Coltrane* ‎– Live At Birdland

Impulse! ‎– AS-50
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A1 Afro Blue 10:40
A2 I Want To Talk About You
Written-By – Billy Eckstine
B1 The Promise 8:04
B2 Alabama 5:05
B3 Your Lady 6:35

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Tracks A1, A2 & B1 recorded live at Birdland, New York on October 8, 1963. Tracks B2 & B3 recorded in the studio on November 18, 1963.

Stereo A-50 on spine and cover. AS-50 on labels.
Orange and black Impulse! labels.

Van Gelder stamp in trail off.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AS-50, A / AS-50, AS 50 John Coltrane Live At Birdland(LP, RE, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse!, ABC Impulse! AS-50, A / AS-50, AS 50 France 1976 Sell This Version
A-50 Coltrane* Live At Birdland(LP, Album) Impulse! A-50 Europe 1964 Sell This Version
A-50 Coltrane* Live At Birdland(LP, Album, Mono, Gat) Impulse!, Sparton Impulse! Records A-50 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
A-50, SMAS-90232 Coltrane* Live At Birdland(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Impulse!, Impulse! A-50, SMAS-90232 US 1964 Sell This Version
none John Coltrane Live At Birdland(5xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) Verve Reissues none 2016


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September 30, 2018
I noticed on this recording, especially on headphones; When they mixed the stereo version Coltrane's sax is panned mostly LEFT. This was not uncommon as they were trying to recreate the actual 'soundstage'. However when his mic is open the drum bleed into that mic give the drums a more natural sound. When he is not soloing at times the mixing engineer mutes the sax mic, which creates a sudden change in sound of the drums. I found it slightly distracting. But once I realized it was not my system and it was recorded that way it wasn't so bad. Probably less distracting when listening over speakers rather than headphones. A quaint reminder of recording styles for Jazz from that era.


June 6, 2018
Discogs will be complete when each edition accurately lists the actual duration of Alabama on the individual pressing, 2:23 or 5:05.