All or Nothing At All
John Coltrane Lyrics

All or nothing at all
Half a love, never appealed to me
If your heart, never could yield to me
Then I'd rather (rather) have nothing at all

All or nothing at all
If it's love, there is no in between
Why begin then cry, for something that might have been
No I'd rather (rather) have nothing at all
But please don't bring your lips so close to my cheek
Don't smile or I'll be lost beyond recall
The kiss in your eyes, the touch of your hand makes me weak
And my heart may go dizzy and fall

And if I fell (I fell) under the spell of your call
I would be, caught in the undertow
So you see, I've got to say no, no
All or nothing at all

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CARLIN AMERICA INC
Written by: Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence

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Jazziz Café

Love it! Thanks!
🙌 John Coltrane, y su cuarteto formado junto a McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison y Elvin Jones grabaron su álbum "Ballads" con Impulse Records entre 1961 y 1962: ocho canciones que incluían esta versión del "All or Nothing at All" compuesta en 1939 por Arthur Altman y Jack Lawrence.

🎷 John William Coltrane y su grupo grabaron cada pieza del álbum en una única toma, excepto justamente "All or Nothing at All", un trabajo que consiguio entrar a formar parte del 'Salón de la Fama de los GRAMMYs.

#classicmonday #jazz


Ah yes, Elvin is right in there with John as usual. Jones' marvelously complex, throbbing rhythms are in sync with Coltrane's lovely meanderings. This is of my favorite Classic Quartet tunes and never tire of hearing it.


Gives us goosebumps every time--the whole group is masterful; Elvin's poly-rhythmic push is fantastic!...............major props here!!

Goo Naa

It's true man !!! I also got the goosebump thing ...ha ! Was crate digging in a record store in Berne, Switzerland back in the 80s and then they played this !! Had only heard Trane's avant-garde work up to that point (which isn't my bag) so hadn't pursued his work. Glad I was able to see the light in the end !


great drums from elvin jones, totally unpredictable....

john lasersohn

love the rhythmic interplay w/ Tyner and Jones here.

Nikos Pantazoglou

masters of styling, they made a new song from a song!


A track from what I consider to be the companion LP to "John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman."
The arrangement of this most amazing tune, even with its bare-bones, Jazz quartet-instrumentation, anticipates what would come to be called "art rock" by at least five years.
Letting drummer Elvin Jones be the star of this track was a great choice...
...and it set the stage, in the ears of the audience, the record-buying public, for what Keith Moon, John Densmore, and Ginger Baker would be offering just a few years later.
(Addendum, 8 months later:)
I came upon Kurt Elling's live recording of this tune, with Ernie Watts, last night, and thought, "Wow, what an interesting groove."
Of course it is: 
It was lifted from this.


ou wooow, this is jazz i feel it in tha gut

Rodney Thompkins

Great artist dong Great things

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