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4.0 out of 5 stars From here to there...
Coming from more of an Alice Coltrane point of view than Santana, this represents some of her most beautiful and transcendental string arrangements, and much less abstract than say, World Galaxy. It works structurally and conceptually too and is reasonably recorded. For me its Santanas soloing that gets in the way of enjoying this album. Its just too obtrusive for what is...
Published on 14 Oct. 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars A curious release- great in parts
Curious release, both artists working on a joint project extolling their affinity with Indian Spirituality, originally from 1974. Alice Coltrane was becoming an interesting artist in her own right with her merging of diverse inspirations such as Jazz, 20th century modern classical, what would now be called ambient. Carlos Santana, along with John McLaughlin, had recorded...
Published on 25 Mar. 2008 by M. Shankland


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From here to there..., 14 Oct. 2004
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This review is from: Illuminations (Audio CD)
Coming from more of an Alice Coltrane point of view than Santana, this represents some of her most beautiful and transcendental string arrangements, and much less abstract than say, World Galaxy. It works structurally and conceptually too and is reasonably recorded. For me its Santanas soloing that gets in the way of enjoying this album. Its just too obtrusive for what is essentially more contemplative music. I can't help but say that I don't think Santanas spiritual quest was as developed as Alice's, and I think this is reflected in the playing. All in all a very good album though, I mean - a hidden classic in some ways. Well worth getting to know if you're a fan of either artist.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A curious release- great in parts, 25 Mar. 2008
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Curious release, both artists working on a joint project extolling their affinity with Indian Spirituality, originally from 1974. Alice Coltrane was becoming an interesting artist in her own right with her merging of diverse inspirations such as Jazz, 20th century modern classical, what would now be called ambient. Carlos Santana, along with John McLaughlin, had recorded `Love Devotion and Surrender' based on the teachings of his guru Sri Chinmoy, released in 1973, and a new line of 'Santana' was performing some interesting work. It is not surprising that Sri Chinmoy opens this release with an `Om' aphorism, the only vocal part of the album. Santana fans may be disappointed as this release as there is little in the way of Latin rock percussion- in fact rhythm plays little part in this project apart from one particular track- and Carlos' guitar is fairly understated at times.

`Angel of Air/Angel of Water' is fairly mellow, starts off like a string based incidental film soundtrack, then subtly builds up with some intricate guitar playing from Carlos, Alice excels on harp, along with some fairly impressive horn playing. It is a subtle piece of work, and sets the pace for the rest of the album. `Bliss: The Eternal Now' is by far the best on offer. Using a instrumental similar formula to the preceding track, it is gentle and very moving track, quite orchestral and atmospheric.
`Angel of Sunlight' features Carlos's guitar slowly starting off with Eastern drones and some percussion, the bass suddenly accelerates, and the whole pace changes. Probably the most Santana like track on the album-could well have fitted into `Caravanserai' from 1972. The title track ends the release, strings, harp, piano, combine with Carlos' guitar; the instrumentation is faultless, but its' pace is slow and ponderous. A bit of an anti-climax.
By 1976 Carlos was returning to Latin rock, and in 1980 broke with Sri Chinmoy. Alice's involvement with Eastern Spirituality increased to the point that she ceased recording for some 24 years. The whole release lasts just 35 minutes. There are no bonus tracks chucked in. The sleeve notes, scaled down from album to CD are virtually unreadable.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone may see the light, 24 July 2003
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Pure experimental with Carlos at guitar and swirling orchestras.
Well, yes, ok, it works.
Best track for me is track 2. which is positively wonderful, and to be honest worth it just to have that. Howvever, equally as intresting are track 4 and 5
But nevertheless, liiuminations, must be a must for those, like me, following the Santana light of konwledge.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful spiritually inspired music with orchestration, 8 Jan. 2015
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beautiful spiritually inspired music with orchestration , harp and keyboard from the late alice coltrane ,featuring carlos santana on restrained but lush guitar , this album got slated by the critics when it was released but the music has stood the test of time and prooved that most of the music critics did,nt know what they were talking about ,no change there then .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Dec. 2014
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very good if different Santana album
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 23 July 2014
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Very good
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4 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars some may not see the light, 15 July 2003
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Allowing for the fact that Carlos did this in 1974,allowing for the fact that it is purely an experiment in sound.Then, yes ok, maybe it works. And if you (like me) are on this unstoppable voyage of Santana seeking out beautiful instrumentals, then this album is for you. This album is full. right up with music, however there is one 'beautiful' passage on track 2. But for me, the album is still worth it, just to get the experiance of this sound.
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