Shakti (2)

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Shakti
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Shakti was a group which played a novel acoustic fusion music which combined Indian music with elements of jazz; it was perhaps the earliest practitioner of the musical genre world fusion.
Its leading member was the English guitar player John McLaughlin, but it also featured the Indian violin player L. Shankar. It also included Zakir Hussain (on tabla), and R. Raghavan (on the Mridangam) and T. H. "Vikku" Vinayakram (on Ghatam).
In addition to fusing Western and Indian music, Shakti also represented a fusion of the Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions, since Hussain is from the North, but the other Indian members are from the South.
It came together in 1975, after the dissolution of the second incarnation of Mahavishnu Orchestra, and toured fairly extensively during the period 1975-1977; it made only sporadic appearances (with personnel changes) thereafter.
After 1977 the albums which L. Shankar recorded with Z. Hussain and T. H. "Vikku" Vinayakram stayed close to the music made popular by Shakti. Some twenty years later McLaughlin and Hussain put together another band with the same concept, called Remember Shakti, including V. Selvaganesh (son of T. H. "Vikku" Vinayakram ), mandolin player U. Shrinivas and eventually Shankar Mahadevan.
Shakti means creative intelligence, beauty & power. (from wikipedia)
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Albums

Shakti (2) - Shakti With John McLaughlin album art Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Shakti With John McLaughlin (Album) Columbia UK 1976 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) - Natural Elements album art Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Natural Elements (Album) Columbia Europe 1977 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) - A Handful Of Beauty album art Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - A Handful Of Beauty (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS Spain 1977 Sell This Version
CN 2861/S Shakti (2) - In Concert-153 album art Shakti (2) featuring John McLaughlin Shakti (2) featuring John McLaughlin - In Concert-153(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2861/S UK 1977 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) - Remember Shakti album art Remember Shakti* Remember Shakti (Album) Verve Records France 1999 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) - The Believer album art Remember Shakti* The Believer (Album) Verve Records, Universal US 2000 Sell This Version
Shakti (2) - Saturday Night In Bombay album art Remember Shakti* Saturday Night In Bombay (Album) Verve Records Europe 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

Shakti (2) - The Best Of Shakti album art Shakti (2) The Best Of Shakti (Comp) Moment Records, Sony Music Special Products US 1994 Sell This Version
016 578-2 Shakti (2) - Shakti album art Remember Shakti* Shakti(5xCD, Ltd, S/Edition + DVD + Comp) EmArcy, Universal Music France 016 578-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version

Videos

Shakti (2) - The Way Of Beauty album art Remember Shakti* : John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, V. Selvaganesh, U. Shrinivas, S. Mahadevan* Remember Shakti* : John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, V. Selvaganesh, U. Shrinivas, S. Mahadevan* - The Way Of Beauty Universal Music Group, Universal Music Group France 2006 Sell This Version