JOHN COLTRANE A Love Supreme STUNNING ORIG UK 1966 MINT
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Artist or Band: JOHN COLTRANE
Album Title: A Love Supreme.
Producer(s): Bob Thiele.
Side 1: Part I - Acknowledgement; Part II - Resolution.
Side 2: Part III - Pursuance; Part IV - Psalm.
Label/Format: His Master’s Voice - Original format of one of the most famous record label designs ever made. (Please see my label scans).
Label Conditions: Both in jaw-drop, stunning conditions, and this from a record over 44-years-old. Supreme by name, supreme by nature, this is one of the most beautiful records within any genre of music I have ever held and heard. This from a connoisseur’s collection, apart from couple of ultra light spindle traces, these almost appear as new with not even a single fingermark trace on the ultra revealing matt finished black surfaces. Ultra clean, super-fresh and visually sublime conditions without a single trace of wear around the tight-fitting hole. One of the greatest albums ever issued and not just in the jazz field, in the most breathtaking condition, including the cover. Simply world-class and reference standard looks and sound.
Cat Number: CSD 1605.
Mode / Speed: Stereo / 33.3 rpm.
Warps: Assume all records I offer have no warping of any significance and all tracking is easy and effortless and should play on all turntables and even ‘budget’ decks.
Weight of this Record: 135 grams. Around average for it’s era.
Country of Manufacture: England.
Rarity: Very Scarce: and in this breathtaking condition, rare. Stereo copies are rarer still, this was still the era of the mono record. The price guides are a joke, they almost suggest you can find practically Mint copies of mid-60s records at a whim – well hardly – most seen are trashed and played into destruction. To find a genuine masterpiece in recording history that still looks new is immensely difficult and few will even get close to this almost perfectly preserved example. For jazz connoisseurs, this is unlikely to be matched or bettered on an available copy.
Original Year of Release: 1966
Matrix Nos: AS 77 A-1G / AS 77 B-2G
Mother & Stamper Codes: 1 M / 1 A
Musicians: John Coltrane - Selmer saxophone; Jimmy Garrison - bass; McCoy Tyner - piano; Elvin Jones - drums.
Brief Info: Arguably the greatest jazz saxophonist ever and this was his masterpiece. An album that introduced many a listener to the genre and a hugely spiritual experience. I do not offer jazz records often, so when I do so, it’s a joy to offer possibly the greatest one ever made. Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is certainly a contender also. A highly uplifting work in four segments with supreme playing from the saxophone master. Mostly melodic and beautifully recorded with fantastic real stereo sound – a record with true high fidelity audio values and nothing will better this incredible UK first pressing. The details, pace and rhythm of this work still astonishes and here, Coltrane is on a spiritual high. This line-up remained Coltrane’s classic quartet and just listen to the incredible drumming of Jones that weaves around Coltrane’s fluid tenor reed structures. What a copy this is too, I am actually questionning my own sanity in even offering this, it’s so hard sometimes offering such brilliance in such stunning condition. Both record and cover are near pristine and this simply blow away their age. A jazz album ALL music lovers will cherish, even rock fans – this is a connoisseur’s copy and I am delighted (if a little crazy), even priviledged to offer it. This seriously could be the best example still in existence and remember, this jazz giant was issued back in 1966 and it now has had just two plays after my breathtaking play-grade. A work of genius that will never, ever be experienced better.
Cover Grade and Format: MINT(-), hardly does this justice. A single format with front laminate. This wraps around the closed edges and ends on three rear external flipbacks. This is a dedicated and correct stereo cover as can be seen on the front. Printed and made in England by Garrod & Lofthouse and includes the ‘Patents pending’ text.
Lamination & Front: This looks superb with laminate ultra clear, clean and fresh with barely any traces of friction marks or dulling, even under light. All fully adhered with no lifting and barely any creasing. Just a couple of tiny burr traces on the right opening edge and this being critical on any cover this tremendous age. You want the classics in beautiful condition?, look no further.
Cover Back: The back is equally stunning with barely any traces of grubbiness, marks or ageing. Still very white, fresh with no rubbing or ringwear. Even under light, there is barely a scuff or mark to be seen and this sets a massively high standard. The flipbacks are still solidly stuck with only a small few faint hairlines but no burring or grime-lines to their ends. Still incredibly white with no yellowing or toning spots. Simply stunning and the perfect complement to the outstanding front.
Top Edge: Unworn and unscuffed, quite thin.
Bottom Edge: Practically as made.
Right Edge(s), and Type: Clean, quite sharp with little wear and no feathering or trimming. Mild burr traces seen mostly when viewed end-on. Record enters on this edge.
Spine and Text: Practically as made again: solid, straight, uncompressed with neatly tapered ends in manufacture. All text is perfect and unworn under the solid and uncracked laminate that is super-smooth and unscuffed.
Corners: Any tip rubs are tiny and faint and all retain excellent or better shape.
Cover Summary: A truly wonderful all-round example of this classic jazz cover, one that will prove immensely difficult to find better. This beautiful item should please most-all collectors, even the highly discerning.
The Inner Sleeve: This came with a heavy duty plain white polylined inner. The only real clues to age is glue darkening on the seams with all remain fully intact with no repairs. Two pristine circle windows and ultra clear and secure lining with hardly any traces of creasing. This inner is almost as well preserved as the record and cover.
Vinyl Condition/Visual Grading: MINT, yes I will break my own protocol and grade this jaw-drop stunning 44-year-old record Mint. A word I will very rarely use without true justification, a record that could practically pass for new bar the couple of tiny faint spindle traces on the labels. A supremely lovely visual copy that is ultra clean, shiny, intense black and very solidly pressed. A copy played just once before my sound check that proved to be a revelation. Two incredible fresh playing surfaces and I just wish all records could look like this. Visually a world-class original example that should please all collectors, they will rarely be seen like this and one to stick in my memory forever.
Album Played For Grading: Yes. [I play ALL records I offer before submitting to Ebay, also the record is played in its entirety unless clearly stated otherwise. I do NOT play snippets or joining grooves to check for sound quality and quietness – I play from the beginning to end via clinically revealing B&W speakers that include the legendary tweeter from their awesome Nautilus range that reveals every blemish or minuscule sound present on any record.]
Sound Quality and Audio Grading: This outstanding piece of jazz history plays up to it’s high visual grading with nothing to fault whatsoever. Strong and powerful, distortion-free sound, all frequencies are sharp and clear - sound quality is of audiophile standard with a wide dynamic range and very detailed sound. The jazz legend himself has an in-the-room presence along with his band and they could be performing inside your room for real. No surface sounds or pops or clicks were noted and this is an exceptional clean pressing. Few copies will even get close to this first issue I feel sure, no worn or heavyweight pickups have been near this one. Both channels are clean and sharp, with total focus and clarity, the soloing of the instruments is precise with details of a mastertape. Beautiful drum and cymbal work that simply fizzes from the speakers and Coltrane’s rasping horn sending shivers down the spine. I know for certain this record has barely been played and has been clearly well stored and carefully handled, almost certainly in a non-smoking environment. Nothing spoilt my pleasure when play-grading this wonderful record. A groundbreaking classic within the genre of jazz and even recorded music. This copy will prove simply impossible to find better and carries my highest possible recommendation – jazz fans, do not even think about losing this beauty - a priceless work of art.
Now one of the most established sellers on Ebay and still offering the finest and most accurately described and graded records I can find. I pride myself on offering a variety of genres to keep my site as interesting as possible. I will rarely offer any record that falls below a true Excellent grading, unless its of a certain rarity which will justify offering a lesser grade. I try, to the best of my ability to describe as accurately and as honesty as I can all items I offer for sale with all the relevant information I can think of to help any potential bidder and collector. You may notice I only submit records sparingly on Ebay - on average ONEADAY, a couple more at weekends if time permits, hence the name - time rarely allows for more as I Play-Grade virtually every record I offer in their entirety, not just bits to guess a grade - visuals alone do not always tell a true or full story. I will mention any defects or flaws no matter how small that I notice to be fair as possible to any interested collector – I am very fussy and my buyers have the right to be too. Every record I offer, whether it be a common or rare item deserves the same respect as far as I am concerned and will be treated the same - just because an item is rare does not always mean its good. I get just as much pleasure offering a relatively common record in stunning near mint condition as the real rare items. All the pictures I use for your guidance are taken with a digital camera or scanned - they are NOT improved, cleaned-up or made better looking than they are with camera trickery or enhancing with digital programmes. What you see is what you get and scanned labels will give a more accurate representation of the genuine colour than flash photography where light is variable. I cannot guarantee total accuracy for colours however but most will be very close. If any picture I take looks more flattering than the actual item for any reason, I will clearly state the fact in the advert and vice-versa. I hope the item below is to your liking - any questions can be emailed and I will do my very best to answer you. I am enthusiastic, and have a fair degree of knowledge about many genres and I promise quality items - bid with confidence - excellence comes as standard and so does Near Mint regularly. Please assume all records I offer have NO jumps, sticks, warps or writing on covers or labels unless clearly stated to the contrary. Thanks for your interest and Good luck – MIKE.
Equipment Used for Play-Grading: I now play-grade ALL the records I offer (unless clearly stated to the contrary) on the following equipment:
Deck: Linn LP12/Hercules/Cirkus with Ittok Mk II arm and Ortofon Rondo Red moving coil cartridge (tracks at 2 grams). Amps: Naim Nait 5i with Project USB phono stage and Chord interconnects. Speakers: B&W 704 Floorstanding 3-way Monitors (bi-wired with QED Silver terminated cable). All records I offer on Ebay are cleaned on a professional Moth vacuum machine before play-grading for the cleanest and best possible sound and will include a brand new lined inner and protective cover too.
First-time, zero-rated bidders, who do not ask permission to bid, will be cancelled immediately and blocked – NO exceptions. For winning bidders who I consider excessively slow to make contact or submit payment, I will use my right to block future bids. If any bidder who wins in the final seconds is present to do so, surely they can at least email me to inform of intention and payment method? If swift or promp payment is a problem, please do not bid.
PACKING - THIS IS WHAT YOU GET - PLEASE SEE MY TYPICAL PACKING BOX PICTURE.
What You Get: To confirm to the strict Ebay rules on shipping, I must now send ALL my packets ‘Signed-For’ with NO exceptions. Both buyers and sellers want their packets to have a safer journey and this is not a bad thing.
I now offer the fastest possible posting, often the very next day after payment is received or within two to three days maximum (unless on holiday). I only use FIRST-CLASS Mail. The record’s cover will be placed within a BRAND NEW soft protective sleeve and the actual record will be professionally cleaned on my Moth Pro vacuum system to give ultimate clean grooves and playing surfaces and the best possible looks and ultimate sound quality. You will NOT get tired, dull looking, dust infested records inside worn and foggy covers with tatty inners from this seller and that’s a promise and guarantee. All records are posted in professional thick boxes (NOT Mailers or Cruciforms, these do not offer maximum protection). The record(s) REMOVED from their main cover to avoid edge splits and placed within a brand new polylined inner. The record’s original inner will be included if available. The boxes are then reinforced with THREE or EVEN FOUR ULTRA THICK stiffeners for maximum extra protection – these are FOUR TIMES thicker than commercial stiffeners and are custom-made for oneadayrecords. Really rare and expensive albums will even be Double Boxed if deemed necessary and possible. The thick record and stiffener ‘sandwich’ is then thickly embedded into bubble-wrap to bulk out the record inside the box to centre the item inside to reduce the risk of damage still further. Printed address labels are used for clarity as well as a sender label. Customers requests or special needs for P&P will be respected if at all possible but ‘Signed-For’ posting is NOT an option anymore. Please see my picture of a typical finished box packet that will now be used on ALL transactions as from now. I do not profit on posting and the cost of this lavish packing is NOT even charged for, I offer probably the best-value and safest shipping possible for ultimate confidence. These boxes and ultra thick double-wall stiffners and bubble wrap make a near impregnable fortress for safe shipping and this is used inland and overseas for ALL my records, not just the rare and expensive. I will invoice any winning bidder as soon as possible after the auction ends. My ‘loss’ or ‘damage rate’ is less than one in two thousand based on over 6,000+ items sold in over 8 years of Ebay trading and I consider that pretty exceptional. The only damage rate acceptable for this seller is ZERO and I think my packets will offer just that. It would take a vicious postman or postal service to damage these for sure. Even one of these stiffners cannot be bent by hand, so what chance 3 or 4 inside a box? Oneadayrecords is a MAILER-FREE ZONE. I discount of course for multiple purchases with a maximum of FOUR records per box (one double can sometimes be included subject to total weight). I will not respond to questions on shipping costs as all the details are included here and on ALL of my adverts. Details below:
NOTE: First Time Bidders: I will cancel ALL first-time bidders with no feedbacks or excessive negatives who do not ask me if its OK to bid first – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please Note: I will now offer any item to the runner-up after the mandatory Ebay 3 days if no contact is made by the winning bidder unless prior notice of any delay is given beforehand. The same applies if no payment is received within the mandatory 7 days so any bidder who has just lost out can still email me to reserve the item as priority second chance – it’s always worth asking.
SHIPPING COSTS & CONDITIONS – THESE comply with EBAY’S RULES - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
Posting & Packing: UK & CHANNEL ISLANDS all now sent via Recorded Delivery:
1 LP (FIRST-CLASS Recorded Delivery with Standard Royal Mail Insurance) [Signed For] = £4.
1 LP (Special Delivery with Standard £500 Maximum Insurance) [Signed For, Next Day] = £7.50. (this includes insurance of £500). Add £2 per extra LP.
Posting & Packing: EUROPE & SCANDINAVIA. (Airmail Only):
1 LP (Small Packet ‘Signed For’ with Standard Royal Mail Insurance [£40 maximum]) = £9. (insurance optional extra £3). Add £2.50 per extra LP.
Posting & Packing: ALL OVERSEAS (non-European) e.g. USA (ANY PART OF); Australia; Canada; Japan and other Far East; (Airmail Only: I NEVER use Surface Mail):
1 LP (Small Packet ‘Signed For’ with Standard Royal Mail Insurance [£39 maximum]) = £13. Add £4 per extra LP. (insurance optional extra £3)
I prefer PayPal or cheque from UK winning bidders. I can accept PayPal from overseas bidders or direct payment into my bank account.
Potential Bidders: Please do not bid if you have negative feedback unless checking first, I will cancel any bids I feel are timewasters. A maximum 3 days for communication and 7 days for payment to arrive - if not I will relist the item or offer to the runner-up. Fast deals get great feedback from me. Any questions - please ask and thanks for looking.
My Guarantee: If any winning bidder is not satisfied with their purchase I will offer a complete refund. I will not refund if any defect detail is clearly stated on the advert and missed by the buyer, so read the item description carefully. If any overseas collector does not understand anything in my listing, please email and ask me to help. Thank You.
SOME GENERAL GUIDES TO WEAR AND CONDITIONS TO HELP YOU DECIDE
My Use of Description Terminology: Surface Marks = Superficial, usually light marks, hairlines or light scuffs that rarely sound. Scratch = a needle mark that goes below the record’s surface, some will sound, some will not, my play-grade will inform. Original = a record that has been pressed with the first label design which does NOT neccessarily mean a very first pressed record. First Pressing = A record that I believe or know to be a genuine very first pressed record. I do not claim to always know for sure, and that’s why I state the stamper and matrix numbers if at all possible, for those who claim to know what they all mean, the information is there for the collector to decide. I prefer to use terms like ‘Early Copy’ rather than ‘First Pressing’ if I am not totally sure. Surface Sound = Mild, light sound, usually light crackle or similar. Distortion = Break up of the actual sound caused by groove wear or damage from a chipped stylus – the most undesirable form of unwanted sound, vintage mono records were the most prone to this happening but not exclusively so. The symptoms of distortion are high frequency clipping, moderate constant crackle or an echo type sound quality. Violin, piano and vocals are most prone to groove-wear distortion. Feathering = Fraying or softening of the entry edge of a cover. Covers with feathered entrance edges are more likely to have had the actual record inserted and removed more than a non-feathered, sharp-edged cover which are always far more attractive. Set Off, actually a printer’s term for dark ink leaving mild residue on pale or white ink when rested upon. e.g. when a gatefold cover has black ink closed against white, this can leave some black residue on the pale area – this is mostly unavoidable or course.
The Argument for Vinyl Original sound and mix (mono mixes are rarely available on CD), high quality sound on clean copies (played on a hi-end dedicated analogue system – breathtaking sound!), beautiful, large format covers, artwork, inserts and even full size posters etc; huge investment potential, and the pleasure of owning ‘the real thing’.