2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Mono
Recorded March 6th, 1963
Original 1/4" analog mono tapes were used for all tracks.
Both Directions at Once was recorded in Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey on March 6, 1963, by saxophonist John Coltrane and his Quartet: double bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist McCoy Tyner.
To cut down on storage space, Impulse Records destroyed the master tape, and the recording was lost for decades. The seven tracks on Both Directions survived as a copy Coltrane gave to his first wife, Juanita Naima. Van Gelder made a separate copy for Coltrane to listen to at home. In 2005, after the Guernsey's auction house announced plans to sell Coltrane-related artefacts, the record company intervened to acquire the tapes. Coltrane's son Ravi and studio executive Ken Druker assembled the final album with liner notes written by Ashley Kahn.
A1 Untitled Original 11383 (Take 1) 5:41
A2 Nature Boy 3:24
A3 Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1) 8:43
A4 Vilia (Take 3) 5:32
B1 Impressions (Take 3) 4:36
B2 Slow Blues 11:28
B3 One Up, One Down (Take 1) 8:01
C1 Vilia (Take 5) 4:37
C2 Impressions (Take 1) 4:06
C3 Impressions (Take 2) 4:37
C4 Impressions (Take 4) 3:40
D1 Untitled Original 11386 (Take 2) 8:41
D2 Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5) 8:23
D3 One Up, One Down (Take 6) 7:17