Monday, July 12, 2010


To kick off this week, I thought I'd post this awesome instrumental sitar album by Ananda Shankar. A fusion between Western Rock, Raagas and Indian sitar music - psychedelic!

My rating: Pure 5 star enjoyment.

Ananda Shankar (Self Titled Album) 1970

Side One
  1. Jumpin Jack Flash
  2. Snow Flower
  3. Light My Fire
  4. Mamata (Affection)
  5. Metamorphosis
Side Two
  1. Sagar (The Oceon)
  2. Dance Indra
  3. Raghupati
Get the album HERE.

Next album: Chalte Chalte


memsaab said...

Ooh, this looks interesting :) Thanks for sharing!

Asli Jat said...

Great album Veen, I've actually had it in my collection for many years now.

I just love his versions of 'Jumpin Jack Flash' & 'Light My Fire'. I remember when I first heard them on sitar, they sounded so unusual - very 'hippyish', but really grew on me.

I know you are an Elvis fan also, so can you imagine Elvis songs done on sitar ?

Well Ananda Shankar released a tribute to the King back in the '70's & they can be found on this blog :

Thanks for sharing.

Veen said...

My pleasure Greta and AJ. Greta, this is one cool album

Can't wait to check out the link you provided AJ. Must be awesome.

Anonymous said...

I used to have this and a few more LPs of AS, including a couple of LP-45s. Somehow, I find them to be "outdated" now - except for the Sitar part. All those percussions and other instruments sound too old now. May be, I am comparing them to the latest recording technology and the instruments. Whatever ....

Thanks Veen for this and the lovely Roti upload.

Regds / Babu

Veen said...

Babu, I just love the sitar music in this album (and that of Ravi Shankar albums), but you are right when you say that the non sitar bits are a bit dull compared to the synthesiser enhanced music of today. But I must admit that there is some nostalgia and real art/talent in those old albums, compared to the computer generated music of these days.

And you are welcome Babu. Hope you will enjoy my future offerings too.


PC said...

Try to find the some of the albums he subsequently released in India (some should be available around the blogosphere); they're amazing!

Veen said...

Thanks PC, will do.

Mister Naidu said...

Thanks, Veen. Looking forward to hearing this!

Veen said...

Hi Mr N, I think you will like the album. Let me know, ok?