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A Love Supreme [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

John Coltrane Audio CD
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1. Acknowledgement
2. Resolution
3. Pursuance
4. Psalm

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A Love Supreme is a suite about redemption, a work of pure spirit and song, that encapsulates all the struggles and aspirations of the 1960s. Following hard on the heels of the lyrical, swinging Crescent, A Love Supreme heralded Coltrane's search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms that seemed strange to some jazz purists, but which captivated more adventurous listeners (and rock fellow travelers such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and the Byrds), while initiating a series of volatile, unruly prayer offerings, including Kulu Su Mama, Ascension, Om, Meditations, Expression, Interstellar Space. From the urgent speech-like timbre of his tenor, to the serpentine textures and earthy groove of Elvin Jones's drumming, Coltrane's suite proceeds with escalating intensity, conveying a hard-fought wisdom and a beckoning serenity in the prayer-like drones of "Psalm," where Jones rolls and rumbles like thunder as Garrison and Tyner toll away suggestively--all the while Coltrane searches for that one climactic note worthy of the love he wants to share. --Chip Stern

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Digitally remastered edition of the Jazz legend's groundbreaking 1965 album. A Love Supreme is generally considered to be among Coltrane's greatest works, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the free jazz style he adopted later.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Love Supreme June 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
For something like John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" to move the human being to such heightening cannot be overstated in any realm of adulation, regardless of praise's nature tendency to overvalue. It was less than two years ago that, by chance, this disc found it's way into a CD player that I had been borrowing. As a shallow jazzist, at best, I was one day perusing through the limited Jazz section of an independent CD/bookstore in Whistler, BC. I had listened to much Coltrane by then, but only selectively. The limits of my Trane knowledge where painfully obvious by my utter ignorance of his actual works, or albums; all that I had enjoyed to that point was, embarrassingly, downloaded material. When I saw Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" for $15, I didn't think twice about dropping the money. Finally I could hold tangible, material proof of my love for the saxophone - at the time, that's all I really thought the album could hold in value, as I had never known of it's existence, (let alone it's legacy). That night, as friends and I were on a road trip and crammed into one single hotel room, my under-the-kitchen-table mattress proved itself not in propriety, as a sleeping device, but rather as celestial; it was my Coltrane refuge. My under-table mattress was an other-worldly hideout, and with the catalyzing effects of "A Love Supreme," the most blissful, quartet sounds ever to be recorded transformed all that I felt myself to be. Since first experiencing the masterpiece that is "A Love," not once has my hard mind not been softened by the grace, and purity of those four musicians, who recorded a piece, on one innocent day, to shed light upon an often otherwise dark existence. "A Love Supreme" is of the most effusive Trane reveries, and is arguably one of the greatest works of art ever created.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the 2 CD Edition. It is Worth Every Penny. April 10 2004
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Format:Audio CD
If you are looking to add a copy of "A Love Supreme" to your collection, buy this 2 CD Deluxe Edition. It features the original album, sourced from an original master tape from EMI's London vaults, in its entirety on disc 1. The sonic quality of the recording is as good as it is going to get, although there is a little bit of hiss that is discernable during the quieter bass parts (it must be that way on the original tape?).
The real treat, though, is disc 2. Luckily, the only live version of "A Love Supreme" was documented in Antibes in 1965. It would have been an unspeakable tragedy if that music had just disappeared into the air. The live version is presented here in its best sound ever, as it is an excellent analog transfer from the original mono tape made by French national radio. Coltrane and the rest of the group stretch out extensively in the live rendition, without losing the shape and contour of the suite as originally recorded.
There are even some outtakes of "Resolution" and "Acknowledgment" that miraculously have been preserved. Particularly noteworthy is the December 10 session that features Archie Shepp in the group. Coltrane recorded over some of the original tape, but the fascinating version of "Acknowledgment" with Shepp has been extracted and luckily is available for mankind to study and enjoy, even though there are a few dropouts. This is an amazing, historical moment that has been preserved. The outtakes are the jazz equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls. That in itself is a good reason to buy the 2 CD edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive. Sept. 11 2003
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I'm agnostic, and yet John Coltrane's masterpiece A Love Supreme has almost made me see God. It's got that kind of power to it; though John conceived it as his gift to God, its spiritual theme is in no way restricted to his or any religion. It speaks to something vital in anyone and everyone. It's a jazz masterwork - the musicianship is outright stunning but never needlessly flashy; it's accessible enough to love on the first listen, but complex enough to keep you discovering nuances for years. But of course, if you're looking at this release you already know that. If you're wondering whether to pop for the complete expanded edition herein, then the basic question is: how much of a completist are you?
When first released in late 2002, the double-disc remaster had two huge advantages over the single CD that had been previously available: the marvelous increase in sound quality for the original album, and the added contents of disc 2. On the first count, the sonic improvement is impossible to miss; I'm far from an audiophile and I could hear a jump in clarity right from Elvin Jones's opening gong. This re-remastered version is something serious fans of this album will definitely want to hear, whether it's part of this two-disc edition or on its own (since it's just been put out as a single release). Even though the pre-02 CD sounded great.. this one still stomps it flat.
So then, whether to pop for this edition? That depends on whether you want disc 2. The famed Coltrane quartet only performed the material live once, and it's all presented here, again with the clearest sound you're ever likely to hear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for music lovers
The person I bought it for loved it. He's very happy with it and says that it's one of the best albums out there for jazz lovers.
Published 3 months ago by Jaz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book and Some Good Music
The book is very informative and will be useful for a long time. The John Coltrane CD s are just what I had hoped for.
Published 10 months ago by Robert M. Maki
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have listened to my instincts
I only like certain jazz... this was too much for me... I do have someone who will love it though
Published 11 months ago by Gamma5
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! It's never to late to experience A Love Supreme!
The only reason I hadn't already tasted this Coltrane album is that I enjoy a lot of styles of music and sometimes, a classic slips through the cracks. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2012 by Jean-François Porlier
3.0 out of 5 stars Plus technique, moins spleen
Après deux écoutes successives, une prestation routinière de fin de contrat, plus technique et free que spleen et hypnotique. Read more
Published on June 13 2011 by piersim
3.0 out of 5 stars Musically sublime, stereo seperation maddening!
Ok first of all, musically, this album is incredible and you can't go wrong. So why 3 stars? Simply because there's this manner in many conversions to CD of old recordings these... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2007 by T. Neeposh
5.0 out of 5 stars Unhelpful, but true
This album may serve as an acid test - if you don't like it, you don't like jazz, and never will. The flawless interplay of the four voices in this work builds upon all that came... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2004 by Poncho
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly
I'm a big fan of Coltrane, and though I at least like all of his material, several albums stand out to me as really being special. This is definitely one of them. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Supreme Racket
Acknowledgement? Resolution? Pursuance? Psalm? Why didn't he just make it all one song and call it "Crazy" instead? Thats what it is. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by dumb Docky Duck
2.0 out of 5 stars talk about navel-gazing...
Okay already, I'm convinced you have chops! You don't have to keep trying to impress me...or each other...or yourselves... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Mark Mazurek
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