A Love Supreme [2002 Deluxe Edition]

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One of the greatest albums in jazz history just got even better. John Coltrane’s magnum opus, A Love Supreme, is now fleshed out in this historic double CD with a rare 1956 live performance recorded in France, as well as the much-discussed but previously unissued version of “Acknowledgement” featuring saxophonist Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis alongside Coltrane's quartet. Although the original studio performance of the suite remains as breathtaking as ever, the additional material adds greatly to our general appreciation of this masterpiece of modern music. Both in the studio and on the stage, the intensity and focus of Coltrane’s “Classic Quartet” with drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist ...
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One of the greatest albums in jazz history just got even better. John Coltrane’s magnum opus, A Love Supreme, is now fleshed out in this historic double CD with a rare 1956 live performance recorded in France, as well as the much-discussed but previously unissued version of “Acknowledgement” featuring saxophonist Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis alongside Coltrane's quartet. Although the original studio performance of the suite remains as breathtaking as ever, the additional material adds greatly to our general appreciation of this masterpiece of modern music. Both in the studio and on the stage, the intensity and focus of Coltrane’s “Classic Quartet” with drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison is always inspirational. The influence of this ensemble and the standard recording of A Love Supreme has remained undiminished for 37 years, and no contemporary jazz artist has yet been able to match Coltrane’s achievements.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Inevitably, certain jazz titles will be reissued over and over. Miles Davis' seminal Kind of Blue has been reissued many times, and you can safely assume that A Love Supreme will continue to be a decent seller by jazz standards as long as it keeps getting reissued. What separates this deluxe 2002 reissue of the John Coltrane classic from all of the previous versions that have come out over the years? For one thing, this version is a two-CD set; the previous versions were either single CDs or single LPs. While disc one offers the digitally remastered again contents of the original A Love Supreme, disc two is devoted to previously unreleased material -- all of which is aimed at serious collectors. Part of disc two focuses on a July 26, 1965, appearance at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, where Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones perform A Love Supreme's four-piece suite in its entirety. The quartet favors an inside/outside approach, and their live performances of "Acknowledgment," "Resolution," "Pursuance," and "Psalm" are more accessible than the atonal free jazz that Coltrane provided in 1966 and 1967. The rest of disc two is devoted to studio material from December 1964, including alternate takes of "Resolution" and "Acknowledgment." Collectors will be thrilled to learn that the two "Acknowledgment" outtakes find tenor saxman Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis joining Coltrane's quartet; neither Shepp nor Davis are present on any of the previous A Love Supreme reissues. Casual listeners are advised to pass on this double CD and stick to a single-CD version of A Love Supreme -- this two-disc set is strictly for collectors and hardcore fans, and those who fit that description will no doubt find it to be fascinating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458994527
  • Catalog Number: 589945
  • Sales rank: 13,492

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Quartet Primary Artist
Art Davis Bass
Elvin Jones Drums
Archie Shepp Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Garrison Bass
McCoy Tyner Piano
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
John Coltrane Original Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
George Gray Cover Design
Peter Keepnews Notes Editing
Bob Thiele Producer
Ravi Coltrane Liner Notes
Victor Kalin Liner Note Art
Hollis King Art Direction
Joe Lebow Liner Design
Ashley Kahn Producer
Viceroy Cover Design
Bryan Koniarz Producer
Ken Druker Producer
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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    Impulse drops the ball again and again

    Many of you may think it unfair of me to rate this fine music strickly on the terms of Impulse's poor manufacturing techniques but here goes anyway! The CD is made of wafer thin plastic which cracks very easily and even more so because they mount it on a super thick and hard plastic spindle that simply wont let go of the CD until it cracks. Way to go Impulse!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moving

    I had a copy of Love Supreme, of course, but the availability of a live version of the suite made this impossible to pass up. I was not disappointed, and had a real Kairos moment hearing the first few bars in concert. Get Ashley Kahn's wonderful book on the making of Love Supreme and be inspired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JOHN COLTRANE HIS GREAT DAYS

    I PURCHASED BOTH THE REGULAR VERSION OF LOVE SUPREME, AND FOUND IT TIMELESS, THIS DELUXE EDITION IS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT THE REGULAR EDITION LEFT THEM WANTING MORE. IT IS AWESOME! THE WRITTEN LITERATURE GIVES SO MUCH INSIGHT OF THE EVENTS LEADING TO HIS GREATEST WORK. IT IS THE LOGICAL LOVE SUPREME FOR PEOPLE THAT LOVE COLTRANE'S WORK. I DO NOT RECOMMEND OTHER WORKS AFTER THIS ONE WHEN HE DISASSEMBLED HIS CLASSIC BAND. BUT THERE MAY BE OTHERS WHO WOULD. BUT OVERALL, JOHN IS STILL AS PRECIOUS TODAY AS IN 1965 WHEN HE RELEASED THIS GEM OF A RECORDING. THE SOUND IS SUPERB FOR SUCH AN OLD RECORDING. WITH COLTRANE YOU CAN BUY FROM 1965 BACK AND WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED IN MOST CASES, FROM 1966 MAKE SURE IT IS WHAT YOU HOPE FOR, LISTENING BEFORE BUYING IS RECOMMENDED.

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