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Blue Train

John Coltrane Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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John Coltrane (1926-67) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. He was always searching, seeking to take his music further in what he quite consciously viewed as a spiritual quest. In terms of public recognition, this quest began relatively late. The tenor saxophonist, a native of North Carolina who later moved to Philadelphia, was 28 when he joined the Miles Davis ... Read more in Amazon's John Coltrane Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000005H40
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Coltrane ~ Blue Train

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Find 14 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the latest of Membran's cheap "no frills" offerings, taking advantage of the EU 50 year copyright expiry. Some of their previous offerings have been a bit hit or miss. The Parker for example, is now the best available introduction and is in more or less chronological order. Whereas the Mingus "Mysterious Blues" collection of his earliest tracks, although containing rare and valuable material, looks as though it was compiled by a teenager on 'job experience'!
No worries here though - this one is meticulous, even if missing session details. It covers 'Trane's earliest sides sides for Prestige in 1956, under his own name or in "All Star" sessions, up to September 1957. Prestige was known as the "junkies' label", where players would record a session with minimal rehearsal for a fixed fee. It looks like initially they took no risks with 'Trane's reliability as the earliest sessions were "All Star" affairs pairing him with at least one other tenor player, and often a trumpeter, presumably on the basis that someone would show up and the studio time would not be wasted.
Whatever the reason it served him well at that time. In fact the first CD and about half the second have him with Hank Mobley and Donald Byrd (from the 'Two Tenors" date - originally released under pianist Elmo Hope's name).
All of the "Tenor Conclave" session is included in discs 1 and 2 - this time with Cohn and Sims as well as Mobley.
Even at this stage Trane is clearly moving in a different direction and takes a few more risks than the others, pushing the edges of his own technical limits of the time. Of course it all only serves to him make him sound even more interesting!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Value 2 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Coltrane's Blue Train would be worth the money on its own. Add in two more lps worth of material and you get amazingly good value for money. Paul Chambers play bass on the tunes from Blue Train and Soutrane but its his school friend Doug Watkins on the Dakar material. Other players include Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Philly Joe JOnes, Red Garland, Kenny Drew, Art Taylor, Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne. Great material, great execution, great value. Coltrane at his most accessible.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Given away. 9 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
A long time ago i paid very good money for the tunes in this set and now here they are at this knock down price,a five star recording and in the case of the Blue Train items,the cream of Coltrane at this part in his recording career,timeless and driving,beautiful REAL JAZZ from one of the best we are ever to get the chance to hear, BUY THIS ITEM, you know it deserves a good home, and your ear's, heart and brain will be better for it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent low price box set 19 July 2009
By zargb5
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent budget price box of early Coltrane from 1956/57. While most fans will have some of these tracks, it is still a good cheap and effective way of buying Coltrane's early session recordings on prestige which haven't been re issued under hid own name. A few of these recordings (mainly Coltrane's own bands) have been remastered individually (RVG remasters) This collection DOES NOT include these remasters and has only original transfers.

So what are you getting exactly? While the first reviewer is excellent in his information it needs a more precise approach.

Basically you this 10 cd set includes 75 tracks culled from 20 different albums. Some sessions are complete others miss tracks i'm afraid. Coltrane's discography is a complete nightmare for bibliographers as a lot of these sessions were released over several years, renamed, re- issued and tracks added and cut. The information is mainly from session dates and original LP or cd releases. Please forgive the occassional inaccurracy! Hopefully they are at a minimum!

The first third of this collection has all the session tracks, after that some tracks are omitted.

1. Elmo Hope "Informal Jazz" also known as H. Mobley & JC "2 Tenors" & as JC "2 tenors with Hank Mobley"

Track list: On It, Polka Dots & Moonbeams, Weeja, Avalon. (Complete session)

2. Sonny Rollins "Tenor Madness" title track (JC plays only on this track)

3. Prestige All Stars "Tenor Conclave" also known as JC "Tenor Conclave"

Track List: Tenor Conclave, Bad Boys, Just You Just Me, How Deep Is The Ocean. (Complete Session)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the dawning of a genius 28 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Let's go back to 1957, the jazz scene is blooming, the musical leader and role model for the black race at that period is Miles Davis, who after assembling his legendary first quintet has recently moved from blue note to Columbia. This quintet consisted of Red Garland on piano, Philly Joe Jones on drums, bassist Paul Chambers, Miles Davis on trumpet and the new star of the jazz scene John Coltrane on tenor saxophone who would become the next symbol for the black jazz scene after 1962.
At this point (1957) and after having learned many things from Davis and improved very much even if he was not sure he wanted to leave the band, Coltrane was getting many suggestions to begin a solo career. So Davis who didn't plan to let him go so easily set him up a studio date with his former label: Blue note.
The result, was this magnificent LP.It is ironic that even though this is the first compositions Coltrane recorded many think they are his best. I do not agree with that but it is not hard to explain. For one thing they are all suberb jazz compositions, became standards immediately and they lack the more abstract and free-jazz elements Coltrane incorporated in his musical style later. It is possible that you may not be patient enough or may just not apreciate Coltrane's later efforts that however marked a new era not only in jazz but in music in general, and who knows what would have happened if this superb artist had't passed away so soon in 1967.One thing is certain you will probably love this record even if you just like the blues, even if free jazz gives you creeps or even if it is your cup of tea.So just buy it.It is not just a great CD it is the first step (anything but a timid step however) a musical legend made, and that makes it essential and beyond sufficient praise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Great music at a really good price
Published 5 days ago by N
5.0 out of 5 stars The cool train...
10 CDs at this price what's not to like? A Blues collection must have. Covers all the bases arrives at all the stations on time.
Published 5 months ago by Paul S. Hyett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love this album, I have listened to it over and over, even my kids love it! Would highly recommend.
Published 5 months ago by madamostrakova
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven
A brilliant buy of 2 great discs - disc 2 is just heaven! It's now played constantly in my house.
Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Nesbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Train
Classic brilliance from John Coltrane in this value for money double album. He is very fine master of the jazz saxophone with a fresh original style.
Published 7 months ago by fridge magnet
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Train
This has to be one of the most iconic albums John Coltrane ever made...........if you want a quiet Sunday morning with the papers and some great jazz then this is the album
Published 8 months ago by Lizawillow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Having loved the sound of Jazz for so long, I never found an artist to sink my teeth into until I heard this album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J.S
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware "Original Jazz Sound" Releases ...
This is pertaining to the Original Jazz Sound version of John Coltrane's Blue Train album. Unfortunately Amazon have a habit of amalgamating all Coltrane reviews together so you... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Wrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
A real bargain this album, Coltrane at his best, and in both stereo and mono, its a no brainer for the jazz collector. It arrived safely, and a good quality pressing.
Published 11 months ago by Brian E. Viercant
4.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane
I play the alto sax and so listening to a maestro such as John Coltrane playing is a joy. If you are into this sort of music, this is a must for your collection.
Published 12 months ago by H. W. Jeffery-leech
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