This is a 1972 Impulse pressing on the Red and Black label, it sounds wonderful and plays mostly quietly. It does not have the Van Gelder stampers in the dead wax and I actually prefer the versions without it. The originals were cut with a low hum that runs under the music and personally it drives me crazy. Some people are good at tuning the stuff out, I'm a guy who will focus on it until the music becomes hard to enjoy. (Critical listening skills... a blessing and a curse.) Anyway, the sound here is lively and dynamic with serious immediacy and the kind of raw power this music demands.
5 stars Allmusic: "One of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing, that at once compiled all of the innovations from his past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half years."
Vinyl: VG+ (a tiny warp that does not affect play, record tracks without issue)
Cover: VG+ (super nice and glossy, very little wear)
Play notes: Excellent sound, light surface noise behind music at times but nothing close to major, a few ticks early in the first side)
We prefer to overdeliver and therefore grade conservatively. Our scale runs Near Mint (NM), Excellent (EX), Very Good Plus (VG+), Very Good (VG), Good Plus (G+), Good (G).