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

John Coltrane Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (8 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0000A118M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. A Love Supreme Part I - Acknowledgement (Album Version) 7:42Album Only
Listen  2. A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution (Album Version) 7:17Album Only
Listen  3. A Love Supreme Part III - Pursuance (Album Version)10:42Album Only
Listen  4. A Love Supreme Part IV - Psalm (Album Version) 7:02Album Only


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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only version to get. 6 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
To those of you who perhaps bought this album on Vinyl in the 60s as I did, and have been so disappointed with all the CD re-issues to date, then finally your patience has been rewarded.
All previous CD reissues have had a nasty tinny quality to Elvin Jones's cymbal sound, and Coltrane's tenor sounded hard and ugly. Even the Impulse 24 bit remaster was horrible.
This re-issue is gorgeous -- even if you own this recording, unless it is on anything other than pristine vinyl :-), it is well worth a re-purchase.
The bonus is that the live French recording (the only time Love Supreme was played as a suite live) is both sufficiently different and exciting to sometimes make the choice of which version to listen to a problem.
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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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22 of 24 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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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 The 2002 `Deluxe' release of ALS; the best by far and the one to buy
It's now almost 50 years since `A Love Supreme' was recorded in Englewood cliffs, NJ. The 2002 `deluxe' release of John Coltrane's most respected musical creation is a beautiful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Guardian
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 3 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 5 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 7 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 10 months ago by Isobel Newbigging
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 12 months ago by MR J E EVANS
4.0 out of 5 stars I've eaten better!
This album blew my mind, man. Not as good as the chicken supreme I had for my tea last night but man it sounded good. Mmmmmmmm I love chicken and I love supreme!
Published 13 months ago by AndySoprano
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music. Poor Sound
This is a must have item for jazz fans - though in my view not Coltranes greatest work, though probably his best known. Read more
Published 15 months ago by johval
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Coltrane
Mr Kim Tait, a saxophonist, muso/artist and friend argued that Coltrane was the greates saxophonist to draw breath. Read more
Published 21 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy
I am not a jazz eficionado <<<spellcheck but I know what I like and I like this.
the music themes are interesting and the improvisation is really quirky and can be... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cubby Kovu
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