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Sitar Power 1 - Fusion of Rock and Indian Music
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
It's powerful, it's magical! .... Stops you dead in your tracks the first time you hear it .... Batish rips on the Sitar" - Tower Records, Pulse. "Sitar Power is a mind blowing mix of modern funk gadgetry and classical Ea... more »
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It's powerful, it's magical! .... Stops you dead in your tracks the first time you hear it .... Batish rips on the Sitar" - Tower Records, Pulse. "Sitar Power is a mind blowing mix of modern funk gadgetry and classical Eastern flavor. This is no novelty. Batish has been called a sitar master by fellow musicians and critics alike." - CMJ, NY Bombay Born Ashwin Batish rocked the airwaves with his debut album Sitar Power 1 in 1986. This album drew rave reviews for its innovative stance and as one of the pioneering albums in the Worldbeat genre that successfully fused the classical sitar music of India with rock. This re-release on CD is done by popular demand following the recent release of his Sitar Power 2 CD! This CD was also awarded honorable mention by the National Association of Independant Record Distributors.
Fabulous and Fun!
Vickie Camgros | Santa Clara, CA USA | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful blend of traditional instruments and forms with Western melodies and forms. I know NOTHING about traditional Indian music, but this recording inspires me to learn."
Chandra Sharma | South Brunswick, NJ | 04/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ashwin's work to blend two completely different styles of music is flawless. This album is a must-own! I also reccomend Sitar Power 2, which focuses on blending Indian music with several other styles of western music and is equally entertaining."
Great music; okay recording
W. Campbell | Alexandria, Virginia United States | 06/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is my first Ashwin Batish album and I'll probably purchase more. I was looking for, and found, music that fuses western "rock" with Indian instruments and tempo. The music is great, though sometimes it definitely lets you know it was recorded in the mid-80s (think: drum machine).
Batish really excels where the music begins to depart from the standard western rock tempo and moves into Indian beats and rhythms but just stopping short of ragas.
One negative comment: the recording sound level leaves a bit to be desired. In fact, on one or two songs the overall input/output goes down so much that you think it's just fading to the end of the song, but then keeps going. It's as if someone were trying to compensate for the natural crescendos in the music by decreasing the input levels. This is why the album got only four stars. Perhaps Batish will one day remaster the album and address this.
All in all, if you're looking to explore this medium, buy this album."