Alice Coltrane With Strings ‎– World Galaxy - 1972 Spiritual Jazz 180 Grm LP

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Alice Coltrane With Strings ‎– World Galaxy

ABC Impulse! ‎– AS 9218, ABC Impulse! ‎– 06007 53630501
Back To Black –
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 gr, Gatefold

Record is VG++ has few light scuffs (listen to our copy)

Cover is VG++ (see our pic)

Free Jazz, Soul-Jazz




A1 My Favorite Things 6:22
A2 Galaxy Around Olodumare 4:15
A3 Galaxy In Turiya 9:55


B1 Galaxy In Satchidananda 10:25
B2 A Love Supreme 9:58





Companies, etc.


Mixed At – The village Recorder
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Record Company – UMG Recordings, Inc.
Pressed By – Record Industry – 14109
Record Company – Universal Music B.V.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Verve Music Group
Copyright (c) – The Verve Music Group






Arranged By, Orchestrated By, Piano, Organ, Harp, Tambura [Tamboura], Percussion, Producer – Alice Coltrane
Bass – Reggie Workman
Concertmaster – David Sackson
Cover, Design – Peter Max
Drums, Percussion – Ben Riley
Engineer [Assistant] – Dan Turbeville, Dennis Ferrante
Mixed By – Baker Bigsby
Narrator – Swami Satchidananda (tracks: B1, B2)
Photography By – Philip Melnick
Producer – Ed Michel
Recorded By – Tom Flye
Strings – Alan Shulman, Arthur Aaron, Avron Coleman, Edward Green, Harry Glickman, Henry Aaron, Irving Spice, Janet Hill, Joan Kalisch, Julien Barber, Ronald Lipscomb, Seymour Miroff, Thomas Nickerson, William Stone
Strings, Violin [Solo] – LeRoy Jenkins (tracks: B2)
Tenor Saxophone, Percussion – Frank Lowe
Timpani [Tympani] – Elayne Jones


Alice Coltrane - percussion, piano, organ, harp, tamboura.
Reggie Workman - bass
Ben Riley - drums
Elayne Jones - timpani
Frank Lowe : saxophone, percussion
Swami Satchidananda - voice
Leroy Jenkins - solo violin




Recorded November 15 and 16, 1971.


Barcode and Other Identifiers


Barcode (Scanned): 600753630501
Barcode (Printed): 6 00753 63050 1
Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped): 14109 A1 00600753630501
Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped): 14109 1B 006007753630501
Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
Label Code: LC 00236
Matrix / Runout (Label A): AS 9218-A
Matrix / Runout (Label B): AS 9218-B




Alice Coltrane, has over the course of her studio albums, cut an increasingly individualistic path of her own. Whereas earlier albums, cut a very fine line of elegant, rhythmically sparse piano, and subtly textured sensual arrangements, that referenced a more downtempo and restrained side of Jazz. But later albums would begin to start the definition & shape of her music and have a greater emphasis on 'Modal Music', which takes the form of an almost improvisational form of Jazz music that has a looser arrangement, with the results often having a meditative, cerebral feel. With tonal centre shifted, keeping the listener just off balance with a subtle unpredictability. 

Which she began to fully intergrate into her performances on, 'Organ, Piano & Harp', and her organic eastern influences that have remained dotted throughout her albums, and began to become more fully fleshed out, as her spiritual consciousness grew stronger.

World Galaxy can be seen to some degree as a hugely important album for Alice. As the new Jazz-Fusion sound was beginning to play a significant part in the ongoing creative movement of jazz, The legacy of Her deceased husband (John Coltrane), still loomed large, and her unique brand of 'Spiritual Jazz', was becoming more of niche market appeal. So instead of relenting and moving towards the increasingly popular Jazz-Fusion market, she dug even deeper into her influences and sound, and forged this dynamic masterpiece, that is in parts, A stunning intergration of all she does best, and a parital fitting tribute to her late husband.

"My Favourite Things" takes what was largely regarded as a signature tune for 'John Coltrane', and completely reinterprets it into a more gentlee and softly focused track. Smoothing off any harsh edges and moves his track into a more atmospherically textured sound, that beautifully illustrates her use of the organ and Harp, in place of where most of Johns performances would usually be. Its a startling fascinating new direction. Alice plays some beautifully pointed organ and piano, with her stings arrangement beautifully intuitive, and merely seek to complement the other musicians contributions, rather than overpower them. And most importantly of all, Alice's rendition is although a superbly fitting tribute to her husbands work, shows enough attention and thoughtful compostion & performances from Alice, means that this stands as a beautifully produced track that stands next to John's track in her own right, rather than a pale interpretation of it.

"Galaxy in Turiya" is easily one of my favourite pieces on this album, because contained here is a level of playing that is almost of filmic soundtrack level of performance. Alice creates a sound that is so awash with colour and dynamic atmospherically textured sound, that almost takes on an life of its own, as rhythm sections resonate wonderfully and the sweeping majestic sounds of 'Harp, flute & organ' all combine and nestle in perfectly with each other, it its hard to imagine anything sounding so sensual and organic. 

Creating a rich textured harpistry, that not only remains intertwining and invigorating, but manages to sound so completely unconcerned with musical (in this case Jazz) trends, and yet feels like it'll never sound dated or irrelevant....majestic in the broadest sense, it takes mood and arrangement of mythological sounds and constructs something with an overwhelming and mesmerisingly beautiful tone.

And it would be impossible the review an album such as this, and not mention what is arguably Alice's finest track (and if not the finest, certainly in the top 3 tracks), that Alice has committed to recording. Alice's rendition of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", is utterly breathtaking.....the theme here, is obviously Love, but not only love in the emotional sense, but love as a much broader and more affecting element of our lives. To the non-believers, this will sound like a page from a 60's hippy diary, and maybe to some extent it is. 

But if you are willing to enter this with a completely open mind and no preconceptions, I defy anyone to not be truly moved by this breathtaking piece of music. In some parts it feels like a deeply personal show of affection for the memory of John Coltrane. deep spirituality, and intense and pained at times, this is music for the head and the heart...(with the central idea of progression leading to an understanding of spirituality through meditation), it is arguably one of the most important jazz tracks ever devised because it is, a playing of simple yet searching, reflective and complex compostion that leads (ultimately) to enlightenment. 

Its the sheer gorgeousness & ingenious symmetrical relationship, tonally, texturally and emotionally, that makes this such a truly stunning experience, and the swirling, whirling string sections only merely serve to highten the experience. in fact I'd even go so far as to say that this has the potential to transcend jazz, and (almost) be likened to a harmonic form of expression, that negates the use of words, and instead focuses purely on audible sound. And the rendition contained on this album, is worthy of being mentioned in the same lofty accolades heaped upon John Coltrane's original version.

Alice Coltrane - A Love Supreme 

from her album World Galaxy (1972). Alice was wife to and erstwhile pianist for John Coltrane. This is a re-working of his legendary theme, with Alice's sublime insight into the beating heart of music and of life itself.

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Condition Used
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label ABC Records
Artist John Coltrane
Color Black