Collaborations

Collaborations

by George Harrison, Ravi Shankar
     
 

It's well-known that Ravi Shankar and George Harrison had a close personal relationship, Shankar giving Harrison personal sitar instruction after the Beatle became interested in Indian music and religion in the mid-'60s. It's not so well-known that the relationship extended to collaborations, of sorts, on albums and concerts. The three-CD, one-DVD box set…  See more details below

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It's well-known that Ravi Shankar and George Harrison had a close personal relationship, Shankar giving Harrison personal sitar instruction after the Beatle became interested in Indian music and religion in the mid-'60s. It's not so well-known that the relationship extended to collaborations, of sorts, on albums and concerts. The three-CD, one-DVD box set Collaborations is a limited-edition release, coinciding with Shankar's 90th birthday, with three of those albums, as well as a DVD of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1974. Without downplaying the closeness of the two musicians' friendship and Harrison's genuine participation in all of these projects, it should be stated up front that this is much more Shankar's music than Harrison's, and much more Indian music than the rock for which Harrison was most famed. Harrison's primary role in these albums -- 1974's Shankar Family & Friends, 1976's Ravi Shankar's Music Festival from India, and 1997's Chants of India -- was as producer, though he did play some acoustic guitar on Shankar Family & Friends, and several instruments on Chants of India, and he does introduce the Royal Albert Hall concert. As a bountiful gathering of some of Shankar's more accessible recordings, however, Collaborations has some value not just for Beatles completists, but also for more general appreciators of traditional Indian music. Shankar Family & Friends actually combines the work of Indian classical musicians with contributions of some Western jazz and rock musicians, including Harrison, Ringo Starr, Tom Scott, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, and Billy Preston. It's the least artistically successful of the discs, however, the blend sometimes sounding forced and, more surprisingly, occasionally sappy, the more traditional pieces coming off best. Harrison was inspired to produce Ravi Shankar's Music Festival from India after hearing an orchestral composition Shankar did for All India Radio around the mid-'60s, and which has more of an ensemble feel than many of Shankar's recordings, as it features more than a dozen Indian musicians, including a good number of vocalists. This results in a more diverse group of arrangements than is heard on many Indian recordings, though the mood is largely one of devout humility interspersed with some low-key, joyful boisterousness. Although the title of Chants of India might lead one to expect it to be the most traditional and serious of the group, in some ways it's the most approachable; the arrangements are sparse, and the instruments and vocals have a serene glow that does not veer toward piety. Unfortunately, some footage from the September 23, 1974 concert featured on the DVD has been lost. There's still about an hour to be seen, however, on the disc in this package, filmed in basic but competent style. A large group of musicians, and some singing, is featured in this performance of traditionally oriented material, Shankar not only playing, but sometimes conducting. A more complete audio-only version of the concert, lasting a little more than an hour and a half, is also on the DVD, along with an inessential eight-minute bonus feature about the mixing of the concert for this box set. Also in the box is a 56-page book with photos, and notes by Harrison and Shankar.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2010
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227979218
catalogNumber:
525469

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Vandanaa Trayee (Opening Music, Ganesha, Saraswati, Music Guru)
  2. Omkaaraaya Namaha
  3. Vedic Chanting One (With Flute)
  4. Asato Maa
  5. Sahanaa Vavatu
  6. Poornamadah (Joined with Tanpura)
  7. Gaayatri
  8. Mahaa Mrityunjaya (Om Triambakam)
  9. Veenaa-Murali (Music Interlude with Flute)
  10. Geetaa (Karmanye Vadhikaraste)
  11. Mangalam (Tala Mantra)
  12. Hari Om (Music Interlude)
  13. Svara Mantra (Music Interlude with Indian Group and String Quartet)
  14. Vedic Chanting Two (With Sitar, Strings and Voice)
  15. Prabhujee
  16. Sarve Shaam

Disc 2

  1. Vandana
  2. Dhamar
  3. Tarana/Chaturang
  4. Raga Jait
  5. Kajri
  6. Bhajan
  7. Naderdani
  8. Dehati

Disc 3

  1. I Am Missing You
  2. Kahan Gayelava Shayam Saloné
  3. Supané Ma Ayé Preetam Sainya
  4. I Am Missing You (Reprise)
  5. Jaya Jagadish Haré
  6. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn: Overture
  7. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 1: Dream: Festivity & Joy
  8. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 1: Dream: Love-Dance Ecstasy
  9. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 2: Nightmare: Lust (Raga Chandrakuns)
  10. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 2: Nightmare: Dispute & Violence
  11. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 2: Nightmare: Disillusionment & Frustratio
  12. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 2: Nightmare: Despair & Sorrow (Raga Marwa
  13. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 3: Dawn: Awakening
  14. Dream, Nightmare & Dawn, Pt. 3: Dawn: Peace & Hope (Raga Bhatiuar)

Disc 4

  1. [Bonus Material]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Harrison   Primary Artist
Ravi Shankar   Primary Artist,Conductor
Hariprasad Chaurasia   Flute
Shivkumar Sharma   Vocals,Santoor
Sultan Khan   Sarungi
Kartick Kumar   Sitar
Kamalesh Maitra   Sarod,Madal,Duggi Tarang,Ektara,Tabla Tarang
Satyadev Pawar   Violin
Harihar Rao   Vocals,Dholak,Gubgubbi,Kartals
L. Subramaniam   Violin
Alla Rakha   Tabla
Lakshmi Shankar   Vocals,Swaramandala
T.V. Gopalkrishnan   Vocals,Kanjira,Mridamgam
Rijram Desad   Pakhawaj Drum
Viji Shankar   Vocals,Tanpura
Anant Lal   Shahnai
Gopal Keeshan Veenkar   Vocals

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Foreword
Ravi Shankar   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
George Harrison   Arranger,Producer,Back Cover Photo
John Etchells   Engineer
Norm Kinney   Engineer
Kumar Shankar   Engineer
Fabio Nicoli   Art Direction
Jan Steward   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Olivia Harrison   Producer
Gena Roylance   Photo Restoration

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