Sunday, March 4, 2018

Alice Coltrane - Huntington Ashram Monastery (1969)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Alice Coltrane & Carlos Santana - Illuminations (1974)

Dreamy, psychedelic fusion from the great Alice Coltrane. Recently, I've heard way too many so-called friends (two, to be precise) say that they never could get into her music. Yeah, the glimmering sounds of a harp being played by a literal master over a slow-burning, in-the-pocket rhythm section -- who would ever wanna listen to that? We should be thanking our lucky stars that we got to share a world with her. I WILL FIGHT YOU.

Track listing:
1. Huntington Ashram Monastery
2. Turiya
3. Paramahansa Lake
4. Via Sivanandagar
5. Ihs
6. Jaya Jaya Rama

Galaxy after galaxy

You should also check out:
Dorothy Ashby - Soft Winds: The
Swinging Harp of Dorothy Ashby
(1961)
Bennie Maupin -
The Jewel in the Lotus (1974)

4 comments:

  1. I just bought The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane!! It’s her temple’s Krishna chants from a temple she had in the 80’s,90’s!!!

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  2. Have you heard any of her later devotional, stuff? In particular, Divine Songs springs to mind. Absolutely zero harp content, it is like being immersed in a pool of slow motion spiritual ecstasy. But I'm sure a man of your prodigious musical appetites must know all about it. The people who have heard Alice Coltrane and can't get into Alice Coltrane are soulless automatons.

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    1. I've actually never heard Divine Songs, but having looked it up a bit, I'm totally fucking stoked to listen to it. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  3. As Fate would have it, I was listening to this very album earlier today. Anyone who can't get into this doesn't get a lot of things. Pity. Their loss.

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