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A Love Supreme [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition]

John Coltrane Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. A Love Supreme Part I - AcknowledgementJohn Coltrane 7:42Album Only
listen  2. A Love Supreme Part II - ResolutionJohn Coltrane 7:19Album Only
listen  3. A Love Supreme Part III - PursuanceJohn Coltrane10:42Album Only
listen  4. A Love Supreme Part IV - PsalmJohn Coltrane 7:02Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Introduction (Live In Juan-les-Pins, France/1965)Andre Francis 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A Love Supreme Part I - Acknowledgement (Live In Juan-les-Pins, France/1965)John Coltrane 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution (Live In Juan-les-Pins, France/1965)John Coltrane11:36Album Only
listen  4. A Love Supreme Part III - Pursuance (Live In Juan-les-Pins, France/1965)John Coltrane21:30Album Only
listen  5. A Love Supreme Part IV - Psalm (Live In Juan-les-Pins, France/1965)John Coltrane 8:49Album Only
listen  6. A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 7:24Album Only
listen  7. A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution (Alternate Take 2)John Coltrane 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Love Supreme Part I - Acknowledgement (Alternate Take)John Coltrane 9:09Album Only
listen  9. A Love Supreme Part I - Acknowledgement (Alternate Take 2)John Coltrane 9:22Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Impulse!
  • ASIN: B00006K06N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

John Coltrane's masterwork is reckoned by many to be the greatest jazz album of all time. That this release contains a new mastering from newly discovered master tapes would be momentous enough; that the second disc contains the Quartet's only live performance of the suite at the Antibes Jazz Festival in 1965-oft-bootlegged, never released- and the long-rumored sextet performance of the opening movement with Archie Shepp and Art Davis is a flat-out revelation!

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Remastering and Repackaging of a Classic. November 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" is an elegant masterpiece. A flawlessly conceived suite with spiritual overtones, "A Love Supreme" features the saxaphonist at his most reverend and focused. The repackaged edition is an example of what happens when you take a great record and make it even better. Disc one has the entire album painstakingly remastered by Rudy Van Gelder, and the sound is significantly superior the original monaural mix. On the new version, we witness a huge improvement in clarity, and Coltrane projects even more fully than we've heard before. But disc two, which clocks in at 77 minutes, is the Real Deal for Coltrane completists. Those who have bootlegged copies of the France live recording can now toss them out the window, for that performance, along with a few alternative takes of other tracks, surfaces here. The live performance, recorded in July 1965, is a must-listen for any lover of jazz. In fact, in many respects, I think it's just as good as the original version. For example, I was really blown away by the live rendition of "Pursuance," which kicks off with a fierce two-and-a-half minute drum solo by Elvin Jones that must be heard to be believed. Coltrane then goes full throttle with his sax and amazingly holds his own during this 21-minute excursion which is sure to leave you amazed. "A Love Supreme" is one of those albums that you can't say "no" to. If you have to own any copy of this classic, this version is definitely the way to go. Not only is the sound quality better, but the outstanding live performance and alternative takes on disc 2 provide a more intimate look at this recording. Highly, highly recommended.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Rudy Van Gelder and the entire Impulse team deserve tremendous praise and gratitude for what a remarkable transformation in sound quality they have delivered on the studio and live performances of John Coltrane's immortal and masterful A LOVE SUPREME. Unless you've been listening to Afghan radio the past 35 years, you should have no doubt as to the importance of this work to the entire spectrum of Twentieth Century music. It is hard to imagine a more important composition or performance from any artist, let alone someone as immortal himself as the wonder inspiring John Coltrane.
That said, as happy as I have been with all of my copies, from vinyl to previous remasters, I was completely blown away by what I heard for the first time. I've had a number of Euro copies of the live performance, and by comparison, this CD makes those renditions sound like a cover band.
You'll have to take it at that. There is not enough space to discuss the overwhelming significance and the mighty protean performances in the studio and on the concert stage by Trane, Tyner, Garrison and Jones. They were firing on all cylinders at this point in their careers and what a mightily profound and soul stirring legacy they have left the rest of us mere mortals. John was clearly contemplating the image of God in this work, and this passion infused here is as terrifying as that of Francis of Assissi in mid-stigmata, or Gurdijeff in whirling dervish absorption, or the Boddhisatva at the moment of enlightenment. Passionately mystical, this work is one of a love supreme by its creator for his Creator. To think now you can hear it as closely as it is possible as John himself might have heard it - well, I can not tell you the stunningly profound impact it will have upon you.
Purchase this CD. It will live with you forever.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Package April 11, 2005
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Not only does this set have wonderful remastered sound and the inclusion of the French performance to its name, as many reviewers have noted, but also studio takes of various movements played by an expanded ensemble, which are interesting bonuses.

Regarding the sound quality, let's begin with that of the main course, the original 1964 studio take of A Love Supreme. Balance is improved a little, and all the instruments sound fuller and truer. They've really polished a gem here, considering the original sound (as with any Impulse! recording) was good to begin with. Of course one couldn't expect any less with Blue Note's engineering maestro Rudy van Gelder at the helm. And as far as the sound of the live performance goes, the bass and piano sometimes get a little too far back for comfort, but even then they are still audible, so there is no real complaint about the recording quality of the live recording.

As for the live performance's playing - some of this stuff is off the hook. Listen to Elvin Jones crash into a fury in the opening of Pursuance, and Jimmy Garrison's bass solo in the middle of the same movement. That bass solo in particular will rip the hair off your head. Garrison plays the lumbering instrument like a flamenco guitar: something I've never heard quite matched. And of course Coltrane and Tyner reach for the heights themselves, as always, though it is the achievements of Elvin and Garrison that are important here, as they were seldom if ever given this much solo time in the studio.

As I've said, there's nothing wrong with the studio bonus takes. Shepp and Co. handle the material well, and their contributions are an interesting view on a long-beloved masterwork.

In short, if you are even remotely familiar with A Love Supreme and haven't clawed for a copy of this deluxe edition yet, your life is a shame.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz collectors dream
Arrived in a timely manner and was well packaged. Condition was as expected. Excellent condition. This is a great addition to my jazz collection. Read more
Published 3 days ago by JPW
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent
Great work! John Coltrane's music is genius & transcends genres! It takes ones breath away! Truly enjoy it! A masterpiece!
Published 1 month ago by G. Durk
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 3 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
two important things happened to John Coltrane in 1957: The saxophonist left Miles Davis' employ to join Thelonious Monk's band and hit new heights in extended, ecstatic soloist,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by socalbiga
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
What can anyone say that has not already been said? This is some of the best jazz one can get by one of the greatest jazz combos ever. Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by Thomas M. Kluntz
5.0 out of 5 stars master takes
john coltrane----LONG winded---from the first "breath" of this swAn song we all know as " a love supreme"
safe playing taken to exremes----maybe the best Long composition in... Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Jevon Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for serious Coltrane fans
A Must for Serious Coltrane Fans

First, a disclaimer - if you are new to jazz and are curious about this "A Love Supreme" recording you've heard so much about, this 2-CD... Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by G B
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Supreme
John Coltrane-A Love Supreme *****

While running the risk of blabbing on way to long about an album so obviously great I loose sight of what is important... Read more
Published on October 4, 2008 by Morton
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip the extra tracks
The sound quality and performance of the extra tracks doesn't add anything to the original recording.
Published on May 2, 2008 by Angry Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Supreme, Supreme
I did not know it was possible to improve on this masterpiece but it has been done! Everything about this edition is even more beautiful than the first. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by TC
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