Alice ColtraneEternity

Label:Warner Bros. Records – BS 2916
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Santa Maria Press
Style:Fusion, Modal, Free Jazz


A1Spiritual Eternal2:55
A2Wisdom Eye3:07
A3Los Caballos
BassCharlie Haden
CongasArmando Peraza
DrumsBen Riley
OrganAlice Coltrane
TimbalesA Friend
B1Om Supreme9:33
B2Morning Worship
BassCharlie Haden
CongasArmando Peraza
DrumsBen Riley
Organ, Tambura [Tambouras]Alice Coltrane
Percussion [Small Percussion]A Friend
Wind ChimesEd Michel
B3Spring Rounds From Rite Of Spring
Alto FluteJerome Richardson
BassCharlie Haden
Bass ClarinetJulian Spear
Bass, Drum, GongBen Riley
ContrabassoonJo Ann Caldwell*
English HornErnie Watts
Organ, Timpani, Cymbal [Cymbals]Alice Coltrane
Piccolo FluteLouise Di Tullio
Transcription By [Transcribed By], Conductor [Conducted By]Alice Coltrane
TubaTommy Johnson*

Companies, etc.



Recorded at The Burbank Studios, California; additional recording at the Coltrane home and Westlake Audio, Los Angeles
Mixed at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles
Disc mastering at Kendun Recorders, Burbank

Track A1: Recorded August 15, 1975.
Track A2: Recorded September 5, 1975.
Track A3: Recorded August 13, 1975.
Track B1: Recorded October 15, 1975.
Track B2: Recorded August 13, 1975.
Track B3: Recorded August 15, 1975.

Tracks A1 to B2: Jowcol Music, BMI
Track B3: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. ASCAP

Warner Bros. Records Inc. • a subsidiary and licensee of Warner Bros. Inc., a Warner Communications Company
© 1976 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Made in U.S.A.
℗ 1976 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Price Code: 0698
  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched both sides runout): S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): S41,256
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): S41,257
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): BS 2916 xs 41256-1A KENDUN -A KRAZ' 1S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): BS 2916 41257-1B sx KENDUN -B NOZE C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): B 1S BS 2916 x5 41256-1A KENDUN -A KRAZ¹ B 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): 1S BS 2916 41257-1B B SX KENDUN -B NOZE < C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): BS 2916 41256-1A KENDUN-A KRAZ A2 1S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): BS 2916 41257-1A KENDUN-A NOZE A5 1S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): 1S BS 2916 41256-1C KENDUN-A KRAZ' A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): S 1S BS 2916 41257-1A KENDUN-A NOZE A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): 1S BS 2916 41256-1A SX SXT KENDUN-A KRAZ' C3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): 8 S BS 2916 41257-1B SSXXT KENDUN-B NOZE A7

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Eternity (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsBS 2916Canada1976
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Eternity (LP, Album)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. RecordsWB 56 198, BS 2916, WB 56.198Germany1976
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Eternity (Cassette, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsM5 2916US1976
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Eternity (LP, Album, Promo)Warner Bros. RecordsBS 2916US1976
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Eternity (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsP-10156WJapan1976



  • TommyVF's avatar
    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

    • MyUniqueUsername's avatar
      Los Caballos is a frigging monster without genus or comparison. Listen without delay.
      • dau's avatar
        Edited 9 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.


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