- They Say It's Wonderful
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- My One and Only Love
- Lush Life
- You Are Too Beautiful
- Autumn Serenade
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This second volume in Universal/Impulse's reissuing of the albums of John Coltrane contains some choice titles. For those who love the early Impulse Trane, there is certainly something here for you in the John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman collection of ballads. There's also the excellent quartet era with Live at Birdland, Crescent, and the seminal A Love Supreme, the record that changed everything ever after for him. In addition, there is the 1963 album Impressions, a compilation of sorts. There is a long quartet selection called "Up 'Gainst the Wall" (1962), a beautiful but brief "After the Rain" with drummer Roy Haynes sitting in for Elvin Jones from 1963, the title cut, and opening number "India," recorded with Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet and Reggie Workman as an additional bassist. A classic but seldom discussed collection. The sound is terrific and the price is certainly right for this box if you don't have these titles.
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I'm fairly new into the world of John Coltrane's music. Though he died in 1967, aged 40, his time on earth brought revolution in jazz and in the method of playing the tenor saxophone. His genius is unparalled, and this set here is the deal of the month. This is the second volume in what looks to be a three volume series of releases of Coltrane's original albums on the Impulse label. There are no bonus tracks to disrupt the original order of the songs. Some may be bothered by this. However, the albums here are magnificent and pristinely remastered from the original tapes. The contents of the set are: "John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman", "Impressions", "Live At Birdland", "Crescent", and "A Love Supreme". These are all wonderful albums, with "...Coltrane & ...Hartman" and "A Love Supreme" being two of the finest albums of the 1960's. The original liner notes ae reproduced as well from the original alums. You may need a magnifying glass to read them however. That's the only complaint I have of this set, which I consider an essential purchase.