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 - Ananda Shankar And His Music

  • Ananda Shankar

    Ananda Shankar And His Music LP (1975)

    His Master's Voice

Ranked #173 in the Soul Strut 200

Ananda Shankar was the nephew of legendary sitar guru Ravi Shankar.  While Ravi had a more tradiotoinal approach to getting his sitar wisdom out to the public, Ananda was all about meshing with the pop music styles of the times.  His debut on Reprise from 1970 incorporated innovative groovy moog funk with classical Indian sitar and covered songs like "Jumpin Jack Flash."  The debut was not well received.  So he did not put an album out for another 5 years.  The album And HIs Music was released on the UK classical label His Master's Voice and was only available in India.  The album has a much rawer Bollywood soundtrack sound than its US released predecessor.  Two tracks stand out on this one.  "Streets of Calcutta" is an upbeat psychedelic funk instrumental with loud crisp drums and an ear piercing synth solo.  "Dancing Drums" are in the same vein.  The rest is soundtracky Bollywood stuff that is nice filler, but the opening and closing cuts are what make it.


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