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John Coltrane's Sun Ship was one of the last-and finest-chapters in the story of his classic quartet. The album profiles the saxophonist in transition, from the secular (with standards like 'Dearly Beloved') to the sacred (with compositions like 'Amen'). Deepening his spiritual journey, Trane discovers the sound-the urgent cry-that marks his mystique and assures his immortality. But it was released four years after Coltrane's death, in 1971, culled from session tapes by Coltrane's wife Alice.

The new release Sun Ship: The Complete Session 2-CD set is the result of an extraordinary discovery: the entire session as it was recorded on August 26, 1965, with Trane, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones, with producer Bob Thiele. Newly mixed and remastered in high-resolution audio, this special release includes all alternate takes, conversation between the musicians, their leader and their producer, and more than one hour of unreleased music.

The 16-page booklet features an essay by renowned Coltrane scholar David Wild and rare photos by Chuck Stewart, who shot the original album cover.
Sun Ship: The Complete Session is a rare, essential snapshot of an icon at work - the evolution of a masterpiece.


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Song Title Time Price
  1. Dearly Beloved (Takes 1 & 2 / False Start And Alternate Version) 6:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Dearly Beloved (Take 3 / Breakdown) 1:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Dearly Beloved (Take 4 / Complete Version) 6:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Attaining (Take 1 / Alternate Version)13:36Album Only
  5. Attaining (Take 2 / Breakdown) 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Attaining (Take 3 / Complete Version)10:27Album Only
  7. Attaining (Take 4 / Insert 1) 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Sun Ship (Take 1 / Breakdown)0:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Sun Ship (Take 2 / Complete Alternate Version) 6:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Sun Ship (Take 3 / Insert 1) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Sun Ship (Take 4 / Complete Version) 6:33$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  1. Studio Conversation0:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Ascent (Take 1 / Complete Version)11:34Album Only
  3. Ascent (Take 2 / Incomplete Version) 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Ascent (Take 3 / False Starts / Incomplete Version) 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Ascent (Takes 4-6 / Inserts / False Starts) 1:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Ascent (Take 7 / Complete Insert 4) 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Ascent (Take 8 / Complete Insert 5) 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Amen (Take 1 / Alternate Version) 7:46Album Only
  9. Amen (Take 2, released version) 8:16Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Verve Select
  • ASIN: B00B7IJEMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christopher DeVito on April 18, 2013
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Henrici on January 7, 2014
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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.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful By gtra1n VINE VOICE on April 21, 2013
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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.
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