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The Sounds Of India

Ravi Shankar

1957

The Sounds Of India

Album Summary

The Sounds of India is an album by Ravi Shankar which introduces and explains Hindustani classical music to Western audiences. Released by Columbia Records in 1957, it was influenced by Ali Akbar Khan's The Sounds of India, and recorded and produced by George Avakian in 1957 at Columbia's New York studio.It is regarded today as being of historical interest for showing both Shankar's musical skills and his interest in teaching the West about classical Indian music.It was digitally remastered and released in CD format by Columbia Records in 1989.

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2.92

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4658

Genres

  • World
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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

I took a lot of drugs before listening to this. I was whisked off to a magical land, where a talking frog convinced a boy to kill his father. Then a grumpy emo chick started pestering me, trying to get me to choose between fuckin' a zebra or fuckin' a corpse. I chose zebra. Then an abused orphan watched me peel a verucca sock off a disabled ghost. Then a noseless man raped a singing omelette. What's it all about?

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

One of life's great mysteries has been solved! I couldn't for the life of me understand why a sitar has at least twice as many tuning pegs as it has strings. Now I know! There are strings that run under the strings that are picked and each of these other strings is attached to a particular fret and needs a separate tuning peg. I learned this by clicking on the word sitar on the wiki page for this album. I didn't get it from Ravi's instructional comments before each song. All I can say for Ravi's comments is "sounds good to me". I suppose George Harrison would have understood what Ravi meant but I doubt anyone other than a music scholar could make heads or tails of it. George Harrison is responsible for the western world hearing a sitar for the first time, but Ravi's playing speaks for itself. His sitar playing is exotic and magical. It's no wonder all the hippy rock stars travelled to India to find this music. The influence on 60s music deserves +1. I'm equally interested in the drums, called tabla, played on this album. My disdain for drum solos by no means extends to the tabla. If you never have, dig up some solo tabla music. It's extraordinary. Tabla are also tuned but they have no strings. Another one of life's great mysteries but this one remains unsolved.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Legend. He actually teaches you about the music before he shreds face.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

I've always loved the sounds of sitar and tabla. It sounded so "alien" to me as a kid. Later, when I finally heard this album in its entirety, I loved how it explained why it seemed so "alien". I wish there were other explanation albums in other musical genres.

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Mon Sep 21 2020
4

An interesting exploration of a type of music and culture that I am not at all familiar with. I enjoy the pauses to explain the music theory behind what makes Indian compositions unique.

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Mon Oct 26 2020
4

Dynamic from front to back the way I find much Indian music is to my novice ear. The explanations were a high point; I didn't expect them after the first track, but can now go back and try to understand each piece a bit better. Whatever the theoretical temptations to relate Indian classical music to jazz, it sounds entirely unique.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Can totally see the influence on various bands of the time. Really interesting, actually

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I very much enjoyed this. At first I was a little taken aback by his, well I guess I’ll call it instructions. But only at the very beginning. I actually really liked it. I was cooking artichokes while I listened and I was able to shut off my kind and just concentrate on the act of cooking. I really liked that. Everything felt very natural and organic. Will listen again. For tomorrow Jason, it’s a 4. It could go a little over or under depending on the mood, but 4 it is

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

this was gonna go one of two ways, and luckily for me it was good. turns out i am still a dirty, smelly, hairy hippy deep down.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

One of the more intriguing albums recommended so far. There was no beginning, middle or end. Just sitar, all the way. Lovely.

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Thu Dec 31 2020
2

Not really my cup of tea. I like how he breaks down the various theory of what he's playing, but an hour of this is a lot.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

This is so not my genre. I can tell that Ravi is hella talented but the constant, repetitive, droning of the sitar absolutely gives me anxiety. There are some really interesting bit in here where Ravi gives short lessons on how Indian music is built and what to listen for which is the only thing saving this from a one-star review.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

While the Sitar is an interesting instrument, this album sounds more like a 50 minute solo on the Sitar which is just not that enjoyable as an album

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

More of an historic curiosity than a listenable album.

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Wed May 05 2021
1

This album comes with a instructions and I still don't get it.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Ich hab dreimal Rave geschrieben... Brain... Die Introduction hat mir gefallen. War mal was anderes und hat es für mich aufgewertet. Im Folgenden habe ich versucht auf die angesprochenen Details zu achten und habe festgestellt, dass die Musik mir dabei nach einer Weile geordneter erschien. Kann natürlich auch Einbildung sein. Erforderte jedoch Konzentration. Die Art von Musik hatte mir schon vorher zugesagt, als ich sie mir nur mit Improvisation erklärt habe. Anders als das türkische Klacker-Gedudel. Es wirft aber wieder Fragen auf. Sinnliche Background Noise, die der Künstler mir geholfen hat auf einer neuen Eben wertzuschätzen. Merk ich mir und werd ich erneut hören.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Very Interedting.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Loved it

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Sun May 02 2021
5

Yes

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Really good intro to the whole genre. Ravi is a beast

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Ravi alternates giving helpful lessons and absolutely SHREDDING a sitar to within an inch of its life for 45 minutes. First album on this whole list that I feel like is way too short by half.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Great listen. I would like to listen to it a bit more focused with his guidance in mind from the opening track and middle, but the overall sound is so beautiful.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

I dig this kind of music, will be listening again and again.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

This album is a beautiful soundbath

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Indian

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

I'm not fond of Indian culture, but Ravi Shankar sounds like an exception. First of all, the sole purpose of the album was not only to show but also to explain to the western audience — what is the sounds of India. And personally, I still can't describe the feeling, but there is really something magical that gives a feeling of control over the chaos. Similar to jazz music it requires more time to understand it. I won't lie, I've tried to listen to it the second time and am not able to distinguish one raga from another. But in the end, this album was able to shift my interest towards Indian culture and I'll definitely dig up more similar music

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

There is something so delightful about the simple and friendly presentation of this album while still demonstrating virtuosic and archetypal classic Indian music.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Amazing and timeless.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Musikaliskt geni, älskar att försöka räkna med men misslyckas, kan lyssna på hans musik hela dagen

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

5.0 + Ragas for gringos - love it!

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Uh? This is unusual? 1957? Should this be counted as 'Classical Music'? World Music? This guy is a legend even now. Weird to think he's Norah's dad. I'm listening to this with an incense burning and chilling. Beautiful music.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

swesome

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

VERY GOOD!

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Tue May 11 2021
4

T'was great!

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Very interesting introduction to Indian classic music!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Legend

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

הודו

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Interesting, different, enjoyable

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Groovy and far out

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

- genuinely hard to rate a genre of music you don't know - nice balance of busy and background - can't tell the different impacts of the ragas but fascinating introductions.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

I'm not sure if listening to this is cultural enrichment or cultural appropriation... Nonetheless the journey to Shangri - La was very enjoyable.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

I like music I like sitar I like learning

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Let's my mind roam free and walk down strange avenues. Standout Tracks: Dádrá, Bhimpalási, Sindhi-Bhairavi

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Not my preferred style, but I can appreciate the talent.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

yo eerlijk tof dat die zo tegen u praat

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Found myself really enjoying this. The bit of music theory was nice too.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Chill nice music with some good basic explanations.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Very relaxing, rapid scitar is impressive and interesting changes in tempo.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

I know nothing about indian music, but I enjoyed this and it's great music to work to.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Really interesting to hear the teaching aspect and theory presenting Indian musical stylings to western audiences alongside the music itself. I like the sound of a lot of Indian music and instrumentation, so glad to have gotten this little bit of insight I would not have had otherwise.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Good but didn't hit the same as my slime shivkumar sharma. I am woefully unqualified to speak on this topic. Plz disregard arbitrary star rating

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Well that was fun and different for me.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Felt like a warm invitation into a new cultural experience of music, and clearly a virtuosic one. I wouldn't return to it often, but I'll enjoy it every time I do.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Great Meditation music. The sitar is such a cool instrument and Shankar is the premier Indian musician for 9 decades. You are probably most familiar with his music from The Beatles when they were experimenting in the sixties with middle eastern philosophy.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

The commentary needed to be more detailed or nonexistent.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I had read some years ago an anecdote about Ravi Shankar and his combo giving a show, can't remember if it was in Europe or North America but this side of the world; as the show started the musicians played for a minute or so and then they stopped, and the audience got up and cheered. Ravi Shankar went to the mic and said something in the lines of "that's very kind of you but we were only tuning our instruments" On the first track of this album, An Introduction To Indian Music, he takes the time to explain the basis to us Occidental people. Actually, these explanations come and go from time to time across the length of the album. All this might sound somehow condescending, in the sense that he might try to school his audience (us, westerners), but it really is helpful if not necessary, as Indian music has rules of its own that doesn't really relate nor translate to the academic approach to European (and its descendants) music. The question presents itself spontaneously: is music really a universal language? I don't want to start myself on the possibilities of other life forms across the whole universe or even the possibility of the existence of music beyond the boundaries of our planet Earth, and if the aliens exists, do they still have ears? Can those ears hear? Can their brains or whatever those ears are connected to (if they exist, of course), decode the sonic signal the way we understand it? Because, you see, we imagine aliens from our human point of view, but they might be something, someone, completely different. Because we conceive that "somewhere else" from here, from the very place we live and always have lived in. "That" is there because "this" is here, but what if we could make abstraction of "this" and "here"? Where would "there" be?  But, yeah, music might as well be a universal language, but still, besides matters related to personal taste, one might lack the tools to really understand and appreciate "all" the music. Or the interest, right? In the same way that, say, a three year old kid might not have the same understanding of the spoken language than a professor in philosophy, even if they both speak the same "language". Or then again, the interest. Please note that I want to stick with the language thing, because a language is nothing else than a means to communication. And communication (I am about to become very technical here) is about coding, transport, and decoding. Therefore, communication is movement. Communication is evolving. The meaning of that last sentence is deliberately ambiguous, and I will leave it at that for you to interpret.  Me bringing up aliens having or not ears was also deliberate. Because when one chooses to be open, the possibilities become endless.  Ravi is a cool dude, his voice has a soothing quality. Or maybe it's just me fulfilling my own need of an Indian musician who speaks in a soothing way. We will never know. But we know that at the end of the aforementioned Introduction, Shankar says "The Western listener will appreciate and enjoy our music more if he listens with an open and relaxed mind" It's all about that. With everything, everywhere. 

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Treating this as a tutorial of Indian music made it fascinating.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

I’ve always loved the sitar interesting to listen to it for a full album!

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

ÄNTLIGEN! det här är anledningen till varför jag signade upp på den här utmaningen. så kul att höra nåt nytt och fräscht. Jaja även om han kanske är den mest västerländskt kända sitar-spelaren (som the beatles skamlöst hm inspirerades av) var det ändå något nytt.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Cool to get some music theory in here. The music is really cool, and it's neat to hear someone explaining what's going on.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Just looking at the cover, I'm glad this wasn't the first album generated for me. I'm guessing this will be a bit challenging to get through. Opening it up and looking at the track lengths yes, potentially a chore but could go either way. Here we go! Turns out the best of anything is often pretty good. I liked it.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Ravi, what a master! Loved hearing this. And his little explainers for the uninitiated were great.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

They'll probably be in the Zen room.... The tabla is one of my favourite instruments. This was very enjoyable. Stop! Raga time!

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Enjoyed.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Very pretty music.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

love Ravi - could listen to this for hours

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Really cool...like Indian classical music. Makes for great background listening. I appreciated the lessons that he gave on each song as well. 3.5/5

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Interesting to hear, not to good for background music.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Great intro. Interesting compare/contrast to jazz

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

An education

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

8/10. Kinda fun and educational that he explains how Indian music differs from Western music as he goes.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Pretty talented. The explanation makes sense considering the year, diving into who this was and his influence on people like George Harrison was a fun read. It’s definitely way more intense than I’m used to for sitar but overall prettttyy goood.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Honestly appreciated and enjoyed the spoken explanations throughout the album. Like a mini crash course on the rudiments of Indian classical music. I have only really heard this type of music via its pale imitation in 60s psychedelic rock. The real deal is far more dynamic and exciting. Really love the interplay of the percussion, drones, and soloing sitar. Exquisite jams.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

absolutely beautiful music, and really amazing to listen to something so new to me. i really liked that there was that introduction in the beginning to ease you in and his explanations of Indian music. v good

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

This was unexpected and also pretty interesting. Definitely glad I heard it but not sure if I'll be returning to again any time soon.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

non-western music!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

This record is cool, certainly demonstrates his virtuosity, but I also really dig how he gives short lessons before each piece to the Western audience as a way to introduce the music. Aside from all of that it's just a great record.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

I was familiar with this kind of music through well-known collaborations between Indian and western artists, in particular John McLaughlin (Shakti), but I was not familiar with this particular record. Shankar's explanations of the different musical elements are interesting, but it would take more listening and explanation to fully understand it all. However, following the master's advice by listening with an "open and relaxed mind", I was able to enjoy and appreciate this album.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

Gerge harson

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Sun Jan 10 2021
3

amazing but 3m of this are enough

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

I would love listening to Ravi Shankar on a trip...I guess that‘s how his music got popular in the west in the first place. I enjoy listening to his music while working.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Liked it as my introduction to Indian music. Don't really know what subgenres there are but the sound was cool. The concept of the album was interesting and a great way to introduce a western audience to the genre. Will probably relisten if I want to listen to Indian music, 5/8. Favorite song An Introduction to Indian Music.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Love the introduction to Indian music. Different scales leading to different sounds. The sitar is an amazing backing instrument, when its the lead it's chimey and annoying. A talented musician for sure but the sound got old fast

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Interesting!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Legend

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Just not into it enough to listen to multiple 10-15 minute tracks. DNF

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Fand ich durchaus sehr interessant. Ist nicht so wirklich meine Musik, aber es war zu hören, dass der Typ Ahnung von der Musik hat und sie gut spielt. War auf alle Fälle mal ein ganz spannender Einblick in die indische Musik.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

cool record

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

I seriously respect what he did and his musicianship is amazing. It’s incredibly difficult to break into the West and his career is worth knowing about. But I simply can’t listen to a 50 minute sitar solo any more than I could a Joe Satriani guitar album. It may sound shallow, but I prefer to listen to the sitar used in a more Western song style. But I would see the traditional sound live 100%.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

This album is interesting- I like how the artist is teaching you how to listen to the music. Maybe it's here because it was the first to reach a broader audience?

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Rama shalanka Lanka Ravi Shankar

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

You can see where Norah Jones gets it from

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

this first track is really hard to listen to because he keeps speaking during the opener. the rest was ok.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Educational, interesting, hypnotic. Probably wouldn't listen to much, but understand it's importance.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Kein Album zum mal eben nebenbei hören, wird etwas nervig auf Dauer. Allerdings geniale Einführung in indische Musik und Einstieg in die Popularisierung der Sitar

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Mon May 24 2021
3

5 x 10 minute / song album, recording in 1958. This guy has so much music released, incredible. Known to be a virtuoso from north of India. Very interesting pick, the first song is an introduction to the theory of Indian music.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

No desire to listen again, but I respect the skill and artistry. Appreciate the educational intro too.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

I liked the tutorial aspect

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

While it feels more educational than for entertainment purposes, that doesn't diminish the fact that it is interesting and fun to listen to.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

If I had to pick my favorite Indian sitar virtuoso,I would always choose the only Indian sitar player I know, Mr. Shankar.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Interesting and informative.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Interesting look at a different music theory. Sounds of India has a fascinating relationship with rhythm that can be jarring for those accustomed to the western or African standards. Good stuff nonetheless!

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Fri May 07 2021
3

I understand the melody and musically it is quite intricate just the style to me has to fit a setting and I am rarely in that setting but I could envision myself bumping this in Disney at a Himalayan themed bar

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

As a music theory nerd, the introduction was fascinating. Overall enjoyable, and good background music for getting work done.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Not my usual cup of tea but nice to listen as background music while working

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Fri Jul 23 2021
3

Ravi's music is excellent and absolutely wonderful. The instructional tracks are interesting, and I think they do add to the album and my understanding of citar music. I was really hoping for more music, though. This seems short for an album.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

This was good.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Fantastic introduction to Indian music!

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Much better than his western covers in a bangra stylie! This is decent background music.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Great

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Are you George Harrison in disguise?

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Really fucking excellent. Ravi shagged the shit out of it, didn't he? If it was a TV show, it'd be Big Break and Jim Davidson would be livid.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

-He really get shredding at the end of Dádrá. Actually he be shredding at the end of all of them, basically. -Even though the talking about the structure of the songs is cool, it is also an L because it eliminates it from being able to be on my study playlist

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

This album was cool, but it’s just not something I see myself coming back to frequently

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Interesting, can’t really see myself going back to it though

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Not bad, if not repetitive

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Great, but not one I'd wanna listen to over and over. Though it deserves a closer listen than I gave it...to be honest.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Very accessible introduction to raga. You can clearly hear the inspiration it had on The Beatles following Revolver and the genre psychedelic rock as a whole. Simple with the starring role sitar and complimentary tabla and tambura that align in a similar function with our Western equivalent drums and bass. It does its job. It can get people interested in raga to start learning. First track can get people excited. 2nd and 3rd tracks sound the same and are repetitive but still wonderful compositions, and not bad to listen to know for as long as they are. 4th track is a nice change of pace with noteworthy techniques to learn from. Lost interest in the middle but grabbed my attention near the end. Final 5th track builds up slowly then delivers a third of the way in, then gradually becomes more intense as the song progresses. I like it, but if not for the varying speed and intensity, I would not be able to distinguish these tracks. Largely is repetitive and something I'd only play to learn from or have in the background.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Despite his aim of introdycing us to indian musical theory, i ignored that bit. Pretty good and enjoyable

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

Me vuelve loco la música hindú como elemento que muestra la vasta cultura que hay en el mundo. Me vuelve más loco aún que sea música de hace más de 500 años. Igualmente, definitivamente no puedo escuchar 1 hora de música hindú porque es demasiado extraña para mis oídos, pero está bueno para ambientar.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

Erikoinen opetuslevy. Nykyään intialaiset tekee opetusvideoita youtubeen, aiemmin ilmeisesti LP-levyille! :D Alun opetus oli mielenkiintoista ja kovasti odotin opetusta jatkossakin, mutta loppulevyllä olikin enemmän vain sitä soitantaa. Ihan kivaltahan ne Intian soundit kuulostivat, ei siinä mitään. Harvemmin on tällaista maailmanmusiikkia tullut kuunneltua, virkistävää!

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

3/5

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Interessant, die Erklärungen helfen auch. Ich weiß, dass das hauptsächlich an mir liegt, aber es gefällt mir halt beim Zuhören nicht wirklich.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
3

Okay, this was pretty cool. I came in planning to be pretty bored, but Mr. Shankar set me straight. This is really gorgeous music, showcasing Ravi Shankar's talents beautifully. I will say a little Ravi Shankar goes a long way. I probably won't revisit on my own, but this really was a great introduction to Indian music. Fave Songs: Bhimpalasi, Dadra

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Ambiente da Índia.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

I liked the explanations of some of the time signatures

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

I liked this more than I expected. It was cool that it was instructional and intended as an intro to this genre of world music.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

Love Ravi's influence on George Harrison.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Cool album. I liked his explanations of harmonies throughout the album.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Áhugaverð plata.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

áhugavert

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

The goal of the raga is to create a trancey state, to broadcast a mood of ecstasy. Maybe I need to be high for this. Good introduction (5/10) FT: Dádrá

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

The minute this album came I let out an audible groan - all I was thinking was scents of bad incense - elephant print yoga pants and tie dye everything. But … it actually turned out to be a insightful journey into a non-western music form - by which you understand both it and western music principles in contrast - beyond the music Ravi explains what you’re listening to and what is instruments are being played. Not going to dig out my bong again but it was an interesting journey

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

It is now clear that music education is necessary to appreciate the eccentricities and purpose of this music. In a way, it has the complexity of jazz where to a trained musician or particularly particular ear, the fluctuating beat, timing changes, etc. have their intentional place in which their brilliant execution can be appreciated. Does this make for good music though? Objectively speaking, yes, Ravi Shankar's tutelage on the purpose of each instrument lends a sort of cheat sheet to the Western ear as for what to listen for. There is an enjoyment in what is now a new experience. However, the sustainability of that rudimentary understanding is low over prolonged listening. Eventually, the music goes back to being culturally out of reach for the Western audience. There is much to appreciate here, and this review would never seek to discourage at least one play-through with a little bit of intentional listening. Three stars feels a bit generous, and it is, but two-stars would be disingenuous.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Kinda cool to hear about a different musical style, though I'm so musically disinclined that I admit I didn't understand most of the theory part. The actual songs were fun and great background music for working.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Wasn't really listening to the expository stuff, but I enjoyed bobbing along to the music while I was marking. 3.5/5, but I'll round down because it's not something I'd choose to listen to unless I was in a very specific mood.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

I liked this more than I would've guessed, as can so often happen with music that's new to me from genres or locations or eras to which I haven't had much exposure. Some intriguing melodies, great harmonies, etc. And, forgive me, at times it reminded me of some of the music I heard during one of the greatest television series of all time, 'Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined/2004 Series)'. And for me, that's a wicked cool association.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Listened Before? N Indian sitar music! This was pretty dang cool even without lyrics. It was calming an unobtrusive. I may listen to this one again. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Dadra

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Interesting

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Neat! Think I will enjoy an album without explanations more, they kind of took me out of it, even though they were helpful.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Sounds foreign to my Western ear due to the use of microtones (quartertones), or Shrutis (in India) Instruments: Tambura, tabla, sitar Raga - like a scale or mode in Western music This was way harder for me to keep a beat/rhythm to, and there is more improvisation in this album vs Western music

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Sweet sounds

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Informative but not to be in a regular rotation

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Alright, eh

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

This was very different. I actually thought it was pretty interesting how things were explained. Enjoyable listen from an educational standpoint.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Very soothing and masterfully played! It was very cool to listen to some non-Western music and I loved how he explained some the basics of sitar music as well

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

This one was both challenging and fascinating. Took me two listens to *kinda* find the beat.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Here's a blind spot for me. I understand why this record was important for so many western musicians, as it was a glimpse into the traditions of a whole subcontinent. But even with Ravi Shankar's pedagogical cues interspersed throughout the album, my ear is still untrained for this type of 'scholarly' music. Maybe I'm being too left-brained today to just let myself go and take those sounds as more than a continuous drone. The last track kind of accomplishes that sometimes, but it's still very fleeting... Hard to be anything but a left-brained listener anyway when you're being asked to grade a record you've never listened to through this app. Hence the reason why that grade will be perfectly neutral for now. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 809 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 104 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 48 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 42

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Holy shit it's George Harrison

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

The explanations that Ravi gives us are informative and enhance understanding of Indian and sitar music but I imagine it would be pretty annoying after a while if you listened to this album on a regular basis. Sitar is certainly good for setting that Indian mood and Shankar is a master of his instrument no doubt.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

All classic albums from unique or underrepresented genres should be presented this way! Such a treat to get a musical history lesson from Ravi Shankar, even though some of what he said was pretty technical and didn't resonate with me. What I do know now is that the sitar is a beast of an instrument, and Shankar is a god. It's amazing how dynamic and vibrant the notes sound, now I know why the sitar has as many strings and pegs as it does. Ultimately, I don't see myself listening to this record on a regular basis but I am encouraged to look deeper into the entire genre now!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

78/100: This album feels like a bit of a cop out from the editorial staff. If you think Indian music is something people have to listen to before they die (which it is, it's fantastic music), then put a real album from that part of the world on here. Instead, we get "Indian Music For Beatles Fans/White People." Ravi Shankar doubtlessly has plenty of music in his discography not made with the intent of being a cursory overview of all Indian music. Why not pick one of those? Instead of getting a "The Sounds of Jazz" album, we get "In A Silent Way." Instead of "The Sounds of Rap," we get "good kid m.A.A.d. city." There's no "The Sounds of Rock," we get 100's of classic rock albums—arguably too many. So why when it comes to Indian music do we treat it as a topic to be explicitly taught as though in a classroom setting as opposed to experienced? Mind you, this was a blast to listen to, I just think it's bullshit the way it was handled by the curators.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Interesting album something I will listen to again and hopefully draw further enjoyment as it does take some effort and, as Shankar suggests in the introductory message, an open mindedness to non western song structures. 3.5

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

pretty nice

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

I enjoy this but the sitar gives me anxiety eventually

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

This was fun as an explainer and everything. It sounded like something Wes Anderson would stick in a movie

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

This was a weird one. When the music was playing it was great, but when they were just talking, not so much.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

This starts with a literal music appreciation lesson which, although quite technical, was helpful even for a non-muso like me. Listening with an open and relaxed mind, as per Ravi Shankar's suggestion, this was quite atmospheric and interesting. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Dádrá Date listened: 29/11/22

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Sat Dec 03 2022
3

This sort of offbeat shit is why I signed up here. I couldn't say I'd listen to it regularly, and I don't think the explanations were really necessary, but it was kinda interesting all the same. 3/5.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
2

Very informative and easy on the ear. Not the kind of music I would choose to listen to but somewhat easier to listen to than other albums on this list. I would like to find time to listen in its entirety. Still, for me it will have to be a 2.5 - so 2/5 stars.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

I liked the slower portions, like Bhimpalasi, then the shred your face with Sitar sections... but still 50 minutes of any solo instrument is difficult to get anything besides "interesting". He demonstrates a crazy talent, but not sure when i'd ever want to put this on again.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

It's fine. 5/10

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

First track is a very detailed explanation of how Indian music is composed and structured. The rest of the album is freeform improvisation which at times can be way much too energetic and dissonant "... introduces and explains Hindustani classical music to Western audiences"

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Fri May 21 2021
2

I'm sure it was influential, but I'm rating based on what I enjoy

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Now what in the hell would I do with this? Seems okay if you’re looking for Indian music 101, because they literally explain what is going on.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Interesting, I at both times like that he explains what he's doing to my western ears and then explores on it, and also find that it takes me out of the music. I get why this is on this list, helps round it out, but is it the best representation of its style? I hardly can believe that

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

I respect it, but it's hard to want to sit and listen to it recreationally

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Raverage

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Alright but won't listen again

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Enjoyed it for a little while, then I got bored.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Well, I do know a lot more about Indian music now than I ever did before. That said, I have no desire to ever actively listen to it again. It's not the worst and it's absolutely fine for bollywood, for scenes or movies from international productions taking place in India and for Indian restaurants. But I'm unlikely to ever actively choose to listen to traditional Indian music ever again.

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Sun May 09 2021
2

Not much of an instrumental man but first few were really good

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

As an intro to Indian Sitar music this is great, I mean who is more qualified than Ravi Shankar? But is it really his best work and is it a seminal album in this genre? I'm not an expert on Indian music but I suspect there are more iconic albums in this genre that could have been on this list.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

I enjoyed the instructional parts of the tracks and I appreciate that Ravi influenced a bunch of influential hippies who, in turn, influenced artists through the decades, all the way up to Cornershop and Thievery Corporation. That said, these (shorter-than-average) ragas are a bit long for me. The improvisation needs a bit more of a framework, like Keith Jarrett's, for example.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

First listen. Nice Indian music with commentary.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

Quite enjoyable as background music. The lecture would then come on every now and again which was a bit jarring.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

I appreciate his influence and skill but didn’t even enjoy it enough to listen again although I had the time. Consequently 2*

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Fri Oct 08 2021
2

YouTube tutorials the soundtrack

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Just like being in Tariq's

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

Can't rate dont understand.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

Periaatteessa konseptina mielenkiintoinen, kun tekijä(?) kertoo intialaisesta musiikista ja kunkin kappaleen teemasta. Valitettavasti oma musikaalinen osaaminen (ja kärsivällisyys) ei ihan riitä tulkitsemaan näitä kuunteluohjeita. Taidokkaalta musisoinnilta silti vaikuttaisi ja kyllä tästä elävät flashbackit tulee Intian työreissuihin (erityisesti taksimatkoihin). Vaikka genre ei ihan omani olekaan, ei tämä levy saavuta ykköseen ominaista absoluuttista huonoutta ja ärsyttävyyttä. Kakkonen siis.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Kind of educational. Kind of boring. ⭐️⭐️

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

Good songwriting, good groove, just not really my cup of tea.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Interesting concept. Liked the 'instructions' on how to make Indian music, but didn't really like the resulting songs.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

I get that this influenced 1960s music, but I found it to be somewhat boring and the "lessons" unnecessary.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

Not really my thing.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
2

Un tostón. Un 2.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
2

Just play the music, and stop telling us about it! Dammit, 1001-guy, you couldn't have chosen "Music of India: Three Classical Rāgas" for your stupid list? What's wrong with you?

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

Too long, would have preferred it without the instructional bits.

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Mon May 09 2022
2

I’m listening to Indian music I hope that’s okay with you

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Sun May 22 2022
2

Very impressive and interesting. Nothing I'd put on to be foreground music though. More of a nice background here and there.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

I do like some indian classical music sometimes, I enjoyed call of the valley. I couldn't really get into this one though, the lessons before each track are a bit much when I'm just trying to enjoy the music

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Influential artist. Didn't need the "instruction" on the music.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
2

This was not for me. Did quite enjoy the track where he explained how it all worked, but the actual sitar music itself is just so dull. The intro track saves it from being a 1, but only just. 2/5.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Not for me

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

Very cool recommendation of a genre I'm not familiar with finally. Liked learning about ragas and how Indian music differs from western music. The educational/instructional aspect did take me out of it while I was trying to enjoy it though. Cool to learn, less cool to listen to and enjoy. 2/5

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

I have to be honest I didn't make it all the way through. Not because I am not open to different styles but this seemed more like an introductory class on the sounds of India. Most of the tracks were 10+ minutes long.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

Interesting to checkout but not something I would ever listen to.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Good for what it is. Interesting to listen to a record from 1957 and how it sounded

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