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Album Review

In the standard process of reissue/repackage, Impluse! put together an eight-track compilation of John Coltrane numbers together under the Spiritual title and theme. The job must have seemed pretty easy since just about everything he recorded for the label could be considered in the spiritual order. The real problem, therefore, became deciding which pieces to leave off the compilation as opposed to which ones to include. There are certainly some beautiful works here: "Song of Praise" (an odd but delightful choice) and "Dear Lord" typify this compilation — in fact there's not a dud in the group.

Customer Reviews


Nothing less. An incredible mood piece. One of my favorite albums from my favorite artist.

Glorious and moving!

A landmark collection by John Coltrane. Moving, emotional, heart-breaking. Brilliant work!

don't buy

This is an album i would highly suggest not getting if you are planning on buying more than one Coltrane album. This is just a compilation. Great songs though.


Born: September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued...
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