Spiritual [Impulse]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Anyone who's ever listened to John Coltrane's most impassioned music can sense that playing jazz was more than just a vocation for him. In his most earnest work, Coltrane sounds as if he's attempting to tap into a force beyond our worldly one. Some of his most passionate recordings in this vein are brought together here, on a collection that acts mainly as an introduction to the great saxophonist's work of the early and mid-Sixties. The selections are well-picked, if a bit arbitrary in that their titles seem to give the most obvious clues to their "spiritual" nature. "Dear Lord," "Song of Praise," "Spiritual," "Wise One," "A Love Supreme" (Part One-Acknowledgement)" ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Anyone who's ever listened to John Coltrane's most impassioned music can sense that playing jazz was more than just a vocation for him. In his most earnest work, Coltrane sounds as if he's attempting to tap into a force beyond our worldly one. Some of his most passionate recordings in this vein are brought together here, on a collection that acts mainly as an introduction to the great saxophonist's work of the early and mid-Sixties. The selections are well-picked, if a bit arbitrary in that their titles seem to give the most obvious clues to their "spiritual" nature. "Dear Lord," "Song of Praise," "Spiritual," "Wise One," "A Love Supreme" (Part One-Acknowledgement)" are all impressive and heartfelt performances, but the same could be said for many pieces of this same period with more prosaic titles. Nonetheless you can't go wrong with Impulse! Records-era Coltrane:simply put, this is some of the most inspiring jazz ever recorded.
All Music Guide - Sam Samuelson
In the standard process of reissue
epackage, Impluse! put together an eight-track compilation of John Coltrane numbers together under the Spiritual title and theme. The job must have seemed pretty easy since just about everything he recorded for the label could be considered in the spiritual order. The real problem, therefore, became deciding which pieces to leave off the compilation as opposed to which ones to include. There are certainly some beautiful works here: "Song of Praise" (an odd but delightful choice) and "Dear Lord" typify this compilation -- in fact there's not a dud in the group.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458909927
  • Catalog Number: 589099
  • Sales rank: 336,803

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome (5:25)
  2. 2 A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement (7:48)
  3. 3 Dear Lord (5:36)
  4. 4 Song of Praise (9:50)
  5. 5 Wise One (9:03)
  6. 6 Tunji (6:34)
  7. 7 Ogunde (3:38)
  8. 8 Spiritual (13:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rashied Ali Drums
Eric Dolphy Bass Clarinet
Elvin Jones Drums
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Alice Coltrane Piano
Roy Haynes Drums
Reggie Workman Bass
Technical Credits
Alice Coltrane Liner Notes
John Coltrane Producer
Richard Seidel Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Sherniece Smith Art Direction
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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