The John Coltrane QuartetThe John Coltrane Quartet Plays

Label:Impulse! – AS-85
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Style:Post Bop, Modal


A1Chim Chim Cheree (From Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins")
Soprano SaxophoneJohn Coltrane
Written-ByJohn Coltrane
B1Nature Boy
BassArt Davis
Written-ByEden Ahbez
B2Song Of Praise
Written-ByJohn Coltrane

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AS-85 on labels.
The mono catalogue number 'A-85' appears on the cover and the spine.
Orange Impulse! labels.

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  • Rights Society (A1, A2, B2): BMI
  • Rights Society (B1): ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side A): AS-85-A LW
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side B): AS-85-B LW
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp both sides): VAN GELDER

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  • scissorblades's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    I got this at a record fair in Glebe here in Sydney - a first pressing orange label. I believe this is my favourite Coltrane studio album from his lifetime (note my phrasing - most of my favourite Coltrane albums are live albums) and this is an excellent pressing. There is some crackling in between tracks 3 and 4, but other than that I have no complaints.

    I have just A-B'd this album with the CD release of 1997. The LP blows the CD away. This really odd, because I have A-B'd the two before, when I was using a circular stylus. Back then I thought the two were pretty even. Now that I have switched to an eliptical (and aligned things properly) the vinyl has improved a LOT, and has totally outstripped the CD - not just slightly but massively.

    On the first pressing, Coltrane's sax is absolutely overwhelming in its power, and sounds so much more "present" and forward in the mix. This may, additionally, be the first time I have found that the original LP is actually LOUDER than the corresponding CD. I am not sure how this is achieved, but it is also very impressive.

    The best sounding CD track is Song Of Praise; but even this is outstripped by the vinyl. All the other tracks are anemic on CD by comparison. Even though I would nominate this CD as sounding really good as a CD, this is one case where the vinyl is actually an obvious upgrade! Go for this if you can find it at a reasonable price. Note that I refer only to the 1965 pressing, not any modern repress.
    • inventoryglorious's avatar
      Records like this are probably why JC had to leave McCoy and Elvin behind him. They just really can't keep up. The leader's playing is so strong, however, that this LP is still stellar. Chim Chim Cheree = his best soprano performance.


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