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The Heavyweight Champion - The Complete Atlantic Recordings [Box set, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

John Coltrane Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Atlantic Jazz
  • ASIN: B00E5R5TAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful education 6 Oct 2013
By octophone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As the detail regarding the music contained in this joyous set is more than adequately covered in the existing reviews, I wanted to instead say something about this new pressing.

With the significant price-drop comes a corresponding reduction in the packaging - now housed in a light but sturdy clamshell box, the discs themselves are now found within simple printed card sleeves rather than digipaks. These are of the same type Rhino/Atlantic use in their five disc "Original Album Series" releases - the card used is thin and only just on the right side of flimsy. The "tape" box previously used for the outtakes disc has not been included here. The discs appear to be a straight repressings of the original set with identical print work and with the copyright date of 1995 remaining throughout. There are a few printing errors; page 69 of the booklet appears twice (replacing page 68 which is irritating as it is 68 that carries the tracklisting for most of Disc 7 and this is the only tracklisting not given on the individual disc sleeve!) and the sleeve for Disc 6 numbers the tracks "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8". Not significant but a little careless.

The reduction in price is massive but it is unclear if this is to do with the recordings now being out of copyright in Europe - perfectly legal but unsanctioned editions of these albums (the outtakes disc aside) are in wide circulation. As such, this set has two advantages and one disadvantage. It is, of course, sourced from the original master tapes (the sound is superb throughout) and it is totally comprehensive; every extant and relevant recording in one box. The disadvantage is that the integrity of the original album tracklistings has not been honoured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars are not enough! 9 July 2010
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This box includes (at least that's what they claim) ALL the recordings Trane did for Atlantic Records, between 1959 and 1961.
Basically, Coltrane's career can be split musically in to four main parts, that conveniently follow the labels that he worked with, respectively: Prestige, Columbia, Atlantic and Impulse Records.
The Atlantic years, after the years with Miles Davis, were a time of expanding the musical horizons, when the spaceship he had been putting together with Monk and Miles was ready for take-off and blasted in to orbit - an orbit he would subsequently leave for deep space during the astonishing Impulse years that followed.
The harbingers of that final space-flight are here, in these recordings: 'Giant Steps', 'Olé' and 'My Favorite Things' expanded the envelope in ways that made it impossible to put the lid back on the box - and then the Impulse years, starting with 'A Love Supreme', would do away with the box entirely.
And ever since then, all of Jazz's men couldn't put the box together again - not even Miles Davis, whose valiant efforts (including the fabulous 'Bitches Brew') were no match for the heights and depths that Trane had achieved by the end of his life.
Coltrane changed music forever. His work is a journey without comparison: Listen carefully to this music, and then take the final steps with 'A Love Supreme', 'Kulu Se Mama', 'Ascension', 'Meditation', 'Om', 'Selflessness' and 'Interstellar Space': Staying right here on planet earth with his saxophones, he went further than NASA will ever even dare to dream of!

The packaging is outstanding, with plenty of information and photos, and the sound is excellent.

Five stars are not enough for this music! And the price is right, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All 7 Nov 2011
By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER
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OK, so I'm a little late with this review, but I'm listening to CD5 at the moment and somehow it seems appropriate, but I don't want to repeat the previous review. Heavyweight indeed in his musical stature, heavyweight is the box and the price! (I was lucky enough to receive it as a present last year)

So what do you get - a massive amount of music including the albums:
Giant Steps
Coltrane Jazz
Bags& Trane
My Favorite Things
Ole
Coltrane Plays The Blues
Coltrane's Sound
The Avant-Garde
The Coltrane Legacy
Alternate Takes

The above takes care of the basic 6 albums which are not in album sequence, but session sequence alternative takes thrown in of many tracks. Then there's disc 7 housed in a a separate box within the slipcase (a Scotch reel to reel imitation) that hold even more outtakes, incomplete recordings and false starts.

The music throughout is superb and this bulky slipcase makes a great partner for The Classic Quartet-Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings. Packaging is very good, the main 6 CDs being digipaks housed in a slipcase with a 74 page CD size hard back book. CD7 is housed as previously described and the two boxes then slide into a heavy cardboard box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential listening 19 Oct 2013
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one of the true giants of Jazz this collection is indispensable and now that the collection is available at a bargain price there is no better time to explore the genius that is Coltrane.
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