The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

John Coltrane - The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording
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"I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good."
-John Coltrane

The Olatunji Concert is truly fascinating. Recorded in 1967, shortly before Coltrane's untimely passing, the Olatunji Concert contains two tracks roughly half an hour long. Babatunde Olatunji (an African percussionist) and his wife had ... read more


It sounds absolutely gorgeous, especially on my new, but old, used speakers I got yesterday.
The feeling i get from this music is immense.
The pinnacle of jazz🤍


Here's the thing: the recording of this final live performance? Absolute dogshit. However, that's kind of what gives the music its ferocious character. So while it would have been nice for this to have received a better capture, it wouldn't be what it is if it did.


this shit is fucking insane my head hurts goddamn

I genuinely dont know how to rate this. This is such an insane album to listen to, nothing I have ever heard in my life sounds like this. this shit is an experience, I recommend listening to this even though it's really hard to listen to just because of how rough it sounds in terms of the recording.

ill just give this a number so it shows up under ratings


is it just me or does the absolutely terrible audio quality 110% make this a more fun experience


Hell has an anthem, I just learned. Not implying that John Coltrane is in hell or anything, but considering his silent grip with mortality he was facing at the time of this recording, it might as well have been Hell. The River Styx has two things on the menu. One is an original composition of his, a 28 minute free jazz saga that clutters the entire soundscape. Accidental recording issues lead to this performance having some of the most distorted, boomy, and downright piercing instrument audio, ... read more

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Track List

  1. Introduction by Billy Taylor
  2. Ogunde
  3. My Favorite Things
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Added on: September 9, 2016