A Life In Music 2CD - Ravi Shankar

A Life In Music 2CD
Ravi Shankar, who died aged 92, in December 2012, was the musical visionary who thanks to the cultural influences of his family, the advantages of a disciplined classical background and a heady sixties association with George Harrison and The Beatles, established the sitar and the raga into western consciousness. He was thus the first performer and composer to bridge the musical gap between India and the west.
Ravi Shankar is already considered to have been one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.
Ravi's first musical ventures were as a child, appearing in his brother Uday's dance company in America and France. In his teens he was apprenticed to the sarod master, Allauddin Khan under who's demanding tutelage he would inherit the great tradition of Indian classical music.
By the time his first met George Harrison and Paul McCartney in 1966, Shankar had given recitals with Khan's son, the sarodist, Ali Akbar Khan, served as musical director of All India Radio's first National Orchestra, and been sent to all points on cultural tours by the Indian government. He had composed elegant film themes for Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, and taught and befriended the jazz musicians John Coltrane and Don Ellis.
Ravi met the Beatles at a point when the Fab Four were looking to expand their musical language and to make deeper artistic statements. Legend has it that they had already been introduced to Ravi's music by Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn at an LSD party in Los Angeles and indeed they dabbled with the sitar on the 1965 hit, Norwegian Wood. On meeting Ravi Shankar, George Harrison determined to take the instrument seriously, soon journeying to meet Ravi in India for a period of intensive tuition. There by the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the guitarist was inspired to write Within You Without You for the album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles' tribute to Ravi Shankar.
The flower-power generation were beguiled by Ravi. He appeared at the
Monterey and Woodstock Festivals, and at the Concert for Bangledesh in New York in 1971 and made no attempt attempt to conceal his appreciation of the adulation, "Though I had been performing all over the world since 1954, my association with George attracted a whole young generation to sitar and to me from the mid-1960s. Even though I didn't make any record jamming with him or any other pop or rock star, I was treated like a superstar, being the Beatle George's guru.”
The recordings featured here are likely those that turned the The Beatles
on to Ravi. They were made between 1956 and 1962 and for all the success that followed they are arguably the pinnacle of his recorded artistry.

Release Date: 11/03/2013

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Code: ACMEMD245CD
Weight: 200
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DISC ONE
1. RAGA JOG
2. RAGA AHIR BHAIRAV
3. RAGA SIMHENDRA MADHYAMAM
4. MISHRA PILOO
5. RAGA CHARU KESHI
DISC TWO
1. RAGA PALAS KAFI (WITH ALI AKBAR KHAN)
2. RAGA RAGESHRI
3. RAGA DESI
4. DHUN IN MISHRA MAND
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Blame It On The Night
Cherry Red is delighted to announce the latest release for the rejuvenated Turpentine Records, the label founded by the late singer-songwriter, author and artist KEVIN COYNE.
Originally issued in 1974, BLAME IT ON THE NIGHT was Kevin’s third solo LP and his second for Virgin, as the follow-up to the acclaimed Marjory Razor Blade.
Long unavailable on vinyl, despite demand the LP has never been released on CD!
This deluxe 2-CD edition has been re-mastered by Tony Cousins, who played bass on both the original album and Marjory Razor Blade.
In addition to the original album, Disc 1 adds the single B-side ‘Queenie Queenie Caroline’, an alternative studio version of ‘Poor Swine’ from the Benelux-only LP ‘Let’s Have A Party’ and the soundtrack to the promotional film ‘Kevin Coyne at Hyde Park’, featuring live versions of ‘Poor Swine’ and ‘Marjory Razorblade Suite’.
Disc 2 boasts an entire, hitherto unheard early rendition of the album that includes between song chatter, alternate vocals and a different version of ‘Poor Swine’, along with the added bonus of three songs from the sessions which didn’t make the final cut.
The booklet features extensive sleeve-notes, including an exclusive interview with Tony Cousins, a piece on Kevin by producer Steve Verroca, track-by-track analysis by Kevin in interview in 1974, a fly-on-the-wall look at recording the album, and detailed notes from Kevin’s son Eugene Coyne.
Includes rare and previously unseen photos and cuttings of Kevin Coyne from the period.

Release Date: 29/07/2013

Track listing:
DISC ONE

1. RIVER OF SIN
2. SIGN OF THE TIMES
3. I BELIEVE IN LOVE
4. DON’T DELUDE ME
5. WANTING YOU IS NOT EASY
6. TAKE A TRAIN
7. BLAME IT ON THE NIGHT
8. POOR SWINE
9. LIGHT UP YOUR LITTLE LIGHT
10. CHOOSE
11. WITCH
12. RIGHT ON HER SIDE
13. QUEENIE QUEENIE CAROLINE (B-side)
14. POOR SWINE (Alternative version)
15. POOR SWINE
(Live at Hyde Park, June 29 1974)
16. MARJORY RAZORBLADE SUITE
(Live at Hyde Park, June 29 1974)
DISC TWO

1. RIVER OF SIN
2. SIGN OF THE TIMES
3. I BELIEVE IN LOVE
4. DON’T DELUDE ME
5. WANTING YOU IS NOT EASY
6. TAKE A TRAIN
7. BLAME IT ON THE NIGHT
8. POOR SWINE (Alternate version)
9. LIGHT UP YOUR LITTLE LIGHT
10. CHOOSE
11. WITCH
12. RIGHT ON HER SIDE
13. ONE MORE DRINK
14. HEART AND SOUL
15. STOKE YOUR OVEN AND LET IT BOIL




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