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Ravi Shankar

Rare and Glorious (Times Square)

Mar. 15, 2010
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In the 1960s Ravi Shankar became Mr. Indian Music to a world of young musicians, influencing the direction of the Beatles and psychedelic rock. As noted in the booklet essay accompanying Rare and Glorious, the accomplished sitar player came from a family of musical ambassadors to the West that performed in London as early as 1923. He released his first American LP in 1955 and although the new compilation doesn’t reach that far into his catalog, it offers a cross-section of tracks recorded from the ’60s through the ’80s. Rising from a morphing, celestial sea of sound, Shankar’s fast fingering outraces the most dexterous fretboard displays in rock guitar—and the master never breaks a sweat.


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