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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 (22 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Dearly Beloved (Takes 1 & 2 / False Start And Alternate Version) 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dearly Beloved (Take 3 / Breakdown) 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dearly Beloved (Take 4 / Complete Version) 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Attaining (Take 1 / Alternate Version)13:36Album Only
Listen  5. Attaining (Take 2 / Breakdown) 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Attaining (Take 3 / Complete Version)10:27Album Only
Listen  7. Attaining (Take 4 / Insert 1) 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sun Ship (Take 1 / Breakdown)0:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sun Ship (Take 2 / Complete Alternate Version) 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sun Ship (Take 3 / Insert 1) 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sun Ship (Take 4 / Complete Version) 6:33£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. Ascent (Take 1 / Complete Version)11:34Album Only
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Listen  4. Ascent (Take 3 / False Starts / Incomplete Version) 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ascent (Takes 4-6 / Inserts / False Starts) 1:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ascent (Take 7 / Complete Insert 4) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ascent (Take 8 / Complete Insert 5) 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Amen (Take 1 / Alternate Version) 7:45Album Only
Listen  9. Amen (Take 2, released version) 8:16Album Only

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 1 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Okay so a complete session package like this is not everyones' cup of tea in any genre. The argument is that the best material and best versions of each number have already been selected from the session in the master takes that were on the original version of the album. The second difficulty for this album that even amongst jazz fans who like John Coltrane this period where he was pushing the boundaries, exploring his spirituality through his music and paying scant attention to melody is a step too far for their taste.

So having got that out of the way you may ask why give this 5 stars in a review? The answer is simple, because it is john Coltrane man!!! This package gives further insight into the the development of his music. Where multiple takes and breakdowns can make the listener feel that the whole thing is disjointed and repetitive in other hands, here it all sounds great; it just expands the listening delights that can be drawn from the album that came out of this session.

If you do not like the freer approach to jazz; if you want a statement of melody, little bit of improvisation on the theme, then back to restatement of the melody in your jazz then you will probably not like this. If, like me, you really dig the later period John Coltrane, then this is a must have item. it is not a replacement for the Sun Ship album in its original form, it is a glorious appendix that is well worth the £17-£20 being asked here. I feel a major John Coltrane listening fest coming on, the guy was a genius!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A full session of Trane's Classic Quartet 19 April 2013
By Christopher DeVito - Published on Amazon.com
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Sun Ship is one of Coltrane's most underrated albums. I've loved this music since I bought the LP back in the 1970s, and now we get to hear all the surviving studio tapes, including the band working things out and sometimes joking around between takes. If you have a particularly serious aversion to false starts (not that many, really, as such things go) and studio chatter, then this might not be for you, but I think this two-disc set is essential for any Trane fan.

--Chris DeVito
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Sun Ship Complete 7 Jan. 2014
By Christopher Henrici - Published on Amazon.com
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While this set is important for historical reasons, to say its appeal is limited only to that is extreme. Around 1965 Trane was firmly moving into the avant garde- his "sheets of sound" approach heard on records like "Giant steps" and "Soultrane" where he would blow complex passages of great range at an awe inspiring rate is now replaced by "cells" where he explores every variance he can get from a small group of notes.
Sun Ship is not for all listeners, even fans of Trane. This one is for listeners ready to take the next step from "A Love Supreme" or for people who already love what Coltrane was doing at this time. At this point his skills are so finely honed he can get any sound and do whatever he wants with his horn- at times he wrenches and peels the squank from his tenor sax with biting and abarasive cries, it's as if the sounds are beyond human. At other times he blows sharp and pure, or full and warm- this is the full spectrum of Trane's labors.
Sun Ship sessions is the only released complete studio session of the John Coltrane Quartet, and one of the last things he recorded with this line up (Elvin Jones Drums, McCoy Tyner Piano, Jimmy Garrison Bass). And there are a few things that make this set stand apart from some of his other stuff on the Impulse label. He plays tenor only - no soprano. I consider this a good thing because I much prefer him on tenor. It is recorded at RCA in New York by Bob Simpson, not Rudy Van Gelder in New Jersey. I consider this a good thing too- I think this has a better sound than the quartet's Van Gelder/New Jersey Impulse sessions. Finally, this set was remixed from the original analog multi-track tapes for improved quality- however the remix can not fix a bit of tape overload distortion here and there on the master reels. But overall Trane's horn sounds more direct and expansive, Elvin's drumming is punchy and clear- Tyner's piano comes across as slightly in the background but remains distinct. What made this quartet great to me is the explosive interaction between Trane and Elvin- and this session really highlights that quality of the John Coltrane Quartet. For those that want the full analog experience, the session is also available as an LP set from mosaic records.
I'm all for this complete session- We get some excellent complete alternate takes, and to hear the different approaches on each and every take, we also gain a sense of Trane's personality. Some will find this boring and others will be fascinated. Personally I am fascinated, and for many jazz fans this release will be exhilerating. However I don't wholeheartedly recommend it to the masses.
32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A great archive, but not a great album 21 April 2013
By gtra1n - Published on Amazon.com
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A warts and all look at the recording process, though the warts aren't particularly ugly or troubling. This is not Coltrane's Sun Ship album, it's the Sun Ship session, and the music contained on these two discs was later edited by Alice Coltrane into an coherent whole that is, while not one of Trane's best recordings, an important transitional work. You may love Sun Ship, but you may not love hearing how it was made.

The issue here is similar to the Complete In a Silent Way Sessions, where you can hear the parts that were assembled into the whole, and the parts are generally inferior to the whole. The advantage of having a brilliant editor like Teo Macero is he can select the strongest music and shape the album. The parts on the Sun Ship Sessions are definitely inferior to the whole, and the listening experience is also inferior. Rather than tack on alternate takes after the complete album, listening means working your way through false starts and incomplete takes and, on the second disc, a lot of meandering, aimless bass soloing from Jimmy Garrison. It is fascinating to hear the musicians make this music, but the reward is musicological rather than aesthetic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
essential 6 Mar. 2014
By Terry Fugate - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a transitional album which bridged his past to his future. The remastering (to say nothing of the extra tracks) is exquisite.
A very nice reissue. a must have for any fan of ... 28 Dec. 2014
By bigyank61 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A very nice reissue . a must have for any fan of coltrane. i have featured this on my jazz show
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