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56 years after its release, John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ goes Platinum

56 years since its release, John Coltrane’s incredible album A Love Supreme has gone platinum – a first for jazz records of Coltrane’s era.

John Coltrane’s quintessential jazz album A Love Supreme has been certified platinum by the RIAA, meaning it has finally sold one million copies in the US, making it the first platinum jazz album from the 1960s.

Coltrane is a household name and one of the first artists people name drop when talking about jazz. His avant-garde style was decades ahead of its time, but it’s a wonder it has taken this long for this particular album to receive its formal recognition.

Ravi and Michelle Coltrane presented with platinum disc of ‘A Love Supreme’. Photo: Meredith Truax

In December of 1945 A Love Supreme, considered a pinnacle of jazz and a masterpiece, was recorded at the fabled Van Gelder Studios with Coltrane’s classic quartet; pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones.

Coltrane released the record in 1965 through his label Impulse! Records. Sadly, he would soon died of cancer in 1967, but he has certainly not been forgotten.

John Coltrane quartet A Love Supreme

Verve and Impulse! presented the platinum plaque to John Coltrane’s son and daughter, Ravi and Michelle, in their family home in Dix Hills, Long Island, last week.

To celebrate the success, Impulse! released a digital-only collection called A Love Supreme: The Platinum Collection which is a combination of the original album, live recordings from all around the world, and outtakes and alternative takes from 2015’s A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters.

A limited-edition vinyl will be released by Supersense as part of its newly launched Mastercut Edition series.

A Love Supreme: The Platinum Collection is out now via Impulse! Records. Stream or purchase your copy here.