Pharoah Sanders Karma (Verve Acoustic Sounds Series) 180g LP

Pharoah Sanders

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All-Analog 180g Vinyl LP!
Remastered & Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from Original Analog Tapes!

TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the March 2023 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

Pharoah Sanders' third Impulse! album, 1969's Karma, is a milestone of the spiritual jazz movement and a natural progression in the sonic exploration that Sanders, along with John and Alice Coltrane, had spearheaded over the previous five years. "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is as close as spiritual jazz comes to having its own anthem. Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

Seeking to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises' audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets.

The 180-gram-vinyl reissue of Pharoah Sanders' most loved album is a fitting tribute to the tenor saxophonist, who died at age 81 on September 24, 2022. Karma achieved legendary status as a masterpiece of spiritual jazz by way of 'The Creator Has a Master Plan,' which on LP is divided into a 19-minute track on side one and a 13-minute track on side two. Although flipping the disc breaks the frenetic momentum of the dense, wildly improvised main section, the minor interruption is offset by the sonic payoff of Ryan Smith's mastering at Sterling Sound and the pristine pressing, which parlay the original production and engineering into a detailed listening experience that transcends the 53-plus years since the February 1969 recording dates.
-Derk Richardson, The Absolute Sound, March 2023, Music 5/5, Sonics 5/5


  • Acoustic Sounds Series Reissue from Verve/Universal Music Enterprises
  • 180g Vinyl LP
  • All-Analog
  • Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from Original Analog Tapes
  • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
  • Stoughton Printing Gatefold Old-Style Tip-On Jacket


Pharoah Sanders tenor sax
Leon Thomas vocals, percussion
Julius Watkins French horn
James Spaulding flute (Side One)
Richard Davis bass (Side One)
Reggie Workman bass (Side One & Two)
Ron Carter bass (Side Two)
Lonnie L. Smith, Jr. piano
William Hart drums (Side One)
Frederick Waits drums (Side Two)
Nathaniel Bettis percussion (Side One)


Side One:

  1. The Creator Has a Master Plan

Side Two:

  1. Colors

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