( Remastered) 'Recorded December 1961 and September and November 1962 at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Disc one is the original album.
Disc two is extra material from the Ballads sessions, most of it previously unreleased.
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]
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