If you are a jazz lover on a budget (as I am) or simply wanting to get to know about the great John Coltrane this double CD set is a great investment. Featuring ‘Blue Trane’, ‘Soultrane’, and the relatively unheralded but still highly enjoyable album ‘Dakar’ in their entirety with a few bonus tracks from another 50’s recording ‘Black Pearl’,this collection is nothing but wonderful value.
I have compared a remastered official release with a Mobile Fidelity remastering of ‘Blue Train’ and found that the difference in audio quality is not particularly apparent. The Mobile Fidelity release might be a little warmer, ‘rounder’ sounding but this release sounds perhaps a little punchier and direct. So plenty to celebrate here: unquestionably great Coltrane relayed in very good audio quality and all at a wonderful price.
If you don’t have these albums – get this set. Highly recommended.
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