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The Best of John Coltrane [Prestige]

The Best Of John Coltrane [Prestige]


A look at the dates and the label easily give the story away, for on this single disc, you are going to hear the formative Coltrane when he was still working for Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, not the spiritual visionary of the 1960s. Nevertheless, there are plenty of indications of what was to come in these sessions, as distilled from the massive 16-CD Prestige Recordings box. To cite just one of many examples where Coltrane seems to be leaving his sidemen and the era behind, on "Come Rain or Come Shine," Coltrane's sheets of sound are already blazing, while the rest of the expert rhythm section and trumpeter Donald Byrd seem stuck in the 1950s. Trane also rips up-tempo into as unlikely a vehicle as Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby," and the alternating Latin and straight-ahead grooves of the rhythm section in "Bahia" play as foils to the increasingly outside flurries of the restless leader. The gentle side of Coltrane took shape in the 1950s as well; that wonderfully majestic yet compassionate tone can be felt in the ballad "Theme for Ernie." Coltrane is also heard as a sideman on albums by Mal Waldron ("The Way You Look Tonight"), Tadd Dameron in a rare quartet setting ("On a Misty Night"); Trane sounds more clearly his own man in the latter than the former, though the recording date is earlier. There's no work with Miles here; you can find some of that on the Best of Miles Davis volume in this series. And there is no attempt at putting things in chronological order, in the service of better pacing. For those unable, or unwilling, to invest in the big box, this single disc will do fine as a stopgap. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218351720
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Track listings

  • The Best Of John Coltrane:
  • 1. Russian Lullaby
  • 2. Way You Look Tonight, The
  • 3. On A Misty Night
  • 4. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  • 5. Dakar
  • 6. I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
  • 7. Theme For Ernie
  • 8. Bahia
  • 9. Lover, Come Back To Me
  • 10. I Hear A Rhapsody
  • 11. Trane's Solo Blues (Aka Slowtrane)
 
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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