (and just plain fine & worthwhile) post-Charlie Parker/pre-free-era jazz. (For the more edgier side of Coltrane, check out his Impulse recordings).


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