Ravi Shankar ‎– Nine Decades Vol. I 1967-1968

East Meets West Music, Inc. ‎– EMWM1001
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A1 Raga Gangeshwari 1968
Sitar – Ravi ShankarTabla – Ustad Alla Rakha*Tambura – Kamala Chakravarty
B1 Raga Gangeshwari 1968 (Cont'd) 24:52

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East Meets West Music and The Ravi Shankar Foundation Presents:
Raga Gangeshwari, the centerpiece of Volume 1, takes listeners to an outdoor concert at a temple on the banks of the Ganges in 1968. Though recorded with one hand-held microphone, Raga Gangeshwari is representative of the archive's many treasures, which the artist describes in his liner notes as "not recorded with sophisticated audio equipment and yet they exhibit the power of life in live performance that has a value beyond any technological shortcomings." The intimate quality of the recording and virtuosic playing allows listeners to experience a page from the artist’s diary circa 1968. Raga Gangeshwari is performed with Kamala Chakravarty on tanpura and the great Ustad Alla Rakha on tabla. Also featured on this volume is Vedic chanting by temple priests, as well as audience reactions to an early performance in the West. Nine Decades: Volume 1 CD release was on April 13, 2010, coinciding with Ravi’s 90th birthday month. It is available digitally via all major online retailers, on CD, and on limited edition vinyl, released April 21, 2010.

One of 500 numbered copies on LP. Though three tracks are listed on the jacket, Raga Gangeshwari takes up both sides of the vinyl. The tracks "West Meets East circa 1967" (12:05) and "Durga Suktam & Mahishasura Mardini Stotram" (4:15) are available in digital format through a redemption code found on a card inside the jacket.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 16892 08151 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): EMWM1000LP-A S-71901
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): EMWM1000LP-B S-71902
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Both Sides): MASTERDISK