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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 July 2017
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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on 4 February 2018
This is one of the classic jazz albums which any jazz fan should have, and it just got better on blue vinyl.
I was not expecting a particularly good pressing as this is not on the original label but my copy is very well pressed with no cracks or crackles with amazing sound reproduction and a far better atmospheric sound the my CD copy, I am very happy this on blue vinyl, looks stunning with spinning on the deck!
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on 18 May 2016
I bought this record as I needed to buy a record to test my brand new record player. I searched everywhere to find the perfect record to start my record collection and this was one of the cheapest options (by a prominent artist).

The record comes with a code for a digital download of the songs from the album. This means you now have a digital copy to listen to this album on the go as well as with your record player.

The album itself is a Jazz marvel - I definitely recommend it! It has great sound quality and is a perfect addition for audiophiles.
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on 28 September 2011
1957 was a particularly productive year for John Coltrane. After being "fired" from the Miles Davis Quintet, he began recording as a frontman for Prestige records, he grew musically and personally thanks to his collaboration as a sideman with Thelonious Monk and, for the fulfillment of an previous economical arrangement with Blue Note producer Alfred Lion, he recorded Blue Train for that label; all of this _after_ quitting heroin.

Small details make the difference more often than producers usually think. While Prestige signed Coltrane, the saxophonist saved his best compositions and ideas to be imprinted in this Blue Note masterpiece. The reason? Blue Note paid for rehearsals. Simple as that. Other interesting details concern the presence of young trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist Curtis Fuller. Their participation in certain harmonic sections is precious, lightly reminding the style of some West Coast Jazz groups. Coltrane also relied on Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones for the rhythm section, completing the group with the more than competent pianist Kenny Drew. Rudy van Gelder, as you may have guessed from the name of this edition, recorded the sessions and remastered the album.

The result is stunning. Coltrane sticks to the Hard Bop style, but there are plenty of explorations to be discovered. The two alternate takes included in this edition, while not as inspired as the chosen ones, serve as a measure of the degree of improvisation VS written music of the tunes. The sound quality is impressive, as expected from Van Gelder.

If this is one of your first insights into Jazz you are going to be sorry, because there are very few albums as deliciously catered as this one. Coltrane's later career might possibly let you down, since he changed radically his style after Blue Train. If this is the case, I'd recommend you to explore Coltrane's own Soultrane, published by Prestige, which is not far away from Blue Train in terms of style, although it lacks more melody. Also, be sure to listen to Lee Morgan, the trumpeter you'll hear in this Blue Train CD; you'll find The Sidewinder particularly pleasant, but also check Tom Cat (with Curtis Fuller, also trombonist in Blue Train) and The Rumproller, spiritual sequel to The Sidewinder. If you find yourself missing cool harmonies, you might want to listen to Art Pepper and Chet Baker's The Route.
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on 28 December 2016
For the few Coltrane fans who haven't already got his key-note albums "Blue Train", "Traneing In" and "Dakar" this must be the bargain of the year - a two-CD set for just over a 'fiver'! All well recorded sessions these re-issues are equally well produced.
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on 15 May 2013
It's very hard to believe that this record was made in 1957. "Ahead of their time" is a phrase that is used far too often but it applies to John Coltrane more than anyone. Okay so you had the likes of Ornette Coleman doing his crazy stuff but it lacked control and meaning. John Coltrane manages to find that balance between new & out there and tradition. Blue train in my opinion is Coltrane's best record. The title track just blows me away!!
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on 12 October 2010
Great sound,excellent collection of Trane Prestige material,far better a buy than just about any earlier JC out there,believe me,I've been a collector of trane for about 40 years.Packaging is,yes,rather minimal,but for the price?What do you want?Don't judge a book by its cover,the contents of this,and the quality,are superb.A genuine,unbelievable,gosh darn BARGAIN(but best buy from Amazon Marketplace for really daft prices).Do yourself a favour,and buy this now,I can virtually guarantee you will not be disappointed in the least.
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on 28 February 2018
Blue train excellent just getting into jazz side of things and having fun with miles and other great jazz artists
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on 5 February 2017
Awesome. Mind blowingly awesome. It puts you in another place and time as only jazz can. Great value for a double disc and swift delivery.
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on 17 February 2018
Brilliant. Cant really say anything else. A master at work
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