Alice Coltrane ‎– Eternity

Warner Bros. Records ‎– BS 2916
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Spiritual Eternal
Bass – Charlie HadenBassoon – Don Christlieb, Jack MarshCello – Anne Goodman, Jackie Lustgarten*, Ray KelleyDrums – Ben RileyFlute – Fred Jackson, Hubert LawsFrench Horn – Alan Robinson, Marilyn RobinsonOrgan – Alice ColtraneSoprano Saxophone – Jerome RichardsonTenor Saxophone – Jackie Kelso, Terry HarringtonTrombone – Charlie Loper*, George BohanonTrumpet – Oscar Brashear, Paul HubinonTuba – Tommy Johnson (2)Viola – Mike Nowack, Pamela Goldsmith, Rollice DaleViolin – Gordon Marron, Murray Adler, Nathan Kaproff, Polly Sweeney, Sid Sharp*, Bill Kurasch*
A2 Wisdom Eye
Harp – Alice Coltrane
A3 Los Caballos
Bass – Charlie HadenCongas – Armando PerazaDrums – Ben RileyOrgan – Alice ColtraneTimbales – A Friend
B1 Om Supreme
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Alice ColtraneVocals – Deborah Coomer, Edward Cansino, Jean Packer, Paul Vorwerk, Susan Judy, William Yeomans
B2 Morning Worship
Bass – Charlie HadenBells [Wind Chimes] – Ed MichelCongas – Armando PerazaDrums – Ben RileyOrgan, Tambura – Alice ColtranePercussion [Small Percussion] – A Friend
B3 Spring Rounds
Bass – Charlie HadenBass, Percussion [Drum], Gong – Ben RileyBassoon – Don Christlieb, Jack MarshCello – Anne Goodman, Jackie Lustgarten*, Ray KelleyClarinet – Jackie Kelso, Terry HarringtonClarinet [Bass] – Julian SpearContrabassoon – Jo Ann Caldwell*English Horn – Ernie WattsFlute – Fred Jackson, Hubert LawsFlute [Alto] – Jerome RichardsonFrench Horn – Alan Robinson, Art Maebe, Marilyn Robinson, Vince De Rosa*Oboe – Gene Cipriano, John Ellis (3)Organ, Timpani, Cymbal – Alice ColtranePiccolo Flute – Louise Di TullioTrombone – Charlie Loper*, George BohanonTrumpet – Oscar Brashear, Paul HubinonTuba – Tommy Johnson (2)Viola – Mike Nowack, Pamela Goldsmith, Rollice DaleViolin – Gordon Marron, Murray Adler, Nathan Kaproff, Polly Sweeney, Sid Sharp*, Bill Kurasch*

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Track B3 is an excerpt from Igor Stravinsky's "Rite Of Spring".

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BS 2916 Alice Coltrane Eternity(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2916 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
WB M5 2916 Alice Coltrane Eternity(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records WB M5 2916 US 1976 Sell This Version
81227959807, WPCR-27429 Alice Coltrane Eternity(CD, Album, RE, RM) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 81227959807, WPCR-27429 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
BS 2916 Alice Coltrane Eternity(LP, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records BS 2916 US 1976 Sell This Version
STONE 05 Alice Coltrane Eternity(CD, Album, RE) Sepia Tone STONE 05 US 2002 Sell This Version


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October 17, 2018
A vinyl reissue in Europe of this would be much appreciated, as the last one was in Germany 1976, and getting stuff from the US isn't affordable :S

Anyways, a personal favourite from Alice Coltrane! Just due to the sheer diversity and energy of the pieces here. You've got the "regular" free jazz, both the mad and the soothing kinds, but you've also got classical interpretations, and more rhythmical pumping funky elements. You've also got a choir going on Om Supreme, as well as bigger orchestral arrangements on Spiritual Eternal and Spring Rounds. On top of that there's instrumental variation: Soft embraces of the rhodes on Om Supreme, but also voice like expression through the (almost funny sounding, but fat and epic) organ on Los Caballos, Spiritual Eternal and Morning Worship, and of course her cosmic harp harmonies, on Wisdom Eye.

This is an album that shows many of Coltrane's abilities. Playing, writing, arranging, interpreting (transcribing) and conducting. As well as her own spiritual lyrics in the chanting of Om Supreme. Much respect for this thing, and of course the rest of her astonishing influential work. Peaaaacccccce <3



June 30, 2017
Los Caballos is a frigging monster without genus or comparison. Listen without delay.


January 30, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
This is the first album of Alice Coltrane where she starts to chant invocations in her songs, inspired by her association with Indian spiritual traditions. Before she had songtitles in reference to her calling, and in later albums she actually starts chanting traditional mantra's, such as in some of the songs on the Transcendence and Radha Krishna Nam Sankirtan albums. On this album we find Om supreme, where she uses her artistic freedom to make up her own invocation. Om Supreme Bhagavan, she sings. Bhagavan is a Sanskrit name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, meaning Possessor of all opulences. "When i call you to Brahma-loka, you know i will meet you on Brahma-loka, Shiva-loka, Satya-loka, Turiya-loka." Loka is the word for sphere, planet, and Shiva-loka is the place where Lord Shiva resides, or Brahma-loka for Lord Brahma. After that it is about Paramahamsa. That refers to a perfected being, Param means highest and a Hamsa is a swan. A swan-like person. This is generally not the way in which the Lord is addressed, by the way, and Bhagavan is not residing on those loka's they sing about either, so i'm not sure of her understanding there. But never mind the specifics, Alice was into intergalactic travel for sure, and to rest in peace is not likely what she was aiming at. This songs breathes her calling to meet her Lord.