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1970 album by nephew of Ravi.

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  • Vinyl (July 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • ASIN: B001Q8FSYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ananda Shankar was born in Almora, Uttar Pradesh in 1942. The son of dancers Uday and Amala Shankar and the nephew of Pandit Ravi Shankar, he was raised in an artistically creative atmosphere. He studied sitar with Dr Lalmani Mishra in Banaras at the Hindu University. In the late sixties he travelled to the West Coast of America when the flower power generation was in full swing. The pop world ... Read more in Amazon's Ananda Shankar Store

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This was one of my childhood favorites.
VJ
A smooth sitar replaces the voice, while western instruments provide backings to rival the best beats and sounds of the time.
Wayne Hutchison
This album is a total fusion of rock and Eastern sitar raga-like structures.
James W. Unger

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It was first heard 30 years ago, but it is as relevant today as it was then. The dreams of a talented musician who studied music in the USA, and who came from the famous classical Sitarist Shankar family. Ananda Shankar was a musician who liked Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and had a dream to combine Eastern and Western Music. So hear what happened. Hear how an ancient instrument, full of dignity, grace and sentiment and depth of human emotion clashed with the Moog synthesiser, and brought into creation a rock sitar music. Ananda creates a whole bright new sound. Like the music pioneers of the 60's and 70's Ananda has made his mark as the father of a new form of music. A music which has no name, but blows the lid off convention, as true music pioneers do, Like Jimi Hendrix and electronic guitar effects. So many Indians have tried to follow Ananda but cheated by westernsing Indian Music. This album is not "Westernised Indian Music". Oh no - this album is for real. It still sounds like its years into the future. Maybe a sound of tommorrow waiting to be explored. It is as relevant today as any other form of music. Classics like Jumpin Jack Flash leap out at you. Light my Fire gives a gentle and soothing introduction - hear this track first if you've never heard this kind of music. It encompasses all of Ananda's talents.
For clasical fans, the track 'Sagar' calms and soothes. This track is used by many therapists so you might have heard it without realising it.
The only vocal track on the album 'Raghupati' is an old Hindu prayer chant, made unique by the dancing atmosphere of the moog synth.
All serious musicians will appreciate the talent and impressive creativity shown on this album. The rest of us will find that East meets West is definately worth listening to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Ananda Shankars album is wild.From the highly stylized cover tunes by the Doors and The Stones to his own beautifully emotive compositions Ananda Shankar delivers a musical package that is worth every bit of the high import price.The only problem for me was that it wasnt two hours longer!Happy listening
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Hutchison on February 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you have ever thought that western and Indian music would sound fantastic together, this is the album to listen to. Ananda Shankar blends sitar, guitar, bass, electronics seamlessly in these tunes from the beat generation and from his homeland. A smooth sitar replaces the voice, while western instruments provide backings to rival the best beats and sounds of the time. Ananda's musical heritage (he is Ravi Shankar's nephew) is evident in the snappy arrangements and the many exotic sounds. Moving off planet Earth recently, let's hope he's in the best gig in the sky. Although there are a few imitators, this is the one you'll think of as how fusion should be written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Tippy Ninja on January 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
this is a really cool funky and naturally transcendental album. the sitar playing is beautiful and even very fast and complex at times funkying it up throughout the whole album, Ananda Shankar is a unique master of this instrument playing with immense feeling and originality. the rest of the musicians are really sick too, the drums and bass are really tight. it seems they were all immensely feeling these songs during recording. very creative album, and i love the last track when the Indian singing choir comes on for the ride to make an epic ending to close the album with. sick electric indian funk!
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Yeah there's some period music covers on this release but hey this was a time when you needed that one commercial track or two to get your album out there in order for devoted listeners and dj's to chance it on the deeper cuts.
So what you have here is an east meets west fusion of Indian sitar, bass, guitar and Moogy synth draped in the warm spices of the sub Asian continents Ananda Shankar mixing the ear feast!
I love the fact that Ananda was not one to dominate the entire recording with every second wrapped up in sitar solos. Instead the man knew when and what to play when the tape began to role leaving perfection in melody and accompaniment.
Moog aficionados will love the "psychedelic" vibe with the then considered state of the art electronic synthesizer adding all sorts of effects and melodic lines to the recording. The Moog was versatile machine that superseded clinical music and out there to be used in which ever way a musicians creative process ventured.
I will mention that my favorite cuts are the originals and not the covers per se but alas every meal has its sour, sweet and savory just like this cd's music.
Recommended for anyone willing to explore Indian music beyond Bollywood and the typical classical raga dreck!
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Ananda Shankar (1970)

I bought this album a long time ago on a bit of a whim as at the time I was just getting into the whole sitar scene........yep George Harrison eat your heart out!

Ananda Shankar is from the famous Shankar family and no question at some point he ran into rock and roll head on and loved it. This album is a total fusion of rock and Eastern sitar raga-like structures. Ananda plays a sitar just like Pandit Ravi.....with huge feeling and comfort. On this album Shankar creates psychedelic moods with ode to the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and a rather crazed version of The Doors' "Light My Fire".
The album features some groovy vibes and trippy parts with some fine moog , bass and percussive bits. This all instrumental album is great from start to finish and i would highly recommend this album to all day trippers!
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