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Love Supreme Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • ASIN: B0000A118M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Acknowledgement
2. Resolution
3. Pursuance
4. Psalm

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4 2015
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
This is Coltrane's legendary record. His "Blonde On Blonde" or "Kind Of Blue" (this is actually my third favorite Coltrain record behind "Blue Train" and "Africa / Brass"). So I was really looking forward to receiving this Blu ray. I was thrilled to see it has over an hours worth of Bonus tracks including the entire album being done live (the live tracks are great since they differ from the studio versions in one case the track is actually over twice as long as the original). It also has four studio outtakes but there are audio issues with the last two bonus tracks. They sound like they might have been sourced from damaged master tapes. But by no means does it diminish the quality of this set ( Better to have them as is then not get them at all). The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is due to a bit of distortion on the third track "Pursuance". It only lasts a second but it's noticeable and I have never heard it on other versions of the albums I have owned so I am assuming it's a mastering error or that the Blu Ray audio is such a good reproduction I am hearing something that has always been there but was not noticeable before (that's the only drag about high end audio. They sound much clearer but you hear the Bad with the good) but either way it's still annoying. However this issue aside I have never heard the album sound this good. If you like this record and you have a Blu ray player it's worth the price of admission and then some!
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I have been a jazz fan for more than 50 years and this is am album which, I know it,s hard to believe , but I had never heard it before, although I had heard a lot of good things about it. Well now I know what the fuss was all about. Once you get over the religious tone of it you realize this is a true classic of jazz.
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Format: Audio CD
John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison are acknowledged masters of their instruments in the field of jazz. From my 45 years in the jazz field I have not yet one jazz musician who would not acknowledge this.
As a musician who was following jazz (and especially Coltrane) in the sixties, this record blew us all out when it first came out (with the exception of those who were hearing Trane live on stage or playing with him). It was one more amazing step in an amazing musical career of an amazing musical talent. 1964-65 was also very culturally craetive time in American music in general
I am sorry to say that we expected this kind of expansive music to continue to expand and evolve, but as time has gone on (now almost 40 years later), this album stands out today as my favorite. I want to say that it is the best of the best, but that kind of discernment doesn't fit into the jazz ethos where each genre has its own unique flavor, expression, and contribution against an organic backdrop where there is not static standard. In other words, if I said best, then this may reflect negative on another work of art or artist that is no less exquisite or beautiful. here I am not desiring to compare, but simply to state that this set is uniquely powerful.
Now some one who doesn't like jazz or didn't like "new jazz" might not like "a Love Supreme", but for some one who is open and listening there exists incredible power and beauty here -- love and wisdom in these sounds where these master musicians have dared to go! This is muisc that I can open up to and trust!Thank you Elvin, Jimmy, McCoy, and John!
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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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By 1964, Coltrane had achieved a technical mastery of the saxophone that was light years ahead of his peers, and here that talent meets at a crossroads with Coltrane's soul on its journey towards enlightenment. This is the product of that meeting. And whatever enlightenment is to you, I think you'll hear it in volumes here. It's one long piece, split into four tracks with the titles "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". The message is overtly spiritual - reference Coltrane's poem by the same name - and the beautiful thing about music without words is that it can deliver the message panoramically to anyone of any spiritual persuasion. Only the most sullen atheist wouldn't feel moved by what's happening in this album. There are passages of quiet reverence juxtaposed with furious bursts of atonal epiphany. The first and last tracks are the standouts as they are the most memorable - the first for its sophistication in stating the theme, the last for its sheer emotion. There's even a mystery saxophone overdub in the closing seconds of the album; no one's claimed definitive knowledge of how exactly it got into the final mix. Put it on the platter, and you'll always find yourself rewarded and moved when the last note ends. It's that deep.
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