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Call of the Valley

Shivkumar Sharma

1967

Call of the Valley

Album Summary

Call of the Valley is a 1967 light-classical album by Hariprasad Chaurasia, Brij Bhushan Kabra, and Shivkumar Sharma. It was recorded for the label EMI. The instrumental album follows a day in the life of an Indian shepherd from Kashmir. It is one of the most successful Indian albums and one that became popular with an international audience. It was very important in introducing Indian music to Western ears and internationally the best selling Indian music record. George Harrison, David Crosby, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn are fans of the album.The atmospheric music is traditional, but the innovative use of guitar and flute make the sound more acceptable for Western audiences. Kabra plays slide guitar, Sharma santoor, Chaurasia bansuri and Tabla was played by Manikrao Popatkar. The artists became well known musicians as a result of this album. Today Call of the Valley is considered a classic and a milestone in world music. Shivkumar Sharma, the guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra, and flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia were all aged about 30 when they made Call of the Valley. Conceived as a suite, they used their instruments to tell the story of a day in the life of a shepherd in Kashmir using ragas associated with various times of the day to advance the dramatic narrative. Allmusic advises: "If the newcomer buys only one Indian classical recording, it should be "Call of the Valley"."The remastered edition on hEMIsphere has three bonus tracks. It is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery and Michael Lydon.

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2.93

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4573

Genres

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

I’m into this WAY more than I thought I’d be. It’s so calming and the music is so complex and intricate.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

This album of stunning Indian instrumental music was absolutely gorgeous. Lush soundscapes often evoke mountain valleys, small villages, serenity. Sonically quite unique compared to what I've heard from this list so far made this more than just beautiful relaxing music; it was as refreshing as it was peaceful.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Beautiful piece of work. I think the blend of western classical music and North Indian classical music lends itself well to being more accessible while preserving the integrity of both genres. Full of peace and serenity, this body of work is best for relaxation. I appreciate being introduced to this album, as it also lays groundwork for later psychedelic influence from the likes of The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and many others I'm sure. Love this album.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

I really enjoyed this peaceful, pastoral record. The narrative of a day in the life of a farmer is so gentle, but compelling. It's also pretty much perfectly produced, each instrument has incredible clarity while still fitting into the whole. Hard to believe it was recorded in 1967! Favourite tracks: The Shepherd Girl, Stars Twinkling Within, and Glacier Waters

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

The guitar work on Call of the Valley, whether it's slide, dulcimer, sitar, etc. is so wonderful and innovative. Everything felt very organic, as the songs flowed into one another with this kind of ambient droning that has influenced so many other genres (psychedelic, shoegaze, experimental). The flute and percussion also add layers to this sonically simplistic but intoxicating instrumental album. Fav Tracks: Piloo-Teen Tala and Des-Dadra Tala

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album and can see why it is worthy of this list. Considering it was recorded in 1967 it would be considered an early introduction to the successfully marriage of Eastern and Western music and an introduction to the popularity of World Music. Interweaving the guitar and flute with traditional Indian music makes an easy transition for most Western listeners to this great traditional music. The atmospheric music that results is wonderful to listen to. I have no specific favorite as I prefer to consider this a single suite of music and enjoy it in its entirety. 4 stars

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Apparently, you can't actually listen to the original album on Spotify. What the site links to is a some sort of re-recorded version by Shivkumar Sharma's son? I was able to find a version on Youtube, though. Which is great because the version on Spotify (apparently a remake by his son) was trash. The ACTUAL album is hauntingly beautiful. I can see how this inspired a generation of musicians.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Genre: Hindustani Classical Music 5/5 In 1968, 4 Indian musicians got together and recorded some of the most influential Eastern music in modern history. While Eastern influences had already been felt throughout rock and pop music, it was this album in particular that truly transcended the standard market for this style of music. It hit with everybody, including the artists who were making their own sounds around that time, injecting lifelong gems with twists of Indian/Asian flair. The playing, the mood, and the production on this thing is top notch. The stereo dulcimer and slide guitar dueling (NOT sitar, which is CRAZY) is tremendous, but it's when the tabla kicks in when the fun truly begins. Add in some wood flute and you've got yourself a recipe for success, driven by the same classic melodies these cultures have been playing for ages. If you don't take the time to enjoy this one, or if you find it uninteresting and boring, then your opinion is invalid and you're probably racist.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Very peaceful and melodic without being overwhelming. "Stars Twinkling Within" is ethereal and I would like to live in that track if possible.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

This really isn't my kind of thing, I was dreading listening to it. However, this album is beautiful from start to finish. Like work of art type beautiful. It's so relaxing, it makes me feel a little stoned. It's unassuming, uplifting, and probably good for the soul. I feel as though it's cleansed me, flushing away the bad music that came before. I'm a fan.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Them Eastern sounds. Them West Coast vibes. These jams will sure straighten out your chakras. Fantastic use of the Santoor. As the great MC would say, hammer time! Once you are all loosey goosey, float away on the bamboo flute sounds. It's pretty far out man.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Really beautiful music, pastoral, relaxing. Note that the version on Spotify is a re-recording and not worth your time. You need to go to YouTube to hear the original. I wasted half an hour listening to the wrong thing on Spotify before figuring that out. Fave Songs: Bhoop, Ahir Bhairav/Nat Bhairav, Rag Piloo

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Traditional Indian flute and sitar

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

Índia mano...

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

love it

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

absolutely delightful would listen again and again

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Really good indian sitar music, with western influences

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Took a nap to this and it was the most peaceful 55 mins of my life

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

A wonderful piece of art that shows how music is the best way to explore the world.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

BEST FOR CODING

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

nice album

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I'm guessing there probably wasn't much like this when it came out, and it still sounds fresh and vibrant. Occasionally gets a bit Muzaky, but I don't think this detracts from the album overall.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Amazing instrumental world album

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Very good work music. Refreshing but not too distracting

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

9/10. Really quite good, and very palatable to my Western tastes. Just like it says on the box.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

really had me feeling like a shepherd in a himalayan valley. 9/10. i especially liked Ode to the Sun God and The Shepherd Girl

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

No one told me teleportation existed, and then I just happened to be transported to a beautiful river valley in a fantasy setting.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

Peace.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Lovely instrumentals! Something different is always nice. Would be right at home on the DAK soundtrack.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Really really nice to listen to

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Love the sound of that santoor. Hard to know what to think about this in the context of the other albums, it is so different. I enjoyed it, and may come back to it.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

The best background music, The Shepard Girl is everything

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Gorgeous Indian classical music. This was apparently one of the key factors in sitar appearing in everything around this time? Understandable! Fave track - "Ahir Bhairav/Nat Bhairav" for the lovely gradual build up.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Loved this. Peaceful, warm, not what I was expecting. I can see how it is influential. I will gladly play this again.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

I really enjoyed it, was the kind of album I was looking to hear more of with this generator thing. Sometime outside of my normal stuff.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Pretty enjoyable intro into Indian music.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Nice and relaxing.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

digg, 4,5

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Thu May 06 2021
4

It is quite relaxing.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Right up my street! Ambient, chilled, relaxing! The musicality is second to none! Will be purchased following this listen! Pro tip - The LOUDER, the BETTER! Tremendous!

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Tribal vibes, to me it feels like I’m traveling with a group of nomads exploring the world

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Dr Koothrappali's culture

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

I really don't know how I would have ever found this album naturally lol. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but it was really great honestly. A really solid atmospheric ambient album with some very impressive instrumentation. I hope more people find this album for sure. And I am going to have to explore this side of sound more often was really neat. Felt like I was living in a small village herding sheep and chilling out. It's a simple yet unbelievably complex album. So fucking cool yo.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

Ambiente agradável com a melodia que envolve a espiritualidade

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Great music for working or concentrating

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Loved it! Beautiful.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

i liked this a lot more than i thought i would

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

No lyrics for me to alter in my review for this one. Love a bit of Indian classical music - very peaceful, pensive, and emotional. And nice to have something that isn't a western rock band!

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 4

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

This fuckin rules. This is the sort of album I wanted on this, not 100 Beatles albums. 4/5.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

New to me. I would never have heard this outside of this project I’m sure, but glad I did. Lovely, peaceful album. Will continue to listen.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Mjög falleg, þægileg í hlustun. Mun hlusta aftur

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Muy linda musica para dormir.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Didn’t think I’d like it, pleasantly surprised. Listened to it twice

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

This is AMAZING music with which to get high. Like, better than anything.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Bonne musique de fond, un peu atmosphérique. Très bonne musique pour travailler

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Lovely and soothing

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Delightful listen all the way through.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Glad I listened to it. 7/10

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

A beautiful album that I had never heard of previously. I will be listening to this again. 4 🌟

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Very easy listening... One of the best albums of all time??

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Sun May 15 2022
4

More of the sort of alternative music that I was hoping to hear more of. This is lovely relaxing music and the sort of thing my wife likes. As expected, when listening to this she asked me who it was.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

Very chill music

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

First off, go to YouTube. Ignore the Spotify version which is not good. This is pretty magical, all told. The last track is gorgeous. It's a shame you have to faff with YouTube and VLC and whatnot as otherwise I can see me sticking this on more often.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

What an interesting, calming journey. Great focus music.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

I disagree with people bragging about how this was so influential to psychedelic music, as this was (probably) released in the west in 1968, and the only one still taking notes from ICM (Indian Classical Music) was George Harrison, regardless of who was a fan. Nevertheless, this was a commercial hit in the west and you can hear why. It's a concept album of fast-paced lush and exotic instrumentation unlike much else at the time. Other ICM albums of the 50s and 60s were by geniuses like Ravi Shankar, but they always seemed more of an academic study of a genius, or perhaps a gimmick as in the case of Ananda Shankar. But here, we have an example of what ICM is capable of. It paints a beautiful, serene image of a pastoral lifestyle, with only brief moments of spiritual intensity interluded. The instruments have their own personality and compliment each other nicely, from the playful flute to the inviting slide guitar. They even seem to be communicating with each other at times. The production is really well done, by creating these effects that come in and out of the music that add to the overall atmosphere without distracting the other instruments or overwhelming us. The lengths of the songs give us plenty of time to explore the setting, but not long enough to tire us of a given concept. Enjoyed the whole album.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Pretty wonderful, reminds me a bit of Peter and the Wolf.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

A very pleasant listen, fades easily into the background but also impresses with nice riffs. Surprised to see the roots of this kind of "world new age" on a record from the late '60s.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

p126. 1967. 4 stars. Ethereal mood music with an Indian vibe. Had low expectations of this and was pleasantly surprised - excellent production and musicianship. Not sure I will listen to it again, but glad I did.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

I know nothing about this genre so it's hard to make comparisons and have a reasoned point of view, but it surely was beautiful

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Hypnotizing.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Chyba nie zdarzylo mi sie wczesniej zeby napisac podsumowanie albumu podczas snu, czy raczej wysnic spisywanie podsumowania, co jak dla mnie i tak jest rzadkoscia pamietac cokolwiek z nocy, a tak wlasnie bylo z call of the valley, ktory jest prawdziwym rodzynkiem na liscie, bo jest to muzyka klasyczna zagrana dla wspolczesnego czleka, ale klasyka prosto z kaszmiru, wiec dochodzi tutaj jeszcze nutka egzotyki, plyta z 67 bedaca dzielem trio w skladzie Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Brij Bhushan Kabra, pomimo tego, ze wiekszosc instrumentali to tradycyjne instrumenty indyjskie, to jednak jest to przystepne dla ucha bialego czleka, co tez zreszta widac po tym, ze album znalazl sie na takiej liscie i dostawal on rekomendacje od pro wschodnich muzyczych glow owczesnych czasow, jak chocby od pana Harrisona, wiec influencyjny material, ktory moze byc jednym z powodow takiego czerpania z wschodnich materialow w psychodelii i folku, 70 minutowy krazek opowiada historie dnia pasterza w kaszmirskich gorach, wiec od rana do nocy mozna byc towarzyszem stada i chlonac z lodowcowych zrodel, dobry material na powrot do listowania, bo ciezko o tak relaksujace albumy podczas przemierzania generatora, zapamietam go jako swietne wprowadzenie do indyjskiej muzyki i brzmien tamtniejszych instrumentow, w tej edycji listowania za cel obieram dobic do 600 pozycji do konca roku i nie rozpisywac sie nad kazdym tytulem, a jedynie punktowac mocne i slabe strony sluchanych albumow i tworzenie jak najmocniejszych skojarzen z nimi, bo to jest glownym celem pisania czegokolwiek

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Well, at least they can't accuse the 1001 exec of being closed-minded. Indian raag music? This is basically Classical? Or is it 'World music'? Still, it's pretty chill and well played and produced. Considering this is 1967 it's pretty contemporary so who am I to judge?

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Pleasant listen

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

Beautiful.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Yeah not bad... very chillaxing. Can see where four tet got some inspiration

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

This album was a change of pace. Beautiful instrumentation.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Ummm wasn't expecting this type of album in this list. Just simply string instruments, maracas, drums, kind of what you'd imagine being played in a valley.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Enjoyable vibes, especially all the flutes!! Glad it's on the list. Very peaceful

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Relaxing. I can see how a lot of famous musicians around the time were influenced by this, probably their gateway into music from India and those Indian instruments.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Hope you ended up listening on YouTube cause the Spotify link was not the right album. I don't really have much to say other than this is obviously one the seed crystals for the eastern influence on rock music in the late 60s besides Ravi Shankar.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

The jazz problem again: I don't feel qualified to critique this. I liked it, I enjoyed listening to it, the musicians' skill was evident. My ratings are subjective and entirely meaningless.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Well, context is missing here. But it sounded awfully advanced for 1967

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Tue Mar 02 2021
3

Whoa- I was not expecting anything like Call of the Valley to even be on this list- shows you what I know! This isn't an album I'd listen to on the regular, but a good one for meditation and calming.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

The was a very different experience that I don't know how to evaluate, but the album contains some good instrumental songs to keep focus during the workday. The Wikipedia page is simple but it looks like this album influenced great songwriter that I admire, so 3 stars is fine to me.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Traditional Indian music. Not like any album I've listened to before. Difficult to analyse given how alien it is to me culturally, but a pleasant and relaxed listen. The version on Spotify has different (translated?) song titles and number & length of tracks to the version released in 1967 (as listed on Wikipedia), so not certain I've listened as it was originally meant to be heard. The final track on the Spoitfy version, 'Glacial Waters', has an something of 'Ring of Fire' about it. Is that a thing (Water vs Fire)? Probably not, but I've written it now. 2.5/5.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Lo más "original" que he escuchado hasta ahora. Poca música no occidental en lo mainstream, y aunque no sea yo muy dada a lo instrumental pues se agradece.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Looks like Martyn Poliakoff

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Nice. Not what I was expecting. Like New Age jazz on Indian instruments, along with flute and guitar

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Bizarre, but strangely soothing

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Calming and relaxing tunes for the soul

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Didn't know what to expect, didn't understand much of it but it was pleasing to my ear holes nevertheless.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Nice, if repetitive

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

A massive surprise, beautiful guitar work throughout and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to - can’t quite stretch to a four though ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Spicy👌

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Not something I would listen to if not for this program, and pretty happy that I did. It definitely expanded my horizon... enjoyable textured sounds that somehow sound ancient and modern at the same time. This also made me very hungry for the Himalayan restaurant on the downtown mall in Cville.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

That album is a combination of instrumental music and nature sounds. However, all tracks too same and the album hear likes one composition.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

Ty shivkumar, very cool

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Not what I'd typically listen to, but I really enjoy the sound of the hammered dulcimer.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Nice and pleasant album, but nothing immensely profound to me. 7.0/10

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Mon May 10 2021
3

meh

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Ambient and nice.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

This album was better than expected. For an instrumental it was very soothing. The music was vivid and it was easy to create imagery while listening. This is a good album for getting away from the complexity of life. 7.4/10

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

hard to find this album online according to the wikipedia traclist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPBY3vBFWmA 5 tracks can see why this was influential to the Beatles byrds Dylan etc good background music 3 - decent, could stick on again

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Not available

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

The instrumentals were great, branching out into a new style for me. Had great feeling.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Always cool to see unique foreign music on here. This was very enjoyable to listen to while doing work, especially liked the various nature sounds in the background. Not something I'd necessarily seek out, but fun nonetheless

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Exact wat ik er van verwachtte als ik de wiki las. Erg rustgevend, maar niet erg uitzonderlijk speciaal

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Decent instrumental album, would have liked some more diversity in sound and melodies

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

This was interesting, just not something I would ever listen to on purpose.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

the musicianship is top-notch here. very beautiful sounding album.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

“Call of the Valley” by Shivkumar Sharma (1967) Here’s a way to expand your world musical horizons and have instrumental background music while you work, both at the same time. For Western ears, it’s helpful to know that this is basically a quartet of guitar, hand drums (Indian tabla) flute (Indian bansuri), and santoor (an Indian instrument like a dulcimer, played by striking the strings with light mallets [Wikipedia]), all colored with occasional atmospheric vocals and simple string/electronic backgrounds and some nature sounds thrown in. With sometimes humorous pop chord structures and jazz stylings (e.g., “Nomads in the Valley”), these fusion compositions are engaging without being gripping. They are eclectic, and not classical Indian (all mostly Western jazz, folk, and even Celtic chord structures and melodies), but they helpfully introduce to the West instruments from the Indian subcontinent. Supposedly a concept album (a day in the life of a Kashmiri shepherd), I’m sorry to say that the concept eludes me. I would rather have guessed a long elevator ride by a Delhi marketing executive. But I’m ignorant. It’s not exactly dance music, but I could imagine swaying hips from time to time. Syncopated tabla has a bit of swing to it. The instruments are well recorded and mixed, especially for the ‘pre-digital’ age. No tracks really ‘stand out’ here. There’s little variation in tempo or dynamics, and little movement track to track. So it’s ornamental rather than dramatic. A cool experience, sort of like a Kashmiri Gipsy Kings, but not life-transforming. 3/5

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Never heard this before - good listen. Can’t believe it is 1967.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Interesting diversion to the usual stuff I listen to

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

interesting but didn't blow me away.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Rating: 6/10

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

First time of listening to this artist, never crossed my musical path before. Apparently an influential album to the hippy elite in the late 60's. A musical story of a Shepherd's day in Kashmir. Nice relaxing album with, musically, a fusion approach. I like it but not to the extent of buying it.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Música tradicional hindú. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

It's not the instrumentation that's lacking; Not exactly. The compositions just move slowly, which is hardly a bad thing. Lots of interesting moments, easy easy easy to listen to. But the texture is thinner than my ear thinks it should be. Was not motivated to hear the bonus tracks after hunting down a recording.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

This isn't the 1967 album pictured. This is a very different album from 2012. However, it's a well-needed sorbet to cleanse the palate. Optimistic, new age-y guitar and woodwind based instrumentals, the kind of thing Windham Hill Records used to publish. Relaxing albeit a bit too plinky-plonk to really let yourself go.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Hay momentos en los que se pone un poquito interesante, aunque quizá también son los momentos en los que suena más occidental y "normal" para mis oídos, así que creo que apenas cuenta. Lo que sí es que me gustó mucho el sonido de guitarra y algunas de sus partes, pero me hartó ese sonido que suena como un salterio en el que dejan rebotar la baqueta…

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Creo que está muy interesante conocer música tan diferente pero hacerlo con una hora y diez minutos de instrumental india en una sola toma es bastante ambicioso. Me gustó mucho más de lo que esperaba sin llegar a generarme curiosidad en el género. 2.5 que subiré a 3 porque si puedo volver a poner este disco de fondo para leer.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I don't feel totally comfortable attempting a critical assessment of "Call of the Valley". Even for an album designed to make Hindustani classical music appeal to Western audiences, it's so far outside of anything my tiny ears have heard before that I'll only embarrass myself trying to appraise it. What I know is that Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra succeeded in creating an accomplished and serene instrumental album. From reading about "Call of the Valley" online, I've learned it was framed around the idea of a single day in the life of a shepherd, told through different variations of raga. Shivkumar Sharma plays the santoor (an Asian dulcimer-like instrument) with accompaniment from slide-guitar (hence the Western crossover aspect) bansuri (an Indian flute) and tabla. Every now and then songs rise in intensity, marked by rapid tabla rhythms rising in volume: see the end of "Rag Piloo", or much of "Nat Bhairav". Generally though, this album is one of a singular mood. The second half in particular is much more mellow and relaxed, with fewer interjections from the santoor and more sparse instrumentation in general. It guides us gently to a calming end (presumably to coincide with the sun going down and the end of the shepherd's day's work in Kashmir). I really enjoyed having the chance to listen to a Hindustani album, even if it were designed for Western appeal. The instrumentalists are all clearly skilled and create a sonic palette to get lost in and drift away to. Even if I can't pick out any more specific highlights and won't necessarily listen again, I can't fault the quality.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Pretty chill actually, although 70 minutes is a lot

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Peaceful, relaxing, meditative. Can't say I'm super familiar with this form of classical music, so I don't feel I can fairly critique it, but I enjoyed listening to it while it was on. Favorite track: "Bhoop"

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Very nice to hear something quite different from the music to which I normally listen. It's super cool to pay attention to how this style creates melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. From my very limited understanding of traditional and classical Indian music, it is comprised of a system of tuning and scales that is very different from the 12-tone equal temperament system to which my "Western" ear is accustomed. I'd love to learn more about that. Really draws me in because it's so unlike the music I listen to and study. This album is lovely.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

Very pleasant as background music.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

This was honestly pretty relaxing to listen through. All of the instruments compliment each other well, and the progressions of each song is nice and easy to listen to. It does tend to feel like you’re transported to some serene valley. Although it feels great to listen to, it’s not my personal kind of music. I enjoy the time spent with this album, but it won’t go on any playlists. Favorite track: Nomads in the Valley

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Fri May 20 2022
3

first listen I love Hindustani classical music but this is just boring

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Thu May 26 2022
3

This is difficult. The album can be very relaxing, but I found myself to be annoyed a couple of times. This is probably a function of listening to it for too long. This is probably the only Indian folk album I have ever heard. It was a great influence on contemporaries like Paul McCartney and George Herrison, an influence that can be clearly heard on The Beatles' later albums. As the album is so mixed, I'll go with the middle of the road. 2.5/5

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Fri May 27 2022
3

This was pretty good background music for the work day. I have nothing really to compare it to.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Enjoyable and interesting music, definitely worthy of the list.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

meditation with good production values but a little on the jingly sparkle and birdsong side to go with my dulcimers

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

I really like when the generator throws me a curveball of an album like this - something obscure from a genre I barely even know exists. Even if I don't necessarily love it, it's always a treat to explore musical depths. Spotify has the wrong album, but the version on Youtube I listened to was fantastic. The vinyl crackling really added to the mystical atmosphere. Like I just uncovered some lost buried disc in the middle of the Kashmir mountains. Atmospherically a 5/5, current enjoyment-wise a strong 3/5 but I'm definitely listening to some of this again once I'm in the right mood (probably not the full 40 minutes though, not counting bonus tracks).

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

I wanted to like it but not for me

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Cest tres spirituelle ca secoute en trame de fond pas plus 3

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Pleasant. I particularly enjoyed the opening track "Ode to the Sun God" Some of the rest of the album felt a touch elevatory

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Cooking up Himalayan beats like a lovely tall chef. Pretty cool, but always hard to rate these

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Took a while to get into. It grew on me over time and I can see how it influenced others. Especially when the guitar kicks in later.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Clásica. Indú. Se hace un poco aburrido.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I was a little confused over what version to listen to because all I could find on my music app was the version by Rahul Sharma, which is MILES different than the version I found on YouTube. From what little I heard of Rahul's, I liked it a lot, but Shivkumar's was another experience entirely. I actually wished that I liked the album more than I did. It was a unique listening experience, but that's all I really got from it. It got a little tiresome after a while just listening to the same instruments over and over. It just began to sound samey. I think I prefer Rahul's version.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

A peaceful serene trip through a valley. The fusion between western guitar and traditional northern Indian is seamless here. That's a pretty amazing feat.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Musica indiana classica e strumentale, what could go wrong? Rilassante, non particolarmente 'strana'

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

This was very pleasant to listen to. Can't pick a favorite track because I had to listen to the album straight through without time markers

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

It's Definitely gorgeous and different. But just because it was listened to by The Beatles doesn't really make it a rock and pop album. This is classical music. Just because Berlioz and Stockhausen are big influences on Radiohead and Kraftwerk doesn't get them included, so its inclusion appears to be out of a deep cultural stupidity of what this actually is. I'd much rather have some Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or some bhangra in here, both of which would feel more reflective of India's influence on Rock and pop, rather than this misguided attempt at cultural showoffery by a journo. 4/5 for the music, 1/5 for somebody not understanding the damn brief.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Call of the Valley was new to me, and I don't remember ever hearing of the artist Shivkumar Sharma before. I generally like instrumentals, and songs that extend longer than "typical" playing times. This album is completely composed of tracks that have both traits. The music sounds like it is from India, but this is an opinion from someone largely ignorant of that region's musical history. A few elements reminded me of Dead Can Dance, who liberally borrow musical elements from around the world. I liked the album enough to listen to an additional 30 minutes of bonus tracks from the remastered album.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Firstly, thanks to those people who flagged that the Spotify version of this album is not the original. I ended up listening to both and the original is much better. I can hear how and why this was so inspirational to so many artists on release. I would definitely listen to this again.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Wasn't sure what to expect, but I liked it. Maddy brought up the good point that "I do feel like I should be lying on a massage table and this is playing softly through the speakers," which I think is mostly a good thing because, given the title, the album does a good job at evoking a certain kind of scenery. Limited application for this music in my life, but it was definitely enjoyable, and nice to get out of the western music sphere for a day! Standouts: Nomads in the Valley, The Prophet in the Mountain

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I put this on while working and the 10 min songs flew by. The album definitely feels cohesive (as in, I wasn't aware necessarily when one song ended and a new one began, unless I checked Spotify). If I focused on the music, I felt like I was in a facial/massage experience and this was the music playing over the loud speakers, washing over me. God that sounds worse than I mean it. I didn't like The Shepherd Girl. I really liked the Glacier Waters. Honestly, this music is such a different animal from what we've listened to before this that it feels hard to rate it. Overall, found it a relaxing listen. As it went on, I was particularly impressed with how clearly I could hear the detailed contributions of each instrument -- the individual strums, and yet the overall effect blended and balanced well together. I don't have the words for what I mean but maybe you get it.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

3.0/5 I don't really know how to feel about this album. It wasn't really to my tastes, but after learning how influential it was in both India and Western audiences, I can definitely understand why it might be highly regarded. The sounds are amazing, but also foreign to my frame of reference. I will listen to this more, because I am intrigued!

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

It's interesting and pretty much sounds like the stock music to every movie set in India. Not something I would listen to on a regular basis.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Pleasant new Agey background music

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Decent instrumental music

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Not my thing but interesting.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Ploing. Tuut. Piep. Plönk. Glubb. Zum Klischee verkommener Bahnbrecher. Traurig irgendwie. Fügt dem Bild indischer Folklore aber auch nicht die leiseste klangliche Nuance hinzu, die man nicht schon von allen folgenden Adaptationen kennen würde.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Nice background music, but too slow to be fun.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

excellent Weather Channel music

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Ну мне такие иногда нравятся, но жто что то неочень 2/5

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Nix was ich ständig hören muss, aber so als spährisches AoE hintergrund gedudel nicht übel.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

An interesting listen but admittedly not really my thing.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Un po' troppo elettrica per me

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Bored by the end. Too long.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

It was ok, I got bored with it though, again not my thing really.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Appreciated more than enjoyed. Wont revisit.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Just a quick ambient album that uses eastern and microtonal instruments. Pleasing to listen to as the musicians jam and develop their sound across each song. It was alright, but nothing special in my mind.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

its very different to say the least ..

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Felt like I was listening to a middling RPG soundtrack.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Not really for me. Decent enough I suppose

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Am I glad I listened to this? Yes, did I enjoy this...not to sure. I really like the concept and theory, just not sure if it can be executed

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Just noodling about on a bunch of instruments that don't really excite me. I'd probably love this if I was a stoner in the mid 60s and wasn't waiting for the Beatles to go to India and take acid.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

This was a hard slog. I respect the talent and the cultural significance of an Indian album influencing western mainstream but not for me. Can’t give this a one star because the other one stars I gave so I’ll give it 2.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Fine background music but not for me

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Sun Sep 12 2021
2

Lullaby music from what I heard. Maybe good to study to.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

4/10

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Sun Oct 24 2021
2

Pleasant but unmemorable. No stand-out tracks. Good for being different but it hasn't tempted me into a repeat listen.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

Music for smoking pot or a cheap Chinese restaurant.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Apparently this is a traditional / classical Indian album, but it felt.. watered down for me. Major scales, mostly western instrumentation, etc.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

I wouldn't say its necessarily music I would listen to again and again, or go back to, but this is why the 1001 list is a good idea. Can tell its obvious importance and influence.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Bit of a hidden gem. Nice in the background but can't see myself really listening again.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

Music for a rich lady to get a spa treatment by. I don't like it.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

2.8 - Tourist towns across America have the one shop that sells “ethnic” shit: Tibetan rugs, brass Buddha figurines, handwoven hacky sacks, incense cones, crystals… And this is the type of approachable “ethnic” music they have playing.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

I like a bit of sitar but to be honest i didn't make it to the end of the album

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

it sounds like an intersting background theme for in a game or something to set the mood but graciously. I wouldnt listen to it normally its too simple

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

I truly have no idea why this is on the list, even going by play counts alone (a poor metric, granted) it doesn't belong and after playing it all I can say is that it was pleasant but in no way at all standout.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Not unpleasant just very dull.

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Fri May 13 2022
2

Indian classical music. Mellow. Tablas.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

Fínasta Sítardútl.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

A bunch of very talented musicians combining to make a thing that's somehow less than the sum of its parts.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

I just couldn't get on with it. May need further listening on a Sunday morning with nothing else to do but until then it's a 2.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Pretty, but resolutely background. I appreciate that my ears are uneducated for this Indian classical music.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

I don’t get it.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
2

Interesting album, not bad, something a bit different than the normal classical music.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
2

could be contemporary new age music, this is not a good thing

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

It is Indian music, so naturally the sitar is present. The music was not overbearing. I have no need to listen to it again.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

I don’t personally like world music all too much but eh I have to do it I guess, and also the tracklist on spotify isn’t matching up with the one on wikipedia so I’ll just go with the spotify one… Ode to the sun god opens the album with a 9 minute instrumental it’s interesting background noise but I really can’t get by all instrumental albums. Nomads in the valley wasn’t necessarily the same but it followed the same kinda concept as the last song eh. The shepherd girl is a bit more unique and is the most guitar led on the album so far so while I still am not a fan of 12 minute long instrumentals I can cope with this ( well I could cope with half of it but this was boring). The prophet in the mountain was alright I guess short for this album (still a whopping 8 minutes though). The penultimate track the stars twinkling within sounded very lush not an amazing song but still good. The closer glacier waters is so tranquil I don’t like it but I gotta pride it for that. I’ll give it a 2 because it isn’t my kinda music but it’s still passable I guess.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

I have a cultural respect for this, but yeah, not for me.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

Unexpected music popping up here

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Instrumental 100%. Ritmos un tanto étnicos. No creo que sea merecedor de estar en esta lista. No aporta nada especial.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
2

Na twee nummers wel klaar mee. Niet verkeerd, beetje akoestisch gepingel, maar best repetitief. 2*

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Okay I guess

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