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A Love Supreme(Limited Lp/Japan Only) [VINYL] [Import]

John Coltrane Vinyl
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John Coltrane (1926-67) was the most relentlessly exploratory musician in jazz history. He was always searching, seeking to take his music further in what he quite consciously viewed as a spiritual quest. In terms of public recognition, this quest began relatively late. The tenor saxophonist, a native of North Carolina who later moved to Philadelphia, was 28 when he joined the Miles Davis ... Read more in Amazon's John Coltrane Store

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  • Vinyl (21 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: UNIVERSAL
  • ASIN: B000666U84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,359,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What can be said of Coltrane's transcendent 'A Love Supreme' that hasn't already been spoken or written? A great deal, I'm sure. But first you have to enter its extraordinary sound world. That is by far the most important thing: to take the suite on its terms, and to be prepared to alter your expectations and presuppositions accordingly. For, as Robert Fripp would put it, it is a music that invites you into its presence. It is there way before you are. And its transformation of jazz is still not finished.
As most reading this will know, the studio version is tracked by a full live rendition (issued independently on CD in 2000) from the Antibes jazz festival 1965. You need to check that out too, and the remastered Impulse recordings -- based on new master tapes released in October 2002 -- are perhaps the best place to begin. But you might be intrigued by this, dense compressed version, which is all we had from the studio until more recently.
Wherever you start, 'A Love Supreme' still retains the capacity to surprise, entice and delight even the most over-taxed ears; surely a true testimony to its greatness. Winnowing sax, uncomplicated melodic sophistication, subtle modal delights, percussive ingenuity (not just from the drummer) and a spirit of blazing but well-tempered spiritual passion make these inter-twining tracks what they are: wholly entrancing.
To add to the delight of discovery there is also a new book which helps to fill in the background to the album, the era that witnessed its birth and the creative force behind it. ‘A Love Supreme: The Creation of John Coltrane’s Classic Album’ by Ashley Kahn (Granta Books 2002 (ISBN: 186207545X), has a Foreword by percussion legend Elvin Jones. It is full of information and insight, of course. But it is best to begin with those magical notes...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still supreme after all these years. 30 Nov 2004
By R Jess
Format:Audio CD
It's a testament to John Coltrane's artistic vision that a piece of uncomprimising music such as a 'A Love Supreme' can be heard for the universalism it stands for. Recorded in a studio in New Jersey in late 1964, Coltrane had spent a week alone in a room in his house away from his wife and children. During that time of contemplation and isolation, he put pen to paper to bare his soul to God and the essence of 'A Love Supreme' was born. I don't think it was a coincedence that at the time this album was recorded in the mid-60's, a new philosophy of spirituality and peace & love began to prevade popular music in general. The Church of St. John Coltrane still resides in that bastion of hippiedom San Francisco.
The music on the album itself is powerful not just for Coltrane's playing itself but also for the fanatical interplay of the quartet. 'Acknowledgement' opens with Garrison's passionate bass line, leading into Coltrane's dynamic and ingenious playing, the quartet's spirited performance like a fervant, untamed emotion that has gripped them all. 'Resolution' blazes from the record with Tyler burnishing the track with some brilliant playing of his own. Jones's frantic drumming comes to the fore on the opening of 'Pursuance', a track where the meaning of 'Chasin' The Trane' becomes self-evident as Garrison, Tyler and Jones follow in hot pursuit of their leader's furious joy. Tyler's playing is again compelling as the quartet trade notes with such alarming velocity before Garrison's bass tip-toes and leads us like the pied-piper to the concluding 'Psalm'.
It's refreshing in this day and age to hear an artist whose sincerity and integrity shines through his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Coltrane 6 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
Mr Kim Tait, a saxophonist, muso/artist and friend argued that Coltrane was the greates saxophonist to draw breath. Hands up any of you who knew that the saxophone was invented by a Belgian. I don't think he had Mr Coltrane in mind as a prime exponent of his instrument which was more for the oom-pah generation. Nevertheless, as well as Mr Tait, there were the Liverpool poets dropping Coltrane into their verses. I stumbled into jazz in the early seventies through a Harvey Mann/Bobby Jasper track "Tel Aviv" which made me a fan of the saxaphone. But Coltrane remained for many years in the too hard basket to listen too. All that discord and screech. Truth was I did not have the framework or discipline then to listen let alone appreciate what this man was able to do with music. So in comes Mr Tait-endless nagging and I succumbed. First off, all agree he is a bloody genius. No easy listening modality for this man. His whole life was spent in experimenting with the sounds he and others collectively could crate. Secondly, read his biography, he comes across as a decent human being. Not the average muso with show ponying behaviours, temper tantrums etc. But this as a first listen? It was hard work. But it paid dividends to perservere. Firstly, look at the combination of players. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. each accomplished in their mastery of their instrument and could have been earning big bucks playing in more main stream ensembles. But they were driven to share the vision of Coltrane that everything is in constant flux.I have two Coltrane tracks on my Ipod, a version of "My Favourite Things" and "Chim, Chim-whatever from Mary Poppins". Both scour you to the soul as they are deconstructed, reconstructed and just when you think they are imploding they explode in celebration. Thank you Mr Tait, you were so right. Coltrane is worth the journey and I am privileged to have made it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful piece of art!
What else can be said about this album? It's an example of wonderful music well recorded. Just need to save money and buy more albums of Coltrane.
Published 6 months ago by cvision123
5.0 out of 5 stars A Supreme issue
If you prefer digital formats over Analogue then this is possibly the best version you are ever going to own of this classic album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fletch-a-sketch
1.0 out of 5 stars Two copy's both in very poor condition
I purchased this album and after the first one arrived in very poor condition with loads of marks on the vinyl,had it replaced only to find the same with the replacement one.
Published 10 months ago by T. Stein
1.0 out of 5 stars scratched disc
I know this piece of music and looked forward to playing it. Looking at the disc I was incredulous to see the scoring and scratching. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed!
Cam just as i expected but in my opinion it is a little over rated but obviously this is to my tastes
Published 14 months ago by MR J E EVANS
1.0 out of 5 stars Be more careful
Sadly the cd is in a format that i cannot play. It wasn't obvious that this was a SACD ( what ever that is )
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Masterpiece
John Coltrane's 1964-recorded masterpiece A Love Supreme is, for me, one of the most beautiful, and simple, musical performances ever recorded. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Trane`s prayer
Even at his most `out there` John Coltrane sounded as if he had something beyond the confines of genre to impart, bursting as he was with, so colleague Miles Davis pointedly... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album for anyone with a soul
I bought this album as an Amazon recommends from an earlier purchase of Kind of Blue. It is quite awesome in terms of simplicity and depth of sound. It is soulful. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by Firestarter 35
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-have' album
although I'm not into jazz and blues, the fact that this albums made it to the best 20 albums of all time shouts Buy It! Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2009 by Penguinus
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