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John Coltrane earns first billboard top 40 entry with 'The Lost Album' / Forbes

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Jazz fans got a monumental treat last week in the form of John Coltrane's posthumously released Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, which the virtuosic saxophonist recorded with his Classic Quartet in 1963. Those fans responded by giving Coltrane his first Top 40 album on the Billboard 200, 51 years after his death.

Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 this week with 22,000 equivalent units, of which 21,000 were traditional album sales. That marks Coltrane's best showing on the chart by far; he previously reached No. 107 with 2008's Opus Collection: A Man Called Trane and 2005's At Carnegie Hall, which he recorded with the Thelonious Monk Quartet in 1957. The Lost Album also marks Coltrane's biggest solo sales week in Nielsen Music's 27-year history, though At Carnegie Hall still sold more during Christmas week in 2005, when it moved 28,000 copies.

The 90-minute collection also earns Coltrane his fourth No. 1 album on both the Traditional Jazz Albums and overall Jazz Albums charts, as well as a No. 5 debut on the Top Album Sales chart. Those figures are a testament to the jazz luminary's enduring legacy; tenor saxophonist and one-time Coltrane collaborator Sonny Rollins likened The Lost Album's discovery to "finding a new room in the Great Pyramid."   (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)