Remastered from tapes distributed only within her ashram community, some of Alice Coltrane‘s rarest material will soon be available for the first time ever. In 1983, Coltrane founded the 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram just outside of Los Angeles, where she would continue to write, record and release songs with(in) the community until her death in 2007.
David Byrne‘s Luaka Bop label is readying the first release of those recordings — dating from 1982-1995 — remastered by jazz giant engineer Baker Bigsby (Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and others) for the first installment of the label’s new series on spirituals from around the world. According to a press release, the compilation features some Coltrane’s first vocal work.
Hear the first offering from the Luaka Bop’s forthcoming Alice Coltrane compilation along with the full track list below. Pre-order your copy of World Spirituality Classics, Volume 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda on iTunes today ahead of its official May 5th release.
01 Om Rama
02 Om Shanti
03 Rama Rama
04 Rama Guru
05 Hari Narayan
06 Journey to Satchidananda
07 Er Ra
08 Keshnava Murahara
09 Krisha Japaye *
10 Rama Katha *
* vinyl only
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