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Illuminations
Studio album by Carlos Santana & Alice Coltrane
Released September 1974
Length 35:40
Label Columbia
Producer Turiya Alice Coltrane, Devadip Carlos Santana, Tom Coster
Professional reviews
Carlos Santana chronology
Santana's Greatest Hits (1974) Illuminations
(1974)
Borboletta
(1974)

Illuminations is a 1974 collaboration between Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane. Jazz musicians Jules Broussard, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland can also be heard, on saxophone, flute, drums and bass. Alice Coltrane delivers some harp glissando, while the string orchestra adds a serene mood to the music. Carlos Santana (whose Indian name "Devadip" appears on the sleeve) plays electric guitar in his own fashion, utilizing feedback, long notes and simple melodies, letting much space to the other instruments. The album is conceived as an instrumental jazz album, with lengthy solos on guitar, saxophone and keyboards. The introduction to "Angel of Air", with its violins, has been sampled by the Cinematic Orchestra.

Track listing

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Side one

  1. "Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism" (Coster, Santana) - 1:11
  2. "Angel of Air/Angel of Water" (Coster, Santana) - 9:55
  3. "Bliss: the Eternal Now" (Coltrane) - 5:33

Side two

  1. "Angel of Sunlight" (Coster, Santana) - 14:43
  2. "Illuminations" (Coster, Santana) - 4:18

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