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The Ultimate Blue Train by John Coltrane

What more can I say about this immortal recording. Many serious jazz collectors already have this album when it first came out in 1957.Maybe its time to update their collection. The album has been redubbed The Ultimate Blue Train for several reasons. First, the album has been digitally re-mastered. You really tell when you hear the first note off the CD. In addition, two additional songs have been added, both outakes of Blue Train and Lazy Bird. These two are worth the price of the CD alone. But wait, there' more. The CD also doubles as a CD-ROM. It's full of interviews with musicians who have played with, musicians who admire him, a sampling from his other albums, a video clip of him with Miles Davis, etc. I found some of stuff a bit extraneous, though: like a whole section devoted to Rudy Van Gelder, a dentist-cum-music engineer for prominent jazz stars. The best thing about the CD-ROM is the photography of Francis Wolff. It is absolutely stunning; and for $16, its a bargain. Everybody, collector and non-collector alike should have this classic.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: John Coltrane
  • CD Title: The Ultimate Blue Train
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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