Boomkat Product Review:
**Gatefold LP** Facsimile, first ever vinyl reissue of Alice Coltrane's pivotal and utterly crucial 1970 album, 'Universal Consciousness', housed in heavyweight tip on-style gatefold. In the more than 40 years since it opened a whole new dimension for jazz music, the soaring vision and lush execution of this LP has influenced and inspired countless musicians and artists to search beyond their own horizons. Composed by and starring legendary harpist Alice Coltrane, with string arrangements transcribed by Ornette Coleman and featuring members of her husband, John Coltrane's band - namely Rashied Ali, Jimmy Garrison, Jack DeJohnette, Clifford Davis, Tulsi - this album marked a bold new direction for Coltrane, consolidating the new, radical ideas of Afro-American independence with profound, mystic intent and an ancient, transcendent consciousness. It's one of the very first LPs to fuse electrified organ with lush strings and sparkling, fluid percussion in this way, effectively meeting jazz and (then) emergent new age styles in the heavens, divining a whole other space and sound above and between the eyes. It should be considered thee perfect entry point for anyone intrigued but bewildered by this hugely innovative, important era of jazz music, and a stone cold essential for any and all broad minded listeners seeking to expand their own consciousness.