Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers, Vols. 1-5

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This is a massive collection 97 tracks spread over five CDs -- each volume was originally released in numbered limited editions by Purple Lantern Records of swirling psychedelic folk and rock featuring the sitar from the late '60s and early '70s. It draws on bands and performers from the U.S., Britain, India, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Australia, and several other points on the planet, and it's difficult to imagine getting more flower power drone for the dollar anywhere else. It's all wonderfully dated, of course, an incense-soaked time capsule from a very particular time in pop music, and some of it is incomprehensibly baffling, like Mehrpoojah's ultra-serious "Love Dance...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This is a massive collection 97 tracks spread over five CDs -- each volume was originally released in numbered limited editions by Purple Lantern Records of swirling psychedelic folk and rock featuring the sitar from the late '60s and early '70s. It draws on bands and performers from the U.S., Britain, India, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Australia, and several other points on the planet, and it's difficult to imagine getting more flower power drone for the dollar anywhere else. It's all wonderfully dated, of course, an incense-soaked time capsule from a very particular time in pop music, and some of it is incomprehensibly baffling, like Mehrpoojah's ultra-serious "Love Dance of the Lemmings" -- which sounds like nothing so much as Spinal Tap in full hippie phase -- while some of it seems like a natural fusion of Eastern and Western folk music Pentangle's "Once I Had a Sweetheart". George Harrison and the Beatles had a lot to do with this sitar phenomenon back in the Summer of Love, so it should come as no surprise that there are a couple of sitar-led instrumental versions of Beatles songs here "I Am the Walrus" from Lord Sitar and "Eleanor Rigby" from Chim Kothari as well as a version of the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" by the Folkswingers -- Roger McGuinn's iconic electric 12-string guitar breaks in the original version of the song were attempts to fuse Ravi Shankar with John Coltrane in the first place. The end result of all this droning through 97 tracks is a fun set that is probably best enjoyed in small doses -- one could seriously drift away on the incense.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Past & Present
  • UPC: 827010100137
  • Catalog Number: 10

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Story of Ali - Ray Brown & Moonstone (3:49)
  2. 2 Moon Food - Linn County (6:24)
  3. 3 Magical Fingers of Minerva - JK And Co. (2:40)
  4. 4 Rettenettes - Omega Redstar (4:44)
  5. 5 Tennybopper - The Basement Wall (2:18)
  6. 6 Song For Brumhilda - Abacus (4:34)
  7. 7 La Rotta - Broselmachine (4:04)
  8. 8 Luz De Invierno - Gualbert (4:06)
  9. 9 I Feel the Need To Carry On - Darius (2:41)
  10. 10 Spinning Wheel - Blonde on Blonde (2:44)
  11. 11 Bracelets - The Pretty Things (3:37)
  12. 12 Morning Sunshine - The Frederic (2:26)
  13. 13 Solitude - The Flames (5:44)
  14. 14 The Way - July (4:08)
  15. 15 A Child's Guide to Good and Evil - The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band (2:26)
  16. 16 Wispy Paisley Skies - Fraternity of Man (2:20)
  17. 17 It's Love - Misty Wizards (2:09)
  18. 18 Molecular Delusion - Ramases (4:00)
  19. 19 Let It Be You - C.O.B. (3:47)
  20. 20 I Am the Walrus - Lord Sitar (3:45)
  21. 21 Psycho Contact - Vampire's Sound Incorporation (1:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm On My Way - US 69 (6:13)
  2. 2 A Visit with Ayshia - Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty (3:28)
  3. 3 Man Do You - Paper Garden (3:37)
  4. 4 The Sailor & Madonna - Meic Stevens (3:06)
  5. 5 I Know - State of Mickey & Tommy (5:26)
  6. 6 Abyssinia (3:30)
  7. 7 Dark Lady - Mandrake Memorial (4:40)
  8. 8 Looking Down - 1st Century (2:21)
  9. 9 Lucky John - People! (4:07)
  10. 10 Heavenly Feeling - Sagram (4:58)
  11. 11 Sade Masoch - Bobby Callender (2:54)
  12. 12 Draped In Shades - Mushroom's God (3:02)
  13. 13 For a Moment - Orient Express (2:04)
  14. 14 Air - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera (3:09)
  15. 15 Kardi Daglar - Erkin Koray (3:35)
  16. 16 Nosferatu - Popol Vuh (1:58)
  17. 17 Watchin' You - Brainticket (4:35)
  18. 18 Living In the Past - The Chocolate Watchband (2:56)
  19. 19 She's Leaving Home - Big Jim Sullivan (2:34)
  20. 20 Freakout -- Turn on Tune In - Timothy Leary (5:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Anthem - The Mops (3:16)
  2. 2 Psalms of Aftermath - The Amboy Dukes (3:23)
  3. 3 Bom Bom Mahadev - S.T. Mikael (3:58)
  4. 4 Black Butter - Strawberry Alarm Clock (2:02)
  5. 5 All Your Ambition - Saffron (5:51)
  6. 6 Thoughts - Truth (3:30)
  7. 7 Makin' My Scene - United States of Existence (2:59)
  8. 8 Yoric - Meic Stevens (8:44)
  9. 9 Dreams and Realities (3:48)
  10. 10 The Invisibile Man - Third Rail (2:12)
  11. 11 Peaceful Open Space - Hurdy Gurdy (5:18)
  12. 12 Factory Endeavour - Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band (2:28)
  13. 13 Eleanor Rigby - Chim Kothari (2:10)
  14. 14 Black Widow Spider - Them (4:34)
  15. 15 Rainbow Colors - Bobby Callender (2:42)
  16. 16 Start of a New Day - Ray Brown & Moonstone (3:12)
  17. 17 Psych-Out Sanctorum - The Storybook (3:16)
  18. 18 Sunlight's Beautiful Daughter - Krokodil (5:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Free - Mecki Mark Men (4:12)
  2. 2 Caves of Her Mind - Stunt's Blue Leg Expedition (3:04)
  3. 3 I Know What To Say - The Ugly Ducklings (2:32)
  4. 4 Color Me Columbus - Johnny Thompson Quintet (2:31)
  5. 5 Where Will the Grass Grow - Moonkyte (3:55)
  6. 6 The Island - Dantalion's Chariot (3:53)
  7. 7 Prayer to St. Peter - Nick Carter (5:01)
  8. 8 Time Motion Study Man - The Twilights (2:12)
  9. 9 Eight Miles High - The Folkswingers (2:55)
  10. 10 Renunciation - Ananda Shankar (4:17)
  11. 11 Wheel of Fortune - New Tweedy Brothers (4:24)
  12. 12 One Grain of Sand - Wizz Jones (3:36)
  13. 13 Graveyard of Love - Kuni Kawachi (4:08)
  14. 14 Morning is Born - Full Moon Band (3:31)
  15. 15 Indian Beat - Chim Kothari (2:35)
  16. 16 Incense & Peppermints - Little Bit of Sound (2:34)
  17. 17 The Shoemaker of Leatherwear Square - The Lemon Pipers (2:02)
  18. 18 Love Dance of the Lemmings - Mehrpoojah (4:56)
  19. 19 Music of the Ages - C.O.B. (3:49)
  20. 20 Aurore Cosmic - Popera Cosmic (7:26)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Am That Living Soul - The Book of AM (4:01)
  2. 2 Waterboy - Shocking Blue (2:31)
  3. 3 Free From the City - The Poppy Family (2:19)
  4. 4 Feather Time - Magic Carpet (4:16)
  5. 5 Vision is a Lonely Word - Saffron (3:24)
  6. 6 Lonely Girl - Wendy Kasselman (2:39)
  7. 7 Oh Deed I Do - Elyse Weinberg (2:52)
  8. 8 Dance of the Red Moon - Calendula (3:20)
  9. 9 Infinity - Montreal (7:34)
  10. 10 Gopher Hat - Fit & Limbo (3:12)
  11. 11 Once I Had a Sweetheart - Pentangle (4:37)
  12. 12 All Your Old Tricks - Red Chair Fadeaway (3:01)
  13. 13 Storm Trance - Sheila Chandra (3:25)
  14. 14 Lament of McCrimmon (Song of the Banshee) - Sheila Chandra (6:28)
  15. 15 Flowers In the Air - Sally Eaton (5:37)
  16. 16 Cyrus - Ananda Shankar (2:44)
  17. 17 The Sun God - Wyld Olde Souls (5:29)
  18. 18 How Can I Tell My Guru - Kali Bahlu (7:03)
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