John ColtraneSun Ship

Label:Impulse! – AS 9211, Verve Records – AS 9211
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C062
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180g, Gatefold
Style:Post Bop, Free Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz


A1Sun Ship6:16
A2Dearly Beloved6:28

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Vinyl Me, Please Classics Record of the Month for July, 2022.

Hype sticker:
• (AAA) Lacquers cut from the original tapes by Ryan Smith,Sterling Sound
• Pressed on 180g black audiophile vinyl at RTI
• Listening notes booklet by Marl Richardson

Heavyweight, tip-on gatefold jacket.
Includes exclusive VMP OBI styled strip and Listening Notes booklet.
The track durations on the rear of the sleeve differ from the inner gatefold and labels.

Recorded August 26, 1965, at RCA Victor Studios, New York City.

Originally released in 1971 on Impulse! ©2022 UMG Recordings, Inc. Courtesy of Verve Label Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
Manufactured by Offbeat Ventures LLC d.b.a. Vinyl Me, Please 3000 Lawrence St, #28, Denver, CO 80205

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): VMP-C059-A 38533.1(3)... RKS STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): VMP-C059-B 38533.2(3)... RKS STERLING
  • Other (Printed on VMP Spine Insert and Hype Sticker): VMP-C062

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Sun Ship (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Impulse!, ABC RecordsAS-9211US1971
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Sun Ship (Cassette, Album)Impulse!M59211US1971
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Sun Ship (LP, Album, Gatefold)Probe, ProbeXPOL 15061, XPOL-15061Brazil1971
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Sun Ship (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Impulse!, ABC RecordsAS-9211Canada1971
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Sun Ship (8-Track Cartridge, Album, Stereo)Impulse!V 8027-9211US1971



  • zen_rocker's avatar
    Edited 15 days ago
    The pressing is ultra quiet. Crazy low noise floor which is just perfect for the extended bass solo intro to Ascent. This is a great album. Super intense at points, and bordering on free jazz / avant garde. As for the recording, the drums and sax sound fantastic, but the piano and bass tend to get driven into the background. They don't sound bad, just low in the mix.
    • bvanpelt's avatar
      Edited 6 months ago
      My pressig is excellent - no surface noise to speak of at all. The voluming on this one is a little on the low side, so the quiet surface is definitley appreciated.

      The drums have good impact and sparkle with good cymbal decay. The piano sounds like that Rudy Van Gelder softened piano (I know that RVG was not the recording engineer here, but the piano sounds like an RVG piano), but pleasant nonetheless - and McCoy Tyner goes to town on that thing. The sound of Coltrane's sax is very good, centered as it is. The drums and piano occupy the right and left channels, respectively. The bass lurks in the background.

      Overall, this is great, but not the greatest of great. The overall dynamic presentation is just slightly muted, even when you turn up the volume. The pressing is stellar, 6 out of 5. The recording itself, is like a 4.5 out of 5, which rounds up to 5. I've heard other Jazz albums that have more sparkle and a better dynamic presentation.

      Cartridge: AT VM540ML
      • RecordsFromHome's avatar
        Excellent pressing. You will love it. Get your scissors ready to surgically remove the outer sleeve
        • RevGee's avatar
          My first VMP addition to my growing collection; ordered from the VMP website; beautiful sturdy gatefold (like other Impulse releases); excellent sound. I am very happy with this purchase. I changed the outer sleeve, as well... too tight.
          • ElvisDubstello's avatar
            Explosive Jazz from one of the greats, during one of his most prolific years.

            Perfectly flat record and dynamic recording. Booklet/notes from the always insightful Mark Richardson.

            Another home run for VMP!
            • mgjonbalaj's avatar
              Excellent record. I love the booklet, the quality of the gatefold, and the sound of the pressing. One of the best records I own. Only thing is that I wish this was pressed on color vinyl rather than black, but I guess that goes against the ethos of the "Classics" subscription.
              • satchidanandian's avatar
                Not quite as hot as the original, but the dynamics are a little smoother, and at low volumes (who is playing this at low volumes!?) you can hear a bit of room noise that isn’t clear in the original 1971 press.
                • MonderVenderson's avatar
                  Does anyone else hear what sounds like a faint radio signal picked up from the cables in the left channel?
                  • GaboWabo's avatar
                    The quality of performance, sound and quality of the vinyl is superb. Highly recommend it. I am happy to have this as part of my vinyl collection.
                    • karatemonkey's avatar
                      Anyone else having issues with the resealable bag? this one is impossible! too tight.


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