Ascension (studio album) by John Coltrane

Ascension by John Coltrane
Year: 1966
Overall rank: 1,021st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 296 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1966 (11th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (110th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,021st)
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John Coltrane bestography

Ascension is ranked 5th best out of 76 albums by John Coltrane on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by John Coltrane is A Love Supreme which is ranked number 77 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 18,594.

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Ascension track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 296 votes)
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06/10/2022 04:56 leniad  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 78393/100
 
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06/03/2022 17:16 DommeDamian  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 4,46553/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.3/100, a mean average of 76.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.5.

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70/100
From 03/18/2022 19:58
A crazy experience that really crams as much instrumentation into your ears as possible. In some places this works perfectly and in others it sounds a bit like a mess. The performances are incredible and it is a joy just to hear these masters of their craft play. This is very consistent throughout and so it gives us a lot to enjoy. However, it is the content where this album struggles as it is a bit confused in places and is quite a tough listen. I can see how this would make the album a masterpiece for some listeners but to me it doesn't work. Overall, I love the playing but can't get past the craziness that would allow me to appreciate this record more.
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90/100
From 02/03/2021 00:54
America, land of the free (jazz) and home of the brave (jazz?)
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From 07/14/2020 17:39
Somewhere between heaven and headache.
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75/100
From 02/16/2019 22:32
Brilliant expression or just disjointed cacophony? I can see the argument for both. I lean closer to "brilliant," but there's no doubt there's some mindless rambling in there as well.
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From 11/05/2018 16:56
pretty much mindblowing
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100/100
From 06/28/2018 21:12
I never knew Jazz was this amazing! And it looks like its not just Trane playing. These guys are awesome!
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From 06/28/2018 06:17
Wow
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75/100
From 11/05/2017 04:15
Where to go from A Love Supreme? Right up on to heaven. The music here is so beautiful. Every instrument is given it's time to "speak" its praises until it is consumed by the others in a giant "chorus", until they all end in a glorious final rapture that makes me think of porcelain staircases and of angels.
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90/100
From 09/23/2017 22:07
a brilliant cacophony

the real question is how the album is rated a 78 but its sole track is an 84...
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85/100
From 07/31/2016 20:31
Great in places, annoying and frustrating in others. A completely flawed masterpiece that walks that very fine line between triumph and disaster, but Coltrane's mercurial genius just about pulls it off.
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Best Albums of 1966
1. Revolver by The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
3. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
4. Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
5. Aftermath by The Rolling Stones
6. Freak Out! by The Mothers Of Invention
7. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel
8. The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators by 13th Floor Elevators
9. Face To Face by The Kinks
10. Wild Is The Wind by Nina Simone
11. Ascension by John Coltrane
12. Black Monk Time by Monks (US)
13. Fresh Cream by Cream
14. If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears by The Mamas And The Papas
15. Fifth Dimension by The Byrds
16. Blues Breakers by John Mayall & Eric Clapton
17. Da Capo by Love
18. Sunshine Superman by Donovan
19. Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo [The Good, The Bad & The Ugly] by Ennio Morricone
20. Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter
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