A Life in Music (Best of the EMI years) - Ananda Shankar

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A Life in Music (Best of the EMI years) - Ananda Shankar

A Life in Music (Best of the EMI years) - Ananda Shankar
mp3 - 256kbps - cbr | fusion, jazz, sitar-rock | 2CD - 186MB
Release Year 2006 | Label Times Square |Catalog # 9052

A pioneering force behind the fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, Indian composer and choreographer Ananda Shankar was the son of renowned dancers Uday and Amala Shankar as well as the nephew of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar. After studying sitar with Dr.Lalmani Mishra, he traveled to Los Angeles, earning international recognition with a 1970 self-titled release on Reprise which embraced both raga and psychedelia through the use of tabla and mridangam in conjunction with Moog synthesizers and electric guitars. Returning to India, Shankar subsequently created the mudavis, a kind of conceptual performance which presaged the multimedia innovations of the MTV generation in its combination of music, dance and visuals. In addition to scoring a series of films and television projects — winning an Indian National Award for his efforts on the Mrinal Sen feature Chorus — he composed a number of works for the dance troupe helmed by his wife, Tanusree; during the mid-1990s, Shankar's recordings became a common source of samples among West Coast rappers and Anglo-Asian drum-and-bass acts alike, and in 1998 toured Britain with State of Bengal. At just 56, he died of cardiac arrest in Calcutta on March 26, 1999; Walking On was posthumously issued on the Real World label the following year.

To most of the West, Ananda Shankar is most familiar for the records he made at the beginning (1970's Ananda Shankar) and end (2000's Walking On) of his recording career, which were the only ones to gain relatively wide distribution outside India. However, Shankar did continue to record fairly often for EMI India in the interim. That period is well represented by this overdue two-CD compilation, which draws from seven of his Indian albums between 1975 and 2000. On most of these instrumental recordings, Shankar pursued what has been generally, though pretty accurately, classified as an East-West fusion of sorts, melding sitar and traditional Indian music and instruments with rock and funk arrangements and modern recording technology. Often that's a recipe for disaster, or at least cheesiness, but Shankar usually managed to make it effective. On the earlier tracks in particular, there's often a lagging-behind-the-trends psychedelic funk feel, with unpredictable but galvanizing shifts between Indian-flavored melodies/rhythms, careening synthesizers, wah-wah guitars, acid jazz organ, dancing cinematic strings, and a quite hard-charging solid rock-influenced beat. From a 21st century perspective, these sound at once dated and futuristic, stuffed with quasi-psychedelicisms that some would consider passé, yet run through a blender in a way that has no obvious counterpart on more familiar American and European recordings of the period. Some other selections tilt more toward the Indian "music overlaid with modern beats and production" style, and are both more conventional and less impressive. The best half or so of this compilation, however, is quite dynamic, and makes a case for Shankar as one of the ablest and most balanced fusioneers of Western and Eastern forms.

1 Jungle Symphony 3:38
2 Dancing Drums 5:24
3 Back Home 4:39
4 The River 3:07
5 The Alien 4:09
6 Charging Tiger 4:10
7 Streets of Calcutta 4:41
8 Storm 5:21
9 Renunciation 4:27
10 Cyrus 2:45
11 Missing You 4:04
12 Anjali 6:02
13 Radha 5:39
14 Celebration 4:35
15 Namaskar 5:18
16 Discovery of India 4:11
17 Night in the Forest 3:58
18 Universal Magic 4:09
19 Exploration 4:15
20 Gypsy 4:55
21 Indrasabha 6:16
22 Rajput Bride 5:43

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http://rapidshare.de/files/26248573/ALiMBotEMIyAS.part2.rar 47.68 MB
http://rapidshare.de/files/26249661/ALiMBotEMIyAS.part3.rar 47.68 MB
http://rapidshare.de/files/26248467/ALiMBotEMIyAS.part4.rar 42.72 MB

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For those who wants a sample of Ananda Shankar's music, here is a sample:
http://rapidshare.de/files/26260292/01JS.mp3 6.68 MB