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listen  3. Bags & TraneMilt Jackson & John Coltrane 7:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. The Night We Called It A DayMilt Jackson & John Coltrane 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Blues Legacy (Alternate Take)Milt Jackson & John Coltrane 9:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. CenterpieceMilt Jackson & John Coltrane 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Giant Steps (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Naima (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Like Sonny (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Syeeda's Song FluteJohn Coltrane 7:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Mr. P.C.John Coltrane 6:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Giant StepsJohn Coltrane 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Cousin MaryJohn Coltrane 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Cousin Mary (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 5:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. I'll Wait And PrayJohn Coltrane 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen23. Little Old LadyJohn Coltrane 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Like SonnyJohn Coltrane 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. HarmoniqueJohn Coltrane 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. My Shining HourJohn Coltrane 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen28. Some Other BluesJohn Coltrane 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Fifth HouseJohn Coltrane 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. CherrycoJohn Coltrane & Don Cherry 6:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. The BlessingJohn Coltrane & Don Cherry 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Focus On SanityJohn Coltrane & Don Cherry12:12Album Only
listen33. The InvisibleJohn Coltrane & Don Cherry 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Bemsha SwingJohn Coltrane & Don Cherry 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Village BluesJohn Coltrane 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. Village Blues (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. My Favorite ThingsJohn Coltrane13:44Album Only
listen38. Central Park WestJohn Coltrane 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen39. Mr. SymsJohn Coltrane 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. Untitled Original (Alternate Take) (Exotica)John Coltrane 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen41. SummertimeJohn Coltrane11:37Album Only
listen42. Body And SoulJohn Coltrane 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen43. Body And Soul (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen44. Mr. KnightJohn Coltrane 7:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen45. Blues To Elvin (Alternate Take 1)John Coltrane10:57Album Only
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listen47. Mr. DayJohn Coltrane 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen48. Blues To You (Alternate Take 1)John Coltrane 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen49. Blues To YouJohn Coltrane 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen50. Blues To BechetJohn Coltrane 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen51. SatelliteJohn Coltrane 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen52. Everytime We Say GoodbyeJohn Coltrane 5:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen53. 26-2John Coltrane 6:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen54. But Not For MeJohn Coltrane 9:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen55. LiberiaJohn Coltrane 6:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen56. The Night Has A Thousand EyesJohn Coltrane 6:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen57. EquinoxJohn Coltrane 8:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen58. OleJohn Coltrane18:18Album Only
listen59. Dahomey DanceJohn Coltrane10:49Album Only
listen60. AishaJohn Coltrane 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen61. To Her Ladyship (Original Untitled Ballad)John Coltrane 9:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen62. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 1, Incomplete)John Coltrane 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen63. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 2, False Start)John Coltrane 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen64. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 3, Incomplete)John Coltrane 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen65. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 4, Incomplete)John Coltrane 1:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen66. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 5, Alternate)John Coltrane 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen67. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 6, False Start)John Coltrane0:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen68. Giant Steps (Alternate Version, Take 7, Incomplete)John Coltrane 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen69. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 1, Incomplete)John Coltrane 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen70. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 2, False Start)John Coltrane 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen71. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 4, False Start)John Coltrane0:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen72. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 5, Alternate)John Coltrane 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen73. Naima (Alternate Version, Take 6, Alternate)John Coltrane 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen74. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Rehearsal 1, False Start)John Coltrane0:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen75. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Rehearsal 2, Incomplete)John Coltrane 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen76. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Take 1, False Start)John Coltrane0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen77. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Take 2, Incomplete)John Coltrane 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen78. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Take 3, Incomplete)John Coltrane 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen79. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Take 4, False Start)John Coltrane0:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen80. Like Sonny (Alternate Take 5)John Coltrane 8:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen81. Like Sonny (Alternate Version, Take 6, Incomplete)John Coltrane 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen82. Giant Steps (Take 3, Incomplete)John Coltrane 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen84. Blues To Elvin (Take 2, False Start)John Coltrane0:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen85. Blues To Elvin (Take 3, Alternate)John Coltrane 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen86. Blues To You (Take 2, Alternate)John Coltrane 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000033K2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

7 CDs that chronicle the "Giant Steps" that John Coltrane took as a saxophonist and an artist during his hallowed 1959-61 stint with Atlantic. Here is every note he recorded for the label in chronological order, all documented inside a 72-page hardcover book. Landmark jazz!

John Coltrane not only made his reputation once and for all during his brief 1959-61 stay at Atlantic Records; he cut enough material to allow the label to continue releasing "new" albums (the Don Cherry collaboration The Avant-Garde) until a year before his 1967 death. The Heavyweight Champion collects those masters plus revealing alternate takes and false starts in a typical handsome Rhino box that is also packed with informative notes and great Lee Friedlander photos. While the sheer volume of music and emotion Coltrane and cohorts throw at the listener might make purchases of individual discs like My Favorite Things, Giant Steps, and Coltrane's Sound a wise choice, those committed enough to jump right in won't regret adding these seven CDs to their collections. Coltrane had kicked his multilayered sonic and spiritual quest into fifth gear by the time of his Atlantic debut, and to say he scorched plenty of earth while under the care of staff producer Nesuhi Ertegun is only the beginning of an ample description of his achievements at the label. Though he was to go even further at Impulse!, where he ended his career, Champion's tracks rate in the very small beyond-five-stars category. --Rickey Wright

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ravi Desai on January 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great box set. 7Cds comprising all of Coltranes work on the Atlantic label. This includes all the material on 10 albums: 1.Giant Steps, 2.Coltrane Jazz, 3.Bags and Trane, 4. My favorite things, 5. ole coltrane, 6. coltrane plays the blues, 7. coltranes sound, 8. the avant garde, 9. the coltrane legacy, 10. coltrane-alternate takes. These albums are all contained on the first 6 discs in the set. the track order has been modified so that tracks are presented in the original chronological order. The seventh disc consists of several alternate takes(which are only available in this box set). This is great material and is should be in every serious jazz collection. it is worth noting that most of this is available as individual discs and many collectors may want to accumulate this one CD at a time. The accompanying book and overall packagingare excellent My only complaint is that this is a very expensive set. there are also a lot of alternate takes (but serious listeners will enjoy these). buyers should note that this is not a complete collection of Coltrane's work. A lot of coltranes best work(Alove supreme)was done on Impulse records and is therefore not in this set. Overall this is a wonderful collection, if it were only more affordable
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66 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Hughes on March 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As many jazz fans reading this review already know, there are eight albums John Coltrane recorded for Atlantic, 1959-1961:

BAGS AND TRANE ( w/ Milt Jackson )
THE AVANT-GARDE ( w/ Don Cherry )

Given the sheer excellence of these recordings ( "Giant Steps" and "My Favorite Things" are landmarks ), this reviewer is more than a little sheepish at having to slap a 3 star rating on the "Heavyweight Champion" box set. Why? Well, it's certainly not due to the music, for I haven't any doubt whatsoever as to either its inherent quality or artistic significance. And obviously, the low rating can't be chalked up to packaging details, which are uniformly tasteful: the hard-cover booklet, more a "mini-book", is exemplary and there is a truly spectacular "extra" ( ingeniously encased in a replica of a reel-to-reel tape box ) in the form of a disc devoted to virtually *all* of the takes ( partial & complete ) of Trane's groundbreaking tune, "Giant Steps".

No, the crux of my complaint resides in what I strongly feel is an aesthetic violation: the fact that this box set, like so many others, arranges all of the music ( including alternate takes ) in strict chronological order. While this approach certainly has merits for extended live recordings or certain unique studio projects ( eg, Art Tatum's mammoth sessions for Norman Granz ), I find it has little *artistic* ( as opposed to musicological ) justification when applied to a body of work that stands so close to perfection through the arrangement its creator fashioned.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Scott McFarland on October 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have the other 2 box sets of Coltrane's recorded works - the 16-CD Prestige set and the 8-CD Impulse set. This is by far the most impressive, definitive, and even of the sets.
John finds himself on here - he cuts his seminal "Giant Steps" material on Discs 1 and 2, then moves on to form his original quartet (with Elvin, McCoy, and Steve Davis) and cut a wealth of blues-inspired material while the band was fresh. He discovers the soprano sax and plays some startling figures on it (the best-known being "My Favorite Things"). The compositions on here are perfect and the playing pretty great. John never sounded better, and I can't imagine anyone with an interest in jazz not enjoying the heck out of this set.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Memphis E. on December 14, 2001
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This is WONDERFUL. If you're like me and you think John Coltrane was the most perfect realization of God's purpose when God invented music x thousand years ago, you will love this set. (If you don't already have it.) But even if you don't think that, you will probably like it an awful lot. It is simply jazz saxophone at its finest. And the high quality of the recording captures the music perfectly.
Even though it is seven discs, I've listened to it probably 40 times. Several entire albums are included here. Yes it's expensive, but if you buy one of the albums separately, you will want another, and another, and then you'll eventually buy this anyway. That's what happened to me.
Like liner notes? There is plenty to read in the generous booklet. Curious what songs were originally on what albums in what order? All that information is included here, along with original album artwork, complete session information, musician credits, etc. I am very picky about the way albums sound and the way they are packaged and I found no problems with this set. That is rare for me, people!
Usually when a record label says, "The Complete..." I think, "sure..." and then another album comes out with something they just "discovered". But I think they did it right with this one and actually gave us everything! If you are at all into jazz, you will never regret buying this whole set.
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