Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

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Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
A black-and-white photo of the Classic Quartet in the studio with the album's name written in the shape of a cross
Studio album by John Coltrane
Released June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Recorded March 6, 1963
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, US
Genre Jazz
Language Instrumental
Label Impulse!
Compiler
John Coltrane chronology
The Atlantic Years in Mono
(2016)
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
(2018)

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album is a studio album recorded by saxophonist John Coltrane for Impulse! Records that was first released in 2018.[1] The recordings were made in 1963 during Coltrane's Classic Quartet period and were lost for decades.

Recording[edit]

On March 6, 1963, Coltrane and his Classic Quartet—including double bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist McCoy Tyner—entered Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded a session that was lost for decades after its master tape was destroyed by Impulse Records to cut down on storage space. The seven tracks making up this album survived as a copy Coltrane gave to his wife.[2][3] The standard issue of the album includes one recording of each track and expanded deluxe editions include multiple takes, including several of the title track from Impressions.

The source tape was formerly in the possession of Coltrane's first wife Juanita Naima.[1] Van Gelder made a separate copy of Coltrane's sessions for the saxophonist to listen at home. After the Guernsey's auction house announced plans to sell Coltrane related artefacts in 2005, the record company intervened to prevent the sale of the tapes and acquired them.[4] Coltrane's son Ravi and studio executive Ken Druker assembled the final album with liner notes written by Sonny Rollins.[1]

All tracks were previously unreleased except for "Vilia" (take 5), which was included in the 1965 sampler The Definitive Jazz Scene, Vol. 3, as well as the CD reissue of Live at Birdland.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Untitled Original 11383" (Take 1)
  2. "Nature Boy"
  3. "Untitled Original 11386" (Take 1)
  4. "Vilia" (Take 3) (based on Franz Lehár's "Vilja Song" from The Merry Widow)
  5. "Impressions" (Take 3)
  6. "Slow Blues"
  7. "One Up, One Down" (Take 1)
Disc two
  1. "Vilia" (Take 5)
  2. "Impressions" (Take 1)
  3. "Impressions" (Take 2)
  4. "Impressions" (Take 4) – 3:40
  5. "Untitled Original 11386" (Take 2)
  6. "Untitled Original 11386" (Take 5)
  7. "One Up, One Down" (Take 6)

Personnel[edit]

The John Coltrane Quartet
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 23
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 17
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 3
Irish Albums (IRMA)[13] 37
Italian Albums (FIMI)[14] 18
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[15] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 9
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[17] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 15
US Billboard 200[20] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Russonello, Giovanni (June 7, 2018). "Lost John Coltrane Recording from 1963 Will Be Released at Last". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (June 8, 2018). "'A New Room in the Great Pyramid': Lost 1963 John Coltrane Album Discovered". The Guardian. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Vincent, Alice (June 8, 2018). "Long-Lost John Coltrane Album Set for Release". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235.
  4. ^ Porter, Lewis (June 28, 2018). "Deep Dive with Lewis Porter: Considering John Coltrane's 'Lost Album,' From All Directions". WBGO. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  5. ^ West, Michael J. (August 9, 2018). "Delayed Trane: John Coltrane's Lost Album". JazzTimes. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  6. ^ Considine, J. D. (June 8, 2018). "Coltrane's 'Lost' 1963 Studio Album Found". DownBeat. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "John Coltrane Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 6 July 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 27 (dal 2018-06-29 al 2018-07-05)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 27: del 29.6.2018 al 5.7.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once - The Lost Album". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "John Coltrane Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.