Pharoah Sanders - Pharoah

One of the great works of the 20th century - ambient and serene, funky and modal - VERY cool.

This remastered, definitive version of PHAROAH was released with Pharoah Sanders’ blessing. Frequently bootlegged, this is the first official version since 1977.

The record’s origin story is as elusive as Pharoah was about everything Pharoah. It was born out of a misunderstanding between him and the 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.

With Pharoah Sanders’ blessing, the limited edition embossed version of this 2 LP box set presents the definitive, remastered version of PHAROAH, his seminal record from 1977, along with two previously unreleased live performances of his masterpiece “Harvest Time.” This is the first official rerelease of PHAROAH, which has been bootlegged often since its original release in 1977. These exceptional live versions of “Harvest Time”—which Pharoah performed during an intense European tour in the summer of ’77 and which are included here for the first time—turn the original, beloved composition on its head.

This edition includes two previously unreleased live performances of the masterpiece “Harvest Time,” performed during a European tour in the summer of ’77. The box set includes never-before-shared photographs, rare ephemera, and features a 24-page booklet with rarely seen photos, interviews with many of the participants, and a conversation with Pharoah himself. Liner notes by Harmony Holiday, Pierre Crépon, and Marcus J. Moore.


+ Deluxe limited edition embossed 2LP boxset with 24-page booklet, rare photos and ephemera.

+ Deluxe 2CD boxset with 70-page booklet.


2LP - Pharoah
A1. Harvest Time
B1. Love Will Find a Way
B2. Memories of Edith Johnson

Harvest Time Live 1977
C1. Harvest Time Live – Version 1
D1. Harvest Time Live – Version 2

CD1 - Pharoah
1. Harvest Time
2. Love Will Find a Way
3. Memories of Edith Johnson

CD2 - Harvest Time Live 1977
1. Harvest Time Live – Version 1
2. Harvest Time Live – Version 2

Release Info

Release Date: 15th September 2023.
Format: 2LP or 2CD
Label: Luaka Bop

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"This 1977 album was obscure in its day, but it spawned a fervent cult among fans of spiritual jazz, for good reason: The no-frills recording captures a feeling of unearthly magic."

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