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Album · 1974

Tracklist

A1 Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism 1:10
A2 Angel Of Air 3:37
A3 Angel Of Water 6:18
A4 Bliss: The Eternal Now 5:32
B1 Angel Of Sunlight 14:43
B2 Illuminations 4:20

Line-up/Musicians

Acoustic Bass – David Holland
Bass – James Bond (tracks: A1 to A3, B2)
Cello – Anne Goodman (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Fred Seykora (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Glenn Grab (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Jackie Lustgarten (tracks: A1 to A3, B2)
Congas – Armando Peraza
Cymbal [Cymbals],Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Electric Piano,Organ [Hammond], Finger Cymbals, Cymbal [Hand Cymbals],Piano [Acoustic] – Tom Coster
Flute,Soprano Saxophone – Jules Broussard
Arranged By [Strings],Conductor[Strings],Piano [Acoustic], Harp,Organ [Wurlitzer] – Turiya Alice Coltrane
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Wind Chimes,Finger Cymbals, Cymbal [Hand Cymbals] – Devadip Carlos Santana
Viola – Alan Harshman (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), David Schwartz (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Marilyn Baker (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Myer Bello (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Myra Kestenbaum (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Rollice Dale (tracks: A1 to A3, B2)
Tabla – Phil Ford
Tambura [Male Tamboura] – Prabuddha Phil Browne
Violin – Charles Veal (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Gordon Marron (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Murray Adler (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Nathan Kaproff (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Paul Shure (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Ron Folsom (tracks: A1 to A3, B2), Bill Henderson (tracks: A1 to A3, B2)

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Columbia ‎– PC 32900 (US)

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Miler72
I'm certain Carlos Santana wanted to meet up and perhaps collaborate with John Coltrane, but it was obviously too late as he passed away in 1967, and Santana had just formed and their debut album won't see the light of day for another two years. It's clear Mr. Santana was a big fan. At least many years later, after being a disciple of Sri Chimnoy, and already releasing a coupe of fusion albums with Santana (Caravanserai, Welcome) and with John McLaughlin (Love, Devotion, Surrender), he got to collaborate with John Coltrane's widow Alice Coltrane. I knew right away this wasn't going to be a Santana album. Much of side one consists of orchestral passages with Mr. Santana's unmistakable guitar playing and some really nice harp playing from Ms. Coltrane. This is truly stuff that you can't imagine being on Caravanserai, Welcome or Borboletta. It's great stuff indeed. "Angel of Sunlight" is the closer to Love, Devotion, Surrender in spirit, has that same intense jamming, although with more of an Indian influence. Tablas are used but also drumming from Jack DeJohnette, and congas from Armando Peraza, Afro-Cuban percussionist, who, unsurprisingly, played with Santana. I also dig the cover, it reminds me of artwork you'd see on various versions of the Bhagavad Gita, which I guess was intentional, given Mr. Santana's association with Sri Chimnoy (Alice Coltrane wasn't a disciple of Sri Chimnoy, though). Rather unique stuff that's well worth having!

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