Collaborations (Limited Edition) (3CD/1DVD) Box set, Limited Edition
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'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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wow such a big box inches thick 7-9 inches x 7-9 inches thick and it went up in price 25 dollars since I bought it so I haven't open it wowPublished 2 months ago by Randy K. Jensen
Interesting and enjoyable to listen to. You should like meditative & Indian music to enjoy this.Published 6 months ago by LibLady
The box had some bent and slightly damaged sides. The plastic cover on the box was open on one side. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jan Engelstedt
The name of this beautiful box set is utterly and wonderfully apropos. It collects collaborations between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Word Nerd
I love the music by great Pandit Ravi Shankar. I recently became a fan of the Maestro. The DVD is beautifully created by restoring the old footage.Published on May 10, 2013 by rajeshp
I'm a fan of both George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, so access to this trove of unheard has been awesome. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by TD
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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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