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Sun Mar 27, 2016, 04:52 PM

Coltrane's ‘A Love Supreme’ Added to the Library of Congress

Each year the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress selects recordings to be preserved as part of the national collection.

This year the Library of Congress added John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” to their library—a huge honor as only 25 songs deemed “significant to American history and culture” make the cut.



These recordings, by a wide range of artists in many genres of music and in spoken word, will be preserved for future listeners,” said acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao in a statement. “This collection of blues, jazz, rock, country and classical recordings, interspersed with important recordings of sporting events, speeches, radio shows and comedy, helps safeguard the record of what we’ve done and who we are.”

“A Love Supreme” makes a total of 450 recordings for The National Recording Registry in the library as report by NY Time’s Artbeat.
http://www.essence.com/2016/03/25/john-coltrane-love-supreme-added-library-congress

Two very well done NPR stories covering "A Love Supreme."

http://www.npr.org/2000/10/23/148148986/a-love-supreme

Listen http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=369191157&m=369191158

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/07/369191157/50-years-of-coltranes-a-love-supreme

Listen http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=369191157&m=369191158


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Reply Coltrane's ‘A Love Supreme’ Added to the Library of Congress (Original post)
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 OP
Number23 Mar 2016 #1
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #2
Number23 Mar 2016 #5
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #11
lovemydog Mar 2016 #16
Number23 Mar 2016 #17
Gregorian Mar 2016 #3
Number23 Mar 2016 #6
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #7
Number23 Mar 2016 #8
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #10
Number23 Mar 2016 #13
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #15
Gregorian Mar 2016 #19
SusanCalvin Mar 2016 #20
Gregorian Mar 2016 #21
elljay Mar 2016 #4
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #9
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #12
lovemydog Mar 2016 #14
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #18
lovemydog Mar 2016 #22
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #23
lovemydog Mar 2016 #24
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #25
Laughing Mirror Mar 2016 #26
Kind of Blue Mar 2016 #27
Laughing Mirror Mar 2016 #28
I hate liars Mar 2016 #29

Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:01 PM

1. What an honor! Now I need to go listen to it for the first time!

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Response to Number23 (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:05 PM

2. Right on!

I was just thinking about you, as I'm about to add an entry into your thread Black History That Doesn't make It Into The History Books

My goodness, Coltrane's albums were around my house and played especially on Sunday mornings. I'm like what sense could parents possibly make of this, it was so irritating But somehow the music became a part of me by osmosis, I guess.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:10 PM

5. We play Ella in our house on Sunday mornings! What is it about Sunday mornings that brings out the

GOOD with a capital G stuff?

Although yesterday, we were listening to classic Police. When "Message in a Bottle" came on, I lost my Sunday morning composure entirely.

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Response to Number23 (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:26 PM

11. Oh My, Ella! We could start a thread devoted

to her music, her life.

I've lost my Sunday morning composure with Mr. KoB playing Fela in the background, just when I was starting to seriously chill, ugh!

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Response to Number23 (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:44 PM

16. Love Ella.

She's the first singer where I said to myself 'Self! This is wonderful!' I was lucky enough to see her at Carnegie Hall. She was very old (and I was very young) but I'll never forget it. She even did a hilarious impression of Elvis Presley singing like her. Cracked me up. She still may have my favorite voice. I love those witty sophisticated songs she recorded. The songbooks.

Oh, I love the Police too! 'Sending out an S.O.S...I hope that someone get my message in a bottle Ohohahoh!'

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:46 PM

17. That woman's voice is pure silk. Nina Simone's voice is like black velvet

But Ella is pure pink silk.

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Response to Number23 (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:05 PM

3. It never tires. I've probably listened a hundred times.

Some of my best memories are listening to that album.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:11 PM

6. But that's Miles Davis, not Coltrane!

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Response to Number23 (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:16 PM

7. LOL! Let's combine the two giants in

"Kind of Blue"

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:19 PM

8. Woah! Mind blown!!!



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Response to Number23 (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:22 PM

10. Good Lord, that's an awesome gif!

My mind is blown by that!!!

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:39 PM

13. My mind was blown at not only how pretty that music is but the NAME!!

Surely not a coincidence now is it???

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Response to Number23 (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:42 PM

15. LOL! No coincidence.

A little while after joining DU, it struck me that the name could be misunderstood as being "kind of democrat." I decided, whatever, maybe one day I'd be able to explain. And, YAY, that day is now!

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 06:05 PM

19. That's more like it.

It just popped into my head is why I posted.

I'll tell you, I love Clifford Brown. He died at 25, yet still had a big effect. I mention it because when I think of Coltrane, I also think of everyone else, like McCoy Tyner, or Elvin Jones.

It all takes me to a place of peace.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #19)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 07:22 PM

20. Oh my yes!

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Response to SusanCalvin (Reply #20)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 09:58 PM

21. You might like this too.

One of my favorite trumpet vocal ballads. The writer I think was from the 30's, yet I get that 60's San Francisco feel. I can barely contain tears when Clifford plays.

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Response to Number23 (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:07 PM

4. Plan well

Comfortable seat, lighting, turn off the phones, maybe a glass of wine if you indulge..... it is a masterpiece!

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Response to elljay (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:20 PM

9. Yes, indeed! In one of the NPR stories

above, the reporter described the mood for the recording. Coltrane set the studio up as a nightclub to get the vibe just right

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Response to Number23 (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:38 PM

12. Oh, how could I forget! My love of Coltrane

started with "My Favorite Things." I couldn't believe one of favorite musical tunes could be so reinterpreted and I experienced a mind blow.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:41 PM

14. That one blows my mind

and I don't listen to it often for that reason. It's like my brain winds up in goop all over the floor. The Coltrane that I listen to more often is My Favorite Things. Standards done up jazz style. Congrats to his family that it's been added to this legacy - it's always nice seeing profound artists honored. Jazz & blue & rhythm & blues and all amazing music, I think is one of the most profound contributions our country has made & continues to make toward love in the world.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 05:46 PM

18. Yes, Sir! "...most profound contributions

our country has made & continues to make toward love in the world."

And so overdue. But I do understand why it's taken so long.

Funny, I just posted My Favorite Things above as my intro to Coltrane

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 10:43 PM

22. Whoah.

Just got back from a beautiful pot luck dinner. Noticed the synchronicity in this thread. Minds blown, sharing Ella, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, My Favorite Things. Music transcending time & space. Good vibes in here. I'm in a sentimental mood.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 09:48 AM

23. Aww, nice evening!

My brother and I can't listen to this together without actually singing along, so we played Sentimental Mood a lot. Gratitude for Ellington and Coltrane and Ella, Too!



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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #23)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:33 PM

24. Thanks K o B.

I love this thread!

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #24)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:49 PM

25. Just for your listening pleasure today, may

I add a little Ahmad Jamal? I just adore him and thankfully he's still around and kicking it!

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:54 PM

26. They didn't mention Alice Coltrane's version

So I will because it was always my favorite, and I would like to listen to it again:

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Response to Laughing Mirror (Reply #26)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:59 PM

27. Excellent!

I have never heard this one. Got to get back to work but am taking time out for Ms. Coltrane.
Thank you, Laughing Mirror. She is an unsung hero
My goodness, A Love Supreme birthed so many creations,

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 01:21 PM

28. The beauty of this always brings me to tears

From the very first note, tears of joy. I have been listening to this since I first bought the record when it came out in 1972, and even though I came out of Baptist church, it was through Alice Coltrane that I discovered what spirituality truly was, and it was not religion. And it was through Alice I discovered John and his creation. But it is Alice's Love Supreme that makes me cry. What Beauty. What Love.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 02:04 PM

29. The entire quartet shines on this album...

My favorite 'Trane album. Love McCoy Tyner's contribution, especially.

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