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

John Coltrane Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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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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5 of 5 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 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Musically sublime, stereo seperation maddening! Nov. 8 2007
Format:Audio CD
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 days to SEPERATE THE INTRUMENTS IN DIFFERENT CHANNELS. I find this REALLY awful in the fact that, for the whole album, the saxophone comes out MY LEFT EAR. The drums, MY RIGHT. The only instrument which is actually well balanced is the piano. This is down right UNBEARABLE for half an hour! I don't understand what these guys were thinking!

Anyways, I got the problem fixed by hardwiring in an adapter to convert the audio to mono on my stereo. It gets especially annoying with earphones.

They should have definitely included a MONO mix onto the CD. I've heard other old recordings that were separated as such and they all included a mono track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic. May 5 2014
By Jacob
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Must have for any music or Jazz collection. Enough said. This is Coltrane's masterpiece and an addictive album than forces anyone new to the album to give it repeated listens in search of newly discovered moments of euphoric expression.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for music lovers Jan. 19 2014
By Jaz
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book and Some Good Music June 22 2013
By Zoser
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I should have listened to my instincts April 29 2013
By Gamma5
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I only like certain jazz... this was too much for me... I do have someone who will love it though
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Format:Audio CD
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. Also, Blue Train being an all time favorite of mine and I thought Coltrane couldn't get any better.

Well, it does in many ways.

Not to say that the more accessible Blue Train is not as good, but this Love Supreme is so dense, so intricate that it needs more listening time to fully reveal itself.

At this price, it's just too good an album to miss!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First of all, John Coltrane is absolutely my favorite saxophonist in history. Those who say he plays the saxonphone like a singer pinching their nose obviously have no musical experience. I play the tenor sax and trust me, no one and I mean no one has ever reached such a smooth and melodic sound. You seriously should try Briteny Spears if you are going to criticize how he plays. The saxophone is easy to play but tough to make as beautful as Coltrane did. He deserves so many praises.
Secondly, Love Supreme is in my mind one of the greatest examples of the brilliance jazz contains. This is freedom. Coltrane put so much emotion into this album. His focus was God, and he proved to be divine with the sax himself. Whether or not you may find A Love Supreme to be entertaining and listenable, there is no doubt that Coltrane truly expressed his strong emotions in his playing. I feel that the beauty A Love Supreme has is through its expression of freedom and emotion. Some might say his repetion of notes is annoying, but Coltrane used this as a release of feelings. The repetion just shows his passion for God and his for of expression. This is the album that shows Coltrane at his highest time of musicianship: passion and emotion for the notes and God.
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