BN.com Gift Guide

The Rough Guide to the Asian Underground

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
How you view the Asian underground might well be a matter of geography. To those in the U.S., it's an English-based scene that blew up in 1997 and exploded. In Britain, its roots date back to the beginning of the '90s, as this compilation so excellently explains. Starting with the granddaddy and inspiration to all, Ananda Shankar, it takes off through the pioneers, like State of Bengal and Black Star Liner, with Fun-Da-Mental's "Ja Sha Taan" an especially strong track with its strong qawwali influence. But there are no bad cuts here. Orchestral World Groove's "Pyar" is marvelously atmospheric and Asian Dub Foundation smokes, while Mahatma T offers an early glimpse of ...
See more details below
CD
$13.83
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $6.82   
  • Used (2) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
How you view the Asian underground might well be a matter of geography. To those in the U.S., it's an English-based scene that blew up in 1997 and exploded. In Britain, its roots date back to the beginning of the '90s, as this compilation so excellently explains. Starting with the granddaddy and inspiration to all, Ananda Shankar, it takes off through the pioneers, like State of Bengal and Black Star Liner, with Fun-Da-Mental's "Ja Sha Taan" an especially strong track with its strong qawwali influence. But there are no bad cuts here. Orchestral World Groove's "Pyar" is marvelously atmospheric and Asian Dub Foundation smokes, while Mahatma T offers an early glimpse of Talvin Singh, at one point the movement's poster boy. Full marks to compiler DJ Ritu -- a veteran of the scene herself -- for including a track by Sister India, who is unsigned to a label but remains quite successful and from the sound of "Out of Place," the group deserves to be widely heard. If you though the Asian underground was all banging club beats, then this compilation is going to make you think again; it's a range of music, a mindset, if you will. And an unreleased track from Joi is simply icing on the cake. Maybe, as the notes suggest, the scene is currently in a lull; if so, you have to think it's just the calm before an even bigger movement erupts. A superb disc, excellently annotated.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633109627
  • Catalog Number: 331096
  • Sales rank: 271,390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Streets of Calcutta - Ananda Shankar (4:43)
  2. 2 Elephant Ride - The State of Bengal (6:23)
  3. 3 Killah Connection - Black Star Liner (5:01)
  4. 4 Fulfilment in Dub - Joi (5:43)
  5. 5 Ja Sha Taan - Fun^Da^Mental (6:02)
  6. 6 Yab Yum - Uzma (4:32)
  7. 7 Pyar - Orchestral World Groove (6:25)
  8. 8 Sundance - ShivaNova (6:42)
  9. 9 Debris - Asian Dub Foundation (4:19)
  10. 10 Is It Legal? - T.J. Rehmi (5:52)
  11. 11 Jihad - Mahatma T (4:35)
  12. 12 Nataraj Express - James Asher (5:37)
  13. 13 Out of Place - Sister India (4:12)
  14. 14 Mixed Vision - Mo Magic (4:29)
  15. 15 Path of the Blazing Sarong - Bill ''Ravi'' Harris & The Prophets (3:04)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Technical Credits
James Asher Composer
Lawrence Cedar Mastering
Chick Corea Composer
Chris Difford Composer
Talvin Singh Composer
Glenn Tilbrook Composer
Ananda Shankar Composer
Zahrema Composer
Sam Zaman Composer
DJ Ritu Liner Notes
Abdul Muhith Composer
T.J. Rehmi Composer
Bill ''Ravi'' Harris Composer
Pandit G Composer
Steve Chandra Savale Composer
Pathaan Composer
Wildcat Artwork
Amrik Chhokran Cover Image
Christie Mellor Contributor
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously