Pivotal early 70s Alice Coltrane for Impulse – Universal Consciousness & Lord Of Lords in a single set! UC is once of her most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful quality that's quite different from her piano work on other Impulse albums. The strings provide a sheet of sound – a shimmering backdrop to support Alice's work on the keys – moving forward tentatively, but growing in energy as the album progresses through a host of Eastern spiritual influences. Alice is way past jazz at this point – moving towards the new level of consciousness hinted at in the title, growing majestically on tracks that include "Oh Allah", "Sita Ram", "Hare Krishna", "Universal Consciousness", and "The Ankh of Amen-Ra". Lord Of Lords is beautiful high concept work – the kind of record you'd use to announce the arrival of a new king – or lord, for that matter! It features Coltrane at the head of a large group of string players – creating a full, rich sound that serves as the backdrop for the core group of musicians – a trio that features Alice on piano, organ, and harp, plus Charlie Haden on bass and Ben Riley on drums and percussion. The tracks are long, and at times very dark – extreme
ly powerful in their sound, and with a sense of hope, life, and majesty that's extreme
ly inspiring! Titles include "Sri Rama Ohnedaruth", "Excerpts From The Firebird", "Lord of Lords", and "Going Home".