Alice Coltrane Spiritual Eternal (2CD-Set)
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The Solo Career of Alice Coltrane Was Marked with the Same Uncompromising Vision, Spiritual Depth, and Fearless Innovation as That of Her Late Husband, John Coltrane
After Recording Seven Celebrated Albums for the Impulse! Label, Alice Moved to Warner Bros. Records in 1975
There She Recorded Three Studio Albums, Eternity, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana, and Transcendence, That Stand Among Her Most Challenging and Accomplished Work
All Three Albums Featured Alice’s New Instrument of Choice, a 1971 Wurlitzer 805 Centura That Included Pitch-Bending Ability That Alice Used Liberally
Her Sound Thus Moved Farther Away from Jazz, as the Organ’s Drone Functioned Like a Harmonium
Her Warner Bros. Records Also Reflected the Increasing Importance of Her Religious Practice in Her Life, Incorporating Singers from Her Ashram Performing Hindi Chants
These Three Albums Proved to Be Her Final Commercial Recordings of the 20th Century, As She Went On to Release Purely Devotional Albums from Her Ashram, Recently Compiled on The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
The 2-CD Set Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings Marks the First Time This Work Has Been Collected Together
Beautifully Packaged Inside a 6-Panel Digipak with a 24-Page Booklet
Notes by Noted Coltrane Scholar Ashley Kahn Based on Interviews with Coltrane Producer Ed Michel and Engineer Baker Bigsby
Includes Rare Photos and Original Album Credits
Remastered by Mike Milchner, Engineer on Real Gone Music’s Recent Ornette Coleman Release, Ornette at 12/Crisis
Produced by Real Gone Music’s Own Gordon Anderson and Acclaimed Jazz Reissue Producer Zev Feldman, Who Helmed the Widely Hailed John Coltrane Release, Offering—Live at Temple University
A New, Immersive Opportunity to Appreciate and Assess One of the Most Dazzling Bodies of Work to Emerge from the ‘70s
After the death of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane embarked upon a solo career that was marked with the same uncompromising vision, spiritual probing, and formal innovation as that of her husband. Her first seven solo albums were recorded for the Impulse! label, home to John during the latter part of his career; those records, though offering more of the modal jazz with devotional overtones that Coltrane fans had come to cherish, also saw her branch out in unexpected ways, introducing new instruments (harp, Wurlitzer organ), new styles (raga, modern classical), and new approaches to recording, even incorporating classical string sections into a “free” musical environment. By the mid-‘70s, however, time was ripe for a change. ABC, the parent label of Impulse!, was suffering from management upheaval, while the now-local Warner Bros. label—Coltrane had moved to Woodland Hills, CA to raise her family—was aggressively pursuing a number of Impulse! artists, with Alice at the top of the list. Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings brings together, for the first time ever, the three studio albums that Alice Coltrane cut for the Warner Bros. label, albums that proved to be her final commercial recordings of the 20th century.
Though it is difficult to characterize such an eclectic and far-reaching collection of music, several things hold true throughout these three records, recorded from 1975 to 1977 with Ed Michel as producer. The first is that Alice’s instrument of choice was increasingly the Wurlitzer organ, specifically a 1971 Wurlitzer 805 Centura that included an Orbit III analog synthesizer with pitch-bending ability as one of its three manuals—a feature she used liberally and which further distinguished her sound. Coltrane credited divine guidance for her choice of the instrument; it certainly pushed her work even farther from jazz, its droning sound echoing that of the harmonium used in Eastern music. The second is that these albums reflect the increasing importance of Coltrane’s religious studies in her life. In 1968, Coltrane met Swami Satchidananda Saraswati, an Indian spiritual guru and yoga adept, and began to study with him and write and record music dedicated to him. By 1975, she was leading weekly ashrams devoted to traditional Hindi chants, and the music and participants in those services began to filter into the albums she recorded for Warner Bros. Thus, while 1976’s Eternity, her incredibly diverse maiden release for the label, employed professional vocalists and well-known jazz musicians like Charlie Haden, Ben Riley, and Hubert Laws (with a cameo from Carlos Santana), her next record, Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana (the title itself offering praise in Sanskrit of the male and female aspects of Krishna), featured members of Coltrane’s growing ashram—singing, clapping the rhythm, picking up or slowing down the tempo depending on the arrangement. Her last album for Warner Bros., Transcendence, furthered the transition; here, Coltrane (now going by the name Turiyasangitananda or Turiya for short) incorporated full-fledged lead vocalists from the ashram into her music, adding a distinct African-American gospel vibe to the proceedings. These tracks were to prove the template for the four purely devotional albums she released from her ashram, recently compiled
on The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda; they also proved to be the last commercial studio recordings she made until 2004’s Translinear Light. But her stay at Warner Bros., while short-lived, produced some of the most challenging, spiritual, and, ultimately, rewarding work of her career.
Now, Real Gone Music, with the full cooperation of the Coltrane estate, is proud to present Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings, a collection that offers all of Alice Coltrane’s groundbreaking studio sides for the label in one sumptuously annotated and packaged 2-CD set. Inside the 6-panel digipak is a beautiful booklet boasting notes by noted Coltrane scholar Ashley Kahn based on interviews with Coltrane producer Ed Michel and engineer Baker Bigsby, along with rare photos and the original (quite lengthy!) album credits. Produced by Real Gone’s own Gordon Anderson and acclaimed jazz reissue producer Zev Feldman—who helmed the widely hailed John Coltrane release, Offering—Live at Temple University—and featuring a fresh remastering by Mike Milchner, engineer on Real Gone’s recent Ornette Coleman release, Ornette at 12/Crisis, Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings provides a new, immersive opportunity to assess and appreciate one of the most dazzling bodies of work to emerge from the ‘70s.
Eternity1. Spiritual Eternal
3. Los Caballos
4. Om Supreme
6. Spring Rounds
Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana7. Govinda Jai Jai
10. Hare Krishna
1. Om Namah Sivaya
3. Vrindavana Sanchara
6. Ghana Nila
7. Bhaja Govindam
8. Sri Nrsimha