Ravi Shankar

The Genius of Ravi Shankar

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A relatively early recording of Ravi Shankar for U.S. markets, this album has the master performing a couple of ragas on the sitar, along with a couple of more folk-style songs. To complement this (and demonstrate the virtuosity of the tabla player), there is also a length tabla solo in jhaptal included. At the time of the original release of this album, this must have certainly been a revolutionary sound, heard by most westerners only through the experimentation of the Beatles (George Harrison was a close friend of Shankar's) and the Stones. By this point in time, however, the re-release of the album is probably relatively unnecessary, given the wealth of recordings of Ravi Shankar available on multiple labels, most notably the recent remasters on Angel.

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