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5.0 out of 5 stars Colossal Coltrane, 23 Nov 2011
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ACB(swansea) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
There is little more to be said about these monumental albums They are fundamental to any collection. The music transcends a period that lead to the leader's development as well as taking a giant step forward.The bonus is that this set is a bargain. Many of us will have paid considerably more to get the original vinyls. The musicianship is exemplary. If any fortunate person has not heard these Atlantic albums, I am envious. This budget priced collection shows Coltrane's music in a transitional period from his Prestige albums ( brilliant) to his Impulse sessions where he developed more free improvisation.The comprehensive memorial to his playing is available through these years on budget labels. Coltrane fans will forever argue his or her favourite period.
1: Giant Steps
2: Coltrane Jazz
3:My Favourite Things
4:Coltrane Plays The Blues
5:Coltrane's Sound
These albums take the listener from his Prestige recordings (still available) to the groundbreaking 'Giant Steps' through to 'Coltrane's Sound'. The music will be familiar to his fans but there are always newcomers and where better to start. The albums are in mini-sleeve format with original liner notes. There is nothing to add to the production except to say the recordings are well-recorded and presented by a man with plenty to say, be it blues or chase the chords.The rhythm sections are, of course, faultless with complete understanding of where the playing direction is moving. Fantastic music at a fantastic price. These albums have just been voted in top-ten re-issues of records of the year in an established jazz magazine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value Brilliant Jazz!, 15 Jun 2012
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
This is a great budget collection of Coltrane's Atlantic years. It contains 3 of the 4 albums that Coltrane approved wilst he was still at Atlantic, the missing album is Ole Coltrane but there is a good arguement for collecting these fibve albums together. Giant Steps was clearly a breakthough album for Coltrane and is still an exemplar for jazz musicians studying Coltrane's chord progression. Giant Steps was also recorded around the same time as he was also playing with the Miles Davis Quintet on the most popular of all jazz albums Kind Of Blue.

On Giant Steps he had used some musicians from the Davis band as he does on most Coltrane Jazz, but represented another transition with the recriutment of McCly Tyner, Steve Davis and Elvin Jones palying on Village Blues, this is the beginings of the classic john Coltrane Quartet, before Jimmy Garrison eventually took on bass duties.

The John Coltrane Quartet then went on to record the iconic My Favourite Things. My dad's vinyl copy of that album was a revelation to me, aged 8 or 9. The title track is clearly the most celebrated but at first I thought, "...how can a serious jazz musician play a trite song from the Sond of Music and still be cool?" but then once he moves away srom the theme he just takes off, wow!

The other two albums here are Coltrane Sound's and Coltrane Plays the Blues. John Coltrane was not involved in putting these albums together nor did he approve their release. These albums were both compiled by Atlantic from unsued tracks recorded during the My Favourite Things sessions. Coltrane was prolific in every way and son Atlantic were left with a whole bunch of unreleased recordings once he had moved on to Impulse (see The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records) and his growing popularity cried out for them to use them. as is turns out these are very good albums and, although not Coltrane's best that is only because of his brilliance and the sheer number of great albums he produced.

If you are just starting to collect John Coltrane this would be a good place to start, but also check out hi earlier work with Miles Davis Davis & Coltrane [1955-1961] and then there is the Impulse years. Don't start with Ascension (was too scary for beginners) it is best to start at the beginning of hi Impulse years with Africa/Brass, Greensleeves picks up where My Favourite Things left off.

If you have any interest at all in jazz this is one of the key guys to listen to and this is a good place to start.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Track Listing, 7 April 2012
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Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
To compliment ACBs excellent review I thought a track listing would eb of use.
Track listing
1. Giant Steps
2. Cousin Mary
3. Countdown
4. Spiral
5. Syeeda's Song Flute
6. Naima
7. Mr PC

1. Little Old Lady
2. Village Blues
3. My Shining Hour
4. Fifth House
5. Harmonique
6. Like Sonny
7. I'll Wait and Pray
8. Some Other Blues

1. My Favorite Things
2. Every Time We Say Goodbye
3. Summertime
4. But Not for Me

1. Blues to Elvin
2. Blues to Bechet
3. Blues to You
4. Mr Day
5. Mr Syms
6. Mr Knight

1. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
2. Central Park West
3. Liberia
4. Body and Soul
5. Equinox
6. Satellite
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just fab, 12 July 2012
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
What a bargain if you don't have these albums, lots of invention but easier to get into than most of his Impulse records
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