John Coltrane ‎– Giant Steps

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Atlantic ‎– WPJR-10029
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Tracklist

A1 Giant Steps 4:43
A2 Cousin Mary 5:45
A3 Countdown 2:21
A4 Spiral 5:56
B1 Syeeda's Song Flute 7:00
B2 Naima 4:21
B3 Mr. P. C. 6:57

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  • Barcode: 4 943674 282623

Other Versions (5 of 107) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1311 John Coltrane Giant Steps(LP, Album, Mono) Atlantic 1311 US 1960 Sell This Version
1311 John Coltrane Giant Steps(LP, Album, RE) Atlantic 1311 US 1968 Sell This Version
SD 1311 John Coltrane Giant Steps(LP, Album, RE, RP, Bar) Atlantic SD 1311 US Unknown Sell This Version
none John Coltrane Giant Steps(7xFile, AIFF, Album, RE, RM, 24-) Rhino Atlantic none US 2015
B 1311 John Coltrane Giant Steps(Cass, Mono) Atlantic B 1311 France Unknown Sell This Version

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wdrhold

wdrhold

May 22, 2019

First things first. This is not, from what I understand, a full analog chain. Click on the record label's web link above, let Google translate the page, and look at how transparent they are on how this was made. Now some things are lost in translation of course, but down toward the bottom they do say that they start with "the digitally archived 192Khz 24bit flat master. So not all analog, but all very high quality. But I think this is a semi-analog chain worth looking at, because I think as time goes on, fewer and fewer labels will be granted access to the fragile original master tapes for these recordings. That means this type of arrangement using a very high quality archived digital copy to work with could be the new norm on high end pressings.
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What is the result?

It has noticeably better sound quality than either the old or new represses of this record that I have available to me. Frankly, it is clear and away the best sounding pressing I have ever heard of this seminal record. However, I would put the overall sound quality 1/2 step below Analogue Production's Coltrane Pressings. More importantly for those Coltrane Atlantic titles that this Japanese series has done and ORG has done as well (Favorite Things, Coltrane Jazz, Coltrane's Sound) in 2-lp 45RPM, I would say stick with the 45rpm ORG versions over the versions from this Japanese "analog" series. The ORG's cost a little less (not even considering shipping from Japan), and sound as good if not a touch better imo than this Japansese pressing of Giant Steps.

But until ORG or Analogue Productions or another audiophile label presses Giant Steps again, this "mostly analog" and extremely well crafted Japanese pressing is probably the best sounding readily available copy of this monster album you are going to find. Most important of all, it helps me love this record even more thanks to it's wonderful detail and sound quality.

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tl/dr version- Currently the best sounding quality repress available of this album. That may change if ORG publishes at 45rpm like that have been with Coltrane's other big Atlantic title. But really, this is good enough that I don't ever seeing a need to upgrade this no matter what comes out.
Joekr

Joekr

April 28, 2019

OK, yes I realize that there are over 100 iterations of this "Hall of Fame" album... but this one is truly special. I also have the Japanese SHM SACD (John Coltrane - Giant Steps), and hitherto that was far & away my reference copy... and now there is a new King. If you love this legendary landmark record as much as I do, then please do the needful & seek this puppy out.