This is an excellent budget price box of early Coltrane from 1956/57. While most fans will have some of these tracks, it is still a good cheap and effective way of buying Coltrane's early session recordings on prestige which haven't been re issued under hid own name. A few of these recordings (mainly Coltrane's own bands) have been remastered individually (RVG remasters) This collection DOES NOT include these remasters and has only original transfers.
So what are you getting exactly? While the first reviewer is excellent in his information it needs a more precise approach.
Basically you this 10 cd set includes 75 tracks culled from 20 different albums. Some sessions are complete others miss tracks i'm afraid. Coltrane's discography is a complete nightmare for bibliographers as a lot of these sessions were released over several years, renamed, re- issued and tracks added and cut. The information is mainly from session dates and original LP or cd releases. Please forgive the occassional inaccurracy! Hopefully they are at a minimum!
The first third of this collection has all the session tracks, after that some tracks are omitted.
1. Elmo Hope "Informal Jazz" also known as H. Mobley & JC "2 Tenors" & as JC "2 tenors with Hank Mobley"
Track list: On It, Polka Dots & Moonbeams, Weeja, Avalon. (Complete session)
2. Sonny Rollins "Tenor Madness" title track (JC plays only on this track)
3. Prestige All Stars "Tenor Conclave" also known as JC "Tenor Conclave"
Track List: Tenor Conclave, Bad Boys, Just You Just Me, How Deep Is The Ocean. (Complete Session)
4. Tadd Dameron "Mating Call" also known as JC & Tadd Dameron "Mating Call"
Track List: Soultrane, Gnid, Mating Call, On A Misty Night, Romas, Super Jet. (Complete Session)
5. Prestige All Stars "Interplay For 2 Trumpets & 2 Tenors" was also listed under Mal Waldron.
Track List: Interplay, Soul Eyes, Anatomy, Light Blue (Complete session)
6. Art Taylor "Taylor's Wailers"
Track List: C T A (JC plays only on this track)
7. JC "Dakar"
Track List: Witches Pit, Marys Blues, Cat walk, Route 4, Dakar, Velvet Scene. (complete session)
8. Mal Waldron "Mac 2"
Track List: Pot Pourri, Don't Explain, JM's Dream Doll (Omits 3 tracks)
9. Mal Waldron "The Dealers"
Track List: Falling In Love With love (Omits 3 tracks)
10. JC "Coltrane"
Track List: Chronic Blues, Bakai, While My Lady Sleeps, Time Was, Violets for furs. (Omits 1 track)
11. JC "Lush Life"
Track List: I Hear A Rhapsody, Tranes Slow Blues, Like Someone in Love, I Love you (Omits 1 Track)
12. JC "Last Trane"
Track List: Slowtrane (omits 3 tracks)
13. Thelonius Monk "T M and Himself"
Track List: Monk's Mood (JC only plays on this track from the session)
14. T M with JC "Monk with JC"
Track List: Tinkle Tinkle, Nutty (3 tracks omitted)
15. JC "Blue trane"
Track List: Blue Train, Moments Notice, Locomotion, I'm Old Fashioned, Lazy Bird (complete session)(But no alternate takes)
16. Prestige All Stars "Wheelin & Dealin"
Track List: Dealin, Things ain't what they used to be, Wheelin, Robin's Nest, Dealin take 2, Wheelin Take 2 (Complete session)
17. Red Garland Trio "Traneing In" Also known as JC "Traneing In" & Red Garland Trio with JC "Traneing In"
Track List: Slow Dance, Soft Light sweet Music, Traneing In, You leave Me Breathless, Bass Blues (Complete session)
18. Red Garland "Soul Junction"
Track list: Woody n You, I Got It Bad (and that ain't Good) (3 tracks omitted)
19. Red Garland "All Morning long"
Track List: They Can't Take That Away From me, Our Delight (1 track Omitted)
20. "Thelonius Monk with JC Live At Carnegie Hall"
Track List: Monk's Mood, Evidence, Crepuscule With Nellie, Nutty, Epistrophy, Bye-Ya, Sweet & Lovely, Blue Monk, Epistrophy (Incomplete) (Complete session of recorded concert)
The occasional missing track(s) marrs only slightly what is an excellent compendium of Coltrane's early sessions for Prestige.