A Handful of Beauty

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Shakti headed for the safer confines of a London recording studio on its second album, minus R. Raghavan and minus some of the volatile energy that they generated on their debut record. They were, however, a more integrated, more subtle ensemble now, exploring quieter, more lyrical corners of their East-West fusion, with L. Shankar's spectacular violin and Zakir Hussain's tabla taking the solo foreground as much as, if not more than, McLaughlin's acoustic guitar. With the exception of an arrangement of a traditional South Indian piece "Kriti," McLaughlin and Shankar contribute all of the compositions, which lean even more heavily toward South Indian music with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Shakti headed for the safer confines of a London recording studio on its second album, minus R. Raghavan and minus some of the volatile energy that they generated on their debut record. They were, however, a more integrated, more subtle ensemble now, exploring quieter, more lyrical corners of their East-West fusion, with L. Shankar's spectacular violin and Zakir Hussain's tabla taking the solo foreground as much as, if not more than, McLaughlin's acoustic guitar. With the exception of an arrangement of a traditional South Indian piece "Kriti," McLaughlin and Shankar contribute all of the compositions, which lean even more heavily toward South Indian music with reminders of McLaughlin's Western roots. As a whole, this is less accessible to McLaughlin's jazz-rock flock than the first Shakti album, but still fascinating for contemporary listeners with a yen for world music, as well as curious stragglers from the classical Indian world dominated by Ravi Shankar another indefatigable champion of East-West fusions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • EAN: 5099749444829
  • Catalog Number: 494448
  • Sales rank: 57,012

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Danse du Bonheur (4:52)
  2. 2 Lady L (7:28)
  3. 3 India (12:38)
  4. 4 Kriti (3:00)
  5. 5 Isis (15:14)
  6. 6 Two Sisters (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shakti Primary Artist
John McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Group Member
Zakir Hussain Percussion, Tabla, Group Member
Lakshminarayana Shankar Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Vikku Vinayakram Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
John McLaughlin Arranger, Producer
Dennis MacKay Engineer
Lakshminarayana Shankar Arranger
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