JOHN COLTRANE - COLTRANE
* OOP APO 200 GRAM PRESS - MAGNIFICENT SOUND *
APO IMPULSE REISSUE SERIES - NM 9/10
A Brief Look At The History Of Impulse Records: The aesthetic of Impulse Records – that unforgettable orange and black – stands far above any other label, all genres included. But the real record lovers appreciate Impulse mostly for the ever-bit-as-distinct sound.
Impulse was launched in 1960 by Creed Taylor as a subsidiary to the ABC Paramount Corporation. With the backing of a major corporation, the label enjoyed immediate access to name artists as well as superior distribution right from the beginning. While Taylor was only with Impulse for one year before leaving to run the Verve label, he did one single thing that had the biggest impact on cementing Impulse's legacy forever: He signed John Coltrane. And forevermore, the face of Impulse Records was John Coltrane; not just because he recorded more than 25 titles for the company, but also because he directly influenced so much of the Impulse output.
When Taylor left Impulse, Bob Thiele took over as producer and held the job for the next seven years, overseeing around 200 LPs. Thiele's most important quality as it pertained to the growth of Impulse was his allowance for artistic freedom, and nobody was afforded more freedom than Coltrane, rightfully so. Coltrane opened Thiele's mind to a range of musical ideas and also recommended to Thiele several future Impulse artists.
Coltrane, Thiele and the roster of Impulse artists collectively created an Impulse style that was largely aggressive, sometimes angry and often protest-inspired. It was music reflective of the societal shift going on in America in the 1960s.
Coltrane died of liver cancer in 1968, his health descending very rapidly. The following year, Thiele left Impulse and founded Flying Dutchman Records. Impulse, under the guidance of a revolving cast of producers, became a smaller and smaller entity in the increasingly larger ABC Paramount corporation. In its later years, the label turned less attention to new projects and focused more on mining their classics for successful reissues. In 1979, Impulse was sold to MCA Records. It's now part of the Verve Record Group, owned by Universal Music. Since '79, there have been sparse periods of revival for Impulse with new titles by artists like Tyner and Alice Coltrane and, more recently, Diana Krall.
Most of the titles chosen for the upcoming Analogue Productions reissue series were engineered by the great Rudy Van Gelder. These are records renowned for both their sonic and aesthetic excellence, and now Analogue Productions attempts to take these historic titles to a new level, cut by Kevin Gray at 45 RPM and packaged in extra-thick cardboard stock gatefold jackets. These jackets are even better than the awesome originals, more durable and with thicker spines. These are by far the most durable jackets that Analogue Productions has ever released. (APO)
John Coltrane: Considered by many to be his finest single album, Coltrane finds John Coltrane displaying all of the exciting elements that sparked brilliance and allowed his fully formed instrumental voice to shine through in the most illuminating manner. On tenor saxophone, he's simply masterful, offering the burgeoning sheets of sound philosophy into endless weavings of melodic and tuneful displays of inventive, thoughtful, driven phrases. Coltrane also plays a bit of soprano saxophone as a primer for his more exploratory work to follow. Meanwhile, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and especially the stellar McCoy Tyner have integrated their passionate dynamics into the inner whole of the quartet. The result is a most focused effort, a relatively popular session to both his fans or latecomers, with five selections that are brilliantly conceived and rendered. "Out of This World," at over 14 minutes in modal trim, is a powerful statement, stretched over Tyner's marvelous and deft chords, the churning rhythms conjured by Jones, and the vocal style Coltrane utilizes as he circles the wagons on this classic melody, including a nifty key change. "Tunji" is a mysterious, easily rendered piece in 4/4 which speaks to the spiritual path Coltrane tred, a bit riled up at times while Tyner remains serene. Hard bop is still in the back of their collective minds during "Miles' Mode," a sliver of a melody that jumps into jam mode in a free-for-all blowing session, while the converse is to be found in Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes," the quintessential ballad and impressive here for the way Coltrane's holds notes, emotion, and expressive intellectuality. On soprano you can tell Coltrane is close to taking complete control of his newly found voicings, as a playful, jaunty "The Inch Worm" in 3/4 time is only slightly strained, but in which he finds complete communion with the others. Even more than any platitudes one can heap on this extraordinary recording, it historically falls between the albums Olé Coltrane and Impressions -- completing a triad of studio efforts that are as definitive as anything Coltrane ever produced, and highly representative of him in his prime. (AMG)
The John Coltrane Quartet – Coltrane
Label: Impulse! – IMP 215
Series: The Impulse! Reissue Series – APO
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Heavy Vinyl, Gatefold
Country: US Released: 1997
A1 Out Of This World Written-By – H. Arlen-J. Mercer* 14:01
A2 Soul Eyes Written-By – Mal Waldron 5:23
B1 The Inch Worm Written-By – Frank Loesser 6:15
B2 Tunji (Toon-gee) Written-By – John Coltrane 6:32
B3 Miles' Mode Written-By – John Coltrane 7:30
Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – GRP Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – GRP Records, Inc.
Published By – Edwin H. Morris & Co.
Published By – Prestige Music (3)
Published By – Jowcol Music
Designed At – Viceroy (2)
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering
Art Direction [Reissue] – Hollis King
Bass – Jimmy Garrison
Design – Flynn*
Design [Liner Design] – Joe Lebow
Drums – Elvin Jones
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Mastered By – Ron McMaster
Photography By [Cover] – Pete Turner (4)
Photography By [Liner] – Burt Goldblatt
Piano – McCoy Tyner
Producer, Liner Notes – Bob Thiele
Reissue Producer – Michael Cuscuna
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane
1997 reissue distinguished by the following: MASTERED BY CAPITOL in deadwax. Very heavy vinyl (over 200 grams). Orange, oval sticker on shrink which says "The Impulse! Reissue Series: Remastered original analog recording on limited edition heavy virgin vinyl; Original gatefold design; Custom packaging; Rare photos from original negatives; Original liner notes."
A later version (http://www.discogs.com/John-Coltrane-Quartet-Coltrane/release/1027875) has the circled U symbol and WG in the deadwax. It is on lighter vinyl. Many copies have a black and gold sticker on the shrink saying 180 gram. The artwork is otherwise duplicated from this issue.
℗ 1997 MCA Records, Inc. & © 1997 GRP Records, Inc. & © 1962 MCA Records, Inc.
Printed in the USA. Distributed in the USA by Universal Music & Video Distribution
Originally released 1962 on Impulse! as AS-21.
Barcode: 0 11105-0215-1 7
Matrix / Runout (stamped, both sides): MASTERED BY CAPITOL
Matrix / Runout (scribed side A): IMP 215 A G1 (dot) RM
Matrix / Runout (scribed side B): IMP 215 B G1 (dot) RM
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