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

John ColtraneAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)

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listen  2. A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution 7:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Love Supreme Part III - Pursuance10:42Album Only
listen  4. A Love Supreme Part IV - Psalm 7:02Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Impulse/Verve
  • ASIN: B0000A118M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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Digitally remastered edition of the Jazz legend's groundbreaking 1965 album. A Love Supreme is generally considered to be among Coltrane's greatest works, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the free jazz style he adopted later.

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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece. October 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Arguably the best album John Coltrane ever recorded and consistently mentioned as the greatest album in jazz, "A Love Supreme" lives up to everything that it is discussed as.

Coltrane was riding an artistic high-- enormously successful thanks to 1960's "My Favorite Things", he had quite a bit more latitude than many musicians, a producer who would support his every experiment in Bob Thiele, and a band willing to go wherever he needed (pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones) who he'd developed a rapport with over three years of constantly working together. He'd just recorded the stunning "Crescent" several months earlier and entered the studio in December to record this suite.

The piece, as indicated by the liner notes Coltrane penned, is spiritually informed, a prayer offered to God. The music itself is based on relatively traditional structures, but Coltrane manages to juggle a number of influences and sounds-- shades of Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler all run through it. The suite is broken in four movements-- "Acknowledgement" is patient and building, revolving around a four-note bass motif-- Trane is exploratory and yearning. After a brief bass solo, this moves into the frantic "Resolution", where Coltrane rails against his theme, turns things over to a oddly meditative yet equally frantic Tyner, and then solos himself in Monkish fashion-- extrapolating off his theme and exploring the sort of spiritual ecstacy that he heard in Ayler.
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137 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Supreme: A Musical Revelation September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In a time when jazz was becoming less popular, this four-part masterpiece recorded in 1964, is John Coltrane's attempt to give thanks to God. In doing so, and regardless of your religious beliefs, he delivers a performance in the company of McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums) that makes it clear what he meant when he said in 1966 he planned "to become a saint" in response to the question about his plans for the next decade. Sadly, he died of cancer not too long after that statement, but he left a legacy of work that -like this album- are testimony of what an inspired soul can let flow and give to others. Today, almost forty years after its original release, Coltrane's memory is alive and kicking and his timeless work continues to inspire musicians of all genres across the world. In my journey of discovery of this beautiful jazz music, this album has turned out to be a true musical revelation and I want to share it with you too.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Masterpiece by the 'Trane December 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is pure and raw Jazz. Every song demonstrates Coltrane's prowess on the sax. In one word this album is 'emotion.' Coltrane seems to poor his whole heart into this project. All the players are in peak performance mode and it shows as each take their turn demonstrating their talents. On the track titled "Resolution" McCoy Tyner struts his stuff on the piano, and Coltrane makes his sax literally cry. I would consider this one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time.
Historically speaking, this was one of only two albums that Coltrane recorded all year in 1964. Coltrane's other album that year was titled "Crescent." "Love Supreme" was awarded gold status by 1970 and I can see why, it is a great album.
The beginning of "Pursuance/Part 4 - Psalm" is a drum set that is wonderful and then Coltrane comes screaming into the song with a wonderful brassy sax sound. This is followed by Tyner who is all over the keys of the piano. This last track is pure and raw emotional jazz.
This album could hold a slot next to Miles Davis' work titled "Kind of Blue." The album is dedicated to God, whom Coltrane says in the inserts, is the "Love Supreme." If you don't have this album then you are missing one of the greatest Jazz album's ever recorded. Get it and see why all the reviews below rave on about this masterpiece.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever. November 17, 1999
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John Coltrane, one of the true masters of jazz, affected every corner of the jazz world when he released this album. The sheer power and beauty of the music breathed new life into jazz and streched the imaginations of many. To this day, A Love Supreme is an album that can be an inspiration to all people around the globe. His music is so extraordinarily powerful - it can make one laugh, cry, get angry, beam in utter rapture, and love and fear God.
To me, on this album John Coltrane not only grabs at every human emotion, but manages to become that emotion. That's what the album really is - it is raw human emotion, pulsating out of every drum beat, every bass hit, every chord, and every saxophone note. When John Coltrane created this album with his quartet, it almost sounds as if he were possessed by God and became everything the human soul embodies.
While some may claim that the album isn't good for relaxing after work or on a Sunday afternoon, I would say that exacly the opposite is true. Every time I listen to that album, I am put in a trance, a state so indescribably euphoric that I could exist like that forever.
But alas, the album is only 45 minutes long...
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One of the high peaks of Jazz, music reaching for the spirit.
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Published 25 days ago by Nofyfb Azo
5.0 out of 5 stars Mom-ma Poppa Mom-ma Poppa
In one documentary, the period of time when the quartet would just show up, begin to play, and not stop until 3 or 4 hours later , as in one set is described. Read more
Published 29 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't I chime in too?
"A Love Supreme" was one of my first purchases a few years ago when I began to explore jazz, and it has been one of my best. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Wyote
5.0 out of 5 stars the one that started my love affair
I bought this because one of my favorite rappers(skyzoo) obsesses over it so I bought and I feel the same way its a really enjoyable album and after purchasing this I bought miles... Read more
Published 1 month ago by gee riley
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic updated to the best audio ever!
This update of Coltrane's classic album to lossless Blu-Ray audio is a must own for any Coltrane fan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Bourda
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Sound with bonus session
I was shocked by the jaw dropping sound of this Blu-ray Audio DVD.
The tones of John Coltrane's saxophone, McCoy Tyner's piano, Elvin Jones's drums were magnificent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master, the Icon of Modern Jazz
What can one say but we wish you were still here. However, we can appreciate Coltrane's Genius, more so since he belongs to the ages. Well done.
Published 3 months ago by Sara Joelitha Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Great classic to add to my collection. I really appreciate the artistry of the golden musicians. I am looking for more selections.
Published 3 months ago by Debra L. DePina
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