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Coltrane on impulse ? - yes . extra tracks ? no..,
This review is from: The Impulse! Albums: Volume One (Audio CD)
any fan of John Coltrane over the years will know that ultimately his best overall work was recorded and in some depth on the Impulse label spanning 1961-Coltrane's untimely death in 1967. so - this 5 cd impulse re-issue box set looks initially to be tempting for all Coltrane fans.
however, although the packaging, liners notes + photos contained therein make this package appear altogether of a higher calibre than the myriad cheap cash-in versions by lesser labels, the bottom line is this - this 5 cd box set does not even include full track coverage. eg such as the key larger ensemble lp "africa/brass" which was released over the years as vol.1 + 2 and included "greensleeves" etc and for me a essential Coltrane track :the storming "Song of the underground railroad" which is NOT included on this box set. a serious ommission.
overall vol. 1 of this series offer many fine Coltrane's moments but a lack of even full lp tracks or rare outtakes or second takes makes this impulse good if not essential buy. the variety of styles on vol. 1 is wide with self explanatory "ballads", his work with Ellington" to the excellent larger ensemble darker sounding "Africa/Brass" and "Coltrane" (out of this world being a particular standout) "Live at Village Vanguard" (again other Impulse releases of this session offer extra tracks. a good overview of circa 1961-2 Coltrane before spiritual classic "A Love Supreme", the intense free jazz "Ascension" + final lps .
5 stars here for the music, but only 3 stars for the missed tracks. 4 stars overall.