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Ananda Shankar

Ananda Shankar

1970

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Ananda Shankar

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

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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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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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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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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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Very calming, easy to enjoy

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Totalmente sorprendido!

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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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Very artfully done covers. An enjoyable and interesting listen

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Sitar perfection.

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love it

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

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

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soothing and a bop

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

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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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A really fun psychedelic, sitar driven trip.

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

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This was lovely. Very relaxing.

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

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Groovy, love a sitar. Maybe a 7?

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

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Trippy shit yo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Funky, cool, I really liked that

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

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

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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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Really cool stuff and some funky covers

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

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

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4/5. Banging, love that sitar

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

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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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Gah!

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Cool and good and fun :)

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This was really good

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Was good, good for the background

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

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

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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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5.5-6/10 FT: Raghupati

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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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Classic rock style with heavy Indian influence, decent listen

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Have some songs on a Spotify playlist

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

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

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This was great.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interesting sound but nothing transcendental

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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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Soul sitar

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

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

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Best grappig.

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

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

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

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This was fine.

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

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SFIIIINKSS

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very interesting funky noises not gonna lie.

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// Favs: Jumpin‘ Jack Flash Score Decent 3

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

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

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

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

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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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it's fine?

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This must be what elevator music in India is like.

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Magical

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

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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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Interesting world music.

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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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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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Interesting listen

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weird but entertaining.

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Gefällt mir gut.

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

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

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

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I enjoyed it

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

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

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

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Very interesting and enjoyable.

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Quite cool actually!

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

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

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cool

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

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WIld

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

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Not bad. Instrumental covers with sitar instead of voice

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Bit much very annoying after the first couple of the tracks

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Too hippy

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indiano.. indiano

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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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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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A little busy

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Muzak, thats all really!

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

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

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Very trippy, maybe too trippy for a Wednesday morning. But enjoyable none the less. Found the 13 min Sagar a bit of a struggle.

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Not my bag

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Not my bag. But could appreciate it a bit.

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Started off OK, nosedive to the end

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Easy listening lounge covers for while you're waiting for your main course: Mike Flowers Poppadoms

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Die cover van Paint it Black was nog wel aardig, maar na nog twee van die jengelende sitarnummers begonnen er moordneigingen op te spelen. Dus voor de veiligheid van Nieke en de mensen in de buurt maar snel afgezet.

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The Sitar is fine in small doses but it does get a bit grating after a while. At least it wasn't 40 minutes of the bagpipes i suppose.

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Había escuchado antes el cover de los Rolling y estaba bueno, medio gimmicky. Ahora escucho el disco completo y lo compruebo. Muy gimmick. O sea, escuchar una rola está bien, el disco completo no lo sé. Tampoco te hace mal pero equis, ¿no? Inexplicablemente me dieron ganas de un masaje.

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Good start, decent last song. Boring middle

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Starts strong. Then...doesn’t know what it is.

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kinda of sitared out by mid way through track 1 - not sure covers of rock classics is the way to go

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Don't like the western covers - feels too obvious somehow? And the Indian ones sounds like curry house background music. The long one (Ocean) was decent, but I won't listen again.

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Nope, really not interested in traditional Indian music. I guess it was well-played, but that didn't make me much more interested in it.

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I dont like the albums arround only one instrument, the only good point is the covers

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covers with a sitar ?

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Sometimes, just sometimes, you can have too much sitar

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eenmalig tof op de achtergrond

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2.5 only chingelchangel. goed voor achtergrond maar niet echt een bijzonder album imo. Indische stem wel goated, Welcome to the Kwik-E-Mart , thank you come again

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The novelty wears off pretty quick. Not much else going for this album.

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Not a fan of fusion music in general, why does Eastern sitar music need to blend with western rock n roll when it doesn't want to?

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Interesting, but sitar doesn't do it for me.

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Sitar would be a cool addition to some of the songs covered, but I'm not really interested in listening to sitar instrumentals for 40 minutes

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It was fine. I was not particularly into it. It seemed to have fallen into the trap of influential at its time but I've heard it so far after its release. I've heard who they have influenced and enjoyed that far more.

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Oh sitar oh sitar sitar next to me! Never knew that WIll Young's 'Light My Fire' was a cover

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First Listen. Rock classics India style. Not bad.

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Je pense que le choix de cet album n'était qu'une bonne blague de ce petit rigolo qu'est Robert, cela me rapelle d'ailleurs une anecdote à son sujet. Il y a de cela quelques mois, mon camarade d'écoute robcrinière et moi même décidions de commander le livre de Robert, la bible du générateur, le grimoire des 1001. Alors que rob reçu l'assomoir sans le moindre délais, le mien tardait à arriver. C'est après plusieurs semaines que je reçu enfin un colis estampillé Robert Dimery. Je l'ouvris avec excitation, mais c'est alors qu'une fois la couche de carton déballée, je découvris la supercherie: un bloc de ciment était en fait contenu dans le paquet envoyé par Robert. La deception fut immense de mon côté, et depuis ce jour, je mène une croisade contre Robert et son fils Mike Ladd.

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Jumping Jack Flash was an interesting start, but when Light my fire came on it started to sound gimmicky and was cringe worthy. I actually like the traditional Indian songs better than the cheesy covers of Western Rock songs. Not sure that this record belongs on this list though.

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I'm a big fan of Uncle Ravi but Ananda, not so much. Jumpin Jack Flash doesn't really work. The jamming on Metamorphosis is the highlight of the LP and the cover of The Doors is OK.  Sugar, especially the first half, misses the mark. The bass guitar and synths don't add to it. The second half of the song picks up but the first half was a long 8 minutes. At the end of the day I don't think Ananda's Sitar capabilities or his tabla dude's capabilities are close to Uncle R's and his band's capabilities so he can't use those instruments to save the songs.  It was a brave attempt at fusion and perhaps his efforts indirectly led to the excellent fusion bands in later generations. If so I should have rated higher, but I think that music would have come regardless of Ananda's cover of Jumpin' Jack.

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Maso.

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Not my jam

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meh

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Un es pregunta si realment aquests discos van arribar a ser tan revolucionaris en el seu temps com per merèixer ser escoltats per tothom abans de morir. Disc passable de 'sitar rock', si és que existeix tal génere, amb dues versions curioses encentant el disc i algunes peces interessants a continuació, si bé alguna d'elles excessivament llarga

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Opens strong with Jumpin' Jack Flash. Has a nice hippy rock feel to it even prior to the sitar. Pleasantly psychedelic. Sagar (The Ocean) goes into full atmospheric, psychadelia with 13 minutes of strange ominous rising tone and hollow 'wind effect' in background. Raghupati is bizarrely catchy and falls almost into a Polyphonic Spree hit. High points: Jumpin' Jack Flash, Light My Fire, Sagar (The Ocean), Raghupati.

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Extraña fusión de música india con canciones de más renombre. Mucho instrumental, que no me ha transmitido nada

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appreciated, but unexciting, warmed over.

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Starts off strong but quickly gets mired in overlong arrangements that have no payoff. I don't mind the covers since they have some unique takes to offer on some classics, just wish the album could maintain the focus and energy found on its opening and closing tracks.

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This album is raga rock / indipop music and was the first attempt by an Indian - Ananda Shankar - to combine Indian instruments with the rock genre. This combination had been done before, but only by Western people. Jimi Hendrix was working with Ananda Shankar and suggested they collaborated, but Ananda wanted to create his first album on his own. The music is psychedelic and beautiful. Fans of rock will love the covers of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Light My Fire" on this album. They were the biggest hits, and I think they're amazing. This album gave Ananda Shankar international popularity and strengthened the ever-increasing want for more music genre combinations. This album is worth a listen!

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Pretty cool but I can only listen to so much of this

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It's strange, I felt inclined to love this album, but... Not so much after all. There are a few good moments, but I feel like it was put together for an american market, or at least an english market, and it felt somehow weird. A sitar album starting with a cover of Jumpin Jack Flash, I think that killed the vibe right at the beginning for me.

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All the key element were there so that I love this album but unfortunatly it didnt impress me like I thought it would...Too generic, not enough creative if you listen to a bit of world music..

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There are so many better oriental albums out there, I was pretty disappointed with this one. An album with more than 1 cover song, shouldn't be considered as one of the best ever made...

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Jumping Jack Flash with sitar is still Jumping Jack Flash.

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2/5 oriental versions of popular songs. Not of my liking.

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weird

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Vaguely interesting, but not that special. Reasonable crossover.

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Áhugavert en ekki minn tebolli.

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Didn't mind it, but it's still covers and still much worse than original songs. Got bored way before the end

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Classical Indian music has a real cool sound, I really adore the instruments. And here we have a fusion with western rock, except a little too pulled into appealing to western audiences. "Jumpin Jack Flash" and "Light my Fire" don't really have much substance besides being raga covers... Apparently the former was a huge club pick. "Mamata" sounds like some 60s Spanish hit, but I can't figure out what it was called. Really all the songs suffer from too much westernization. The drumming in "Metamorphisis" and rapid sitar playing comes off as repetitive and dull rather than enveloping as traditional Indian classical music is. I did like the ending of "Metamorphisis" though. The mysterious nature of "Sagar" was inviting, plus the exciting bridge to the 2nd half, and I actually preferred its 13-minute length... This is the kind of raga I look forward to. "Dance Indra" is a bit silly, but it reminds me of Banjo Kazooie music, so I give it a pass. The last song just sucks.

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I would like it if it wasn't for all the covers. Like sitars, hate covers.

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not for me but i thought the first song was ok

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Hmmm, I struggled a bit with this. I just didn't feel that it stands up after 50 years

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I’m sure it’s fine, but it’s not for me.

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If someone asked me before I’d listened to this if I wanted to hear covers of overplayed classic rock songs done by a sitar, I would’ve said no. My answer is still no. Love Ravi and some more traditional ragas, but this is not something I would reach for. Ever.

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Nice idea that sort of works on a couple of songs, but a whole album of these covers is just too much. You end up hating the semi-good stuff because it just keeps coming, more and more and more of the same trick. It's all very unnecessary.

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Unexpected. Didn’t mind the quirkiness for one song but a whole album I could not bear. The tone of the sitar (?) was like a mozzie in my ear - especially this early in my morning

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1.5 - the covers are interesting, but the rest os not for me

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Lame

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Great sound, but the songs are a lot of covers off Western music. I'd be happy to listen classic sitar music.

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Don't like the oriental style.

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Muck

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Did not like this at all.

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Not for me. Sounds like parody altho thats likely due to the passage of time

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Would have given 0 stars if possible. Unbearable

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Muzak. Pish. Maybe, and I'm being generous, it was new and exciting in 1970 but it hasn't aged well. At all.

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Nah, not for me. The later more traditional tracks were OK but the covers were awful.

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Didnt really enjoy this one

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I stopped listening to it during Sagar (The Ocean). Didn't like.

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Tenenkrommend, na "light my fire" ging bij mij het licht uit

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No thanks

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Why? If I released an album of covers played on swanee whistle and kazoo, would that make the list? I love a good raga as much as anyone, but this is just nonsense.

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this is a crossover that didn't need to happen

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I skipped through most of this 😬

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1.5/5 Not really enjoyable

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Nope

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This? No. Just no.

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This album transported me both to an old school indian restaurant and an elevator all at once

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I just couldn’t with this album. Someone needs to inform the manager of the website that sitars do not qualify a good album

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I really liked the doomsday vault review somebody posted 1

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This is a ridiculous album.

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Do you want sitar covers of the Stones and the Doors? Do you want other music that contains synthesizers and just the sitar? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then this is the perfect album for you. If you answered "no" then go ahead and skip this album. I have no desire to listen to this again and I didn't need to listen to it. It is better than some of the albums that have received a 1 but not worth a 2.

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Vaya chorrada de álbum. Versiones de canciones clásicas tocadas por un tío con una trompetilla de feria.

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4/5 Enjoyed that - 60s standards were a bit cheesy, but would happily explore more classical sitar music.

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