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Ptah The El Daoud [CD]

Alice Coltrane Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000024RFS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Ptah, The El Daoud (Album Version)13:58Album Only
Listen  2. Turiya & Ramakrishna (Album Version) 8:21Album Only
Listen  3. Blue Nile (Album Version) 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mantra (Album Version)16:39Album Only

Product Description

4 track cd in fold out digipack sleeve with booklet in ex used condition

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5.0 out of 5 stars At least 21 years ahead of its time 16 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe Ptah The El Daoud was recorded in 1970. I don't know why, but I never listened to Alice Coltrane before. I heard the track "Turiya and Ramakrisna" by chance on Radio 3, late one night. That track knocked me out, and I bought the album. The other 3 tracks are just as strong. This album is the best thing I've bought in the last 5 years. Brilliant, wonderful, moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential spiritiual 60's conscious music 5 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
any fans of black deep "conscious" music be it - ranging from gill scott-heron, the roots, public enemy,john coltrane, erykah badu,etc should just buy this lp : its an essential addition to the black pantheon of spiritual,fiery,beautiful/sometimes not-beautiful music. its jazz with two of the best tenor players of all time : pharoah sanders and joe henderson, coltrane herself on piano+ harp,(with ron carter on bass + ben riley on drums) and has incredibly moving compositions. all john coltrane fans should have this cd by his beloved wife also, who wrote the compositions, played piano + harp to stunning effect. joyous, moving, profound, searching music.

eastern mysticism features heavily on the album with a deep spiritual,transcendental spirit combined with Coltrane's obvious empathy, like her husband John + Pharoahs' Lp s just previously. "Ptah" for me, is Alice Coltrane's most focused + consistent lp i've heard to date with four marvellous and wide ranging tracks showcasing all performers in their best light. recorded in 1970 and essential.

timeless "deep" black music.
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By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Alice Coltrane's solo music emerged phoenix-like after the death of her husband, initially in trio format, and gradually growing in scope, until it morphed into predominantly string and vocal devotional music. But that came later.

Ptah the El Daoud came after the trio recordings A Monastic Trio and Huntington Ashram Monastery, and found her expanding the instrumentation and enlarging the group. barring a little clarinet on one track on A Monastic Trio it was the first time she returned to using horns, which she would soon move away from again later. But here Pharaoh Sander and Joe Henderson make a great 'front line', their flute-duo head on the 'Blue Nile', for example, being luminously beautiful. The album also has a lot of down-home blues in it, especially in the florid piano lines of the exquisite 'Turiya and Ramakrishna' and built into the very form of 'Blue Nile', wherein her beautiful shimmering harp takes over the more conventional role of the piano.

Some critics rather shortsightedly write Alice off as having merely carried on in the same vein as Coltrane had left off when he died. I can only think those critics aren't really listening! The title track, rather than carrying on what 'Trane had been doing at the end, revisits the rhythm section feel of his mid-sixties A Love Supreme 'classic' sound, but with some of the 'new thing' vibe spread on top; but it's on 'Turiya and Ramakrishna' and 'Blue Nile' that the real magic begins.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 22 Dec 2013
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I am really pleased with this having had the vinyl LP in 1970 and lost it many many years ago. Wonderfully evocative tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good, it hurts 9 Feb 2013
By Gloops
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this album for just the one track, Turiya and Ramakrishna. I confess to finding a lot of jazz "difficult", impenetrable. This track absolutely isn't. Heard it only once and, from the bluesy opening notes and the answering bass, was transfixed.

With Alice on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Ben Riley on drums, the CD booklet says it's "a work of great delicacy and one that almost bursts with soul." While the melodic line is built around three notes, Alice says, "It's more a feeling than a melody." And such astonishing feeling. It usually leaves me in tears.

Now, I'm slowly getting to know the other tracks, which include Pharoah Sanders and Joe Henderson on tenor saxes/alto flutes. If I ever come to appreciate them - and Mantra will definitely need time - it will be a bonus. And if I don't, so what.... Turiya and Ramakrishna is prize enough.
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