Retrospective: Impulse

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Each album John Coltrane released on Impulse Records had a specific mood and tone; often, they were sequenced in a specific order to maximize the emotional impact of the music. Consequently, a compilation isn't the best way to hear these records, and Retrospective: Impulse proves that. There's certainly a lot of wonderful, timeless music on this collection, from "Naima" to "Alabama," but this disc isn't the way to appreciate it, since its sequencing doesn't have the same impact or context as the original albums. Some casual fans or curious listeners might use this as an introduction, and it isn't necessarily bad, since it does have an abundence of good music. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Each album John Coltrane released on Impulse Records had a specific mood and tone; often, they were sequenced in a specific order to maximize the emotional impact of the music. Consequently, a compilation isn't the best way to hear these records, and Retrospective: Impulse proves that. There's certainly a lot of wonderful, timeless music on this collection, from "Naima" to "Alabama," but this disc isn't the way to appreciate it, since its sequencing doesn't have the same impact or context as the original albums. Some casual fans or curious listeners might use this as an introduction, and it isn't necessarily bad, since it does have an abundence of good music. However, it's not as good an introduction to the Impulse records as the original records themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1992
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105011921
  • Catalog Number: 3119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Greensleeves (9:57)
  2. 2 Naima (7:40)
  3. 3 Impressions (14:54)
  4. 4 Spiritual (13:43)
  5. 5 Chasin' the Trane (16:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Soul Eyes (5:24)
  2. 2 Miles' Mode (7:32)
  3. 3 What's New? (3:44)
  4. 4 In a Sentimental Mood (4:15)
  5. 5 Take the Coltrane (4:42)
  6. 6 My One and Only Love (4:55)
  7. 7 After the Rain (4:10)
  8. 8 Afro Blue (10:48)
  9. 9 I Want to Talk About You (8:11)
  10. 10 Alabama (5:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Crescent (8:42)
  2. 2 Bessie's Blues (3:32)
  3. 3 A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement (7:48)
  4. 4 Nature Boy (7:59)
  5. 5 Chim Chim Cheree (6:57)
  6. 6 Dear Lord (5:35)
  7. 7 Living Space (10:17)
  8. 8 Welcome (5:25)
  9. 9 Offering (8:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rashied Ali Drums
Art Davis Bass
Eric Dolphy Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Elvin Jones Drums
Booker Little Trumpet
Julian Priester Euphonium
Julius Watkins French Horn
Aaron Bell Bass
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Billy Barber Tuba
James Buffington French Horn
Garvin Bushell Reeds
Alice Coltrane Piano
Donald Corrado French Horn
Duke Ellington Piano
Johnny Hartman Vocals
Roy Haynes Drums
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
Pat Patrick Reeds
Reggie Workman Bass
Charles Greenlea Euphonium
Robert Swisshelm French Horn
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
McCoy Tyner Arranger
John Coltrane Composer, Producer
Dave Grusin Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Charlie Haden Composer
Larry Rosen Executive Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Andy Baltimore Director
Josh Haden Composer
Scott Johnson Art Direction, Illustrations
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