Pharoah SandersKarma

Label:Impulse! – B0035572-01, UMe – B0035572-01, Verve Records – B0035572-01, Impulse! – A-9181, Impulse! – AS-9181
Series:Acoustic Sounds Series
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180 g, Gatefold
Style:Modal, Post Bop, Avant-garde Jazz, Free Jazz


AThe Creator Has A Master Plan
DrumsWilliam Hart*
FluteJames Spaulding
French HornJulius Watkins
Music ByPharoah Sanders
PercussionNathaniel Bettis*
Tenor SaxophonePharoah Sanders
Vocals [Vocal], PercussionLeon Thomas
DrumsFrederick Waits*
French HornJulius Watkins
Music ByPharoah Sanders
Tenor SaxophonePharoah Sanders
Vocals [Vocal], PercussionLeon Thomas

Companies, etc.



Recorded February 14, 1969.

A Verve Records release; Originally released in 1970 by Verve Records. © 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc., 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 – U.S.A. Distributed by Universal Music Enterprises, A Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Remastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from original analog tape recordings and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.

Center labels and inside gatefold list side B as being just the one track 'Colors', but the side has two tracks. The unlisted first track is the second part of 'The Creator Has A Master Plan'. Second track 'Colors' is only 5:43 long.

Matrices in runouts are etched, "STERLING" stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Barcode (Text): 6 02445 71089 8
  • Barcode (Scanned, UPC-A): 602445710898
  • Other (Hype sticker): STDACOUST2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label, left): AS-9181-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label, left): AS-9181-B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label, on edge): B0035572-01 A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label, on edge): B0035572-01 B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout): B0035572-01A RKS STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout): B0035572-01B RKS STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 62)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Karma (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Impulse!, ABC RecordsAS-9181, A-9181US1969
New Submission
Karma (LP, Album, Club Edition, Stereo)Impulse!, ABC Records, Impulse!, ABC RecordsAS-9181, SMAS-92047US1969
Recently Edited
Karma (LP, Album, Stereo)Impulse!, ABC Records, Impulse!A-9181, A 9181France1969
New Submission
Karma (Cassette, Album, Stereo)ABC Records, Impulse!, GRT527-9181-XUS1969
Recently Edited
Karma (8-Track Cartridge, Album, Stereo)Impulse!827-9181 MUS1969



  • mosariot's avatar
    Everything is top notch - as usual for the Acoustic Sounds releases. Thick glossy gatefold, reliable antistatic inner sleeve for the plate. The sound is flawless in every aspect. Absolutely quiet surface.
    • thecollector_nin's avatar
      my copy sounds amazing, no surface noise at all and the recording sounds like the band is in the room with you, packing is minimal and high quality
      • Flabbergasted_Vibes's avatar
        Edited 7 months ago
        My copy had several deep scratches near the center label, on both sides, big enough to see in a dimly-lit room. Really disappointing. And also a reminder to me not to wait too long to open new records when I order them (I own several O.G. copies of this album and should have been listening for comparison's sake alone, but I ended up jamming out to 'Black Unity' this summer instead...). Ordering a replacement and hoping I was just unlucky on the first try.
        • duduloureiro's avatar
          This issue is terrific. The package quality is level AAA. The sound is great, no noises at all. It's a really good deal for sure.
          • Rashers's avatar
            Amazing cut (if you like this type of music). I have listened to the CD for decades and - wow - the LP is just a completely different experience. It is a smorgasbord of sound - underpinned by a pulsating rhythm. Avant guard but based on modern jazz - it never gets out of hand. Tremendous soundstage - detailed bass, treble and mid range - so much easier to pick out the instruments than on CD. Bravo Ryan Smith.
            • mario.albceron's avatar
              Incredible reissue of a previously almost impossible-to-find album!! Amazing sound and presentation.
              • stynck's avatar
                Excellent release. Sounds amazing. Sleeve is very sturdy. Absolutely worth it.
                • rickvug's avatar
                  Incredibly high quality release. Sound jumps out of the speakers. Packaging and quality control are top notch. I was happy to find this on sale but I wouldn't scoff at paying $10-$15 more than your average new LP given the care that has gone into this release. My first Acoustic Sounds release but certainly not my last!
                  • wingy's avatar
                    Couldn’t ask for anything more. It sounds wonderful, with a deeper soundstage than I’ve heard on any other pressing of Karma. Just a masterpiece.
                    • meinleben's avatar
                      Amazing release. Well pressed, hardly any vinyl background noises, deep all analogue soundstage. The music is holy like a sacrament. Something every spiritual jazz fan needs. „Karma“ is also a perfect introduction to Pharoahs music in the big picture of jazz musics history.


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