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Ananda Shankar

Ananda Shankar

1970

Ananda Shankar

Album Summary

Ananda Shankar is the debut album by Indian musician Ananda Shankar, the son of dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar and the nephew of Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar. It was released in 1970 on the Reprise record label. The album fuses Indian music with Western rock and electronic music, and was among the first works in the rock genre by an Indian musician. Consisting mainly of instrumental recordings featuring sitar and Moog synthesizer, it includes a cover version of the Rolling Stones' 1968 hit song "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and a thirteen-minute Indian-style piece titled "Sagar (The Ocean)". Ananda Shankar followed a series of sitar-based releases by artists hoping to capitalise on the mid-1960s raga rock trend. Initially conceived as a collaboration with guitarist Jimi Hendrix, it was instead recorded in Los Angeles by Shankar with contributors such as synthesizer exponent Paul Lewinson. In the decades since the LP's release, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" became a popular club hit, while the album has been recognised for its influence on world music fusion, particularly the East–West styles developed in the UK. It is one of the albums featured in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Somewhere in the secret vaults deep beneath the Vatican where they lock away the secrets deemed too dangerous for the world, there is a book titled "Things That Could End the World as We Know It Probably." This book contains lists of potentially apocalypse-causing items and scenarios. It's quite a large book. All of the items are grouped into sections by type such as “Thermonuclear Missteps,” “Plagues, Diseases, Germs, and Cooties,” and “Musical Indiscretions.” The latter category is surprisingly lengthy, though not as lengthy as the category simply titled, somewhat ominously, “Birds.” Nearing the top of the list of dangers in the “Musical Indiscretions” category is “Sitar Covers of Rolling Stones Songs.” How the album “Ananda Shankar” by Ananda Shankar made it past the Illuminati’s shadow censors is anybody’s guess given the fact that it begins with a sitar cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Equally mystifying is the fact that the world is still mostly un-ended. Experts speculate that the only reason that the album didn’t summarily destroy the world is that the first track is balanced by an equally destructive sitar cover of “Light My Fire” by The Doors and, somehow, the two evils have managed to cancel each other out. This is, of course, purely speculative as nobody would be so reckless as to test the theory in a lab. Not even on a small scale. The risk is simply too great. For now, we must simply be grateful that, somehow, Ananda Shankar did not, intentionally or unintentionally, destroy the world as we know it. Probably.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

One for the scliolists. Vaguely entertaining, mostly when it settles on a single idea and bashes away at it for three or four minutes. Less so on the covers that add nothing and take away plenty. But I suppose for whichever marketing bod short on ideas it was who proposed this crossover, that was the main selling point. Could have had some traction in 1970, but why the dickens is it still being mentioned 50 years later?

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Sun Oct 31 2021
2

First song.. hey this is pretty cool. Second song. Ok still pretty neat. Halfway through … holy crap this is dragging.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

I thought the rock covers were unnecessary, except I liked the shredding on light my fire. Looking into this, it looks like the label forced the band to compromise on keeping these in to appeal to a western audience. Considering that, the novel sounds and the talented musicians invoked, I’m bumming my initial impression of 3 stars up to 4, this artist clearly knows what’s good.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Day 32 of Albums You Must Hear.. Today’s album is a very interesting one. Ananda Shankar was an Indian musician that fused Indian music with rock and electronic music. This self titled album is an instrumental piece, and you all know how I feel about full instrumental albums, however, I really enjoy the sitar and Mook synthesizer. Ananda Shankar has a really cool cover of The Door’s Light My Fire as well as The Rolling Stones Jumping Jack Flash. The song Metamorphosis really shines a light on the sitar skills of Shankar. This is a pretty dope record, not one I would personally consider a “must hear”, but nonetheless, it’s pretty cool and relaxing. I totally wouldn’t mind sipping on a mojito with my toes in the sands of Palolem Beach while listening to some Ananda Shankar. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Transcendental. I have been conditioned to associate Indian music (the sitar) with transcendentalism thanks to movies and George Harrison

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Cet album étrange a au moins eu le mérite de me faire dormir comme un bébé. Je fus toutefois pris à mon réveil d'importantes hallucinations. Vous avez probablement remarqué que le générateur d'albums traverse en ce moment une crise majeure dans son histoire, c'est la raison pour laquelle il a été fixé que la première Grande Grève du Générateur prendra effet dans neuf jours si la situation ne s'améliore pas d'ici là. Je vous rappellerai ses modalités sous peu.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

Could really have done without the sitar covers of Rolling Stones songs, but I guess that’s just what life was like in the 70s? Presumably this sounds great when polishing your noggin with low grade acid. The second side where it moves away from pandering to our soppy western palettes is better. It’s a stark reminder that most albums until the 90s (?) had to physically be turned over, if nothing else.

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Fri Sep 04 2020
5

Very calming, easy to enjoy

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Totalmente sorprendido!

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Thu May 27 2021
5

i didn't realize sitar could shred this hard. had some slow moments in the middle but overall i really liked this. 9/10

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Very artfully done covers. An enjoyable and interesting listen

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Sitar perfection.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

love it

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Amazing. It's a shame sitar didn't catch on better, but this album shows what could have been.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

really great rock, i’m not a huge fan of the sitar but he fuckin slaps it hard, the production is genius I think the message he wrote on the album cover perfectly sums up this super cool project - 10/10

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

That was the surprise of the month for me. Wow, I really enjoyed that.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Being a huge fan of sixties psychedelia, I was already familiar with this and it's right up my street. It's a wonderful fusion of eastern and western (rock) instrumentation. It's trippy, mystical, euphoric, groovy and exotic. There's plenty of cool kaleidoscopic effects and far out shifting sounds. The mix of longer and shorter tracks works well and of course Shankar's sitar playing is exquisite. Also it sounds sincere, not some cheap flower power exploitation cash in. PS There's a cool series of compilations called 'Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers' that is well worth checking out. Love and peace man.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Super groovy and fun! Yeah, baby!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

This is totally digable music, and I totally dug it. I kept hitting start every time it ended.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

I suppose I would look no further than the cover of this album for my comments. Ananda Shankar fulfilled his dream, I think. It is melodious and touching, and so interesting to bring the Moog synthesizer and the sitar together. I enjoyed the entire album, which has quite a range of music, making it difficult to pick favorites. I always love when something new and exciting is brought to a well worn song, and that happened with both "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Light My Fire." I think "Metamorphosis" is a beautiful piece that showcases the creativity and skill of Shankar and makes its novel blend of instrumentation make absolute sense. "Raghupati" was such a lovely way to end the album with its joyous singalong. It feels very much of its time, but I really liked that about it. Beyond that, it was just beautiful music for a walk along the river today, nicely accompanying the sun shining through the trees and sparkling on the water.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Nepotism will get you everywhere. Loved the Rolling Stones covers, and the rest of the tracks were a jam too.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Really cool how this album worked. Added it to my background music list

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

I listened to this album at a friend's house and was blown away by the covers.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

This was.... awesome. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was something that sounded as if George Harrison, during his sitar phase, put out an album of proggy instrumental jams.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I just get the vibe.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Love the sound! The sitar goes hard and I gotta give props to how experimental the sound is

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Thu Oct 01 2020
4

soothing and a bop

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

Fun covers of contemporary pop mixed in with beautiful, engaging sitar. Good for a drive, also great background music to video games

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Pretty groovy, many tracks sounds like they could’ve been lifted off an Austin Powers soundtrack.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

this was great, love the mix of covers and originals. also love citar and moog, so this was a perfect match

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

A really fun psychedelic, sitar driven trip.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

That cover of Jumpin Jack was fantastic. A great mix of Indian beats with pop sensibilities

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

This was lovely. Very relaxing.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

A really good album. Recreating some classic rock hits("Jumping jack flash, and "light my fire") into more 'dream-like' ambient music, with the combination of synthetic and sitar blends well. I enjoyed the east v. west fusion.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Creo que no tengo mucho que decir porque soy más bien ignorante de la música india. Entonces, sólo comento que disfruté el disco, es como escuchar lo que conocemos como "música clásica", nada más que con otros instrumentos, la pista más larga, "Sagar (The Ocean)" tuvo un efecto tranquilizante y, en general, aprecié todas las canciones, quizá "Metamorphosis" un poco más y "Raghupati" por el uso de las voces. Me gustó sobre todo oír sonidos distintos. 8/10

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Me gustó mucho, me imagino que innovador y emocionante para la época, una producción re buena, más psicodélico que el rock psicodélico. Siento que es algo asiático (XD XD XD) aquello de que hasta la fecha surgen de dicho continente músiques profesionales de un instrumento clásico que saltan a la fama mundial solo por interpretar los géneros populares de su época como Vanessa Mae con el violín y el pop/EDM en los 90-2000, los Yoshida Brothers con el shamisen y el rock alternativo en los 2000-2010 y más recientemente Henry Lau con el violín en el K-pop. Anyway, pasando las generalizaciones sobre Asia jaja, canción favorita: Metamorphosis porque es un viajesote y dan ganas de bailar drogado en un campo de flores. Mood: Yo soy paz, yo soy amor, yo soy luz, :VVV

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Thu May 27 2021
4

7/10. Not quite my thing, but some cool sounds to be sure

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Groovy, love a sitar. Maybe a 7?

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Nice with something new. Pretty good mix of different genres. Ravis nephew!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Trippy shit yo

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

No tengo muy claro que comentar porque es un disco que, aunque sí suena mucho a su época, no se parece tampoco a nada que haya escuchado. Pero está ok.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

What a compelling blend of influences and styles! Jumpin' Jack Flash blew my socks off. I love the fusion of Indian, rock, and electronic elements. 3.5 rounded up.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Great version of Jumping Jack Flash! 3 1/2 stars

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Surprisingly easy to listen through, and the ending was great, both message-wise and just my musical enjoyment I guess.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. Who knew sitar and synths would sound so good together?

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

This was great. I love hearing interesting takes on tracks I already know.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Ну так, музыканты играют хорошо, но слушать каверы на ситаре довольно утомительно. Фоновая музыка

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Much more interesting than I anticipated. Sitar-remakes of Jumpin' Jack Flash and Light My Fire? Awesome.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I've stated my dislike for Sitar as an instrument before but this thing was both good and very funny

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Funky, cool, I really liked that

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Not quite what I'd listen to normally but very interesting psychedelic playing

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Upphafslagið, Jumping Jack Flash, hef ég þekkt nokkuð lengi þökk sé Discover weekly. Algerlega frábær útgáfa. Restin nær ekki alveg sömu hæðum, en heilt á litið er þetta þó mjög skemmtileg plata og um margt töff.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Opening with an awesome Sitar solo over a sample of the Stones doing Jumping Jack Flash is not what I expected when I saw this album cover. A few songs deep, looks like the whole (or most) of the album is going to be Sitar covers of Classic Rock hits. Really interesting take, I dig it.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Groovy. The couple of covers are good but just different enough where you don't immediately recognize them.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Playing classic rock songs on the sitar? Sign me up. I can honestly say that I've never heard anything quite like this before.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Really cool stuff and some funky covers

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

This was pretty cool! It's the reverse of the Beatles, etc. "borrowing" from Indian music.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Fun album. Love the covers on the album (light my fire and jumpi jack in particular). Overall really enjoyed

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

4/5. Banging, love that sitar

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Great listen. Very psychedelic, and I think this is the pinnacle of sitar on rock music.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

I enjoyed this. Having a Moog as a foil to the sitar made it more interesting than the standard 60s trope of adding sitar to a guitar line up. I even enjoyed the covers! The extended drone of 'Sagar (The Ocean)' was the only down track for me.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Gah!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Cool and good and fun :)

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

This was really good

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Was good, good for the background

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

This was very good. It is different from the music I listen to, and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

4/02/2022 Today's Album: "Ananda Shankar" by Ananda Shankar - This album starts off with a great song, Jumpin' Jack Flash, which has really elaborate production, with fuzzy synths, a grooving sitar, and some really colorful chorus vocals. The whole track feels really jamming and chill and generally colorful. Jumping to this next track, it's clear I am going to be listening to a lot of Indian inspired music infused with 70s psychedelic rock, with this one being an awesome sitar solo with some backing synth, bass, and bongos. I have given the rest of these tracks a listen and they are all just consistently amazing psychedelic sitar tracks with no vocals. Just a bunch of groovy and meditative instrumental tracks, with Sagar (The Ocean) being over 13 minutes long and fantastic from start to finish, shifting in tempo, style, and instrumentation throughout. Dance Indra sounds like a Mario Desert level backed up by these dark piano and synth chords and I really love it. The final track, Raghupati actually does have lyrics and I don't know how much I really dig it. There is a nice message about accepting each other despite our beliefs, but the singing in Indian just doesn't appeal to me due to the language barrier. The instrumentals go pretty wild, but I think it would honestly fit better somewhere in the middle of the track list and I can't really enjoy it casually like I have the rest of these tracks. I just can't really be blasting this Indian chanting in my car and expect to not get intentionally crashed into. Overall, this album has a ton of amazing psychedelic instrumental sitar tracks that are almost perfect in my opinion topped off by one track that is just kind of meh for me. If you like Indian or Psychedelic music, give this one a listen. P.S. I think if you listened to Raghupati and Dance Indra after Metamorphosis and then close it off with Sagar, it would be a really nice listening experience and would conclude more concisely. Score: 9/10 Really fun to listen to but feels a little out of order Highlights: Jumpin' Jack Flash, Snow Flower, Light My Fire, Mamata (Affection), Metamorphosis, Dance Indra, Sagar (The Ocean)

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Música hindú. Alguna versión de canciones conocidas. Venga, un 4 por lo original.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Well...whoa! Had nary a clue what to expect, who this is, what they would do, and...well, it is definitely interesting. As a Westerner who grew up on, and still mostly listens to, music made by Western musicians, I am always glad to be introduced to music outside my normal listening bubble. This album does, of course, have quite a lot of familiarly Western elements -- covers of Jumpin' Jack Flash and Light My Fire (And that one is so fun! Like a hyper-psychedelic video game soundtrack) are on it -- but the elements and instruments they weave in from Indian traditions really work here. The percussion work in Metamorphosis is fantastic. Sometimes, in other settings, when I've heard Western musicians add Indian instruments to their music, it just stands out too differently for my ear in contrast to the musical context of the particular song, and at least for me I experience it as an afterthought or add on. Here, Ananda Shankar and the other musicians do a masterful job of not letting one style overpower the other. I'll admit it's opened my ear to this music in a very welcome way. I like the album. Very cool. Well done, 1001 Albums project!

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

An album of two halves, the first to entice the Western audience - something familiar, with a mix of Indian culture... with the second half delving deeper in the raga psyche. Sagar (The Ocean) is magnificent - albeit only if you're in the right mind-space for it.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Interesting album, enjoyed the music, would listen again

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Solid album of oriental, indian music. My favourite was Sagar (The Ocean)

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

3.5: some really awesome and fascinating tracks with some great sitar work, surprisingly very easy to get into. The jumping jack flash cover is a great highlight

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

I discovered Ananda Shankar sometime in the 80s courtesy of the used record market. I love remakes that really remake a song, and the groovy sitar versions of Jumpin' Jack Flash and Light My Fire more than qualify! I also love Moog music, and there’s plenty of that here. It's great to have this album make the list! Some great sitar jams... and the go-go arrangements are icing on a delicious cake! Definitely worth a listen for its unique style.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

You know I love that sweet, sweet sitar. And sitar covers? Go on with ya bad self

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Here we go!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I love the combination of the sitar and the synthesizers! Favorite track: Metamorphosis.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Great album. Deff glad listened to that experience

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

A lot of Indian covers of rock and roll tracks. Interesting, but nothing that's making me think anything over and above some good, if uninspired musicianship.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Very cool album. Both the covers and originals were equally impactful and showed the versatility of Indian music. Favorite track: Indra Dance

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

A lovely fusion between Indian music and western music. It gets very psychadelic and the sitar sounds great.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Classic jams

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Well this is the third Indian artist that I came across in this list and the third one that pleasantly surprised me. It’s surprisingly earnest and the songs pump through with very awesome renditions of Jumping Jack Flash and Light My Fire. It’s a tad tad longer than it feels like it should be - but otherwise a record i would return to.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

This kind of hippie stuff appeals to me right now, mix of Indian sitar stuff and guitars. Not annoying like desi pop. I'm sure this guy is a god to devotees of the Bellingen global festival haha. 3/5.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

5.5-6/10 FT: Raghupati

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

A lot of fun but unfortunately quite inconsistent. The covers are especially divergent in quality: The opener is transcendent while the Doors cut comes off as kitschy. Other than that, the meat of the record is pretty satisfying, though one wonders how unique it is in the sitar-rock space. And, sadly, the closing track reinforces that notion with its weakly perennial lyrics and uninspired second half.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Classic rock style with heavy Indian influence, decent listen

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Have some songs on a Spotify playlist

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

2.75. This was different and I'm glad I listened, but probably wouldn't go back and listen. I do like the traditional sounding Indian instruments

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

This was probably a celebrated album in the 1970's. The sitar's sound was very unique to the sounds of the day. The album featured a few covers of recently popularized songs. The recording quality is good. Would I pay money to own this album? No.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Very zen and kind of trippy i don’t mind it

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Well… cool I suppose. The novelty wears pretty thin after a couple tracks though.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

This was great.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Very mellow, good transcription of Indian and American music from the 70s overall cool sounds 3.3

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Holy shit this is such a fun album - kind of gimmicky but really really enjoyable

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Oh no please not Sitar music. Edit: I was very wrong god has blessed me with rolling stones songs but with Sitar. Life is good. Covers are the only good songs.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

not much to write home about, great instrumentals, novelty covers and thats kinda it.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

Rock music but with a sitar. The second half of the album you could very well get completely lost in if you were in the right headspace *wink wink*

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Quelque bonnes tounes, le sitar n’est pas utilise comme une toune 100% mais plus pop. 3.5*

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

I had to listen in 2 sessions as Amy came in and said, "that music is making me homicidal"

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Interesting sound but nothing transcendental

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Disco muy particular destacando el sitar entre los demas instrumentos, combinando un sonido de la india con algo de rock... las versiones de jumpin jack flash y light my fire están bien, del resto de canciones solo salvaría Metamorphosis. Puntuacion 2,5/5.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Soul sitar

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Enjoyed the covers and the sound was alright but it slowed down a lot in the back half. 6

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Interesting! Had worst fears that it was just going to be an album of covers to begin with, but it went into its own thing. Would (and should!) listen again out of curiosity, as its something I had never heard of before and would never have thought to try otherwise.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Some of this was good, but honestly, something you'd listen to in the background of a curry house. Muzac.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

Best grappig.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

The covers are fun, but the novelty soon wears off.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Ouvir musicas que eu ja conhecia mas com um toque oriental foi bizarro (mas nao ruim)

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Had a lot of fun with this record, and that cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" works insanely well. Cool fusion of Sitar with rock and roll songs before playing some originals.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

A fun blend of psychedelic and Eastern sitar music. Very similar to the Beatles' weirder stuff. Some of the music was a little lugubrious for my taste though.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

I liked the sound of it, but it was a little repetitive

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

This was fine.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Shankar achieves the mission statement laid out on the album cover; blending Eastern and Western music with the use of his sitar. 7.6/10

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

George Harrison's Indian fusion songs have never been my favorite, but they're definitely cool, so it's interesting to hear the inverse of that kinda. Also, fun fact, this guy was the nephew of Ravi Shankar, who was a close friend of George's and they played together a whole lot, and Ravi Shankar is also Norah Jones' dad. So this guy is Norah Jones' cousin lol

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Classic rock covers at the top were cool, bsides were pretty .... bsidey

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

SFIIIINKSS

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Thu May 20 2021
3

very interesting funky noises not gonna lie.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

// Favs: Jumpin‘ Jack Flash Score Decent 3

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

An enjoyable listen. The original compositions were better than the Rolling Stones and Doors covers, which had a bit of an Indian restaurant vibe. Interesting that this was the first fusion of Indian and western rock music, which makes the former more accessible, but has been repeated many times since, so doesn't seem as ground-breaking as it perhaps once was.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

You've got to be bold to turn down making an album with Jimi Hendrix, but when you create an album like this it's easily justifiable. Shankar didn't want to make a straight sitar-guitar focused album, he wanted to truly blend the Indian classical music he was accustomed to at home with the western psychedelic wave that was flourishing in the 60's. Fun rock hits and Moog synthesizer tones really make this a unique and interesting album that I think everybody truly needs to hear at least once in their life. It's peaked my curiosity on Indian music, and I'd say it's accomplished the goal Shankar had when creating this record. While this album isn't the origin of raga rock, I'd say it's the heart of it. Favorite Song: Metamorphosis Least Favorite: Sagar (The Ocean) only because of it's slow start and it's a pretty long song. It's still a great piece, just not one I'd revisit as much.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Okay? A fine listening experience but not something i really seek out. 3.5.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Something of a messy mix here. The covers are quirky. The longer tracks verge on the rambling. Probably best suited to having on in the background.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Classic Shankar, but didn’t lend itself as well to the modern style as classical

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Probably won't listen to it again but it was an enjoyable one-off. The Doors cover was the highlight.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

The covers are fun, but what I really enjoyed was the second half. This isn't something I'd usually say, but if the 13 minute jam (Sagar) had been the whole album I would've given it 4 stars. I felt like I had a little trip to another world, and that was just sitting at my desk in the office...

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

The covers I'm aware of on this album ("Jumping Jack Flash" and "Light My Fire") are unnecessary. I enjoyed the rest of the tracks. Not my favorite album though.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

3 stars. There has to be better eastern music to use for this list. Kind of making me seasick

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

My co-judge and I cringed after we recognized the first song was a Stones cover and bolted to the bathroom when we heard Light my Fire, which is tough because we only have one bathroom here. After that things got better, especially on side 2. I find the western orientation in terms of melody/song structure/instrumentation makes him more listenable, though less technically proficient I'm sure, than his uncle. I'm deducting a point for the pop covers, though he certainly wouldn't have made this list without them. A strange choice by the 1001 folks.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

it's fine?

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

This must be what elevator music in India is like.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Magical

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Fine. For me, certainly more enjoyable than Ravi Shankar's sitar music. But, still not my thing.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Pretty cool - definitely feels like a record that could only be made in the 60s (yeah, the release date says 1970 but we all know this is the sound of the 60s....). Lots of sitar, not much singing - mostly instrumental. Definitely an interesting record - even if just as a historical document. I found the first half (which seems more rock oriented) more interesting than the second half. Some cool sounds on this record for sure - glad it's on the list but not necessarily something I'll be listening too a lot... unless I start doing a lot of acid.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Interesting world music.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Interesting. Enjoyable listen. I like the Sitar blended with modern synth and other instruments. Some good covers of other popular songs from the day.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

3.7 - Sitar music has a way of putting me in a trance. I suppose that’s the point. I felt my mind drifting to a pleasant place. The subtle fusions with rock and Moog are gravy.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Interesting listen

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

weird but entertaining.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Gefällt mir gut.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

different style of music than I'm used to but I can rock with it

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

This is fun. I actually listened to this last year without realizing what it was.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Why is it that any cover version of Light My Fire sounds twee and like muzak? Even the on eon this album. There's a couple of comparatively low points (Light My Fire being one of them) but overall this album is great.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

This was pretty interesting. Was weird to hear the two covers using Indian instruments, thought Light My Fire was awesome. I think I prefer the more traditional tracks on side 2. Overall solid album.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Nice sitar. Pretty easy on the ears and once the groove starts it continues to the end. The 8 songs cruz along and before you know it the album is done. But with that there is no moments of YES!!! or NO!!!.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

I find this music style really interesting World music , I would say I can listen to this daily but 3

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

I enjoyed it

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

De gick rätt så hårt!! Minus poäng för coverszzz… av ”västerländsk” musik också…🤮

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Positively surprised at first due to the combo of rock and Indian music but as the album progressed, the novelty wore off. Just a decent album, no more

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Interesting application of rock and Indian tradition, but nothing exceptional throughout.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Interesting take on some western covers, almost a reverse-Beatles effect. An interesting fusion of traditional Indian instruments and rock

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Very interesting and enjoyable.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Quite cool actually!

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Mon May 23 2022
3

An interesting listen, but the covers make it sound like one of those pan pipes albums you buy outside Pennys

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Interesante pero cansa

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

De covers zijn wel leuk, maar een sitar-nummer van 13 minuten lang is me er toch wat te veel aan.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Like others, I'm not too big on those covers, but Raghupati is fantastic, so is Sagar.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Enjoyable escape, blend of Western and Eastern music is it called fusion.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Interesting Indian music, not my favorite but I appreciate the sounds.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Nice easy listen. The sitar sounds awesome.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Yea a really interesting listen

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

It was just acceptably there. Made little impact on me.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

går litt i surr for eg prøve å henta meg inn igjen her, men trur detta va ganske ok?

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

An interesting take on popular music using a musical style most were not familiar with? Sure. A must-listen? No. There are more sitar styled albums that should bump this from the list, heck there are more options from people named Shankar. 3/5.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

A very intersecting album but exactly what I was looking for in this type/style of album.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Another “enough is enough” record. Interesting though a few songs and a kind of novelty cover, but couldn’t hold my attention further.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Well.. It's different that's for sure. I admit I sort of like it and I wasn't even high.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Interesting concept

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

This was an interesting album for sure. However, its execution varied throughout. The first few songs were enjoyable; the covers were not nearly as bad as some reviewers were making them out to be. The album did drag towards the middle to the end though and for a short 40 minute album to feel like a drag is not a good sign. This album still gets three stars because it is doing something interesting and fusing two very different styles of music. Though western/Indian music had been incorporated before, it was always from a western artist. Here we see the flip side, an Indian artist incorporating western music into Indian music.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Good

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

This one surprised me, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The sitar and moog work really well together, and the fusion of eastern and western rock music was great. Melodic and familiar at times and almost trance like at others.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Wow, was definitely not expecting that. It was an interesting concept and it's weird that the sitar is so culturally ingrained in my head as a "sixties" sound. Was a bit of a slough to get through though. Good album but not my thing.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

While not the biggest sitar fan, this album surprised me as being accessible due to such songs as 'Jumping Jack Flash' and "Light My Fire'. Not for all tastes, but much better than I had anticipated.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Never listened to something like this before, but I can say I enjoyed it. Not sure if I would ever come back to it though.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

3.5 for me, loved the Rolling Stones and the doors cover, the Sintar mixed with western music was cool

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

3 I appreciate this list recognizing music outside of Western/English-speaking countries, because not only do I feel like it's typically neglected when it comes to top album discussions and rankings, but I admittedly have also done a really poor job of exploring myself. Granted, this album is a take on Western music (it literally says so on the album cover), but I feel like it's a good stepping stone into venturing out further. Aaand I quite enjoyed it. My guy shreds the sitar in ways I didn't know one could, and I really thought he bridged the gap between two cultures effectively. Both of the covers were really, really good, to the point where I may even say Light My Fire... sounds better on a sitar than on a keyboard? It didn't blow my mind, but it definitely encouraged me to listen to more world music - so an effective record through and through. Favorite songs: Light My Fire, Raghupati, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Metamorphosis

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

3.5 Right off the bat I was surprised. This is simultaneously nothing like and exactly like what I was expecting. This is what the 60s must’ve sounded like. Really interesting, fun pace for most of it. I can see myself listening again for something different but also safe sounding.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Pas mal mais 1 point de malus car non occidental

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Probably revolutionary for its time. Worth a listen.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Juste pour le light my fire

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Bit worried when I saw the cover versions but I ended up enjoying this

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

While the cover song interpretations were neat to listen to, I'm more interested in the original music. I love being exposed to musically sounds from other cultures and this album was interesting. I'd definitely listen to it again and seek out the rest of his discography.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

I enjoyed most of this album and would be happy to put it on in the background. By the end, it did feel like it was dragging on a bit too long

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Eh

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Austin powers anyone. I don’t mind a sitar bit a whole album of playing lead vocal melody lines? Nope

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Mon Oct 26 2020
2

cool

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Weird combo…sitar with rumba beats. Verx experimental. Nice listening to it while working. But not my cup of tea.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

WIld

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Interesting... funny to hear a fusion of an Indian artist use rock influence instead of the other way around.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Not bad. Instrumental covers with sitar instead of voice

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Bit much very annoying after the first couple of the tracks

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Too hippy

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

indiano.. indiano

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Disco interesante con instrumentos y ritmos indios. Buenas versiones de Jumping Jack Flash y Light muy Fire. Quizá alguna de las canciones de hace pesada ya que no es un tipo de música que adore. Disco correcto 2,5/5

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Not for me. The sitar is a beautiful instrument and the ambition to record a crossover style album is understandable, but it sounded more like muzak than anything fresh.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

A little busy

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Muzak, thats all really!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Maybe groundbreaking at the time but now seems like Muzak I”ve heard before a 100, mainly inIndian restaurants.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Not real my thing but wasnt painful to get through, and can appreciate something different

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