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  • Audio CD (7 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000003N6H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love
2. Compassion
3. Joy
4. Consequences
5. Serenity
6. Joy (alternate version)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adam V VINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Amazingly, this album,the original recording of Coltrane's Meditations suite,remained unreleased until after his death,and yet it is easily superior to the released version. It features only the classic quartet, which was about to break up, but still in remarkable form. The album bridges the gap between A love Supreme and his later work, and is largely a continuation of similar ideas from the 1964 classic. The opening track(although the whole album flows as a suite) entitled Love is possibly the finest thing he ever recorded, and is very different from the later released version. Basically, if you like Coltrane, especially the classic Quartet, then buy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By yerblues on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in september 1965, First Meditations is the final and greatest recording by Coltrane's Classic Quartet. The finished version was passed over by coltrane himself and not released until 1977, ten years after his untimely death. Two months later he recorded the free jazz version entitled Meditations,which was officially released in early'66. Whether he was dissatisfied with First Meditations, we'll never know....
What we do know is that he was so prolific (especially in 1965) that he maybe just didn't get around to releasing all that great music - Sun Ship and Stellar Regions as two prime examples of posthumously released works that match the quality of albums released in his lifetime...
More melodic than its brilliant dark and murky alter ego 'Meditations', each track on First Meditations reaches interstellar proportions as Coltrane takes his tenor as far as it can possibly go - listen to the slow build up in 'Love' where each note twists, turns and writhes to the ultimate point of no return....this fire and passion is all absorbing and doesnt let up throughout the entire suite..
Coltrane is supported by possibly the greatest rhythm section in jazz, Elvin Jones (drums), McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass)..
Listen to First Meditations and hear the John Coltrane Quartet bowing out at the peak of their powers .....their grand finale...

p.s. Its about time this album was afforded the special Impulse treatment: a remaster (if required) and a quality cardboard gatefold sleeve with new cover art perhaps?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr P VINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Possibly the greatest Coltrane album. Certainly the best I have heard. Love and Serenity are just utterly amazing. Full off wild, musical passion. You can almost see blood pouring out of the sax. The other guys are amazing too. An emotional tour de force. Building on Crescent and A Love Supreme this one goes way out to a different galaxy. Dont miss out! Sign up for this amazing journey, now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the most overlooked album in John Coltrane's discography and was one of the last recordings by the classic quartet(September,1965) although not issued until 1977. It's a five-part suite which is best described as 'A Love Supreme Mark 2'. An alternative, longer version of one movement, 'Joy', is also included. Coltrane's playing is passionate, ecstatic and lyrical and the record displays the full range of his musical powers. McCoy Tyner is also in stunning form with inspired work from bassist, Jimmy Garrison and drummer, Elvin Jones.
It's scandalous that 'First Meditations' is currently unavailable. It should be re-issued, coupled with the better known 'Meditations' which was recorded in November, 1965 with the addition of tenor saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders and drummer Rashied Ali.
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