Ballads (John Coltrane album)

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Studio album by John Coltrane
Released End of January/early February 1963[1]
Recorded December 21, 1961; September 18 and November 13, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 32:18
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
John Coltrane chronology
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
2/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Ballads is a jazz album by John Coltrane. It was recorded in December 1961 and 1962, and released on the Impulse! label in 1963 as A-32 (mono) and later AS-32 (stereo). Critic Gene Lees stated that the quartet had never played the tunes before. "They arrived with music-store sheet music of the songs" and just before the recordings, they "would discuss each tune, write out copies of the changes they'd use, semi-rehearse for a half hour and then do it". Each piece was recorded in one take, except for "All or Nothing at All".[6] In 2008, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Say It (Over and Over Again)" (Frank Loesser)– 4:18
  2. "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Gene DePaul)– 5:15
  3. "Too Young to Go Steady" (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)– 4:23
  4. "All or Nothing at All" (Arthur Altman)– 3:39
  5. "I Wish I Knew" (Harry Warren)– 4:54
  6. "What's New?" (Bob Haggart)– 3:47
  7. "It's Easy to Remember" (Richard Rodgers)– 2:49
  8. "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)" (Jimmy Van Heusen)– 3:10




  1. ^ Billboard Feb 16, 1963
  2. ^ Down Beat: March 28, 1963 vol. 30, no. 8
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 46. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  6. ^ Original liner notes by Gene Lees
  7. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame website, retrieved 9 November 2013.