US pressing on black Impulse/ABC label with red rim. Thick card gatefold sleeve. [emil]
A Love Supreme is a jazz album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet on December 9, 1964 at the Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The album is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: Acknowledgement (which contains the famous mantra that gave the suite its name), Resolution, Pursuance and Psalm. It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity. The final track corresponds to the wording of a devotional poem Coltrane included in the liner notes. An alternative version of 'Acknowledgement' was recorded the next day on December 10. This version included tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis. The sole live performance of the Love Supreme suite, from a 1965 performance in Antibes, France, was also remastered and released in a 2002 2-CD set by Impulse! Records with the original album and additional outtakes. A Love Supreme is usually listed amongst the greatest jazz albums of all time. In a 2005 survey conducted by British television's Channel 4, to find the 100 best albums of all time, it was voted in at eighty-second
. It was also ranked forty-seventh on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and is listed as one of the top five greatest albums of all time on Rate Your Music's 
. The elements of harmonic freedom heard on this album indicated the changes to come in Coltrane's music. Personnel: John Coltrane ? tenor saxophone, Bandleader McCoy Tyner ? piano Jimmy Garrison ? bass Elvin Jones ? drums Bob Thiele ? production [en.wikipedia.org]
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