John Coltrane‘s recently-released Lost Album has become the late jazz saxophonist’s highest-charting release ever.
The previously unheard album from 1963 reached No. 21 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album also took the top spot on the jazz charts and has reportedly solid 100k equivalent units, according to Pitchfork.
Titled Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, the release features seven songs — two of which were previously unreleased — that were recorded by Coltrane in one day in March 1963 at Van Gelder Studios with his classic quartet of McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. There are standard and deluxe versions of the album. The former features seven out of the 14 takes done during the recording session, while a deluxe edition includes all of the tracks. Both versions will be available on CD and vinyl formats. The album was released via Impulse! Records.
Although the master tape had thought to have been lost and likely destroyed in the early 1970s, turns out that Coltrane had gone home with the album recorded onto a reference tape, which ended up in the possession of his first wife, Naima. Impulse! approached her family to release the music from the reference tape, which was still in good condition.