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3.0 out of 5 stars not the real deal - cheap repackage job.., 13 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Atlantic Years (5CD Box Set) (Audio CD)
ok ok call me a stickler for authenticity + detail but this 5 cd box set (ooh gosh!) is nothing more than a poor man's casual Coltrane fan's cash-in. the 5 cd s contain barely 40 minutes per cd + thus could be released on 3 cds (but that wouldn't impress potential casual jazz fans) without original artwork , sleeve notes or sense of yes - authenticity.

there seems to be a flurry of budget re-release labels at the moment re-packaging classic jazz lp s and this on the Not Now Music label is one of them .certainly the music by Coltrane and his atlantic label era emerging "classic" quartets cannot be faulted. the milt jackson + coltrane lp included here is novel + not often heard but the central question remains : why bother buying this lack lustre non-orignal artwork collection when for not too much more, you can buy the far superior ORIGINALS with the extra studio tracks also. also atlantic original lps "Coltrane plays the Blues" a superb lp AND "Coltrane's Sound" could both easily have been included onto the 5 cds here. but weren't. and thus this isn't a complete Atlantic box set..

furthermore - Coltrane's finest era was on the impulse label anyway. not atlantic.
there WAS some very fine jazz recorded by JC on atlantic, no doubt BUT the real deal Coltrane was on impulse.

avoid + go for the original atlantic versions. the music is flawless hard /post-bop 60's jazz. the cash-in re-release here leaves a bad taste in the mouth..go for the far better 5 cd atlantic series for the same price (amazon isdn:B0050I2OXI) for the original packaging etc. job done ..
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2013 22:57:41 GMT
Jeremy Toole says:
Not at all helpful and written with a good deal of arrogance. I suspect that, like myself, there will be many serious jazz lovers who possess this box set and actually consider it to be a decent representation of just a very small corner of Coltrane's immense body of work. I personally believe Not Now Music should be applauded for all its efforts across the entire series of jazz re-issues.

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 15:57:22 BDT
yerblues says:
i think 12.00 is absolutely incredible value for a box set containing 5 albums - with three of them being definite Trane Atlanic classics - Giant Steps, My Favourite Things, and Ole -even if the box set was supplied in a brown plain wrapper it would be more than worth it.. The 40min album duration was the norm for those times and many (inc me) like to have the individual albums rather than more than one condensed on a single cd.. Do you have issues with the sound quality? If you don't then I can't work out how you can award this a paltry 3 stars! Whether coltrane's finest era was on Impulse or not is irrelevant here....That isn't in dispute for many of us although i feel the great period commenced with Giant Steps..

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 18:46:59 BDT
simon mack says:
great value the re-issue certainly but for me - issues of autenticity still irritate slightly as i feel many of the current re-issues as excellent value but non-original packaging + liner notes for many jazz issues at present - ultimately short sell the original artists intentions - in the name of "value" the atlantic years were still yes fruitful time for Coltrane but undeniably i repeat Impulse era was Coltrane's peak. it DOES matter. after all if a jazz fan only had pre-Columbia records era Miles releases - would that still matter ? i think so . Anyway - yes giant steps,my favourite things + Ole are great lps - just not the peak. that cannot be denied.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2013 16:41:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2013 16:43:45 BDT
yerblues says:
you don't need to repeat anything - i heard you the 1st time... there are few who would disagree that the Impulse era was his true peak but the point is that that is not relevant to you reviewing this box set..

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2013 18:26:28 BDT
simon mack says:
ok ok well atlantic years if fine here for newcomers wanting to explore Coltrane's middle period - all fine. Impulse best of + the many classics follow after that..

Posted on 20 Nov 2013 16:17:41 GMT
RayB says:
While I think the review unnecessarily harsh as I think the Atlantic albums are excellent Coltrane, this issue has largely been rendered superfluous by the recent reissue of the box set 'The Heavyweight Champion' in an inexpensive edition which contains all the Atlantic albums plus alternate takes etc. and being an official issue the transfers are from the original master tapes.
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