RECORD CRACK: Live Ravi Shankar album to be released for Record Store Day

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Record Store Day has been a way to pick up new releases and reissues of some of your favorite rock, jazz, country, indie/alternative, funk, hip-hop, and so many other genres but unless it was in the used record section, you don’t hear too much about any new Indian classical music. That’s about to change this year with the release of a previously unreleased live recording by the late Pandit Ravi Shankar.

The Ravi Shankar Foundation’s East Meets West Music and Northern Spy Records are going to release In Hollywood, 1971, which will be released as a 2-record set. While Shankar released a number of live albums in his lifetime, only a small handful consisted of live performances he held in his California home. This is one of those instances as this is taken from a show he did in June 12th in Hollywood. Shankar is joined by Alla Rakha on tabla and Kamala Chakravarty on tanpura, all of whom would perform at George Harrison’s Concert For Bangla Desh two months later.

In Hollywood, 1971 is being made for charity as it is an album where the profits will benefit the Ravi Shankar Foundation, which helps to keep the spirit of Indian classical music alive along with making sure Shankar’s archives are kept alive and active.

SOME STUFFS: A new Ravi Shankar live recording in the “Nine Decades” series

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As part of East Meets West’s Nine Decades series of releases, honoring the music and works of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, they are releasing a remastered recording from August 6, 1976. A Night At St. John The Divine was done on an evening meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Shankar’s first concert in the United States. It was a “dusk to dawn” concert, featuring a number of artists throughout the day. Shankar also featured Alla Rakha on tabla, along with Asant Rai and Shambhu Das on tanpuras. The performance on A Night At St. John The Divine was done in the early morning and it is said that when Shankar saw the sun coming up, he played the music appropriately. The CD will be released on August 12th, pre-orders are available below via Amazon.com.

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