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Universal Consciousness Original recording remastered

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  1. Universal Consciousness
  2. Battle At Armagedoon
  3. Oh Allah
  4. Hare Krishna
  5. Sita Ram
  6. The Ankh Of Amen-Ra

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0000631D9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rayv on June 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My title may not explain how I feel about this particular CD but of how I feel about Alice Coltrane's work in general. My first experience with Alice Coltrane's music was listening to a beat up copy of Universal Consciousness. After that I nearly bought her entire collection of CDs and I am still waiting for more to be reissued. Therefore, "always at her best" is definitely my impression of her creativity.
So here we are, with a newly remastered edition of Universal Consciousness. . hum, and kind of surprising too. I was about ready to burn a copy from that old beat up record I mentioned above. It took a long time for Impulse to finally get this re-released, and I'm considerably satisfied.
The music itself is one of a kind. Ornette Coleman must have had a fun time transcribing the string arrangements, as mention in the notes. The first time you put this on the listener will want to turn it off, yes I know it sounds like a dis but it's not. This music is not happy-go-lucky, laid back Kerouac at the typewriter music. This is intense listening, made for people who turn on the college stations noise hour and listen to Merzbah. The first time I heard it I couldn't handle it, especially the first track. Now, after many listens, I can play the album while reading a book, or at the typewriter. Not for casual listeners but if you are this album may eventually grow on you.
The remastered CD sounds similar to the record but much brighter. To elaborate on that, as a CD it works well. I can here some things that I didn't hear on the record (like that tinny reggae drum in the first half of "Universal Consciousness") and on some tracks the compositional tone is well rounded out ---plus no crackles and skips.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Chell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Verve is making this 1972 Impulse recording available as a short-run, limited-edition reissue expiring in May 2005. Whether it self-destructs at that time or is returned to the vaults for another thirty years, awaiting its next reincarnation, is unclear, but it's probably best to take no chances. This album sounds a lot better to me today than it would have at the time of its release. Scarcely 9 years had elapsed since I'd heard Alice McCleod playing in the Terry Gibbs Quartet opposite Coltrane's Quartet at Birdland, and her marriage to Coltrane and absorption by his increasingly mystical music struck me as abrupt and superficial. Moreover, the results bore not even a faint trace of the swinging, post-bop player who had served as a felicitous and provocative complementary voice to Terry's manic vibes.
But after listening to this music and reading Alice's original liner notes, I'm inclined to think of her as a greater influence on Coltrane than vice versa. Hers is the theological mind, steeped in Hinduism and Indian mythology to a degree that makes John along with Lennon, T. S. Eliot, and perhaps Ravi himself look like tyros. Her descriptions of these compositions and their devotional inspiration makes me want to go back and study the Ramayana, Upanishads, and Vedic Hymns not to mention chant a few Hare Krishnas (30 million are required to experience "Mukti," but perhaps considerably less will lead to some knowledge of Om and apprehension of Shantih).
I've listened to this album at least a dozen times and still can't seem to get a handle on the music. Alice's analog organ seems at once incongruous, anachronistic and cutting edge; at the same time her exotic harp takes the edge off, making this quite accessible music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Goodman on December 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This music stimulates your cosmic consciousness.
Each successive track is more intruiguing than the proceding
track, culminating with the fantastic bass-drenched final track.
Unlike other Alice Coltrane CDs, there is no saxaphone on this
CD, which is surprisingly refreshing. Also very refreshing is
the fact that there are no vocals at all on the CD, notably in
the Hare Krishna track, where you might've expected vocal
chanting. For me, the best way to enjoy this CD is to start
at the beautiful track 3, then play it till the momentous end.
Lastly, it's not Alice Coltrane's fault that the jewel case
does not fit in a standard CD slot.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Let me just say from the begining this is very beautiful music. All 6 tracks were recorded between april and june 1971 in New York after Alice Coltrane got back from a 5 week visit to the Indian Subcontinent in December of 1970. You can tell her Indian experience influenced the music on all of the Universal Consciousness album. It was produced by Ed Michel and Alice Coltrane. Alice Coltrane plays Organ and Harp,Jimmy Garrison on bass,Jack DeJohnette,Cliford Jarvis,And Rashied Ali on drums, Tulsi on tamboura and a string quartet with transcription by Ornette Coleman rounds out the groups sound. The music is beautiful and exotic. It is relaxing but at times can be chaotic and loud. Alice Coltrane's harp and organ playing creates a beautiful swirling sound that is complemented by ,the sitar sounding instrument, the tamboura and the string quartet. This is not ordinary music. This is healing, spiritual music that can only be experienced properly by a patient, open minded and relaxed listener. I would not suggest that this music be played while driving or at a party. This is more for listening during late night and early morning introspection with the lights down low. If you dont like abstract, Free, improvised or experimental jazz music you shouldn't buy this album. You should go back to watching MTV. If you do like experimental,abstract jazz and classical music I would suggest this album. I think I would get Journey in Satchidananda and Ptah, the El Daoud albums before I got this one.This one is good but I dont think it's as good as those two. This album sort of sounds like Sketches of Spain(minus Miles Davis Trumpet) mixed with Sun Ra(minus the vocals).
The CD package is really cool, it looks like a little record and comes with a little poster!!
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