The Classic Quartet: The Complete Impulse! Recordings

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The Classic Quartet – The Complete Impulse! Recordings
Box set by John Coltrane
Released 1998
Recorded 1962-1965
Genre Jazz
Length 521:31
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
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The Classic Quartet – The Complete Impulse! Recordings is a 1998 box set by jazz musician John Coltrane.

Albums covered[edit]

Coltrane’s classic quartet recorded 11 albums for Impulse!:

Albums missed[edit]

Some of the Impulse! albums not included (as they did not cover material by the Classic Quartet but by different lineups)

Track listing[edit]

Original CD release The Classic Quartet – The Complete Impulse! Recordings , 1998 (Impulse!)

(The LP each song originally appeared on is listed in parentheses)

Disc 1

  1. "Greensleeves" (3:41)
  2. "It's Easy to Remember" (2:45) (Ballads)
  3. "The Inch Worm" (6:15) (Coltrane)
  4. "Big Nick" (4:05) (Coltrane)
  5. "Out of This World (14:02) (Coltrane)
  6. "Soul Eyes" (5:23) (Coltrane)
  7. "Miles' Mode" (7:31) (Coltrane)
  8. "Tunji" (6:32) (Coltrane)
  9. "Nancy (with the Laughing Face) (3:10) (Ballads)
  10. "What's New?" (3:44) (Ballads)
  11. "Up ‘Gainst the Wall" (3:13) (Impressions) and (Coltrane)
  12. “Too Young to Go Steady" (4:20) (Ballads)
  13. “All or Nothing at All" (3:35) (Ballads)
  14. I Wish I Knew (4:51) (Ballads)

Disc 2

  1. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (5:12) (Ballads)
  2. "Say It (Over and Over Again)" (4:15) (Ballads)
  3. "Vilia" (4:36) (Live at Birdland)
  4. "After the Rain" (4:09) (Impressions) and (Dear Old Stockholm)
  5. "Dear Old Stockholm" (10:40) (Dear Old Stockholm)
  6. "Your Lady" (6:39) (Live at Birdland)
  7. "Alabama (Take 4&5)" (5:08) (Live at Birdland)
  8. "Lonnie's Lament" (11:45) (Crescent)
  9. "The Drum Thing" (7:22) (Crescent)
  10. "Wise One" (9:01) (Crescent)

Disc 3

  1. "Crescent" (8:42) (Crescent)
  2. "Bessie's Blues" (3:32) (Crescent)
  3. "A Love Supreme, Part I: Acknowledgement" (7:47) (A Love Supreme)
  4. "A Love Supreme, Part II: Resolution" (7:22) (A Love Supreme)
  5. "A Love Supreme, Part III: Pursuance" (10:45) (A Love Supreme)
  6. "A Love Supreme, Part IV: Psalm" (7:05) (A Love Supreme)
  7. "Nature Boy (first version)" (7:03)
  8. "Nature Boy" (8:01) (The John Coltrane Quartet Plays)
  9. "Feeling Good" (6:22) (The John Coltrane Quartet Plays)
  10. "Chim Chim Cheree" (6:56) (The John Coltrane Quartet Plays)

Disc 4

  1. "Brasilia" (12:54) (The John Coltrane Quartet Plays)
  2. "Song of Praise" (9:51) (The John Coltrane Quartet Plays)
  3. "After the Crescent" (13:40) (Dear Old Stockholm)
  4. "Dear Lord" (5:34) (Dear Old Stockholm)
  5. "One Down, One Up" (15:28) (Dear Old Stockholm)
  6. "Welcome" (5:25) (Transition) and (Kulu Sé Mama)
  7. "The Last Blues" (4:22) (Living Space)

Disc 5

  1. "Untitled Original 90314" (14:45) (Living Space)
  2. "Transition" (15:27) (Transition)
  3. "Suite" (21:17) (Transition)
  4. "Living Space" (10:21) (Living Space)
  5. "Dusk Dawn" (10:48) (Living Space)

Disc 6

  1. "Vigil" (9:50) (Transition) and (Kulu Sé Mama)
  2. "Untitled Original 90320" (10:44) (Living Space)
  3. "Dearly Beloved" (6:27) (Sun Ship)
  4. "Attaining" (11:24) (Sun Ship)
  5. "Sun Ship" (6:12) (Sun Ship)
  6. "Ascent" (10:05) (Sun Ship)
  7. "Amen" (8:14) (Sun Ship)

Disc 7

  1. "Love" (8:04) (First Meditations)
  2. "Compassion" (9:34) (First Meditations)
  3. "Joy" (8:48) (First Meditations)
  4. "Consequences" (7:20) (First Meditations)
  5. "Serenity" (6:11) (First Meditations)
  6. "Joy (second version)" (12:21)

Disc 8

  1. "Crescent (first version) (10:04)
  2. "Bessie's Blues (first version – incomplete) (2:58)
  3. "Song of Praise (first version)" (2:41)
  4. "A Love Supreme, Part II: Resolution (alternate take)" (7:21)
  5. "Feeling Good (alternate take)" (6:16)
  6. "Dear Lord (breakdowns and alternate take)" (7:41)
  7. "Living Space (breakdown and alternate take)" (14:02)

Personnel[edit]

Recorded between 1961 and 1965 in New York City.

The Classic Quartet:

Additional Performers: