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  • Summary: The nine-track cassette release only available at the jazz artist's Sai Anantam Ashram in Agoura Hills, California in 1982 added synthesizers, strings, and sound effects. This new remixed and remastered release features only Coltrane and a Wurlitzer organ.
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  1. Jul 21, 2021
    85
    Like a great sacred text, the music of Kirtan: Turiya Sings is concentrated and rigorous, yet simple and full of ease. Like the original Turiya Sings, it’s also a pleasure.
  2. Jul 21, 2021
    80
    I ultimately feel that the original version, in all its hypnagogic glory, retains a certain charm as an unstreamable lo-fi curio. By removing all elements save voice and organ, we have what is essentially a different album. Whether it’s better or not, another Alice Coltrane album is nothing less than a gift.
  3. Jul 21, 2021
    80
    Alice, long regarded as one of the pillars of spiritual jazz, is at her most deeply spiritual in this setting, one that has only minute traces, if any, associated with jazz.
  4. Jul 21, 2021
    80
    In sum, it doesn't displace or replace the original, but adds immeasurably to its meaning and dimension.
  5. Mojo
    Jul 22, 2021
    80
    These songs engage on intimate, interior level. [Sep 2021, p.95]
  6. The Wire
    Jul 28, 2021
    80
    With each successive listen, more detail – in the organ arrangements, the vocal compositions and their harmonic interplay – is revealed. [Aug 2021, p.72]
  7. Uncut
    Jul 22, 2021
    70
    Any spiritual ecstasy on offer here appears to be of a more private kind, although no doubt offering a glimpse of the divine to believers. On other listeners, particularly those unfamiliar with Sanskrit and either ignorant or dismissive of the belief system of which these songs are an expression, its effects will be less certain. But the longer you listen, the more you’re drawn in and the less aesthetically confining the music’s self-imposed restraints seem. [Aug 2021, p.36]