One of John Coltrane's most popular albums is getting reissued for its 60th anniversary.
My Favorite Things was the jazz legend's fourth record for the Atlantic label, and one of the bestselling works of the genre. Its title track, a dazzling cover of Rodgers and Hammerstein's song from The Sound of Music, became a jazz radio staple and helped the album sell more than a half-million copies in the ensuing decades.The other three songs on the album come from the rich tradition of Great American Songbook/musical writers: Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and two from the Gershwin songbook: "Summertime" and "But Not for Me."
The album marked several notable firsts in Trane's esteemed career. For the first time, the bandleader used a soprano saxophone, after some time practicing with one in his final months working alongside Miles Davis; the instrument was exceptionally rare among jazz loyalists at the time. It also marked the proper debut of his touring quartet on record: pianist McCoy Tyner, double bassist Steve Davis and drummer Elvin Jones. (They'd previously been heard on one track from Coltrane Jazz, an album released a month before Favorite Things.) The quartet would form the backbone of much of his acclaimed work throughout the rest of the decade, with Jimmy Garrison replacing Davis. My Favorite Things is still considered an essential jazz album by many - including the late Coltrane himself. "[It] is my favorite piece of everything we've recorded," he told Jazz Hot in 1962. "I don't think I'd like to redo it in any other way, although all the other records I've done could be improved by a few details."
While the 2CD or 2LP set will feature no bonus tracks, it will notably feature the album in both its original stereo and mono mixes. (Tapes of the latter were recently rediscovered after many years of presuming it to be lost.) The package will also include new liner notes by critic Ben Ratliff and photos from the Atlantic archive in the packaging.
My Favorite Things is available once again on May 20. Pre-order your copy below.
My Favorite Things (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (originally released as Atlantic (SD) 1361, 1961 - reissued Atlantic/Rhino R2 666923, 2022)
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- My Favorite Things
- Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
- But Not for Me
CD 1 features above tracks in mono. CD 2 features above tracks in stereo.
Too bad they don't include the single tracks (part one and two) of My Favorite Things.
It's GREAT that they found the mono mixes, but they should be sold separately on one disk; the stereo mix has always sounded horrible.
A. Vogt says
How could they be sold separately if they were on 1 disc?