RECORD CRACK: Ravi Shankar’s life and music celebrated on vinyl with new compilation series

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Pandit Ravi Shankar celebrated his 90th birthday this year, and has recorded and toured for most of his life. In honor, the newly created East Meets West Music has just released Nine Decades Vol. 1: 1967-1968, the first of nine volumes looking deep into his recording career, showing his influence not only amongst other Indian classical musicians, but his impact on popular music around the world.

The album is also available on compact disc and digitally, but having Shankar on vinyl seems perfect and ideal. The track listing is as follows:

1. Raga Gangeshwari 48:05
2. West Meets East (12:08)
3. Durga Suktam & Mahishasura Mardini Stotram (4:15)

His longer pieces may be an endurance test for new listeners, but those who are fans will no doubt prepare for the stages, climb, and satisfying descent that he has become known for.

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