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8 Classics - Volume 2 Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B006TX2622
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Minor Mishap
  2. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  3. Eclypso
  4. Solacium
  5. Tommy's Time
  6. Africa
  7. Greensleeves
  8. Blues Minor

Disc: 2

  1. Bags & Trane
  2. Three Little Words
  3. The Night We Called It a Day
  4. Be-bop
  5. The Late Late Blues
  6. Giant Steps
  7. Cousin Mary
  8. Countdown
  9. Spiral
  10. Syeeda's Song Flute
  11. Naima
  12. Mr. P.C.

Disc: 3

  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
  9. My Favourite Things
  10. Everytime We Say Goodbye
  11. Summertime
  12. But Not for Me

Disc: 4

  1. Mating Call
  2. Gnid
  3. Soultrane
  4. On a Misty Night
  5. Romas
  6. Super Jet
  7. Cattin'
  8. Sunday
  9. Exactly Like You
  10. Anatomy
  11. Vodka

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At this price how can anyone give this less than 5 stars!

However, before I go on I should stress that this is a review of Volume 1 of the Coltrane set because, for some reason, Amazon have posted my review on both the vol 1 and vol. 2 pages. Volume 2 contains a mixed bag of later (and also great) albums from a number of labels.

What's on offer here is a collection of 8 of Coltrane's Prestige albums, made between 1956 and 58. The last album 'Black Pearls' dates from May 23rd 1958, just a year or so before 'Giant Steps' and 'Kind of Blue', the start in many people's minds of his most influential period. Nevertheless the music on these records is never less than first rate and he is already pushing at the envelope. However, even if you ignore the fact that this is some of the most influential music made by one of the greatest (if not the greatest) tenor players who ever lived it is still a tremendously enjoyable and listenable set. Containing a mixture of own compositions and standards it is some of the finest music recorded in its era and stands comparison with the series of albums recorded during the same period with Miles Davis on CBS and Prestige. There are also substantial contributions from a number of stellar sidemen, too numerous to list fully here, but including, amongst other, Red Garland, Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd.

Not long ago a full box set of Coltrane Prestige recordings (this contains around half), would have set you back around a hundred pounds, so this is also terrific value. The sleeve notes are basic (tracks and session dates only), but will be enough for most people, and the remastering sounds fine to my ears.
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Reattributing recording sessions - when a sideman becomes more famous than the leaders under which he previously recorded, sometimes the latters' sessions are re-issued under the former's name - is rather common in jazz, but John Coltrane seems to be the musician to which this happens the most, largely because he A) has become so famous and B) recorded a lot in 1957-58.

All the recordings on this set date from this period, and although Coltrane plays throughout half of them aren't Coltrane albums; on many of them he was just a sideman or at best co-leader: the proper leaders for half the albums here being Kenny Burrell (...& John Coltrane), Johhny Griffin (A Blownin' Session), Red Garland (All Mornin' Long) and Elmo Hope (Informal Jazz). This doesn't make the music bad by any means (with the possible exception of Hope, these are all well-known and well-thought of jazz musicians), and some of these albums might actually be unavailable outside this set - but it's a real stretch to call these Coltrane Albums, and rather unfair and insulting to the musicians whose brainchild these sessions really were to attribute them to Coltrane for marketing purposes (for better or worse, the Coltrane name sells better than Red Garland!).

The other half of the albums here are Coltrane-led, but, with the exception of Traneing In, consist of miscellaneous sessions collected and released by Prestige after Coltrane left (in 1958) and released without his input or approval. "The Last Trane" is a particularly egrerious example of this, being a compilation of three unrelated recording sessions. Traneing In is the only "proper" Coltrane album here, the only one which Coltrane himself designed and approved.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2012
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Rather than give a review of this excellent collection I will leave that to other reviewers like the excellent one by Mois Bennarroch but a listing of what's on the CDs, the track listing could be useful so here it is.
This 4 CD offering from Real Gone Jazz contains eight albums from John Coltrane, all are from the period 1956-58.
NOTE DUE TO A 'GLICH' on Amazon this review has attached itself to Volume 1 of this series
THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE SERIES 2 SET.

The revised eight albums are as follows:
Sorry for my mistakes in listing the CDs of 1 with the track listings of 2!
Simon Cade drew my attention to this.
I hope this is correct now Simon?

On CD 1
1. The Cats [with Tommy Flanagan & Kenny Burrell] (1959):

2. Africa / Brass (1961):
On CD 2
1. Bags & Trane [with Milt Jackson] (1961):
2. Giants Steps (1960):

On CD 3
1 Coltrane Jazz (1961):
2. My Favorite Things (1961):

and finally On CD 4
1. Mating Call [with Tadd Dameron] (1957):
2 Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette (1959):

The all important track listing are:-

CD 1:
The Cats [with Tommy Flanagan & Kenny Burrell] (1959):
1 Minor Mishap
2 How Long Has This Been GoingOn
3 Eclypso
4 Solacium
5 Tommy's Time
Africa / Brass (1961):
6 Africa
7 Greensleeves
8 Blues Minor
CD 2:
Bags & Trane [with Milt Jackson] (1961):
1 Bags & Trane
2 Three Little Words
3 The Night We Called It a Day
4 Be-Bop
5 The Late Late Blues
Giants Steps (1960):
6 Giant Steps
7 Cousin Mary
8 Countdown
9 Spiral
10 Syeeda's Song Flute
11 Naima
12 Mr. P.C.
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