I’m into this WAY more than I thought I’d be. It’s so calming and the music is so complex and intricate.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Traditional Indian flute and sitar
absolutely delightful would listen again and again
Really good indian sitar music, with western influences
Took a nap to this and it was the most peaceful 55 mins of my life
A wonderful piece of art that shows how music is the best way to explore the world.
BEST FOR CODING
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.
Amazing instrumental world album
Very good work music. Refreshing but not too distracting
9/10. Really quite good, and very palatable to my Western tastes. Just like it says on the box.
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
Lovely instrumentals! Something different is always nice. Would be right at home on the DAK soundtrack.
Really really nice to listen to
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.
The best background music, The Shepard Girl is everything
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.
Loved this. Peaceful, warm, not what I was expecting. I can see how it is influential. I will gladly play this again.
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.
Pretty enjoyable intro into Indian music.
Nice and relaxing.
It is quite relaxing.
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!
Tribal vibes, to me it feels like I’m traveling with a group of nomads exploring the world
Dr Koothrappali's culture
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.
Ambiente agradável com a melodia que envolve a espiritualidade
Great music for working or concentrating
Loved it! Beautiful.
i liked this a lot more than i thought i would
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!
// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 4
This fuckin rules. This is the sort of album I wanted on this, not 100 Beatles albums. 4/5.
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.
Mjög falleg, þægileg í hlustun. Mun hlusta aftur
Muy linda musica para dormir.
Didn’t think I’d like it, pleasantly surprised. Listened to it twice
This is AMAZING music with which to get high. Like, better than anything.
Bonne musique de fond, un peu atmosphérique. Très bonne musique pour travailler
Lovely and soothing
Delightful listen all the way through.
A beautiful album that I had never heard of previously. I will be listening to this again. 4 🌟
Very easy listening... One of the best albums of all time??
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.
Yeah not bad... very chillaxing. Can see where four tet got some inspiration
This album was a change of pace. Beautiful instrumentation.
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.
Enjoyable vibes, especially all the flutes!! Glad it's on the list. Very peaceful
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.
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.
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.
Well, context is missing here. But it sounded awfully advanced for 1967
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looks like Martyn Poliakoff
Nice. Not what I was expecting. Like New Age jazz on Indian instruments, along with flute and guitar
Bizarre, but strangely soothing
Calming and relaxing tunes for the soul
Didn't know what to expect, didn't understand much of it but it was pleasing to my ear holes nevertheless.
Nice, if repetitive
A massive surprise, beautiful guitar work throughout and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to - can’t quite stretch to a four though ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.
That album is a combination of instrumental music and nature sounds. However, all tracks too same and the album hear likes one composition.
Ty shivkumar, very cool
Not what I'd typically listen to, but I really enjoy the sound of the hammered dulcimer.
Nice and pleasant album, but nothing immensely profound to me. 7.0/10
Ambient and nice.
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
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
The instrumentals were great, branching out into a new style for me. Had great feeling.
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
Exact wat ik er van verwachtte als ik de wiki las. Erg rustgevend, maar niet erg uitzonderlijk speciaal
Decent instrumental album, would have liked some more diversity in sound and melodies
This was interesting, just not something I would ever listen to on purpose.
the musicianship is top-notch here. very beautiful sounding album.
“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
Never heard this before - good listen. Can’t believe it is 1967.
Interesting diversion to the usual stuff I listen to
interesting but didn't blow me away.
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.
Música tradicional hindú. Ni fu ni fa.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Pretty chill actually, although 70 minutes is a lot
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"
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.
Very pleasant as background music.
first listen I love Hindustani classical music but this is just boring
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
This was pretty good background music for the work day. I have nothing really to compare it to.
Not my thing but interesting.
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.
Nice background music, but too slow to be fun.
excellent Weather Channel music
Ну мне такие иногда нравятся, но жто что то неочень 2/5
Nix was ich ständig hören muss, aber so als spährisches AoE hintergrund gedudel nicht übel.
An interesting listen but admittedly not really my thing.
Un po' troppo elettrica per me
Bored by the end. Too long.
It was ok, I got bored with it though, again not my thing really.
Appreciated more than enjoyed. Wont revisit.
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.
its very different to say the least ..
Felt like I was listening to a middling RPG soundtrack.
Not really for me. Decent enough I suppose
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
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.
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.
Fine background music but not for me
Lullaby music from what I heard. Maybe good to study to.
Pleasant but unmemorable. No stand-out tracks. Good for being different but it hasn't tempted me into a repeat listen.
Music for smoking pot or a cheap Chinese restaurant.
Apparently this is a traditional / classical Indian album, but it felt.. watered down for me. Major scales, mostly western instrumentation, etc.
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.
Bit of a hidden gem. Nice in the background but can't see myself really listening again.
Music for a rich lady to get a spa treatment by. I don't like it.
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.
I like a bit of sitar but to be honest i didn't make it to the end of the album
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
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.
Not unpleasant just very dull.
Indian classical music. Mellow. Tablas.
Very surprised at all the love this got. There were a couple of moments when I thought I might like it, but mostly it was just one of those cases of watering down a world or ethnic music to appeal to Western sensibilities, which I find not only disgusting but abhorrent.
Nope. Not my forte
Glorifizierter CD-Panflöten-Ticker jetzt auch im internet
Sorry, meine Ayahuasca-Vorräte waren nach der Hälfte aufgebraucht, deswegen nicht zu Ende gehört.
1 - Come on, das kann ich in meiner schnellen digitalen internationalen Business-Welt mal gar nicht needen. Wo sind denn die Oculus Rift Brillen? VG Johannes
Das ist ein Scherz. Hab mir stattdessen das neue Kynda Gray Album "Der Teufel auf meiner Schulter sagt es wird alles okay" reingezogen und es ist sehr gut
Couldn't listen. Sure it's lovely
I'd give it a 1.5/5 if it was an option
To my Western mind, this was authentic Indian music. Apparently, to Indians, it's half way to Western music, Western scales, etc. I suppose it's fair to say this is the musical equivalent of the "Chinese" fortune cookie. Culturally, this is the Indian musical equivalent of "Live, Love, Laugh" spraypainted on some fake barn wood and hung in your bathroom. Skill-wise it sounds lovely. I don't care about any of the baggage, if I liked it, I'd like it, and that's fine. I just wasn't really into it. Maybe too psychedelic, maybe too foreign, maybe too slow, I dunno. I just wouldn't ever choose to play it again. I'm going to rate it 1-star, despite trying to save that for truly unlistenable garbage, which I now have no way to separate it from. But seeing other things I've rated 2-stars that I enjoyed far more, it seems the only fair rating to give it. I think if it's your kind of thing, you'd like this a lot. But if it's not, it's hard to get off the runway.
Less of this and more of anything else!
This sounds like something that some hippie type convinces themselves that they like because it's from a non-western country. It's painfully boring. There are a few nice moments I guess, but they are few are far between and cannot make up for the endurance marathon that this album is.