Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony OrchestraPromises

Label:Luaka Bop – 6 80899 0097-1-0
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Special Edition, Stereo, Marbled Coloured
Country:USA & Europe
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Soul-Jazz, Modal


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"A composition for Saxophone, Strings, Keyboards and Electronics entitled 'Promises' by Sam Shepherd."

Marbled vinyl version, Xmas 2021 special edition, housed in a die-cut gatefold sleeve, with a 12x12" insert.

Sticker on shrink-wrap:

Runout notes:
"-56593-" is stamped, everything else is etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 6 80899 10971 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 680899109710
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): Luaka Bop-0097-A2 CB -56593-VI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): Luaka Bop-0097-B2 CB -56593-III

Other Versions (5 of 17)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Promises (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Luaka BopLBOP097US2020
Promises (LP, Album, Limited Edition, 180 Gram)Luaka Bop6 80899 0097-1-3US2021
Promises (LP, Album, Stereo)Luaka Bop6 80899 0097-1-3Europe2021
New Submission
Promises (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Blue Marbled)Luaka BopLuaka Bop 0097UK2021
New Submission
Promises (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Gold)Luaka BopLB0097LPHHVGermany2021



  • kbell77's avatar
    I took a chance and happy to report this particular version is flat, quiet vinyl that sounds very good. I would have preferred a beautiful slab of mirror like black vinyl
    as not into coloured variants but this pale marbled blue is visually pleasing at least.
    An album I have loved since its release but held back due to the negative feedback around pressing quality issues. There have been multiple releases and most seem dogged by the same issues. This is quiet and gentle music that requires a quality pressing - and here we have one.
    • iamnotmaxus's avatar
      Lots of Surface noise on all the record, damaged stamp

      Returning it
      • CrmMz's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        Really, really thin pressing variant of this album, but fantastic sounding and beautifully colored. I had some minor surface noise towards the louder parts on side two, but nothing that really takes away from the quality to me. No warping on my end! Guess it was kind of a luck-of-the-draw situation with this version.

        Sorry to hear that some of you got some bad copies. It sounds like it isn't a pressing-wide issue though, so a good one is out there for you! If you can't get it with this version, perhaps the standard black or 180 gram version may be a better choice.

        Anyways, completely happy with mine! Heard this album not being a fan at all of Pharoah Sanders (didn't like the screaming sax he did with Coltrane) and had my mind completely blown. What a fantastic spiritual jazz--classical--electronic...mix album? Definitely a multi genre mix that just works well all around! Easily in my top favorite albums list now, and it pushed me to try some of Pharoah's other albums. A few weeks later (I kid you not) he's my top favorite saxophone player next to Coltrane and the sax side of Eric Dolphy. I'm absolutely addicted to the spiritual sounds of his later work, and slowly became to appreciate the out-there sounds of his earlier work too. I honestly feel like I misunderstood his playing for the longest time, and didn't give it a fair chance to begin with. Now I find myself playing a portion or all of this album or another album with Pharoah Sanders daily.

        Thought I'd take the time and share this while sharing the experience with my copy. Thank you very much to Sam Shepherd, Pharoah Sanders, The LSO, Luaka Bop, and everyone else that worked in creating and putting this album out there. This will undoubtably become a timeless piece of music people will remember--and will also introduce many others to Pharoah Sanders and perhaps a few steps further into jazz or classical!
        • Joshwiener's avatar
          Edited one year ago
          Pretty bad surface noise on my copy, can't be having that on an album with such beautiful use of space and silence. Will probably return this record which is a shame.
          • SeansRecords's avatar
            mine sounds awesome

            slight warp but nothing problematic ...

            been meaning to get this for ages . the problems early on put me off , but this one looks and sounds incredible ... happy to add it to my collection
            • musikrettich's avatar
              No issues with this one for me.
              Very very little surface noise here and then but nothing which distracts me from this unbelievable beautiful record.
              It comes in a nice gatefold cover as well.
              • ThatGuyWhoDoesStuff's avatar
                Edited one year ago
                Cartridge: VM540ML
                TT: Pro-ject Debut Carbon Evo

                There is very minor surface noise on some parts of the LP, however, I bought this pressing yesterday, gave it a wash in my spin clean (which I do for all new LPs) and seems to be mostly dead quiet for a coloured vinyl, it’s even more quiet than my coloured pressing of Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”. There was one point between “Movement 8” & “Movement 9” where I had to double check if the LP was still on. Regardless, I would recommend getting this as a 180g black if you have surface noise/sound quality concerns resulting from what’s been reported below. Otherwise, the vinyl looks great and sounds fantastic. I’m keen to see how this compares to the 180g Black pressing, so I might buy that at a later stage to compare.
                • TBonePDX's avatar
                  Slight surface noise, but otherwise the sound of this record is shockingly beautiful.
                  • filippo_morris's avatar
                    Bad pressing! This is really dissapointing considering the fact that this vinyl was pressed at Pallas. I am going to send it back ...
                    • Smike_Swanberg's avatar
                      My copy has a lot of surface noise and is slightly off center. For this kind of music it's almost ridiculous. To be avoided.



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