A Love Supreme
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A Love Supreme

August 19, 2003

  Song Title
A Love Supreme Part I - Acknowledgement
A Love Supreme Part II - Resolution
A Love Supreme Part III - Pursuance
A Love Supreme Part IV - Psalm

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  • Total Length: 32:43
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  • ASIN: B000V698WE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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104 of 107 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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91 of 93 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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135 of 144 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Masterpiece by the 'Trane December 12, 2000
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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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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 hours 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 10 days ago by Debra L. DePina
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 Supreme
I can't stop to listen the Coltrane's musics because they are very surrounding and relaxing.
I recommend for all appreciators of the good music.
Published 1 month ago by Ciro Viana
4.0 out of 5 stars A good listen
John Coltrane never disappoints! Very good background music, and very good jazz! Nice to have as 'traveling music' as well.
Published 2 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Renewing My Relationship With Jazz.
Never heard this album/CD before though it is during my time but then got into rock & roll. I like most of the songs here but not all. I'll keep trying and re-educate myself.
Published 2 months ago by D. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars An ‘Alternative Top 40’ selection*
*This record is #6 in a select chronological list of 500 albums that never made the top 40 album charts (released 1964-present), yet considered among the best and/or most important... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Have it as CD
I own this superb classic in CD format however the vinyl version is far superior in sound quality. What I mean is the sound is the way the artist meant it to be heard. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael S
4.0 out of 5 stars A Love Letter To God
This is a fantastic record. It's shorter than I imagined, beguiling just the same.

File next to Miles Davis and marvel at the wonderfull drum solo that opens side two.
Published 3 months ago by Pvt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just 'WoW`
This is certainly not a new recording but so much worth coming back to and adding to one's music collection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph N. Sirois
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