Tuesday, March 20, 2012

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme : Deluxe Edition

I already reviewed this album previously; however this is the Deluxe Edition, which I got from Beirut's Virgin Megastore (thanks Mom!).

This edition is 2 CD's; the first being the original release, and the second being all the extras, which are:

1) The first authorized released of the only live performance of the album at Antibes, France. This performance is not a faithful rendition of the original; the album was released nine months earlier, and they never performed it since. It's a lot more raw, and Coltrane's soloing is more out there (upper register screams and the like).

2) Four unreleased tracks from the recording session; 2 alternate takes of Resolution, and 2 alternate takes of Acknowledgment. The latter song was performed with tenor sax player Archie Shepp and bassist Art Davis with the original quartet, which leads to a lot more frenzy.

3) Photos, and an expanded booklet by Askley Kahn, who wrote "A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album", including the original liner notes from the 1965 LP.

Truly the complete story of this signature album.

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