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Bridges: Best of Ravi Shankar Import

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Ravi Shankar is one of the prevailing musical geniuses of the current age. He largely introduced the West to Indian classical music in the '60s, with help from George Harrison, although he was already a giant figure in his own field. While it's called The Best of Ravi Shankar, Bridges is a bit of a misnomer since it's actually culled from the records he made in the late '80s. However, they represent some of his most adventurous work. Tracks like "Tarana," recorded in the Kremlin, mix his sound with Russian music, while three cuts come from his collaboration with noted American modern classical composer Philip Glass; elsewhere, former Beatle Harrison figures in the mix. But the center of attention, as always, is Shankar's pristine playing of an incredibly complex instrument, the way he can evoke every mood, from serenity to storm, and, when the occasion arises, improvise like a master--which, of course, is exactly what he is. So while this isn't the all-time best of Shankar--that would require a hefty box set--it's the cream of a certain time in his career. And the best of Shankar is always glorious indeed. --Chris Nickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sandhya Raga - Pandit Ravi Shankar
  2. Chase
  3. West Eats Meat
  4. Ragas In Minor Scale
  5. Tarana - Pandit Ravi Shankar
  6. Tana Mana
  7. Sadhanipa
  8. Friar Park
  9. Reunion
  10. Prashanti
  11. Shanti-Mantra - Pandit Ravi Shankar


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005EBRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on June 21, 2002
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Other CDs go much deeper into the richness of Ravi Shankar's sitar music and his interpretation of the music of India. However, those new to this music will probably find this the easiest introduction. It does have some of his ragas.
Listen also carefully to the rather playful "West Eats Meat", as well as "Tana Maria", "Friar Park", and "Prashanti".
The venerable musician's music will appeal, not only to those already familiar with sitar and Indian music, but to those with a liking for jazz and classical music...actually to anybody who enjoys music at all.
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I love Ravi Shankar, and the songs in this album are fantastic, some of his best. But it's like a pop-chart list of his popular songs, many of which fit into the scheme and groove of their own album. I guess if you're just getting started in Ravi Shankar or eastern music in general, this would be a good introduction. If not, check out Passages or Tana Mana.
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I do not claim to be an expert or even knowledgeable regarding Indian music but I really enjoy listening to this and it will certainly lead me to explore more of Ravi Shankar's recordings and other Indian artists. So if you are ,like me , curious and looking for an entre into this music I would certainly recommend this CD.
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Shankar's personal virtuosity shines through, but while rich in tonal textures this particular selection doesn't quite do justice to the complex rhythmic patterns usually associated with his work. These are better shown in his raga based collections or PORTRAIT OF A GENIUS. I guess a bridge must have two ends, or it leads nowhere and it is not dogma that its ends must be of equal merit. The collection is, however, worth its price for the last two tracks alone and, against that premise, there are other tracks which are bonuses.
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Ravi Shankar is a giant among creative musicians of all nationalities. In fact his music transcends cultural barriers and musical idiom--particularly the barriers between eastern and western cultures.

This CD is a pleasant, introspective attempt by the maestro in fusing different idioms in music--vocal and orchestral, eastern and western cadences and fast and slow tempos. that said, I was not inspired by it. Unlike his traditional performances which leave a mark upon you, this is a fleeting moment of enjoyment, and does not reach the depth of a listener's emotion and pathos. The best is the first one, Sandhya Raag, based loosely on Yaman, and is almost universally an Indian composition. Ravi Shankar has attempted, since the 1960's, to bring a seamless fusion of eastern and western musical styles and weave them into a soulful performance. Unfortunately, in my opinion, he has not fully succeeded. All you have to do is listen to the screeching raag rendition of Yehudi Menuhin in their early collaboration. This album, while leaps ahead of that era, still leaves you wondering if there is truly a marriage between different musical styles, or just a passing acquaintance.
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