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Collaborations (Limited Edition) (3CD/1DVD) Box set, Limited Edition

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Limited Edition 3CD/1DVD Box Set with magnetic clasp includes:
-56 Page Hardbound Book
-3 CDs in Replica Vinyl Sleeves
-1 DVD in Sleeve
-Uniquely Numbered Certificate Of Authenticity

'The friendship with George started in 1966 and that's when I met him along with the other three, but George was something very special from the very beginning. Something clicked between us and he was so interested in wanting to know about Indian music.'
- Ravi Shankar

'In 1966, through the grace of God my life was blessed and enhanced from the sudden desire to investigate the classical music of India. Although intellectually, I could not comprehend it the music, (which happened to be Ravi Shankar and the sitar) made more sense to me than anything I had heard in my life. When I read Ravi saying he felt he had only started, I was overwhelmed, humbled and encouraged to try and understand the music and the man much more.'
- George Harrison

This is how the interesting, unique and lifelong friendship began between Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. 'Collaborations' is a celebration of these two musical geniuses and how their friendship and deep mutual respect for each other created opportunities to push musical boundaries. This limited edition box set is uniquely numbered and includes a 56 page book with liner notes by Ravi and George 'in their own words,' a foreword by Philip Glass, as well as many previously unreleased photographs.

The albums include the following:

-Chants Of India CD (1997)
Creating music for ancient Sanskrit chants, while still maintaining the tremendous integrity and purity of them was a welcome challenge that George Harrison and Ravi Shankar undertook with great care and deliberation. Recorded over 3 sessions, two in Madras India and one in London, the music was composed by Ravi Shankar and produced by George Harrison. This album sold over 100,000 units in the US alone, and has been out of license for over 5 years.

-Music Festival From India CD (1976)
Under the auspices of the Material World Charitable Foundation, George Harrison invited Ravi Shankar and 17 Indian classical musicians including Shivkumar Sharma, Alla Rakha, Sultan Khan and others, to London to record an album. This troupe then toured Europe, culminating in a show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Composed by Ravi Shankar and recorded during five weeks in 1974, this album was produced by George Harrison. This album was only released on vinyl, and has not been available for over 30 years.

-Shankar Family & Friends CD (1974)
The first joint recording project between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, 'Shankar Family & Friends' brought together Indian classical musicians and Western rock and jazz musicians, including Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Jim Keltner, Tom Scott, Klaus Voormann and Hari Georgeson (George Harrison). Composed by Ravi Shankar and produced by George Harrison, one half of the album comprises instrumentals and songs, while the second half is a thematic ballet to a yet un-staged performance. This album was only released on vinyl, and has not been available for over 30 years.

-Music Festival From India DVD
A rare, previously unreleased concert performance of Ravi Shankar's 'Music Festival From India' album recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1974. The DVD includes the concert film, seperate concert audio and bonus feature (Ravi and Anoushka Mixing in 5.1).

George Harrison opened the Royal Albert Hall show with a warm introduction for his friend Ravi Shankar. This entire concert was originally filmed and recorded for the Material World Charitable Foundation. Over the years, many of these master films have been lost, destroyed or misplaced. This bonus DVD compiles all the complete filmed performances discovered from this historic concert, and the entire concert in stereo and 5.1 audio.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vandanaa Trayee - George Harrison
  2. Omkaaraaya Namaha - George Harrison
  3. Vedic Chanting One - George Harrison
  4. Asato Maa - George Harrison
  5. Sahanaa Vavatu - George Harrison
  6. Poornamadah - George Harrison
  7. Gaayatri - George Harrison
  8. Mahaa Mrityunjaya (Om Triambakam) - George Harrison
  9. Veenaa-Murali - George Harrison
  10. Geetaa (Karmanye Vadhikaraste) - George Harrison
  11. Mangalam (Tala Mantra) - George Harrison
  12. Hari Om - George Harrison
  13. Swara Mantra - George Harrison
  14. Vedic Chanting Two - George Harrison
  15. Prabhujee - George Harrison
  16. Sarve Shaam - George Harrison

Disc: 2

  1. Vandana
  2. Dhamar
  3. a) Tarana b) Chaturang
  4. Raga Jait
  5. Kajri
  6. Bhajan
  7. Naderdani
  8. Dehati

Disc: 3

  1. I Am Missing You
  2. Kahan gayelava shyam saloné
  3. Supané mé ayé preetam sainya
  4. I Am Missing You (reprise)
  5. Jaya Jagadish Haré (Dream, Nightmare & Dawn)
  6. Overture - Part One: Dream
  7. Festivity & Joy
  8. Love Dance Ecstasy - Part Two: Nightmare
  9. Lust (Raga Chandrakauns)
  10. Dispute & Violence
  11. Disillusionment & Frustration
  12. Despair & Sorrow (Raga Marwa) - Part Three: Dawn
  13. Awakening
  14. Peace & Hope (Raga Bhatiyar)

Disc: 4

  1. Introduction by George Harrison
  2. Hymns from the Vedas
  3. Tappa-Raga Khamaj: Tala Chanchar
  4. Tarana-Raga Kirwani: Tala Ektal
  5. Raga Jait: Tala Rupak
  6. Vilambit Gat, Drut Gat and Jhala Raga Yaman Kalyan: Tala Teental
  7. Naderdani
  8. Krishna Krishna: Bhajan (Based on Raga Pancham-se-gara: Tala Dadra)
  9. Dehati
  10. Musicians Introduction
  11. Vandana
  12. a) Alap b) Noom Toom c) Jor: Raga Abhogi
  13. Dhamar; Raga Vasanta: Tala Dhamar
  14. Khyal; Raga Kedara: Tala Teental
  15. Tarana; Raga Kirwani: Tala Ektal; Chaturanga: Raga Yaman Kalyan: Tala Teental
  16. Kajri
  17. a) Pallavi b) Thani Avarthanam; Raga Bilahari: Tala Aditala
  18. Thumri; Mishra Piloo: Tala Jat
  19. Raga Mala (Based on Raga Khamaj): Tala Teental
  20. Ravi and Anoushka Mixing in 5.1

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B00405DV0M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I just received my limited edition box today and have listened to it in its entirety. It is absolutely priceless, it will be particularly delightful for fans of Ravi Shankar, more so than fot the casual Beatles fan. Mr. Shankar is a true blessing to the world and a living genius. I was deeply impressed in the video where he is present and directing the remastering of the concert at Royal Albert Hall, you can see how he perfectly recalls every detail about each piece of beautiful music, he is 90 years young and is as lucid as ever, we are truly blessed to witness such a master at work.

The packaging is absolutely phenomenal, one of the best collector's items I have ever owned. It is very high quality, a truly unique format, and the full color, glossy, gorgeous photographs in the booklet will be a treasure for years.

I did find it humorous that in the official description, they point to George Harrison's "warm introduction for his friend Ravi Shankar" before the live concert DVD. It is a very, very brief introduction, and with all due respect, you can tell George is absolutely stoned out of his mind, you can see they cut off his microphone from further comments, but that's perfectly fine by me, drug use was much different back then. Being a devoted Beatles fan, I know very well they have accepted the fact that psychotropic drugs were part of their creative process, and helped them become the indisputable greatest pop music band in history within 5 short years, an honor that will surely remain true through this 21st century as well.
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i don't know what I was doing back when the original vinyl versions of the albums represented here came out (I was probably neck deep in classes in college, and so they slipped right past me) -- but hearing them for the first time (and seeing the accompanying concert DVD), I feel as though a great and long-missing artifact for me as a Beatles fan has finally fallen into my lap. For anyone who has never fully gotten over the sense of wonder -- yes, the sense wonder (and, if you will, wonderfulness) -- of hearing "Love You To" or "Within You, Without You," "Blue Jay Way," "It's All Too Much," or "The Inner Light" for the first time (especially "Within You, Without You"), this set is an essential listening experience. The music plunges into the source of all of that music and more, and one gets a glimpse of some of what lay at the base of some of George Harrison's most inspired work. The music itself is exquisite, and the sound impeccable, and the packaging beautiful. Now let's hope we see those Splinter albums from the Dark Horse library as well, someday.
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This is without doubt the most lavish boxed set I have ever seen or purchased.
The way in which it is put together and the information provided was extremely well
thought out,also of interest is the images of the Indian instruments and their history.
The booklet is absolutely beautiful,it is hard bound and it's design matches the
box itself,the pages are of very high quality gloss,there is also a beautiful numbered
certificate that has the same photo of Ravi and George that is on the outside of the box.
It is easy to see that Olivia Harrison went all out first class on this,high praise indeed
to Olivia.

My only problem with this set is that while it is limited and comes with a numbered
certificate,nowhere can I find how many this is limited to.I called Amazon and they
do not know,and there doesn't seem to be a specific link for contact information on
the Dark Horse web site.If anyone has the answer,please post it,it would be nice to know..
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I remember when the albums in this box set came out on vinyl. At the time, George Harrison was starting up his own label. It was originally distributed by A&M Records, and later on Warner Brothers Records. This box set is on Rhino Records/Warner Brothers. The first few albums to come out on Dark Horse Records were Shankar Family & Friends, The Place I Love - Splinter, Mind Your Own Business - Henry McCulloch(Former Wings member), Harder To Live - Splinter, and Ravi Shankar's India Music Festival which is included in this box set. I remember the first single off of Shankar Family & Friends was "I Am Missing You" which is an incredible pop song with George, Ringo & many others. This box set truly shows you how close George and Ravi were as close friends, and musicians. In this box set are mini album replicas of the original covers for these Dark Horse albums. I'm sure that eventually George's Dark Horse label will be celebrated like Apple Records is currently being celebrated with a Box set and various Apple artists releases. I would only hope that "Collaborations" becomes a series of releases, because it would be great to see a "Collaborations" - George Harrison & Splinter. Splinter did 3 albums with George's assistance, and it truly turned out to be George's best work. The 3 albums were "The Place I Love", "Harder To Live", & "Two Man Band". Splinter included Bill Elliott who recorded "God Save Us" on Apple Records with The Elastic Oz Band produced by John Lennon. Other artists on Dark Horse Records were: Ravi Shankar, Splinter, Henry McCulloch, Attitudes, Five Stairsteps, Keni Burke, Jiva, & George Harrison. Let's hope that this is the beginning of future Dark Horse Records releases.
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I pre-ordered this box the first day I saw it. I already have "Chants of India" and I love it. "Shankar Family and Friends" and "Music Festival From India" I have on the old vinyl from Dark Horse. I can't wait to hear them on cd, and to see the dvd!

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