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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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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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Mon Dec 12 2022
4

east meets weast what a feast

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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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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 Feb 03 2023
1

Yet another weird album, where I tend to find that it is in this list for curiousity reasons rather than it being actually good

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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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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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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 Jan 26 2024
3

The sitar is such an exotic instrument. While I probably won’t listen to this album again, that does not mean it was a bad experience.

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Sat Dec 03 2022
1

This could have been interesting, but as he chose to cover some very obvious songs, and without any particular variation other than using a sitar instead of a guitar, it was rather flat. Not impressed.

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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

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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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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Sun Dec 25 2022
4

This is not Hindustani music with rock instruments or Psychedelic rock with a sitar, it is a blend of the two strands, though it seems to lack the improvisation of traditional ragas. The result is a really enjoyable listen that foreshadows much of the Asian Underground that would come more than a generation later.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
4

I’m a sucker for the Moog, and it is used *exceptionally* on this record.

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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 Jan 25 2024
3

Funky, worldly take on some classic hits. Appreciate records like this as they paint songs in a new perspective.

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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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Wed Dec 13 2023
2

Hier kan ik weinig zinnigs over zeggen. Robert Dimery had het weer iets te laat gemaakt in de opium den toen 'ie dit bedacht denk ik. Ik zal als huiswerk een alternatieve, betere tracklijst samenstellen met covers waarbij je in ieder geval nog schijtlollige woordgrappen kunt maken. Track 1 "Sitart Me Up" (Stones) Track 2 "Bharat About Dre" (Dr Dre / Eminem) Track 3 "Ganges Paradise" (Coolio) Track 4 "While My Sitar Gently Weeps" (Beatles) Track 5 "Curry On Wayward Son" (Kansas) Track 6 "A Sky Full of Sitars" (Coldplay) Track 7 "Running Up Tamil (A Deal With Shiva)" (Kate Bush) Track 8 "Delhi Watch The Sitars" (Air) Track 9 "Down With The Sikhness" (Disturbed) Track 10 "Vindaloo Child (Slight Return)" met daar aan vast als hidden track "The Sitar-Spangled Banner" (Jimi Hendrix) Bij de Nederlandse release zit als bonustrack nog 'It's Hard To Say Mumbai' van RONDÉ

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Very artfully done covers. An enjoyable and interesting listen

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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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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

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

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Super groovy and fun! Yeah, baby!

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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

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

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

Classical Indian meets Rock - lovely!

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

I flipping loved this, thoroughly good sounds babe

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Oh yeah this is a great album!! Ananda Shankar is a genius and this album has my favourite tracks from him too. Light my Fire is on a couple of my favourite playlists I have and it's just pure brilliance. The instrumentation is so impressive to me, I could never!! Anyone who can play the sitar is pretty much a God and I could listen to it forever. Such a magical sound. The entire album is super creative and exciting. Major love. Including the beautiful album artwork and the sweet message he's included on there. Love how Metamorphosis grows and builds.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Incredible! Such a creative, spirited album. You can read much about Amanda Shankar’s ambitions for this album— he put his statement right on the cover!— so it’s a manifesto kind of album. His goal is to combine his advanced study in the sitar, plus Indian classical forms, with 60s psychedelic rock, heavy Moog synths, big operatic arrangements. A platform for him to show us how expressive the sitar can be. On every one of these points he succeeds. The album is innovative as a piece of music for its time, but it’s also fun, and you can tell that everyone is having fun. The idea of combining Sitar and Western music could have been boring, or academic, or shallow in its exploration. This album is none of these things. I get the sense that Amanda Shankar is exploring this idea to its absolute fullest, complete with some crazy Moog sound effects on the tracks! And it’s a perfect environment to show us his skill in playing, with different shades of an instrument you might have overlooked. I’m getting major Herbie Hancock vibes on this album, in the way the album feels so inviting, excited about its own sound, like he’s the first explorer. And the musicianship is just amazing throughout. This album made me re-discover the sitar! Which makes me one more convert to Amanda Shankar’s way of thinking. What more can you ask for. 5 stars!

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

So good. I was between 4 and 5 on this one. But this album just feels hugely important and groundbreaking. And something I'll return to frequently. 5 it is.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

I really really enjoyed this album. Tasteful playing all around and even counter melodies. Sometimes there was like 3-4 Melodie’s all happening at the same time and it worked? Didn’t bother me at all. Sonics were great. Sometimes a lil harsh on the sitar but hey that’s the vibe. Super tight drums and drum breaks, loved all the percussion happening. This is something I’m keeping in my library and when I’m tired of words I’ll live here for a bit. Fantastic synth work and really enjoyed the whole album with the exception of the ocean song. 13 minutes or whatever it was, was just a lil too long. Beautiful track but yea anyways I’m done loved this tbh

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

Doing his uncle proud in my opinion. These tracks are gonna slip right into my instrumental playlists.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

loved this - hidden treasure

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

I loved this, until I looked at the release date I assumed these versions of jumpin jack flash and light my fire were the original but i guess this is reinterpretations? Either way this album is sick

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

A complete masterpiece. Incredible album that is damn near perfect.

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Thu Apr 27 2023
5

This album is actually much better than Ravi Shankar's album (for my westernised taste). The record starts with few covers of sixties rock songs, with a strong Indian influence, which makes it much more interesting and exotic. But what really makes this great is the second part of the album with original songs. There is a slight reverse in the trend, now we listen to Indian music with strong Western rock influence. I actually really liked every song on side B of this record. Amazing quality, the songs are very mature, Ananda is not in rush to show off his skills, instead he slowly develops the sound and atmosphere, creating a terrific tracks. It's going to be hard to rate this album, as we have two completely different styles clashing. Side A gets a 3+, but side B is an easy 5. I think it's fair to appreciate good parts more than bashing on average moments, so 5 it is!

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Tue Jul 11 2023
5

Cool psychedelic sitar music - what's not to like?

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Fri Aug 25 2023
5

-didn’t write a BL- AL: this was a delight to listen to. The hybrid of western music and sitar Asian music was absolutely beautiful and really gave it a psychedelic feel. I’d expect nothing less from the talents of the Shankar family. Highly worth a listen and one of my favourite albums I’ve had on this generator so far. FT: “Metamorphosis”, “Raghupati” 5/5

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Sun Sep 17 2023
5

great trance sometimes covers are also deepened here

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Thu Sep 21 2023
5

Wow! Psychedelia supreme. Incredible skill playing the sitar, over great psychedelic beats, with some quieter, layered, beautiful synths.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

Great mix of Indian and western music. Sitar heavy but wonderfully so. Jumping jack flash cover is excellent! The ocean is nice as well

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

Ananda Shankar gives us the authentic melding of Western rock and electronic styles that was, and still is, needed desperately in music. Cultural melding into music is not done very often to this day and i couldn't've be happier to have heard this album. Rest easy Ananda Shankar

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Fri Dec 29 2023
5

Hah hah, this was excellent! I love world music fusions, and it appears this album was one of the first to popularize that trend, so very happy to be introduced to it! (If you're also into that kind of thing I heartily recommend checking out Charanjit Singh's "Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat" - dude was a Bollywood session musician who got access to some synths in 1983 and basically invented acid house a few years early!) Fave tracks - "Jumpin' Jack Flash" slaps - that's a great version. I'm also very taken with "Sagar (The Ocean)" - I love a track that builds and builds and builds....

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Wow! I'd like to hear more of this :)

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Sun Mar 17 2024
5

this is amazinggg genuinely just a perfect blend of familiarity and an instrument i am not accustomed to it’s so beautiful and so lovely i want to listen again and i’m still listening

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Mon Mar 25 2024
5

Yeah I would listen to this again. Dang good

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Sun Apr 21 2024
5

Didn’t know I needed this much sitar in my life. Jumpin Jack Flash is a revelation

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Thu May 23 2024
5

This is the type of albums i keep listening this list for. Never thought i needed a sitar cover of "light my fire" in my life, but i did. Thanks! ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

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Mon Jun 03 2024
5

Psychedelic sitar jams! It’s lovely to hear some of the 60s classics raga-fied, but for me, the album really hits its stride closer to the end, with drawn-out passages and subtle changes in tempo. Stupendous.

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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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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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