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John Coltrane's plaintive tenor saxophone tone and total engagement with his material could make any slow ballad sound like a prayer, so this set of nominally devotional numbers (recorded between 1961 and '67) doesn't shed any new light on his art. But it holds your attention, even if Coltrane's holy numbers tend to be slow or stately as hymns (if sometimes catchier: "Dear Lord" could pass for some unjustly forgotten ballad). The first movement of A Love Supreme was an inevitable choice, for Coltrane and bassist Jimmy Garrison's mantra-like repetitions, and for the saxophonist's speaking-in-tongues falsetto. (Garrison, the only sideman who appears on all tracks, is the CD's secret hero, whether adding punchy beats to the bottom end or flamenco-strumming through an intro.) On Coltrane's albums or gigs, spirituals often functioned as change-ups, a chance to catch one's breath before the next fast or frenetic number. They still sound most striking in relief, but assembled in one place, their power accumulates. --Kevin Whitehead
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2001)
  • 75th Anniversary ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B00005MAWH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on October 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a series of songs, strung together from eight different albums, with the loosely, common thread being the theme of spirituality. Does it work? Yes and no. It displays the spiritual side of Coltrane for those unaware of his virtues via his sax but it only scratches the surface. This is a teaser. Listening to the CD in it's entirety "A Love Supreme," of which a cut is dispalyed here, is much more reflective of the spiritual side of Coltrane. In that regard this CD can be deceptive to the new listener of Coltrane. If you think the samples here are an indicator of the CD's from which they are taken you may be disappointed. The featured songs are another attempt at repackaging and marketing (hence minus a star) of John Coltrane. The music itself is lush, evocative and joyful. A softer, gentler brand of trancelike rhythms come forth that are perfect for those not so quite moments in the concrete jungle. I give the producer, Richard Seidel, credit for choosing some of the best Coltrane that fits the spiritual/bluesy theme. The music is a perfect introspective vechicle for the listner to take an otherworldly Trane journey. There is not a weak song here and most fans will have their own personal favorites. My own faves are the opening track "Acknowledgement" with it's mantra like invocation, and the closing track "Spirtual" which features Trane on both tenor and alto sax and the underated Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet both blowing for an incredible version that lasts thirteen and a half minutes. I have most of these songs on the origianl albums or CD's but it is convenient to have a themed selection on one CD. It is a quality selection of music that should be especially helpful for someone new to Coltrane.Read more ›
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.....Maybe you don't get the squealing later stuff (I'm just coming around to it). Maybe you like JC enough to buy his difficult later albums to get the one melodic track.

Now you don't have to. This is well-selected, programmed, and remastered. It's been in my CD changer forever. It made me go hunt down a few of the complete albums these lovely dirges came from.

Skip the snobbery and enjoy.
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This is one of my favorite Coltrane albums. I bought this one for my 7 year old grandson who has been playing piano for 3 years, write's his own music and loves Jazz. He thought it was great, he said it "Helped him relax after school".
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Coltrane at peace with himself and playing some of his finest songs with the theme of, of course, spirtuality.
Of course you can malign Impulse Records for this compilation, but I like it a lot.
If you already have all of these songs, just burn them on to a disc yourself.
This album is just as good as anything else for a starter album for new fans. Great stuff.
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