On May 5, Luaka Bop will release World Spirituality Classics Vol. 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, a compilation curated from four cassette-only releases—Turiya Sings, Divine Songs, Infinite Chants and Glorious Chants—originally distributed within Turiya’s spiritual community from 1982 to 1995. All recordings have been remastered from original master tapes prepared by engineer Baker Bigsby, who supervised the original sessions, and will be available in four formats—digital download, CD, cassette and double LP.
Download, CD and cassette releases contain eight tracks (“Om Rama,” “Om Shanti,” “Rama Rama,” “Rama Guru,” “Hari Narayan,” “Journey to Satchidananda,” “Er Ra” and “Keshava Murahara”); the double LP also includes two bonus tracks (“Krishna Japaye” and “Rama Katha”).
The compilation features Turiya’s first vocal work, solo harp performances, small ensemble and 24-piece choir recordings. Included with the compilation are extensive liner notes by music historian Ashley Kahn and interviews of people close to Turiya by Dublab’s Mark “Frosty” McNeill.
“Om Shanti,” the second song on the compilation, may be previewed via Soundcloud.
For more information and to pre-order, visit the official Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda website.