David Byrne’s label compiles Alice’s religious ritual music with the help of her children
Alice Coltrane would have been 80 this year and to mark that anniversary, Luaka Bop are set to release a compilation of the Turiyasangitananda private press ashram recordings made at her 48 acre Sai Anantam Ashram outside Los Angeles between 1982–95. The release has been prepared in collaboration with Alice’s children, who helped source the original master tapes from the Coltrane archives. They were then remastered by engineer Baker Bigsby, who had overseen the original sessions in the 80s and 90s. The album includes tracks from Turiya Sings, Glorious Chants, Divine Songs and Infinite Chants. The set, featuring eight songs, it will be released in digital, cassette and CD formats. A double vinyl edition will include two additional songs: “Krishna Japaye” from Infinite Chants and the previously unreleased “Rama Katha” from a separate Turiya Sings recording session.
Music historian Ashley Kahn has written the sleevenotes and the package also includes a series of interviews with those who knew Alice, including Dublab’s Mark ‘Frosty’ McNeill, and an interview between musician Surya Botofasina (who was raised art Alice’s ashram) and journalist Andy Beta.
World Spirituality Classics Volume 1: The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda will be released by Luaka Bop on 5 May. In 2014 Divine Songs and Infinite Chants were released on CD via Avatar Book Institute and SOTU, who also sold Coltrane's spiritual memoir Monument Eternal, all three of which have now sold out.