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Ragas & Talas Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer was India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he did more for Indian music than any other musician. He was well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he ... Read more in Amazon's Ravi Shankar Store

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00004LMLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Raga Jogiya
2. Dhun
3. Rupak Tal
4. Raga Madhu Kauns

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The musicianship displayed by Ravi Shankar here is absolutely phenomenal! I am fairly new to the works of Shankar, this is only the 5th cd of his I've heard. By far though, it is the best. I am not 100% knowledgeble on the techniques and characteristics of Indian music yet as I am a novice, I am basing this review mostly on how the music makes me feel. The sound quality is incredibly crisp and life like; sounds just like it was recorded yesterday! Considering this was originally recorded in 1964 the sound here is very impressive, a very good remastering job! The liner notes are very informative, yet thankfully brief. They give a nice run down of ragas and so forth, in terminology that non-seasoned listeners like myself can comprehend. An excellent choice for the relatively low cost! I would definitely recommend this for newcomers to the wonderful world of sitar music.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Shree on May 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to select any particular CD from "The Ravi Shankar collection" so I've been buying all of them. Jogiya has a melancholic mood associated to it and is beatifully rendered here. One can find a lot of sad songs in Hindi movies based on this Raga.
While most of the Kauns' are among the heavier ragas this one (Madhu-Kauns) is exceptionally beautiful. Also, it is the most evenly paced recordings I've heard of this raga. It all happens in about 20 minutes! It starts with a slow, sad mood which keeps tugging at your heart. Once you are almost satisfied with the alaap, it gets into a medium paced momentum which gives a feeling of having a leisurely walk in a park with lots of little nooks with a variety of flowers. A little more that half way into the raga, it starts running, taking small flights at times, which give you brief flashes of even more beautiful scenes. One can feel the rhythm in the background, but the tabla is not playing yet ! Its an amazing feeling !
I usually stop at this point but to all the die-hard fans of tabla, there is still more. The last few minutes build up a dancing crescendo between the Sitar and the tablas which takes you to a climax.

P.S: Listen to it with no distractions, headphones preferred. Keep a cigarette ready just in case.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Brooke Lindsey on March 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This cd is awesome! It is the first Ravi Shankar cd I've bought, and I was very happy with it. The first track starts out slow, and when the drums kick in it's like you are instantly transported into a deep meditative state. I'd highly recommend this cd for anyone interested in this genre of music!
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If you are fan of Ravi, this will be a good addition to your collection. Otherwise it is a great place to start a collection. The performance is typically superb.
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By Beatrice M. on July 18, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
I've been listening to Ravi Shankar's work for a long time. It's always nice to see when great songs are remastered, but I agree that this was not the best mastering job and therefore give it just 4 stars. The overall feeling of the CD is great and I still enjoy listening to Ravi's mastery!
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