John Coltrane – Blue Train: The Complete Masters - 1957 Jazz - Audiophile Kevin Gray - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP
John Coltrane - Blue Train: The Complete Masters
Label: Blue Note – B0035204-01, Blue Note – 1577, Blue Note – BST 1577
Series: Blue Note Tone Poet Series
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 g
Vinyl, LP, Stereo, 180 g
Mastered By [LP Mastering By] – Kevin Gray
65th Anniversary Special Edition.
John Coltrane performs by courtesy of Prestige Records, Kenny Drew by courtesy of Riverside Records.
A Blue Note Records release; ℗© 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Distributed by Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Blue Note® is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, LLC.
Runouts are etched.Barcode (Scanned, UPC-A): 602445481071
All Media, Special Edition, Gatefold
Released: Sep 16, 2022
Style: Hard Bop
A1 Blue Train
A2 Moment's Notice
B2 I'm Old Fashioned
B3 Lazy Bird
C1 Blue Train (False Start)
C2 Blue Train (Alternate Take 7)
C3 Moment's Notice (Alternate Take 4)
C4 Lazy Bird (Alternate Take 1)
D1 Blue Train (Alternate Take 8)
D2 Moment's Notice (Alternate Take 5A Incomplete)D3 Lazy Bird (Alternate Take 2)
"On September 15, 1957, John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder's living room studio in Hackensack, New Jersey and recorded his first great masterpiece: Blue Train. It would be the legendary saxophonist's sole album as a leader for Blue Note, a locomotive five-track album fueled by the bluesy title track that featured a dynamic six-piece band with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. To mark the 65th anniversary of the album's recording, Blue Train will be released in two special editions as part of Blue Note's acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: a 1-LP mono pressing of the original album and a 2-LP stereo pressing of Blue Train: The Complete Masters which includes a second disc of alternate and incomplete takes, four of which have never been released before, and none of which have been available previously on vinyl. The 2-LP set comes with a bound booklet featuring session photos by Francis Wolff and an essay by Coltrane expert Ashley Kahn.-Mark Smotroff, Analog Planet, Music 10/11, Sound 9/11" (ElusiveDisc)
Both Tone Poet Vinyl Editions were produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and packaged in deluxe gatefold tip-on jackets.
If you want to hear what's on the tape, the dynamic range, the bass, the stereo spread, the timbral richness and textural completeness (where the reediness of Coltrane's sax replaces the original's kazoo-sound), this new reissue gives it all to you... Honestly, this new edition, is in every way, the best sounding, most historically complete, visually stunning Blue Train ever and the price is righteous. Two miracles: one is that the Scotch 111 original tape is in such incredible condition 65 years on. The sound here is full-bodied and immediate - even Kenny Drew's piano avoids the Rudy piano hollowness found on many of his recordings. The second is that in 2022 we are getting the best vinyl reissues ever and they are being bought by young people! Buy! Listen! Enjoy! Look at it on the shelf next to your Tone Poets! Or if you insist, next to your original.
-Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle, Music 11/11, Sound 10/11
The good folks behind Blue Note's Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue series have crafted not one but two releases to celebrate the 65th anniversary of this most beloved Trane album - namely, separate 180g 1LP mono and 180g 2LP stereo editions. This likely raises a slight dilemma for some of us as to which version of we should buy... the good news is, both the mono and stereo editions of Blue Train are indeed excellent, each of them offering a different and distinct listening experience... If you must make a choice and aren't hung up on things like soundstage and such, then the stereo version offers the best value proposition. There you will get two (count 'em!) fine-sounding 180g LPs, plus the fabulous bonus booklet that is not in the mono edition. Generally, the stereo edition sounds great. There is plenty of air in this stereo recording, and the bass is plenty prominent. All the instruments sound rich and realistic, and the drums are especially crisp and detailed. Plus, you get an entire disc of outtakes and alternate versions - which, if you know Trane, can often be as invigorating as the saxophonist's master takes... Either way - mono or stereo - you won't go wrong. These two new Blue Note Tone Poet editions of Blue Train offer great-sounding presentations of this truly legendary jazz recording.
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|
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