HQ-Vinyl, (Reissue Remastered Stereo) '* Bonus Tracks: From the same Sessions, but not included on the original LP.nnGatefold 180 Gram + 2 Bonus Tracks'[discogs]
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Originally released in 1962 on Impulse!: Ballads
When John Coltrane was asked, 'Why a ballads album?', he said 'Variety.' Meaning a change of pace. And perhaps he wanted to apprise those who haven't discovered that he can be lyrical. John played the tunes straight, in the in-choruses, unless you count his lovely phrase endings as deviations from melody. When the development occurred, he made his musical points quickly and succinctly. I'd never heard him play this tightly. - Gene Lees (Excerpted from the original liner notes for Ballads) Original sessions produced by Bob Thiele. Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder and digitally remastered by Erick Labson st MCA Music Media Studios.All tracks recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. [vervemusicgroup.com]