John Coltrane – Ballads Japan promotional LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1976 Japanese promotional pressing of Ballads by the John Coltrane Quartet, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese promotional pressing of Ballads by the John Coltrane Quartet, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Ballads is a 1976 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally released in 1963.

The gatefold cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG++ with slight wear at the top and bottom edges.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.  The insert is M-.

The disc is a promotional copy that says “sample” in Japanese above the title.  The disc is M- with a bit of foxing and a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background:  Originally released in 1963, Ballads was the fifth John Coltrane recording for Impulse! Records. gave Ballads a 4 star review:

…Ballads is … a perfectly fine album of Coltrane doing what he always did — exploring new avenues and modes in an inexhaustible search for personal and artistic enlightenment. With Ballads he looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman (on John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman) and with Duke Ellington (on Duke Ellington and John Coltrane). Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He’s not aggressive, and he’s not outwardly. Instead he’s introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads’ draw.


Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Impulse!
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in