on 10 August 2013
I can't believe only 3 reviews so far (!?!?)
I'm not going to spend time reviewing the songs here - if you'd like to know about Nitin's hits go to You Tube and watch some videos. Start with 'Nadia', which is one of his best tracks in my opinion.
If you already know Nitin, here is a 'greatest hits' - recorded live and direct-to-disc. The sound quality is just stellar, easily one of the best recorded albums in my collection. I refer to the CD version here, I thought £100 for the vinyl was a bit steep. I say this as a self-confessed audiophile, trust me you will be delighted with the recording quality.
As for the 'live' aspect, well expect no audience clapping or other 'live' artifacts. It is 'live' in its manner of recording - direct to tape/disc. One take, one recording. Apart from the stellar sound quality, also suprising is the lack of 'mistakes' in musicianship. If there are errors, they are probably noticeable only to the musicians themselves, I can't detect anything of note.
With Nitin's band, the music is a little different to the initial recordings from past albums, but all the better for it. By this I mean hearing a variation is refreshing, and the differences aren't so great that you miss the original.
In summary, you should simply buy this. Press ''buy''. Hurry up.
on 1 July 2013
On thursday 27th june Nitin Sawhney and his 9 piece band put on a remarkable one off show at the Roundhouse. Nobody has yet reviewed it, to my surprise.
The breadth of this man's musical vocabulary is staggering. Nine gifted musicians played enough different music for 20 bands, but it was all magically coherent. There was Spanish flamenco, Indian crossover, rock, jazz, folk music, and the best chick singer band ever, with the three lady vocalists representing soul, Portuguese, Indian classical, and just about every other style you can imagine. Each one of them would deserve to be starring in her own show. So much music, so much joy, from a 9 piece band. Such eclecticism and sheer musicianship, and nobody else would dare to take a band and record a whole concert directly to tape and to vinyl cutters without any hesitation, any faults, any alteration, mixing or whatever. This is what 'One ten' was about. It marks his tenth album, but I fancy it is also a jibe at the digital age of ones and zeroes. I bought the limited edition box set with 5 45rpm vinyls inside as well as the CD and a DVD. I had a wonderful surprise driving home, playing the CD in my car, and enjoyed the whole concert all over again. I will not describe the individual tracks, except to say the retrospective material is wonderfully fresh and the new tracks, especially 'longing' (written for and featuring the very amazing voice of Nicky Wells) are beautiful and uplifting. If you like Nitin Sawhney's music this carries the highest recommendation. If you haven't already heard his music this would be a perfect disc to start with.