John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series)
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Arguably Coltrane’s mountain top of creativity, A Love Supreme has been heralded as a perfect album expressing the leader’s deep spirituality. It’s a four-part suite inspired by a conversion experience he had in 1957.
He wrote in the liner notes to listeners: “All praise be to God to whom all praise is due.” The album becomes a compelling journey that ultimately acknowledges that the music comes from a higher power. Garrison anchors the piece with his four-note bass motif, and Jones welcomes the listener with a resounding gong while Coltrane speaks with elegant longing and exalted authority on his tenor sax throughout.
With the title repeatedly chanted, A Love Supreme became a heartfelt prayer and indelible hymn that went on to sell more than a half million copies by the end of the ’60s. The manuscript of the album became a part of the National Museum of American History’s “Treasures of American History” at the Smithsonian Institution and was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry. A legendary jazz album, Coltrane’s musical and spiritual thank you to God has been embraced by the rock world, from Carlos Santana to U2, and is widely considered one of the greatest albums ever recorded.
Verve's Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series, seeks to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded. Utilizing the skills of the top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings, all titles will be mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality tip-on gatefold jackets. The releases are being supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world’s largest source for audiophile recordings.
“We’re all about the highest possible quality at Acoustic Sounds. So, to work on a reissue series with Verve and UMe that’s about no-expense-spared quality— that’s a great opportunity. It’s wonderful to use the original analog masters of classic records by such legendary artists as Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, John Coltrane, Peggy Lee, Clifford Brown & Max Roach and many others. Our aim with this series is to create the definitive versions of timeless jazz records, and we can’t wait for people to hear the results.” – Chad Kassem