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!