John Coltrane ‎– The Best Of John Coltrane - His Greatest Years

Impulse! ‎– AS-9200-2
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Gatefold

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A1 Africa
Alto Saxophone – Eric DolphyArranged By – Eric DolphyBaritone Saxophone – Laurdine PatrickBass – Art Davis, Reggie WorkmanEuphonium – Carl BowmanFeaturing – John ColtraneFrench Horn – Donald Corrado, Julius Watkins, Bob Northern*, Robert Swisshel*Producer – Creed TaylorTrombone – Britt WoodmanTrumpet – Booker LittleTuba – Bill Barber
A2 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Bass – Reggie Workman
A3 Soul Eyes 5:19
B1 After The Rain
Drums – Roy Haynes
B2 Afro-Blue 10:46
B3 Alabama 5:01
C1 My Favourite Things
Drums – Roy Haynes
C2 Bessie's Blues 3:30
C3 Psalm (A Love Supreme, Part IV) 7:03
D1 Kulu Se Mama (Opening Section Of Juno Se Mama)
Bass, Clarinet [Bass] – Donald GarrettDrums – Frank ButlerPercussion, Vocals – Juno LewisProducer, Engineer – John ColtraneTenor Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders
D2 Naima
Drums – Rashied AliPercussion – Emanuel Rahim*Piano – Alice ColtraneTenor Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders
D3 Om (Closing Invocation)
Bass – Donald GarrettEngineer – Jan KurtisFlute – Joe BrazilTenor Saxophone – Pharoah Sanders



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February 27, 2017
How can this be a 1970 release when it clearly shows 1972 at the bottom of the labels???


September 3, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

John Coltrane was a musical sailor to say the least, and one for a variety of reasons, had a very short career. Coltrane was not just an important jazz artist, he was an important saxophonist, an important influence, and one of the most controversial figures in all of music. Discerning Coltrane’s work can get a bit iffy at times, since material he did as a session man was often so strong that record companies would reissued it under his name ... and I haven’t even gotten to the posthumously released tracks; much of which needs to be taken with a grain of salt. If that weren’t enough, Coltrane can be seen as a protean player, one of those rare artists who’s style and tenor radically changed and evolved over his career, causing fans to divide into camps, and even those camps to be sub-divided according to appreciations of his styles and experimentations.

The Best of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years, is not so much a compilation of his work, but more, it’s an annotation of his life and times, bringing to light a taste of his almost religious commitment to jazz, setting the stepping stones others will be following for the next hundred years. What you’ll find within these grooves is bop, swing, and experimentation that will highlight an adventurous time in America, when the axis of the world shifted, and nothing would ever be the same again.

This is a vinyl only trip …

Review by Jenell Kesler