This is an early Impulse Stereo pressing of the Edition II version of Ascension with VAN GELDER stamps in the dead wax. The Edition I version uses a different take of the performance and was withdrawn, this is the original version of Coltrane's preferred performance. This copy has some of the cleanest vinyl I've seen for this album - or any classic Impulse release for that matter! It sounds amazing and plays very quietly, with just a touch of light noise at the start of each side. This was truly revolutionary music for 1965 and it's still an absolute beast today. Coltrane fronts a stellar eleven piece lineup as they traverse through massive freakouts and bluesy comedowns; Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp and McCoy Tyner are among those along for the ride. It's one of those records that's not to be taken lightly—it's an absolute experience every time that usually leaves me feeling simultaneously drained and refreshed somehow.
Cover: VG (light ringwear on front, more pronounced on back, spine lightly faded)
Play notes: Light noise to start each side, very quiet overall