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The Essential Ravi Shankar [Original recording remastered]

Ravi Shankar Audio CD
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Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer was India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he did more for Indian music than any other musician. He was well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he ... Read more in Amazon's Ravi Shankar Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000AO4NL8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. An Introduction To Indian Music
2. Dadra
3. Kafi-Holi (Spring Festival Of Colors)
4. Raga Des
5. Raga Palas Kafi (Excerpt)
6. Sitar Todi
7. Dhun: Fast Teental (Excerpt)
Disc: 2
1. Swara-kakali
2. Discovery Of India
3. Vandanaa Trayee
4. Vigil Dance
5. Raga Miniature
6. Sandhya Raga
7. Memory Of Uday
8. Shanti Mantra
9. Ragas In Minor Scale
10. Chappaqua
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strings of (eastern) life 19 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Musically dense and compelling and at times simply amazing, Ravi Shankar's work has always sounded ahead of its time. It's intricate yet never intrusive and works on several levels - in the same way as a lot of classical music or film soundtrack music. The George Harrison connection may have lead some to believe that this is background music for hippies. But it's so much more than that.

Disc 1 is mainly recordings from the 50s and 60s. Disc 2 is, relatively speaking, more "western" - the tracks have shorter running times and feature a wider variety of instruments (possibly even some electronics - it's difficult to tell) and vocals. By the end of the album the focus has shifted from Ravi the musician to Ravi the composer. But don't worry, it doesn't stray too far from the formula: "Cream Goa Trance-tastic Classics" this is not.

Ravi Shankar, like Segovia, Ravel, Moondog, Miles Davis and Vini Reilly is one of the great influences on 20th/21st century music. An essential purchase for anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Aug 2011
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I love this cd, bought it after I heard it on the radio. Its so chilled out great music to have in the background of your house. Wonderfull. He is fab
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Mr.S. 9 Feb 2010
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I prefer CD one as it had the pure Raga style which epitomises Ravi. In my opinion anyway. I tend to buy a mixture of music but this intro' into Indian classical music is marvellous and I will be buying more in the future. I would highly reccomend this to anyone curious about Ravi Shankar and his music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bought for partner 28 Feb 2014
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I like Indian music, whether this is the best Ravi album I don't know, just went for hits, judgment is still out
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great starting off point 28 Dec 2012
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This double CD is a fantastic starting point if you're interested in the musical genius of Ravi Shankar as it provides a wonderful career retrospective of Ravi's work, including his more 'western' compositions and his film scoring (Ghandi). Particularly enjoyable were his collaborative efforts with George Harrison. Do purchase this album, you will not be disappointed.
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