North India Vocal Music is a two-piece collection of North Indian classical vocal music. The CD contains a prime example of dhrupad from the premier singers the Dagar Brothers (Aminuddin and Moinuddin, not to be confused with their elder or younger relatives) on Raga Kamboji. It also has a decent example of khyal from Robin Kumar Chatterjee on "Raga Malkosh." It should be noted that the recordings were originally released in 1971 by Alain Danielou, so the recording equipment of the day was occasionally overpowered by the Dagars' amazing voices, which causes a small amount of feedback in a normal stereo and a small amount of head trauma in a high-end one. Aside from the recording quality, the pieces are wonderful examples, as most of the original Danielou recordings are. The prime gripe with this album is that the ragas used in it are labeled as "Alap and Dhrupad" or "Alap and Khyal," which is a heavy incident of misnomer, as an alap is actually the introduction portion of a North Indian piece, and dhrupad and khyal are simply the styles of classical vocal music employed by the artists. As recordings of this pair of Dagar Brothers are rare, the album is a good buy, if only for the ability to hear the masters of the form, though other recordings, such as the out of print Raga Asavari by the brothers may be better works, they are incredibly difficult to find, and this one album has had some considerable release and is attainable. Buy it to hear the Dagar Brothers, and dig harder for their other recordings if this one interests you.
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AllMusic Review by Adam Greenberg