The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Heavyweight Champion is a box set that lives up to its title. Collecting all of John Coltrane's Atlantic recordings, including a fair number of unreleased takes as well as an entire disc of alternate tracks and studio chatter, the seven-disc box set documents a pivotal moment in Coltrane's career, as he was moving from hard bop and sweet standards to a more daring, experimental style of playing influenced by the avant-garde. Much of the music is hard bop Giant Steps or lushly melodic My Favorite Things, but the latter discs show the saxophonist coming to terms with the more experimental movements in jazz. The scope of this music is, quite simply, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Heavyweight Champion is a box set that lives up to its title. Collecting all of John Coltrane's Atlantic recordings, including a fair number of unreleased takes as well as an entire disc of alternate tracks and studio chatter, the seven-disc box set documents a pivotal moment in Coltrane's career, as he was moving from hard bop and sweet standards to a more daring, experimental style of playing influenced by the avant-garde. Much of the music is hard bop Giant Steps or lushly melodic My Favorite Things, but the latter discs show the saxophonist coming to terms with the more experimental movements in jazz. The scope of this music is, quite simply, breathtaking -- not only was Coltrane developing at a rapid speed, but the resulting music encompasses nearly every element that made him a brilliant musician, and it is beautiful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227198428
  • Catalog Number: 71984
  • Sales rank: 139,914

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stairway to the Stars (3:29)
  2. 2 The Late Late Blues (9:33)
  3. 3 Bags & Trane (7:24)
  4. 4 Three Little Words (7:28)
  5. 5 The Night We Called It a Day (4:20)
  6. 6 Bebop (7:58)
  7. 7 Blues Legacy (9:02)
  8. 8 Centerpiece (7:06)
  9. 9 Giant Steps (3:41)
  10. 10 Naima (4:28)
  11. 11 Like Sonny (6:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Spiral (5:56)
  2. 2 Countdown (2:21)
  3. 3 Countdown (4:32)
  4. 4 Syeeda's Song Flute (7:00)
  5. 5 Syeeda's Song Flute (7:05)
  6. 6 Mr. P.C. (6:56)
  7. 7 Giant Steps (4:44)
  8. 8 Cousin Mary (5:46)
  9. 9 Cousin Mary (5:44)
  10. 10 I'll Wait and Pray (3:32)
  11. 11 I'll Wait and Pray (3:25)
  12. 12 Little Old Lady (4:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Like Sonny (5:51)
  2. 2 Harmonique (4:10)
  3. 3 My Shining Hour (4:50)
  4. 4 Naima (4:20)
  5. 5 Some Other Blues (5:34)
  6. 6 Fifth House (4:38)
  7. 7 Cherryco (6:45)
  8. 8 The Blessing (7:50)
  9. 9 Focus on Sanity (12:11)
  10. 10 The Invisible (4:10)
  11. 11 Bemsha Swing (5:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Village Blues (5:20)
  2. 2 Village Blues (6:14)
  3. 3 My Favorite Things (13:41)
  4. 4 Central Park West (4:12)
  5. 5 Mr. Syms (5:20)
  6. 6 Untitled Original (5:19)
  7. 7 Summertime (11:32)
  8. 8 Body and Soul (5:35)
  9. 9 Body and Soul (5:57)
  10. 10 Mr. Knight (7:31)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Blues to Elvin (10:57)
  2. 2 Blues to Elvin (7:51)
  3. 3 Mr. Day (7:53)
  4. 4 Blues to You (5:32)
  5. 5 Blues to You (6:26)
  6. 6 Blues to Bechet (5:44)
  7. 7 Satellite (5:48)
  8. 8 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (5:39)
  9. 9 26-2 (6:10)
  10. 10 But Not for Me (9:34)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Liberia (6:48)
  2. 2 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (6:48)
  3. 3 Equinox (8:32)
  4. 4 Olé (18:13)
  5. 5 Dahomey Dance (10:49)
  6. 6 Aisha (7:37)
  7. 7 To Her Ladyship (8:58)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Giant Steps (4:43)
  2. 2 Giant Steps (0:14)
  3. 3 Giant Steps (2:51)
  4. 4 Giant Steps (1:19)
  5. 5 Giant Steps (3:40)
  6. 6 Giant Steps (0:32)
  7. 7 Giant Steps (4:12)
  8. 8 Naima (3:20)
  9. 9 Naima (3:24)
  10. 10 Naima (0:15)
  11. 11 Naima (3:50)
  12. 12 Naima (3:38)
  13. 13 Like Sonny (0:09)
  14. 14 Like Sonny (1:34)
  15. 15 Like Sonny (0:19)
  16. 16 Like Sonny (3:08)
  17. 17 Like Sonny (1:08)
  18. 18 Like Sonny (0:07)
  19. 19 Like Sonny (8:24)
  20. 20 Like Sonny (1:09)
  21. 21 Giant Steps (4:06)
  22. 22 Giant Steps (4:54)
  23. 23 Blues to Elvin (0:10)
  24. 24 Blues to Elvin (6:02)
  25. 25 Blues to You (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Don Cherry Trumpet
Art Davis Bass
Eric Dolphy Flute, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Milt Jackson Vibes
Elvin Jones Drums
Hank Jones Piano
Wynton Kelly Piano
Art Taylor Drums
Cedar Walton Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Connie Kay Drums
Percy Heath Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
Ed Blackwell Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Charlie Haden Bass
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Lex Humphries Drums
Reggie Workman Bass
Steve Davis Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Joel Dorn Liner Notes
Tom Dowd Engineer, Liner Notes
Ahmet Ertegun Liner Notes
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Bill Frazier Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Phil Iehle Engineer
Gene Paul Remastering
Geoff Gans Art Direction, Cover Design, Packaging
Coco Shinomiya Art Direction
Patrick Milligan Executive Producer, Discographical Annotation
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