Classic Coltrane Album Goes Platinum

by Mat Dirjish

Though long gone from this life, jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane’s 1960s

spiritual-concept album, A Love Supreme, has finally been certified platinum in the US. This garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status.

Recorded in one session on December 9, 1964 at Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the album features Coltrane’s classic quartet including pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones. Released on Impulse! Records in January of 1965, it became an instant best-seller and received a GRAMMY nomination.

Verve and Impulse! Records, Jamie Krents, and the label’s VP of Jazz Development, Ken Druker, presented John and Alice Coltrane’s son and daughter, Ravi and Michelle Coltrane, with a platinum plaque in honor of their father’s achievement. The presentation took place at The John & Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, Long Island, NY.

In celebration of the accomplishment, Impulse! Records/UMe is releasing a digital-only collection titled A Love Supreme: The Platinum Collection, which brings together all commercially released versions of the album. The collection begins with the original album, continues with a live 1965 recording from Antibes, France, followed by the newly released A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, also recorded in 1965. The package ends with outtakes and alternative takes from the previously released A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters from 2015.

Ready to hear it? If so, you can stream and/or download the edition at A Love Supreme.

Also, A Love Supreme is now available in Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio on Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal. Take a listen now.

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