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Ravi Shankar: Live at The Monterey International Pop Festival Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live


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listen  1. Raga Bhimpalasi (Live) (1998 Digital Remaster)27:17Album Only
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listen  3. Dhun (Dadra And Fast Teental) (Live) (1998 Digital Remaster)19:41Album Only

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00000DCI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Just the thing for that audience and the time!
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Raga Bhimpalasi is a very peaceful efficent way to start a record, it really gets you in the mood.
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Not only is this a beautiful performance, but a truly historic performance as well.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Monk on April 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard this album I liked it. I had seen the Monterey movie and I connected with the performance, so when I saw this I snatched it up fairly quickly. Fantastic Record! Eventually I put it down and went about listening to other musicians, musicians such as John Coltrane, a musician I have loved for a very long time, and had read of the influence he found from Shankar's music. I would later return to this album and, WOW. Not only did I rediscover more than ever how great the record is, I saw the obvious influence he had on Coltrane (listen to Trane's work and tell me if you don't hear the drone). Raga Bhimpalasi is a very peaceful efficent way to start a record, it really gets you in the mood. The six minute tabla solo is a very fun way to continue. You can really tell the crowd is amazed by the talent they are witnessing. To close the "recital" they use Dhun (Dadra and Fast Teental), this is the highlight of the disc. This is one of the most impressive statements of music I have ever heard in my entire life. Here is this man from India, and from he and his colleagues flows this powerful energy. Shankar just seems to very easily control all this power, with little glances or quick words. You really feel as if you are apart of something special, because you are apart of something special. I have since bought other Shankar recordings and they are great, but I will always come back to this one, especially for Dhun. Come in with an open mind, and you will soon have something you will never be able to put down!
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53 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on December 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are two ways to consider this performance/album. 1) It's impact at the time, and 2) It's musical value within the context of comparing it to other Hindustani artists/performances/recordings.

By the first standard, this performance is a 5. Hindustani LPs had been coming out in the USA since 1955, and some people were listening. Consider that John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar had been corresponding at least as early as 1961... more like '59 or '60 if memory serves. This was not widespread music here though, and the Beatles only used Ravi and the sitar as sound effects in the "Ooooh that is trippy and groovey, man" sort of way. For many people in the USA this performance/album was their first exposure to the music of Northern India, and as such, of course it holds a special place in the history of this music.

By the 2nd standard though... holding this up next to other Bhimpalasi performances, and or other recordings/performances of other ragas by other artists, this is more like a 3.8 performance. It's not that it isn't good, but let's face it, there is alot of stiff, brilliant competition in the world of Hindustani music. Ravi's affiliation with the Beatles, and Harrison's constant (for decades) hyperbole as to Ravi's status and ability within that world have hyped Ravi up to a level to which he does not actually stand. Were you to believe Harrison's constant blathering, you'd think the Hindustani world is Ravi bathed in light on the mountain top while all the other musicians gaze up at his artistry, hoping one day to attain half his brilliance. That is absolutely not the case, though. Of course proving this to people is often difficult because many of the people who believe Ravi to be The One & Only have never heard any other sitarists.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M.Burt on March 16, 2000
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Of all Ravi Shankar recordings I have heard (7-8) this is definitely the most "festive." I find few very quiet, personal moments on this CD (I mean this in a positive way.) This is a live recording and the crowd is very much a part of the mix without interfering with the musical quality. You can feel the energy and dialogue between Ravi, Alla Rakha, and the crowd. Very bright and vibrant. This is the Ravi Shankar disc I play when I want to awaken, move quickly, smile, go out in the bright sun. I find it less appropriate for late evening introspection and quietness. One does not have to be a trained listener of Raga to understand that Ravi specifically chose these ragas for the outdoor Monterey Pop Festival. This recording is a real treat from the percussion end as well, as Alla Rakha is truly explosive on the tabla here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Salamone on November 29, 2000
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This is one of those awesome live recordings that truly captures the joy of the moment. Review the film and you will regret those moments when the camera is panning off somewhere else when it should be focused on the stage! The Dhun (based on folk melodies)is so bouyant and joyful. The audience is drawn into the performance so deeply that by time the exchange between sitar and tabla concludes they are ready to react with thunderous applause and cheering. Ravi was definitely in exceptionally rare form that afternoon. You will miss Alla Rakha as much as I do after listening to the tabla accompaniment. Bhimpalasi is astounding! Listen and you will understand the beauty and power of the Indian raga. A very transporting piece! This recording is a reflection of the good vibrations in the air on that great day when Ravi played to a crowd as a relatively unknown musician and charmed the masses. Yes, Mama Cass said it best, "Oh, Wow!" Read her lips!
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