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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sitar is here to stay
Says the blurb in this 1968 album ..."one thing is for sure, the sitar is here [in pop] to stay". Prophetic words indeed, as has been proved by...well nobody.
But perhaps this statement i still ahead of it's time, for this album is surely a gem for budding Fatboys, Armands & Kevin & Perrys.
Lord Sitar's versions of I Can See For Miles & I...
Published on 18 Jan 2001

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Lord Sitar?
The Lord Sitar project was conceived, produced, directed and arranged by John Hawkins for Zonophone/EMI in 1968 and infused western pop music with the eastern flavour of the sitar. It is really a pop album but has come to classed as psych/freakbeat by a new generation of musical explorers, and that suits the music fine, especially on the songs that fall most naturally...
Published on 21 Jan 2005 by Lozarithm


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sitar is here to stay, 18 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Lord Sitar (Audio CD)
Says the blurb in this 1968 album ..."one thing is for sure, the sitar is here [in pop] to stay". Prophetic words indeed, as has been proved by...well nobody.
But perhaps this statement i still ahead of it's time, for this album is surely a gem for budding Fatboys, Armands & Kevin & Perrys.
Lord Sitar's versions of I Can See For Miles & I Am the Walrus are extraordinary. The word 'Kitsch' could almost have been invented for them.
Guarenteed to break the ice at parties!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Lord Sitar?, 21 Jan 2005
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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The Lord Sitar project was conceived, produced, directed and arranged by John Hawkins for Zonophone/EMI in 1968 and infused western pop music with the eastern flavour of the sitar. It is really a pop album but has come to classed as psych/freakbeat by a new generation of musical explorers, and that suits the music fine, especially on the songs that fall most naturally into that category, such as the splendid I Can See For Miles, once heard never forgotten.
Some of the album is filler composed by John Hawkins or from obscure sources, and Emerald City is puzzling as the tune sounds like Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 In Major and therefore recalls A Clockwork Orange rather than The Wizard Of Oz. The composer credits for Emerald City, incidentally, are for Fowley/Martin, so one wonders if Kim Fowley was involved with the record in some way. Other pieces, though, such as If I Were A Rich Man and Daydream Believer (which may have been the single at the time) work wonderfully well.
The previous year Big Jim Sullivan had made a more serious album called Sitar Beat that had delved more deeply into the jazz possibilities of such a fusion on some tracks and had included John McLaughlin on guitar; and the same year John Mayer and Joe Harriott had released their landmark Indo Jazz Fusions sessions. The sitar became a fashionable instrument for the hipper groups to use to add coloration to their records, and so as the novelty eventually wore off the sitar largely disappeared from popular culture until Kula Shaker came along.
Jim Sullivan was one of the few to study the instrument in depth and could play with the genuine tonality the instrument demanded for the music to stay in tune. Another was George Harrison, whose composition Blue Jay Way is included here. John Hawkins' sleeve notes end with the question, "Who is Lord Sitar?", and previously hint that he may in fact be George Harrison, but it actually was Jim Sullivan, anonymous as he was contracted to Polydor at the time. Supporting musicians included Chriss Karen (tabla) and Ronnie Verel. When asked about the theory that the sitar was George Harrison playing, Sullivan enigmatically replied, probably tongue in cheek, "Perhaps it was on some tracks?"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bit of a disapointment, 4 Sep 2006
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B. J. Gibson "B.Gibson" (Dundee, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Yip this album is pretty poor thankfully it was cheap through the amazon marlet place and worth the cost for the two tracks I wanted, "I can see for miles" and "I am the walrus".

Most of it sounds like the sound track to some disco scene in an "on the buses" movie or a cliched indian restuarant sketch (thats not an ironic compliment).

Other than the novelty aspect of the two tracks I mentioned there is little appeal about this album and certianly not something to pick up if you are looking for a starting point into Indain music.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Curried Beatles anyone?, 15 July 2010
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Mr. David Auckland (Norwich, UK) - See all my reviews
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The novelty soon wears thin, however well the sitar is being played on this 1968 album of covers. Nobody really knows who Lord Sitar is, or was, although the fact that it was recorded at Abbey Road, and features three Beatles numbers, may have lead some people to believe that it was George Harrison. Best number by far is If I Were A Rich Man, but I Can See For Miles has appeared on several compilation CDs so may already be known to many
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame elavator music, 8 Mar 2006
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Look, I know you want me to tell you this is good so please dont hold this against me. This is lame elavator music with a bit of sitar in it. I bought this cd on the strentgh of what the previous reviewer said, "Lord Sitar's versions of I Can See For Miles & I Am the Walrus are extraordinary." They arent. The only thing extraordinary about this cd is how bland it is.
In theory, pop music with some sitar thrown in sounds like an interesting concept but the final product in this instance is very dull and boring. If you really insist on buying a cd with sitar in it try Ravi Shankar.
Can I have a refund?
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