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Album artwork for Pharoah by Pharoah Sanders

With Pharoah Sanders’ blessing, this is a remastered version of PHAROAH, his seminal record from 1977, along with two previously unreleased live performances of his masterpiece “Harvest Time." PHAROAH will be released a year after the legendary tenor saxophonists’ untimely death, and two years after the release of what was to become his final album, the widely acclaimed PROMISES, a collaboration between the composer Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra (Luaka Bop, 2021). This first pressing comes with an embossed cover and is accompanied by never-before-shared photographs and ephemera, as well as a 24-page booklet featuring rarely seen photographs, interviews with many of the participants, and a conversation with Pharoah himself. This record’s origin story is as elusive as Pharoah was about everything Pharoah. It was born out of a misunderstanding between him and India Navigation producer Bob Cummins, and was recorded at a crossroads in his career with a group of musicians so unlikely that they were never all in the same room again. There was a guitarist who was also a spiritual guru, an organist who would go on to co-write and produce “The Message,” and a classically trained pianist—his wife at the time, Bedria Sanders—who played the harmonium despite never having seen one. At times ambient and serene, at others funky and modal, PHAROAH radically departed from his earlier work. It would become one of the artist’s most beloved records and one of the great works of the 20th century. These exceptional live versions of “Harvest Time”—included here for the first time and which Pharoah performed during an intense European tour in the summer of ’77—turn the original, beloved composition on its head. For seasoned listeners and new acolytes both, PHAROAH will never sound the same.

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah

Luaka Bop
Album artwork for Pharoah by Pharoah Sanders
LPx2

$56.99

Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set, Embossed Cover, 24-Page Booklet, Rare Photos and Ephemera

Black
Released 09/15/2023Catalogue Number

LP-LBOP-8008X

Album artwork for Pharoah by Pharoah Sanders
CD

$32.99

2CD Deluxe Box Set, 64-Page Booklet Featuring Rare Photos and Interviews

Released 10/06/2023Catalogue Number

CD-LBOP-8008

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah

Luaka Bop
Album artwork for Pharoah by Pharoah Sanders
LPx2

$56.99

Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set, Embossed Cover, 24-Page Booklet, Rare Photos and Ephemera

Black
Released 09/15/2023Catalogue Number

LP-LBOP-8008X

Album artwork for Pharoah by Pharoah Sanders
CD

$32.99

2CD Deluxe Box Set, 64-Page Booklet Featuring Rare Photos and Interviews

Released 10/06/2023Catalogue Number

CD-LBOP-8008

With Pharoah Sanders’ blessing, this is a remastered version of PHAROAH, his seminal record from 1977, along with two previously unreleased live performances of his masterpiece “Harvest Time." PHAROAH will be released a year after the legendary tenor saxophonists’ untimely death, and two years after the release of what was to become his final album, the widely acclaimed PROMISES, a collaboration between the composer Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra (Luaka Bop, 2021). This first pressing comes with an embossed cover and is accompanied by never-before-shared photographs and ephemera, as well as a 24-page booklet featuring rarely seen photographs, interviews with many of the participants, and a conversation with Pharoah himself. This record’s origin story is as elusive as Pharoah was about everything Pharoah. It was born out of a misunderstanding between him and India Navigation producer Bob Cummins, and was recorded at a crossroads in his career with a group of musicians so unlikely that they were never all in the same room again. There was a guitarist who was also a spiritual guru, an organist who would go on to co-write and produce “The Message,” and a classically trained pianist—his wife at the time, Bedria Sanders—who played the harmonium despite never having seen one. At times ambient and serene, at others funky and modal, PHAROAH radically departed from his earlier work. It would become one of the artist’s most beloved records and one of the great works of the 20th century. These exceptional live versions of “Harvest Time”—included here for the first time and which Pharoah performed during an intense European tour in the summer of ’77—turn the original, beloved composition on its head. For seasoned listeners and new acolytes both, PHAROAH will never sound the same.