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Live 67 Monterey
Ravi Shankar
Live 67 Monterey
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Classical
 
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Much of Indian classical music was brought to the West by violinist Yehudi Menuhin when he recorded and performed with sarodist Ali Akbar Khan and sitarist Ravi Shankar in the 1950s and '60s. But it wasn't until Shankar's ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ravi Shankar
Title: Live 67 Monterey
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Delos Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1967
Re-Release Date: 1/30/1996
Album Type: Live
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Classical
Styles: Far East & Asia, Reggae, India & Pakistan, India, Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Early Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 013491010120, 0134910101295, 013491010129

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Much of Indian classical music was brought to the West by violinist Yehudi Menuhin when he recorded and performed with sarodist Ali Akbar Khan and sitarist Ravi Shankar in the 1950s and '60s. But it wasn't until Shankar's appearance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with a friendship with the Beatles) that Indian music charmed the hippie youth culture and subsequently exploded into mainstream audiences' consciousness. So it's appropriate that this recording of Shankar's performance at that concert is documented--it's not only historically important but also musically outstanding. There isn't just a twangy plodding aura to Shankar's sitar here as many associate with Indian classical sitar, but rather an instrument full of verve and technical complexity. Shankar explodes as if reacting to the loving energy of the crowd in fitful ragas that drip with fruitful improvisation. His tabla accompanist, Alla Rakha, wonderfully complements his plucking through living, breathing cadences that sing in a voice all their own. Live at Monterey is an excellent introduction to a master artist during one of the most exciting eras in America's history. --Karen Karleski
 

CD Reviews

Fantastic performance
C. Packer | St. Paul, MN United States | 02/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is by far the best live recording of Ravi Shankar. The selections cover an extraordinary range of emotion. The slow sensuous opening piece and the joyous ecstasy of the final raga are unparalelled. The energy of the crowd and the unique quality of the times merged magically with the music in these performances"
Misrepresented
N. Zickefoose | Columbus, OH | 10/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's unfortunate that the overall rating of such a great album has to be dropped by a star and a half by somebody who doesn't even own it. The fact of the matter, is that this is an incredible piece of work by two of the greatest musicians ever to grace the planet earth. Alla Rakha commands your attention through his playing, and anyone who needs to be told that two albums with different titles and song listings are in fact two different albums may not be ready for this music in the first place..."
Todi will make you cry !
S. Karulkar | CA USA | 06/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This review is probably going to be restricted to the first number "Raag Todi", the morning raag. With Raviji, one gets hundred percent music no dead air at all. The alaap, or the begening is so intense here, it gives you a feeling that you've just got some life changing news, or the earth under you has shaken. It is amazing how he got the music across to the western ear. These recordings from the sixties are recommended to students of Indian Classical music because one gets to hear the heart of the raag."