Ravi Shankar - In San Francisco - 1967 Original World Pacific India LP

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Ravi Shankar - In San Francisco

Label: World Pacific
Cat#: WPS-21449
Format: Vinyl, LP
Recorded at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium.
Released in a gatefold cover with liner notes and a full size photo of Ravi Shankar.
Record: VG++
Gatefold Cover: VG+ cornerwear,
Country: Original US
Released: 1967
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Indian Classical, Hindustani


A1 Raga Bhupal Todi Tala Ardha Jaital 16:35

A2 Tabla Solo In Shikhar Tal 7:20

B1 Dhun (Based On A Morning Raga In Sindhi Bhairavi) Tala Dadra 24:12


Engineer – Leo Kulka
Producer – Richard Bock
Sitar – Ravi Shankar
Tabla – Alla Rakha
Tambura – Kamala

People talk a lot of nonsense about sitar music and "Flower Power". The music was around for hundreds of years before the hippies - and will be around for hundreds of years after.

Flower Power did expose it to a much wider audience in the West, with the result that there are more people playing sitar and tabla than ever.

But sitar players like Ravi Shankar and tabla players like Alla Rakha, who plays on this album, are examples of lives of dedication and discipline to music which it takes to play music this wonderful. The ragas on this LP are beautiful, the playing is fantastic, and the improvisation and interplay between sitar and tabla is at its finest.

Tabla players will find a hidden gem on this LP - a tabla solo by Alla Rakha in a rhythmic cycle described by Shankar in his introduction as "rather uncommon" - a huge understatement, since it's an incredibly complex repeating cycle of 17 beats. Alla Rakha gives a virtuoso performance of improvisation, going off on deep forays into uncharted territory - but never losing his place in the original cycle. You have to hear this track.
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Label World Pacific