The cover photo makes Alice look like a cult leader,which would be rare as there are very few Female cult leaders that I know of, if any at all?
What is it with blokes? All the arseholes down through history are male? Which makes me look in the mirror and ask myself candidly, "Am I an Arsehole?"
The only answer I can give with out sounding, word of the day..."Glib", can only be "Probably".
We all like to think that given certain situations we wouldn't change into one of these idiots.
If, suddenly, I was transported into the seventies and turned into a 'Rock Star', which was one of thee most terrifying human God scenarios of recent history, then I can't confidently say I wouldn't become a Total Fucking Arsehole, or TFA, like all Rock Stars did,and still would if Rock wasn't dead, and the kids weren't all hypnotised by gaming culture.......another sad cult i'm afraid!
Like most Cult leaders, the Rock star indulged in childlike dictatorial behaviour in the name of Rebellion, quaffed drugs like candy, and sexually abused women and underage boys and girls without a second thought......mainly because they were permanently off their tits on illegal substances and ego overdoses.
If these lovely fellows were investigated for historic abuse crimes ,like they are sort of doing in Hollywood, then i doubt any of them would escape jail. All the Beatles would have been found guilty, and the rest from the top down too. By 'Modern' standards these 'hero's' are criminals.....but where do you stop? Exhuming Caligula to stand trail at the supreme court?......why not?
But, I'm sure Alice Coltrane had nothing to do with all this, except maybe turning a blind eye to the dodgy goings on by Swami Satchidananda. Guilt by inaction,or ignorance.She did have the same hirstyle as Sai baba I suppose, so we can't rule anything out. Lets face it they were all at 'It'......filthy little devils.
This album, by the way, is more of the same excellent swirling ecstatic strings and piano,with plenty of bells and improvised organ that makes you just wanna join a cult to hand over your wife and children and, more importantly, bank account, to the Swami.....well probably not actually......but the human mind is so susceptable to control you can never rule it out. Beware!
A1 Andromeda's Suffering 9:04
A2 Sri Rama Ohnedaruth 6:12
A3 Excerpts From The Firebird 5:43
B1 Lord Of Lords 11:17
B2 Going Home 10:02