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    1. Planet Sleeps
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    Asin: B000002BOW
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    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Everything about this CD, from its eye-popping cool packaging to its beautiful booklet, is wonderful, perhaps peerless. It's a study that spans 16 countries, catching paeans to childhood sleep from varied traditions. The set traverses the Cape Breton Gaelic tradition with the Rankin Family, Haiti with pop stars Boukman Eksperyans, and the African continent with music from Tonga, Algeria, and Cameroon. Despite their distances from each other, at times the songs sound quite alike. Voices might begin alone but then gather into choral size, with a reliance on wordless passages to emphasize the flow of time as sleep encroaches. In execution, the surprises are many. Algerian Houria Aïchi sounds East Indian; the Traditional Japanese Music Ensemble of New York sounds poised somewhere between a stately concert of historical court music and a touching homage to childhood; and German singer Michelle sounds pop-music ready even as she toes the line on singing a sleep-triggering song. Beyond being a great collection of international music, this is probably the most interesting mix available of cultural voices approaching the issue of children sleeping. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Uniquely enchanting, lullingly blissful--a worldly baby gift
    Initially, I ordered The Planet Sleeps to add to the multicultural music collection at my daughter's elementary school library; the CD arrived last night, and I became so taken with it that I already plan to order several more as new baby gifts as well as one for my own children. The hauntingly beautiful "Chi Mi Na Morbheanna" (which I listened to nearly 20 times in the first 24 hours) is worth the entire purchase price, but the other songs are marvelous too, and those that don't have immediate appeal will most likely grow on you. I was holding my toddler son in my arms while listening to the CD, and he fell asleep during the sitar lullaby from India. For those of us trying to raise our children with a familiarity and appreciation of other world cultures, this lullaby collection is truly invaluable.

    The extensive liner notes (36 pp.) are often quite moving, offering details about each artist, country, song, and recording experience as well as a song translation. The back of the case says "music meant to bring bliss into a frantic world." This collection certainly achieves its goal--and it's not just for bedtime by any means.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful CD ever to grace my home.
    This CD is exactly what I have been looking for. I play it softly as background music while playing with my 2 year old and 6 month old. "Ana Latu" is one of our favorites. I also feel that the write-up on "Oj Talasi" alone is worth buying the album. David Field journals his work at compiling these lullabies, adding to the feeling of connectedness that imbues from this collection. I was especially glad (and surprised) to find a lullaby from my own distant heritage, "Yahnaway Hay Yowna". This disc makes a wonderful baby shower or blessingway gift for expectant parents. The "jewel" case is all-natural, too, better for our Mother Earth!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Calming
    I started listening to this CD when I was 7 months pregnant to help myself go to sleep. Since my daughter was born 5 months ago, we put it on whenever she has trouble calming down to go to sleep. As soon as the music starts she begins to relax and takes her nap. We all love hearing the beautiful lullabies play throughout the house.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A relaxingly adventurous album!!!!
    I can't understand most of the songs (I think there's only one in English, if that), but the music speaks a lot just as the words do, so it's good. Each song is enchanting and engrossing, you get lost in the melodies. They are all smooth and calm, peaceful. I suggest this album to anyone who just wants to unwind and let loose all the stress of the day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dream Time
    I have been listening to this album for the past seven years and never grown tired of it. I bought it to play for the children I taught, but I have come to love it myself. It is the sure cure for nighttime tension, and beautiful to listen to at any time.

    The material is interesting and eclectic, but above all, lovely. ... Read more

    2. Midival Times
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    The music of India reaches back countless generations. Yet while some continue the old ways, the digital revolution has enabled musicians there, like everywhere else, to modernize and cross-pollinate at a rate that is nearly exponential. New Delhi's Midival Punditz, which is composed of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, are at the leading edge. Even so, the two look back to ragas, Indian classical and Bollywood even as they move forward with some of the sharpest programming to come out of the ethno-techno genre. They get old school flavor by bringing in Anoushka Shankar, Ustad Sultan Khan and others for standout performances, but these strong turns are a tribute to the production, writing and programming of Raj and Raina--the music is timeless, panoramic, and always moving forward with beats and groove. The styles are seamlessly fused together throughout, but tracks like "Saathi" and "Raanjhan" have set the bar to a new high for the duo and the genre. –-Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10
    I'm a big fan of music of this genre, but this album blew me away.

    Midival Punditz have taken their game to a new level and this album is a masterpiece and a must have for any serious listener. You don't have to love this genre to love this music.

    First, the sound recording and production quality is even better then the first album. You have to hear this album on a high end music system to understand the full power and impact of these songs. I don't know how they manage to pull off such high production values when other bands just screw this up.

    Midival punditz have again seamlessly interwoven classical indian vocalists/instruments with some of the most cutting edge and pleasant sounding electronica sounds you can find.

    Personally, I absolutely loved 9 of the 11 tracks (all the generally slow/mid tempo stuff which they absolutely nail), while I felt "Kesariya" and "Enemy" were somewhat more pedestrian attempts (and feel out of place).

    I can't wait to share this CD with friends and I can't wait for more greatness from this band. ... Read more

    3. The Prayer Cycle
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    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    It is with primitive urgency and lustrous clarity rising like flickering embers from a fire that Jonathan Elias's ambitious Prayer Cycle is given voice. Woven together like knotty wool, silk, and fine strands of silvery water, the disparate yet complementary voices of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Alanis Morissette, Yungchen Lhamo, Ofra Haza, the American Boychoir, Salif Keita, and others intertwine in multiple languages with the superb English Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. Prayers of supplication, gratitude, and longing build in layers, one on top of and 'twixt and 'tween the other, as movements titled "Mercy," "Grace," "Innocence," "Compassion," and the like. Remarkably, Elias's Prayer Cycle eloquently captures the ecstasy, pain, grief, and sublime beauty of humanity--as he simply and poignantly writes in his liner notes, "The world we live in is both joyous and cruel." --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If this does not move you, then you have no soul.
    I first heard this as part of a radio program on the local NPR station, and was shamed into silence. The diversity of collaborators in this work (including US folk-rocker James Taylor, Yemenite singer Ofra Haza, Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette, the late Musrat Fateh Ali Khan [one of his last performances], the American Boychoir w/Devin Provenzano, the English Chamber Orch. & Chorus) shows the great number of fields that composer Jonathan Elias was drawing from.

    The song "Hope" will lift your spirit, while James Taylor's melancholy vocals on "Grace" will move you to tears (At first, I thought he would be horribly out of place, but his voice fits the work perfectly!). The lyrics run all over the map in language. There are lyrics in Urdu, Mali, Latin, English, French, Italian, Hungarian, Dwala, Tibetan, German, Spanish and Hebrew, but they are listed in English in the CD booklet. I gather this is Elias' way of uniting the world. The lyrics are prayers, laments and pleas for forgiveness. The themes are loneliness, war and regret.

    The style of music is definately classical, but does not limit itself to European roots. There are distinct influences from Africa, the Orient, and even various tribal nuances. For someone who was raised on European Classical music, it may be a shock to the system, but it works, and it is wonderful!

    I forsee this recording to be one of the hand-picked few that future generations will draw upon for inspiration. As we as a people on this planet become closer, our world seems to become smaller. Our hopes, dreams, and cultures begin to overlap. This recording is proof that, when skillfully co-ordinated they can create incredible harmony.

    Highly, highly reccomended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing and unforgettable
    This CD defies any specific description of its content. It is most often listed as an "Alanis Morissette album" simply because she sings several songs. But, it is a mixture of styles, cultures, music and religious beliefs that is hard to explain but not easy to forget. Jonathan Elias has written a series of choral pieces on faith, no matter what religion you adhere to. Alanis sings in French on one song and in Hungarian on another. Such diverse talents as James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and the late international superstars, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ofra Haza lend their voices. Reading the lyrics in English adds to the understanding of what is being conveyed, but the melodies and voices joining in hope and faith are just as touching. This album is about faith in God or goddesses or nature, whatever beliefs you may have. It mixes beliefs and musical styles in a way I've never heard before. The music is moving, touching, breath-taking, and unforgettable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MUSIC FROM HEAVEN

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully flowing
    This is a mood-changing CD. It touches something immediately in your inner being. I have listened to it in repeat mode and have not tired of it. I also feel transformed by it. I am more serene and less frustrated by what is going on in the world. I feel more connected with a global life force. Buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    I was once in a great relationship with someone. He and I would fall asleep listening to this CD every night. The level that it took us to was just amazing. We felt so spiritual and connected.

    This CD elevates you. As so many say it is beyond words and yet us reviewers are trying to express the beauty just so that one more person will buy it.

    You will not regret this purchase. When all things are wrong in your life you will put this on, and it will calm you. It will bring your mind to a point in your life where things were in harmony. You will feel balances. I'm not one to normally believe in this sort of thing, but when I light a candle and put this on all is well in my world.

    I'm not religious, but this music is heavenly! I just HAD to share because I've just found this disc again and cannot stop playing it. ... Read more

    4. The Sounds of India
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    This 1960s classic is a perfect introduction not only to Ravi Shankar's brilliant work on the sitar, but also to classical Indian music in general. Shankar offers brief, informative explanations of Indian ragas, scales, rhythms, song structures, and time signatures to set the stage for each spiritual piece he, Chatur Lal (tabla), and N.C. Mullick (tamboura) perform. Though Western listeners may not be able intellectually to pinpoint the subtle purposes of the various ragas' rhythms and movements, unconsciously listeners will feel them vividly. For instance, the plodding tension created by the 2/3/2/3 rhythm in "Máru-Bihág" well reflects the raga's poetic metaphor of separated, longing lovers. The loose, playful improvisation on "Sindhi-Bhairavi" mirrors the passionate romance of lovers. Overall, classical Indian music is diverse and complex, but The Sounds of India simplifies it beautifully for those interested in exploring it and its greatest ambassador. --Karen Karleski ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer for sitar music from the world's greatest
    I was first introduced to Ravi Shankar and his music through the Concert For Bangladesh album; I was a schoolboy of about 9 when it came out, and had the pleasure of seeing the master perform in December 1996, kicking off his "75th year" tour. One need not know the technical concepts and terms used in music (scale, metre, etc.) to enjoy this CD, although it does help. Sitar music is "feel" music, like most classical forms. Thus one is able to experience some of the composer's and/or performer's intent when listening. It is a highly recommended CD for neophyte listeners, students, and fans alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sounds of India= Sounds of Hypnotic Psychedelic Excellence!
    This is a superb CD! There's only five ragas, but they're all very long, and you get plenty of really amazingly beautiful music. Many people tend to get into Ravi Shankar because of his connection to George Harrison, but don't expect this to be five "Within You Without You," cover songs. This is real Indian raga, which is like no other music on the planet. You could describe it as the classical (maybe even folk) music of India. It's an incredibly difficult form of music to master, but it's also one of the most beautiful.

    One of the really great things about this album is that Ravi gives you a spoken introduction of each piece before it's played. he gives you basic overviews of basic themes like what a raga is, the various time signatures such as Tintal & Jhaptal, a description of each instrument you will hear & their role throughout the raga, the scale the raga is rooted in, and the differences between raga (and eastern music in general) and improvisational western music. It really helped me understand the music, and actually allowed me to listen with a greater sense of enjoyment. Everything Ravi says on the CD is written out in the CD jacket, plus, the jacket also includes the sheet music of the scales used in several of the ragas! How awesome is that?! I can actually play along with the album on my guitar thanks to the notations given in the jacket! Obviously it doesn't give you the song (because most of it is improvised anyway), but the short scales that Ravi uses as the root of his solos. Really great addition!

    I highly recommend this album to everyone interested in Indian raga music. It's a classic album that should be in every music collection anyway, but especially if you're an Indian music enthusiast. Great music to relax into, fabulous for meditation, and the best music to play at a smoke session! You must hear this music when you're lit/fryin'! It's amazingly beautiful and psychedelic to begin with, but when you're high it's like... ;-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars RAVIshingly
    I saw the Monterey pop festival on tv and was mesmerized by Ravi's sitar. Could not let the volume as it was, I had to put it at the max. I like when sitar is mixed with rock or metal but this one is classical and is not only a passage in a song. The whole song is about sitar. I like it because it makes a very psychedelic sound.

    Sometimes I just stick to the instrument, maybe because they are pretty rare over here. My next step is to find an album with erhu on it. Erhu is a 2 strings chinese violin which has a very plaintive sound. I use to watch a chinese guy playing it in the metro on my way to college.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An introduction to Indian music.
    I have been collecting rare vinyl albums for the last 15 years I have thousands of records from Nigeria '70: story of funky Lagos to Television's marquee moon to Donald Byrd's electric Byrd etc. But the one record thats always stuck out to me (maybe because i've been playing sitar since i was 15) is this album. It is a masterpiece of Classical Indian music and all music in general. I put this record up with any of the greats. Even above them i'm on my third copy because I wore it out. Maybe i'm just a little obsessed but its a phenomenal piece of art.

    For the great collector of music I claim myself to be, I sadly only have one song from Ravi Shankar in my possession, but that one- "Bangla Dhun" from THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH has been a favorite of mine for many years. This CD is sweet and a fine edition to my cd collection! (Hey, a bargain too!) The songs are truly wonderful to hear again and again. I found the talking a little distracting but otherwise love this cd with 100% praise. Bless you Ravi! ... Read more

    5. The Best of Bollywood
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Its all about the music
    Everyone knows the best thing about Bollywood is the music. This is a fun collection across time of some popular songs. I like most of the older songs the best, but there are a couple of exceptions. This is a really broad selections that soungs best with the volume turned up. Feel free to sing along (um...its probably for the best that I don't speak hindi anyway).

    Standout songs: Laila o laila, wada na tod, badi mushkil, pyar do pyar lo, hay maine

    4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Appealing Exotic Music & Cultural Sounds
    Although my search for music from the film, "Kannathil Muthammittal" ("A Peck on the Cheek") was fruitless, I discovered this CD which has a similar appeal for its exotic Indian musical flavors ... spiced with curry and saffron and accompanied to a great tabla rhythm. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I saw none of the films for which the music was composed. However, the whole CD is a feast for the senses, just as tasty as a sumptous meal at "Khyber's of India" (famous Indian restaurant in Chicago). I find the song lyrics written by Indivar, Nareej, and Anand Bakshi are among the best. The vocals by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar are sensational. At times, a single vocalist male or female who begins a song, then there is a chorus added to enhance the message and music. Sadly, there is only one composition on this CD by A. R. Rahman with whose music I am most familiar and have come to love. At times, the music sounds like Central European and Balkan gypsies at their wildest moments ... other times, the female vocalists create unusual evocative appeals that captivate the listener and have you swaying to the melodies. The tempo and rhythm are quick-paced, the melodies have a far-away distant familiarity. Occasionally there are fast changes with interesting transitional phrasing. The instruments are both traditional and modern, one definitely sounds like a santur, similar to a cimbalom (Hungarian hammered dulcimer), occasionally there is a violin accompaniment but with a more earthy tone. Unfortunately, the liner notes give no informaiton about the instruments. While the lyrics were originally written to convey more meaning to a specific scene in a specific film and they were composed to enhance the already charged up emotions of the moment, this CD proves the music stands alone as a uniquely appealing genre, original, creative, cultural and exotic. The music from the best films of Bollywood (Calcutta and Bombay, India) have a huge following within their native country and beyond ... this listener is enormously pleased to have discovered it. Erika Borsos (erikab93)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very nice
    I am glad I got this, there are some great songs, and I've actually seen some of the movies, so can put the song within the story. That being said, an album without Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh or Ashe Bhosle isn't quite the "best." The recordings, though, are well done, and this is a pleasant addition to my collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars hooray for bollywood

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely songs
    I am a fan of Indian music, and this cd offered fun singalong songs. They are very catchy and pretty. My personal favorites are songs 1, 2, 8, and 12. This music is not the same, to me, as the music of Ravi Shankar and other more traditional Indian artists. These songs have more of a western structure, with the 4/4 beats and the verse/chorus pattern. I recommend this cd to anybody looking for the 'typical', romanticized Indian sound that they might have heard here in the West. ... Read more

    6. Calcutta Slide-Guitar, Vol. 3
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    A hypnotic music with a thousand years of tradition behind it, Indian raga is typically played on sitar and tabla. Debashish Bhattacharya is most definitely a part of the raga tradition, but he continues it by playing three uniquely modified guitars: two are composites of a guitar with droning sitar strings and one is a sort of slide ukulele. While the instruments look strange, Bhattacharya (who has achieved Pandit, or master, status) gets that classic sitar sound out of them. Playing by using a unique three-finger picking style, the guitarist picks sitar-like bent notes, burrs, and leaps; he also gets a myriad of tones and accents with his slide (which he occasionally also uses to add a subtle delta blues flavor). He's often joined by his brother Subhasis on tabla, and the dialogue between them is telepathic. Definitely one of the more unusual traditional albums to come out of India, this features a musician finding his own path within the tradition with consummate musicianship and an innovative (third) eye toward the future. --Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

    7. Live on Earth
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    5-0 out of 5 stars LIve On Earth (LIVE) Krishna Das
    This CD brings the magic and love one experiences at a Kirtan meditation with Krishna Das to our daily lives. Krishna Das has indisputably received a gift of having the most beautiful open heart which he shares with such grace and gentility. I listened to this CD for a long time before participating in a live Kirtan(singing meditation).The first time I heard him live was when he accompanied Ram Das and there were at least 200 people chanting together. The energy he emits is one of love in its purest form. I then brought my two teenagers to a retreat with Krisnha Das. Not only did I have to bribe them to go but I promised them that if they didn't like it they could leave within the first 5 minutes. They stayed all weekend and since then have bought CD's for their friends and have learned many of the chants. After they experienced Kirtan first hand, they never asked me to play their radio station while we drove somewher again. This CD is so special because it captures the spirit of a live Kirtan allowing memories of the experience to flow through your entire being. Each chant is more special than the next one. He received the most beautiful gift from the Indian culture which allows Westerners to bring this beauty into our lives. His command of the Chaleesa is unprescedented and anyone who has heard it remarks of a load being removed off their shoulders. The market is saturated with meditation audio material..but this is by far the most remarkable source of peace, tranquility and brotherhood for all man. Each one of us has our own copy and then there is the one that lives in the magazine for the car. We never leave home without Krishna Das and the ever changing possey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my most loved CD's
    Krishna Das's rich voice and his absorbtion into the music along with its devotional qualities carries the listener along with him. The music is uplifting and inspiring. Tracks blend one into another and there is a smooth transition of the music. I don't like it when one track is totaly different from another and the 'continuity' of listening to the whole CD as one piece is impossible. In these CD's the continuity is maintained, they are interesting and beautiful to listen to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of Krishna
    All of Krishna Das' music should be standard equipment on any new vehicle in this day and age, with over population and crazy drivers, air bags being just underneath that. For if these mantras were playing in your stereo there may be no need for the later.
    In all seriousness, Krishna Das will bring your spirit to a new level and erase your stress. This coming from someone who hadn't spent much time in the spiritual realm...until now! Get any of his CD's and he may unlock a part of you, you never knew existed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars KD's Best Work Yet
    I have been a devotional singer for many years and have most everything that is available. I have all of KD's other releases and "Live on Earth" is his best work yet and I don't normally like live performances. With the exception of a few live "mistakes" that would normally be edit out, you wouldn't know this was a live CD.

    LOE has both a perfectly balanced devtional and energetic feel to it which is the sign of a good kirtan/bhajan. Even my Indian devotional singing friends who are usually very picky when it comes to devotional music, all love "Live on Earth". Most all of KD's good tracks from his other releases are on LOE so with this you have his best. If you have only one KD CD, this is the one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music!
    I listened to these 2 CDs yesterday. His love for his Guru (Neem Karoli Baba) and God is pouring out through this music ("Shri Guru Charanam, Shri Hari Sharanam").
    All tracks are good. I am familiar with most of the lyrics being grown in the Northern India. Listening to this music is meditation.
    As I say to my self "Baba Neem Karoli ki Jay Ho!". Enjoy this music, as it says on the cover of the CD "Live on Earth, For a Limited Time Only". If you know what I mean.. ... Read more

    8. Door of Faith
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Door of Faith
    A BEAUTIFUL CD....Krishna Das keeps evolving into more and more soulful sounds. Particularly track 3, where he chants with his daughter is stunning....a track I play over and over again...healing to my heart and soul.
    Thank you Krishna Das for this treasure,
    With love,

    5-0 out of 5 stars I didn't think it could get any better...
    ... than Pilgrim Heart and Breath of the Heart, but it did. I call this man the voice of God. Listen to "Puja" and see if it doesn't pierce right through you. And "Hey Mata Durga" is soulful, spare, humble and equally touching. If you live a Yoga lifestyle and/or are a Krishna Das fan, buy this CD. You won't regret it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Much more mellow than Pilgrim Heart
    I'm a big KD fan, but I gravitate more towards his upbeat music especially when I practice Astanga/Power yoga. Not that this CD is horrible or anything, I was hoping for more of that infectious invigorating beat that was so prevalant on his Pilgrim Heart CD, so I was pretty disappointed to hear the more mellow tone of this one. It would probably be OK for cool down and sivasana.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Decent CD by a decent guy.
    That other review calling Das a charlatan was so idiotic and rude I felt compelled to respond. You can run a google on Krishna Das and see his own website for his credentials and experiences. Hardly a charlatan. Actually, I'm not even that much of a fan, but I did sincerely like this album and it's honesty can be heard in every song. Listen to the samples and judge this CD on its music and not on some jerk's angry diatribe. I saw the artist perform in CA last year and he seemed like a sincere decent guy. Judge not lest ye be judged....
    And what's wrong with planting turnips anyway?

    1-0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE CHARLATAN
    This is another example of some poseur who figured out how to mint money buy diluting traditional Indian music just enough to make it palatable for the western ear. What irks me more that the guy has the gall to call himself "Krishna Das"... a name he was probably rewarded for planting turnips in the garden of some village swami he encountered on a backpacking trip across India. It's shameful to see his recordings selling so well ... especially when the real thing is also available from this same website. ... Read more

    9. Pilgrim Heart
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Om Namah Shivaya
    I originally heard this CD at a conference at Findhorn in Scotland, and the melody of the first song, "Om Namah Shivaya" echoed in my head for--literally--7 months, until I was able to lay my hands on a copy of it. The first two songs are my favorites, the second being "Govinda Hare." While the rest of the songs are also good (especially the two versions of the mahamantra, the first with Sting that flawlessly becomes "Amazing Grace," the second a 16+ minute ride through progressively more energetic cycles and variations), these two really stick out as exceptional and highly soul-touching. I've found these songs to be good for certain kinds of dancing, for meditating, for any ritual usage (though I am not specifically Hindu), and for general listening in the background. Nearly everyone for whom I've played this CD has fallen in love with it. It begs to be sung along with, and I'm sure you'll find that you will do this naturally (perhaps with some help from the liner notes) as you listen to it. I can not recommend this CD highly enough for those who are interested in this kind of music or are of a spiritual bent and just might be looking for something new and different.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim Heart by Krishna Das
    Spiritual music at its best. Krishna Das performs Sanskrit chants for the American soul and spirit. Easy to listen to and have in your head for days afterward. The kirtan uplifts your spirit and it will stay there long after the CD has ended. What more could you want from music?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very soothing and hypnotic
    This CD was recommended on a new age website and as soon as I sampled it I bought it right away. It is extremely soothing, rhythmic, and the chants are unforgettable. The first three songs are my personal favorites, but the whole CD is great for unwinding or meditating. I highly recommend it!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim's Progess
    After ordering this CD I would sit around the house for hours, in fact days wondering what a Pilgrim Heart was. The day Das finally arrived in my cute little red mailbox out by the road my hands grew giddy with anticipation. I could barely get the soft plastic wrapper off. "Pilgrim Heart." What did it mean? The mystery would finally be reviled. As I played what I shall rename "The Pilgrim Album," my eyes where opened. This is truly about The Pilgrim Heart... what is a pilgrim heart? I had to wait to find out and so do you... so order the darn thing and stop bugging me about it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great chant CD
    I'm a Milwaukee chanter and I love this CD. Has several really great songs. Good beats too. If you like this, you might also like the new CD I just got called Ragani- Best of Both Worlds. Good beat and vocals are really nice with a super backup group. ... Read more

    10. Bombay Dreams (2002 Original London Cast)
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    Just when you thought Andrew Lloyd Webber was stuck in a rut, he pulls off a new success. But maybe the reason Bombay Dreams is so lively is that Lloyd Webber only acted as a Svengali producer, helping Indian composer A.R. Rahman (Lagaan) make his debut on Western stages. And that move proved to be inspired.

    Indeed, at a time when many people complain that new musicals have become dreary and have lost all sense of fun, Lloyd Webber imported talent from the one place where entertainment for entertainment's sake is still alive and well: Bollywood. The Indian film industry cranks out hundreds of movies every year, a huge number of them deliriously gaudy musicals, and so it was a natural resource to mine. The plot of Bombay Dreams is on par with your usual musical-theater fare, but the songs are unlike anything ever heard on Broadway or the West End. Sure, the lyrics by Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) flirt with sheer idiocy, but the music that surrounds them is so irrepressibly lively that you'll simply focus on it and it alone. Borrowing both Indian (ragas) and Western (electronic dance music) elements, Rahman and his co-producer, Marius de Vries (who's worked with Björk), have come up with a delicious musical treat. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beam me up to Bollywood
    I saw Bombay Dreams in London with my family this past Boxing Day. A silly plot but a wonderful spectacle and fantastic music. The whole family enjoyed it, including all three of our teenagers!! We've purchased 3 copies (1 for each teenager) and have been listening to it ever since; a great recording that captures the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the show. We highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys musicals.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NY Recording?
    I have to agree with the reviewer who asked where is the NY recording of Bombay Dreams. I recently saw this show and was eager to buy the NY album featuring that cast. Actually this is the second time this has happened to me. The first time was when I went to purchase Mamma Mia and found the only recording available was again with the London cast only. And from friends who saw this show in London, it does sound to me as if the NY and London offerings are a bit different.

    That said I found this show to be one of the best I have seen in recent years. The songs, dancing, energy on stage and costumes are worth the price of admission. Even if the story line is rather predictable, I still suggest this show to anyone who loves live theater. It confirms to me what I have been thinking about for some time. That is the world becomes a bit smaller and more familiar as we learn about other cultures through the medium of theater, books and movies. Treat yourself to tickets to this show. I don't think you will be sorry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "The Journey Home" is a masterpiece.
    The music in this show is wonderful but I esspecially love the songs that sound like normal music rather than all the Indian chant type music. I think the soung "Journey Home" should become the signature song of the show. It's absolutely beautiful and know it has been recorded again by Sarah Brightman and hopefully more will.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Memorable, energetic, compelling
    When I attend a new musical and I'm not familiar with the tunes, it's rare that they stay in my head very long, but these songs did. I love the energy and rhythm and the catchiness. Some reviewers here have referenced the "silly lyrics" or "silly plot," but it's important to remember that Bombay Dreams is deliberately sending up the Bollywood musical as a genre, and "silly" lyrics and plot are a part of that genre. Never mind that; these tunes will get you going on a sluggish day, will get your party rolling, will lift your spirits.

    As for the reviewer who calls this "Arabian" or "Middle Eastern" music. Hello? Bombay is in INDIA. Perhaps part of that reviewer's dislike has to do with his/her unfamiliarity with India, its music, culture, films and traditions. Approach it with an open mind and a desire to learn, rather than lumping anything that's different into a wastebasket category of "foreign."

    4-0 out of 5 stars Where is the NY recording?
    I saw the show on July 4th, 2004. It is excellent and the music is unforgettable.
    I want the Broadway recording because it seems that the London version is different.

    I can't wait to buy the CD-hopefully its in the works! ... Read more

    11. Passages
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The upmost delightful sound collection you can get
    The collaboration between the indian musician Ravi Shankar and the US compser Philip Glass results in ome of the best collection of sound available from a world music p.o.v. as well as from an admirer of contemporary music. This CD will undoubtably enter your Top 10 playlist immediately -- and be stuck there for ages. END

    5-0 out of 5 stars Journey to the East and back
    This album at first glance brings together two of the most unlikely composers one could think of in a collaboration that crosses huge cultural differences but works exceptionally well.

    Ravi Shankar, whose music has been known in the West for many years , is known for his work with Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison among others. His musical reputation goes far beyond his exemplary sitar playing in the traditional ragas and covers much classical Indian music also.

    Philip Glass, mostly known for his repetitive structures as a member of the minimalist school and for his powerful soundtracks, has gained a wider audience with classical and popular music afficionados outside of the USA.

    This album works in many different ways. Despite their differing backgrounds each musician has produced memorable soundscapes which reach deeply into the history of each of the collaborators and their musical heritage and which emerge to enchant and delight the listener. It is often difficult to distinguish the individual contributions from each other in particular pieces which underscores their deep understanding and appreciation of each others work. The pieces are extremely moving and cover a whole gamut of emotions. Each composition has it's own particular feature which causes me to come back to this album again and again.

    In some ways this album is greater than either of it's component parts and will be a lasting testament to the work of these two great composers.

    1-0 out of 5 stars worst music I've ever heard
    Ravi Shankar is a good sitar player but an inferior composer. His attempt at contrapuntal writing in "Offering" is sophomoric in the purest sense of the word. Even Yanni has written better music. Glass's are terrible too but not nearly as puerile.

    This "East meets West" album is a double-insult to the great traditions of Eastern and Western music. To quote Woody Allen it is a "travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of 2 mockeries of a sham".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Private Music for Two Very Public Lives
    Philip Glass was introduced to Ravi Shankar during a recording session, in Paris, in the year of 1965. The two were collaborating on a soundtrack for Conrad Rook's film "Chappaqua", Glass as a conductor of the music and Shankar as the composer for the project. During the sessions, each musician had formed a favorable impression of the other, with Ravi the elder, passing on much musical knowledge to the then rather young Glass. After the session was over, the two went their separate ways, not often meeting again.

    Moving forward into the summer of 1989, Peter Baumann [ founder of Private Music and one time member of the German electronic ensemble Tangerine Dream ] was enthusiastic about a suggestion for reuniting these two composers for a new collaboration to be released on his Private Music label.

    Philip Glass has long acknowledged an influence of the Tibetan Buddhist musical practices. Buddhism itself is an offshoot of Shankar's native Hindu background, so in very real sense, there is a natural compatibility of spiritual esthetic between these two composers different musical sensibilities, as was also found in that work of 1965.

    We can hear these mutual musical sympathies on this CD, which contains six new pieces. Two Glass works on musical themes presented by Shankar. Two Shankar works on musical themes presented by Glass and one work by each composer that relies solely on their own respective compositional strategies.

    The music found on "Passages" offers us a beautiful realization of an ongoing present moment. A place where both tradition and innovation meet to carry us forward towards a new sense of rhythm and musical tranquility. May you find, in the invisible thread which connects the 40+ musicians on this recording, a sense of your own place within the compositions as an audience member at one with the music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE
    As a great admirer of Ravi Shankar, I was totally unprepared for the effect of this collaboration. It is indeed exquisite.

    It starts out quietly with "Offering", then builds with "Sadhanipa". But "Channels and Winds" is, to me, the ultimate, with the voices added to the instruments. This cut is haunting and other-worldly, going beyond the sound of the East or of the western classical tradition into a world or maybe a plane of existence beyond ours.

    The pieces nicely blend and combine almost seamlessly, and from that ethereal passage, the "Ragas in Minor Scale" take us back to the Eastern tradition. It may be just me, but I felt a kinship with Celtic music during the ragas. The intensity, sometimes a quiet intensity and sometimes an exciting and driving intensity, characterizes the entire CD.

    This CD should satisfy and possibly enthrall the lover of Shankar's music, but the Philip Glass classicism shapes the Indian sound, and thus we have a music that is all its own.

    Words certainly can not describe music, and so I urge you to listen to the song samples. Even then, you will have only a hint of the music, because this is music that becomes even more powerful the more often you listen and allow it to envelope you. ... Read more

    12. Lagaan-Once Upon a Time in Ind
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lagaan
    This is a fun CD. As an uninitiat I find it fun and entertainning. Indian music, especially from Bollywood movies, is not for everyone but if you like the genre you'll like this. It has a good beat to it and is catchy, though the India/ England mix doesn't really work in this format. I would recomend watching the movie "Lagaan" before you buy this CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another success for A R Rahman
    The soundtrack for Lagaan is an excellent combination of melody and arrangement. Hopefully, this work will propel the listener into discovering all of the soundtracks from this fruitful composer, arranger, keyboardist, and vocalist. He started in 1992 with Tamil films and was so popular that it wasn't long before he entered Hindi and Telegu films as a top star. There is fine work across the gamet of his influence, although I personally prefer his Tamil soundtracks, due to the percussive quality of the language. Rahman is a rare genius who actually composes many songs a day when he is inspired.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Music i the Bhuvan 11 v/s the Russell 11
    I think this is a brilliant Soundtract of the FIlm Lagaan which has a magical realism to it with its extraordinarily skethched characters , original plot and a Asterix like quality of the narration. Like Asterix was based on a real backdrop but the story was fictitious , the same goes with lagaan which has a backdrop of the British Raj but the story is fictitious. THe music and the lyrics written for the Bygone era yet has a freshness of today and Rahamsn has got the beat of the youth and brilliantly he marries the Indian CLassical with Wetern Classical and ofcourse the music of today.
    Radha Kaise Na Jale is a wonderful song , then there are some woderful inspirational songs like Chale Chalo and O Mitwa.
    Then there is the Ode to Monsoons "Kale Meha "Oh the Black CLouds" THe best I thought.

    If you like this then go buy Dil SE which I think is the best of all his albums. Even ROja and Bombay are brilliant. A must for every Rahman Fan

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music
    The music composed by A.R.Rahman for this movie is fabulous. The songs are very well written by Javed Akhtar and the music is just stupendous. Good Buy !!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A.R. Rahman Rocks!
    Rahman did it again by coming out with an excelent album, Lagaan! The album is great with a mix of Indian Village songs and British waltze music. I saw the movie, which was also a hit. Aamir Khan truly made an advancement in the production of Hindi films! ... Read more

    13. Buddha-Bar, Vol. II
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    The First Volume of this Series Established the Reputation of Claude Challe with the Fans of Lounge Music Compilations as the Man to Follow If You Want to Find the Most Interesting and Pleasing Tracks from around the World, Since He Does all the Legwork for You. This Collection Further Reinforced his Stature as the Man with Golden Ears as Well as a Perfect Sense of Timing as his Blends and Sequencing of Particular Tracks Are Key to the Appeal of this Series. This Volume Introduced Music from Another Vast Variety of Recording Artists Including Chillout Kings De-phazz and Motivational Speaker and Philosopher Deepak Chopra, featuring a Performance by Hollywood Actress Demi Moore. Both Discs Once Again Take the Listener to Greater Places Than Where They May Be at Any Given Time. Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buddha-Bar CD set
    This is the best CD set ever. I listen to it all the time and I highly recomend it. When ever my friends come over they always ask what CD I am listening to, and my answer is always the same. It's great for relazing, dinner with friends, a romantic dinner, even cleaning house. I can never get enough of Buddha-Bar.

    2-0 out of 5 stars over-hyped
    There are a few good tracks on each disc. But this 2 disc set is DEFINATELY not worth the 40-something dollars I paid for it.The track with Deepak Chopra featuring Demi Moore? Ugh,ick! It belongs on a self help recording,not at your house party.Don't believe the hype y'all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing collection of international music
    I just have good things to say about this CD, it's music is strong, colourful, full of spice & depth, eclectic yet homogeneous and harmonious.

    I was reading a book at The Second Cup, a coffee shop close to my place, when suddenly this amazing sounds fill up the whole space, I couldn't concentrate anymore on my reading, spend the next 30 minutes listening to the music, when I was ready to leave I asked the name of the CD, Buddha Bar II, It felt like I had travel the world, without moving one inch.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The musical equivalent of the film Baraka
    I first heard this CD set at the Hummingbird bar in Wellington, NZ. It started out as the background noise as we sat outside with our coffee, but quickly distracted us to the point where we both went in and asked the bar staff what was playing.

    It's hard to describe, it's so incredibly varied in its musical styles, yet it all somehow fits together and flows beautifully, mesmerisingly. The film equivalent would be Baraka: a mixture of styles and imagery from all over the world, from places us comfortable Westerners have never imagined or been to. It's like nothing you'll ever hear again...except maybe his next compilation. ... Read more

    14. Bhangra Beatz
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    4-0 out of 5 stars energetic and upbeat
    This disc is a compilation of modern Bhangra music from Kiss Records in India. The sound is a result of the Western influence of Dance and Hip-Hop music that moved overseas into Indian clubs and basements in the 80's and has taken a foothold with modern youth. All songs have a very Indian flavor (and instruments) and a modern, accessible sound. All are very good (particularly track 1) .... ... Read more

    15. Siddharta: Spirit of Buddha Bar (Unibox)
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    Ravin, the celebrated French DJ responsible for the highly acclaimed "Buddha Bar III", presents a sexy new compilation that enchants and inspires. Featuring a vast array of artists, including Femi Kuti, Riccardo Eberspacher, Bliss, and Nicos, "Siddharta" truly captures the spirit and essence that has made the "Buddha Bar Presents" series unforgettable. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A 10 star double album!
    I have all of the buddha-bar albums(three and four being my favorites)and I recently purchased dj Ravin's Siddhartha:spirit of buddha-bar, volumes one and two. Without a moments hesitation, I would rank the first disc of the set "Emotion" as one of the finest compilations of world music I have ever heard. From begining to end it is flawless in technical and aesthetic qualities. It is a true journey of delight - for all the senses. "Passion", the second disc of this set is great too, but "Emotion" is my favorite. If asked to give a recommendation to a first time buyer of ethnic/world music, this uni-album is where I would begin and if you are a long time admirer of the buddha-bar series - buy this album without fear of disappointment. DJ Ravin has proven - once again - he is masterfull.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gobsmacked
    If you're into music from the likes of Claude Challe, the Buddha Bar series, Thievery Corporation, Blue Six, Nitin Sawhney, etc. then this outing from Ravin, the genius behind Buddha Bar 3, is quite probably the BEST asian-inspired lounge CD that I have ever heard.

    The choice of tracks and their order are superlative: this is one album that you can genuinely say that there's not a bad track on there. Superb stuff, highly recommended.

    (shame about "Spirit of Buddha Bar Vol 2" however...but that's another story)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Seductive
    From the opening Qawali wail through the final passionate work out from Femi Kuti, this is a very seductive disc, ambient, techno inspired and otherworldly in every respect. I'm way too old to do ecstacy, but, as I listen to this I get that Peter Gabriel sense of "I love to be loved." Indeed, this is all mood enticingly seductive and relaxing. This sets you in a very different fram of mind and should never, never be listened to while driving a car, or operating heavy machinery. Get yourself parked on a sofa, a bed, the bloody floor for that matter with someone you want to squeeze, and take the ride.
    Techno culprits Ben Hassan and Riccardo Eberspacher and Mars Lasser are featured, and whoever this DJ producer is has done an intoxicatingly good job blending the sirens' calls. I emerged from listening to this for 2 hours like Woody Allen in SLEEPERS with his orgasmatron. This is non essential all the way, but if you have the [$$] to blow on some fun, this is great. ... Read more

    16. Krishna Lila
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    Unlike many who enter the treacherous realm of dance that combines club rhythms with world music aesthetics, DJ Cheb I Sabbah forgets about "synergy" and trusts the source material and his own musical voice to provide the dance floor impetus. Long stretches of Krishna Lila are lifted straight from the sitar-driven classical-folk Indian traditions of Ravi Shankar, Ashwin Batish, and the Middle Eastern tabla rhythms of master percussionists like Zakir Hussain. Even more so than 1999's Shri Durga, Sabbah lends only very subtle production touches to his ragas and drones, spending Lila's running time in a confident glaze. The approach succeeds by recognizing the inherent beats already present and implied in the rich texture of Hindustani musical culture. Durga had its more mix-oriented follow-up in Maha Maya, so perhaps Sabbah will release a similar companion piece for this record. Until then, he leaves a pack of confused DJs in his wake, while he tries to liberate the tin from some of dance music's more robotically compliant ears. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars good enough
    is such a pretty CD, it takes you to a relaxation level, you start to listening the music and instantly all the bad feelings go away.... Cheb I Sabbah know how to mix indian music with modern music and at the same time it doesn't lose his indian roots

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beats and drones from another world.. marvelous.
    Where can I begin here? I know next to nothing about Indian music (save the Indian/jazz hybrid of John McLaughlin's Shakti). I don't recognize any of the musicians' names, and I'm not sure how to pronounce half the instruments. I don't know a raga from a tala from a polka. (Well ok, I do know THAT much.) But I've been addicted and entranced by Krishna Lila all the same; it's hypnotic, full of earthy beats and ethereal melodies, and as calming & relaxing as.. umm, something that's really calm and relaxing. I probably shouldn't be trying to write this while listening to the album, as it has a way of clearing my head and making me want to lie down for a nap.

    Where was I? Earthy beats. Cheb Sabbah's approach is to blend traditional Indian percussion & melodies with some slight electronic touches, although he uses the techno element as a subtle enhancement to the rhythm that's already there rather than making it dominant. Through this disc it's barely noticeable; I hear nothing but acoustic instruments for the first several minutes until a subdued beat creeps into "Maname Diname." Sometimes it's a quiet bass bump, sometimes it's a barely-there snare sample or light electronic beat. The focus here is on the music itself, a remarkable group of Indian selections performed with a passion that shines even through the quietly subdued trance of the whole disc. The songs never need to rise above mid-tempo, revealing their strength in easy mood-building rather than bursting energy. The singing is sometimes in foreign words and sometimes in a simple wordless chant, but when it's there it's strangely compelling.. whether it's floating along with the quiet percussive rhythm or riding over everything as if stretching to the heavens. This is devotional music after all, and it's only fitting that there's something trancelike and otherworldly about it.

    If you prefer the electronic elements to be a little more prominent, Sabbah's other albums are probably better choices - Shri Durga has more propulsive beats underpinning the traditional material, and Maha Maya features (most of) the SD album remixed by various club mixers and DJs. I also heartily recommend Tabla Beat Science, but that's for a different review. If you're in the mood for something refreshingly different, something exotic or just something mind-warmingly relaxing to chill to, look no further than Krishna Lila. Now excuse me, it's time for that nap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking music
    As mentioned in other reviews, Cheb I Sabbah released a sophomore album of equal (perhaps better) quality to that of Shri Durga.

    Every song off this album creates an ethereal sensation; as if listening to authentic Hindu raga's - experiencing that which a Hindu would.

    Specifically, Raja Vedalu, is my personal favourite from the album. Eerie, that mesmerizing singing.....a GREAT song. But, then again, each song is laid out with such passion and skill- Cheb I Sabbah has given his listeners a worthy album indeed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Krishna LiLa
    Well I bought this CD after reading the reviews and also listening to the samples not only from this site but from other sites as well. The listening samples actually doesn't highlight the best aspect of the music or do any justice to them.
    Anyway this is a wonderful album.
    This time DJ Cheb wants to experiment with South Indian Classical aswell. So the first part is South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and then part II is hindustani.
    I enjoyed all of them ,my only suggestion to DJ is he could have used some more different ragas/scales esp for the Hindustani becoz some of it are on the same raga (Sindhoobhairavi)so felt like repetition to my ears they where all melodious ofcourse.
    Final Note: A worthy Album and Sure buy

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very very good Hindustani music
    I really cannot comment on this CD except for the fact that if you love 'fusion music', you have to go get it. Bill Laswell and Karsh Kale appear here too...what else to say? ... Read more

    17. Ustad Sultan Khan
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    RARE ELEMENTS, the first release in a series of groundbreaking albums that will feature the blending of master musicians with the world's top remixers.

    Five Points recorded ten original tracks performed by USTAD SULTAN KHAN, a world renowned Sarangi master. Ustad Sultan Khan has collaborated with such artists as MADONNA, DURAN DURAN, PETER GABRIEL, RAVI SHANKAR, and GEORGE HARRISON. Five Points Records then enlisted top remixers: THIEVERY CORPORATION, NICKODEMUS & OSIRIS, JOE CLAUSSELL and RALPHI ROSARIO to interpret and rework the Eastern melodies creating a union of old and new worlds. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dope Fusion
    Great Remixes of one of the world's greatest musicians. Especially Radar One's tracks and Nic and Osiris. It blends together like butter and doesn't lose the original. Got a lot of respect when I played it at my party last night.

    5-0 out of 5 stars DON'T MISS THIS
    Let's face it: There have been so many attempts at electronica/Indian fusion, and so many have fallen short. Cast aside your doubts and fears, for 5 Points Records has risen to the challenge with their debut album "Rare Elements: Ustad Sultan Khan", and they have passed with flying colors. These remixers, including the well known Thievery Corperation, have taken the soulful music of Ustad Sultan Khan and transformed it into a loungy, groovy, dancy masterpiece. Perfect for parties, bars/restaurants/hotels, or an iPod stroll through town. Some highlights: Nickodemus and Osiris - Jaadu (Magic), a slamin and groovin banger featuring the deep beats and loops that they have become so well known for; Brainpolluter - Majhi Re, a hand clapin, hip shakin, urban/eastern blend that puts the Neptunes to shame; and Radar One - Meher Ali (Bollywood Burning Remix), an electro-break-beat-atom-bomb with a fist full of curry, guarenteed to inspire awe and some booty shakin on any dancefloor. Not a dull moment on this CD. Look out for 5 Points Records!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Radar One Is Off The Hook
    I eat up just about everything Thievery Corporation puts out. TC's down tempo Trip-Hop remix of Tarana is out even for them. Joe Claussell (Verve Remixed) and Ralphi Rosario (The Chicago House Music Master) will have you burning up the dance floor. Nickodemus (Turntables On The Hudson) and Osiris (Mariposa) does a slow burn on Jaadu (Magic). Brainpouter, (Who is this guy?) just listen to the percussion on Majhi Re and tell me i's not magic. Radar One's (Another unknown power player) Meher Ali (Bollywood Burning Remix) has blended so many styles so perfectly as to be in a league of his own. I predict that Radar One will soon come to dominate the the somewhat tired electronic music scene. Buy this record if only to say I was there when these guys first hit the scene.

    5-0 out of 5 stars East meets West...
    Essential listening for fans of Thievery Corporation!! Will be a long term addition to my collection because of Joe Claussell, Nickodemus & Osiris, Radar One and the Brainpolluter songs. This CD really brings the eastern and western worlds together beautifully!! ... Read more

    18. Asian Groove
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    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    About a generation ago, South Asian immigrants living in the bleak, industrial British city of Birmingham invented an ethnic-based brand of party music. Today's young ravers have upped the ante, drawing on percussive Punjabi bhangra and qawwali, an ecstasy-inducing Pakistani devotional style made famous by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. These are then festooned with defiantly artificial canned snares and ambient electronics, plus absurdist quotes from Bollywood musicals, saccharine Euro-pop, and over-the-top lounge clichés. The resulting polyglot pastiches tend to be fashioned in broad strokes and are thus not ideal for quiet living room listening. However, they are BPM nirvana when experienced in a nightclub with a few hundred other blissed-out, glassy-eyed dancers. That said, these are fascinating examples of one of the world's more subtly subversive underground movements, where music is being made by and for populations who prefer to assimilate only so much and on their own terms. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!
    This is an awesome CD, following in the footsteps of Arabic Groove! I don't think you could find a better collection of Indian music anywhere else. Sadly, it seems only Indian music(and one Uzbek song) were showcased, but it works. The best tracks...1,2,5,7,9,11, which is, as you noticed, almost all of them! I would also recommend the CD "Bhandra", a collection of Punjabi Pop. It has various artists, too, and has some good songs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its good listening
    I personally feel that they have arranged the numbers is the wrong order. I am writing this review after listening to this cd only once, but nonetheless being of indian origin i have heard the songs before. 8,9,10,11 are the best. Deepak Ram is just too good on the flute, its classical indian music with which the new generation can relate too, bally sagoo as usual is good with "Noorie", "aankh naal" is a true dance beat. Other than these 4 songs, i found the rest of them pretty dull in comparision .

    5-0 out of 5 stars In the Spirit of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (PBUH)...
    Following on the heels of Arabic Groove (easily one of the most played CDs in my collection), this CD draws upon techno-fusion tracts from India and Pakistan. If you've ever heard remixes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, you will know just how moving and seductive this music can be. Its a wonderful romp through South Asian music. Bhangra legend Bally Sagoo has a moving number on the CD. However, the most interesting song comes from Yulduz Usmanova of Uzbekistan (which, granted drifts from the South Asian focus, but is deeply appreciated anyway). Her moving tract combines Uzbek folk music and western sensabilities to create a vivid and beautiful image of life on the steppes. Definately a keeper.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Five good tracks and 6 horrible tracks
    I bought this after hearing two of the tracks on a local world music radio show. I am sorry to say that I really regret buying this cd. Tracks 2,3,5,6 and 8 are really good. The rest of the album (tracks 1,4,7,9,10,11)is horrible! It sounds like indian techno/rap with destiny child vocals on top. On a couple of songs they really do sing destiny child songs on top of the beat. Imagine a hip hop beat with sitar and some Indian woman singing "say my name say my name". It made me cringe. Im selling my copy. I did enjoy tracks 2,3,5,6 and 8 though. I would try some Talvin Singh instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars definitely groove
    Don't be fooled by the cover- this album is anything but pink, plastic, and kittenish. Groove is the word. From the first track's intensively Asian flavor and western beat to the hypnotic pull of the fading rhythms, the mood is set, and the mood is "move". Move to the twisting sinuous curves of Asian dance music, and turn up the fan. ... Read more

    19. Beware
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    Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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    Album Description

    This groundbreaking album seamlessly fuses traditionalIndian rhythms and instrumentation with the beats andaesthetic of classic Hip-Hop and R&B to form and entirelynew sound. The album features Jay-Z. Sequence. 2003. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars awesome album
    This is a very good CD. I love the combination of traditional Indian music with hip-hop beats. However, I was expecting more rapping. And only 7 of the 14 tracks are done in English or at least partially in English. The rest of the tracks are sung in Punjabi, a language spoken in the region of India and Pakistan. I'm South Asian American, but I only understand Bengali. I hardly understand any of the Punjabi. I recommend this CD for anyone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars East meets West.
    Being an Indian American, it's always a little weird to see things that are so much a part of my Indian culture all of a sudden become mainstream in American Pop culture. Being a rock-n-roll girl, I've never been a big fan of Rap music beyond some of the ones played on mainstream Top 40 radio, so I'm not a good person to comment on the hip-hop aspect of this album at all. What I love about his album is the way it incorporates bhangra and Indian pop music with the more western styles. It's a great album to get you in the mood to dance. Mundia Tho, the first single off of the album is the best one and I found myself loving the remix version with JayZ in it as well. Years ago when I first heard the song in the movie American Desi, I wondered to myself how that type of music hadn't made it to our radio stations. I guess I just needed to wait a few years. I think this is a great upbeat album that will have everyone dancing.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT!!!
    hrfvbgrebv reuhreure rebruefbre reburebureh reuherudiaaaaa!!!!!!
    io[fjiofjbjnrejgnjbfek nfiwen kikfne krnioern fj ifi rioj!!!
    THIS SUCKS!!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars do drugs help?
    I heard "Beware" last summer, it was all over Europe. I loved it. I turned it up whenever I heard it...even asked random strangers to pump the volume. Also, this CD came so highly recommended...all the critics were raving about its greatness. So now I own it and never listen to it. What happened? Most of the songs are a slow rap (a paradox if I ever heard it) with indian instruments in the background. The rapper sounds sleepy or high or a combination of the two. There are only 3 songs with energy...and they're really good. But 3 out of what, 14? Maybe it sounds better if you smoke while listening to it?

    Standout songs: Jogi, mundian to bach ke, beware

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro to indian music for numb american ears
    I started out on the other side of indian music- the classical, heavily instrumental sound often composed of just a sitar. The genre is amazing, calming, genius, and a nice break from the 4/4 mediocrity that so much American music has become.

    This album is a nice blend of vocal samples, bhangra beats, and some hip hop thrown in. To coin a comparison, Panjabi MC is the Moby of bhangra.

    I am a big fan of his popular tunes, but the track that gets me is Ghalla Gurian, with an absolutely intoxicating female voice starting out the track.

    Jugni has some of the finest drum beats I've heard.

    The album is a work of art as a whole, and will see much more popularity shortly as it gets more recognition. ... Read more

    20. Three Ragas
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    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
    This is one of Ravi Shankar's very best recordings, and one of the best introductions to the beauty and grandeur of Indian classical music you'll ever find. All three ragas here are given a masterly performance, particularly raga Jog, which is perhaps my favorite. Ravi's inventiveness and profundity are breathtaking!

    Newcomers to this genre will also want to listen to the duet recording of sarodist Ali Akbar Khan and sitarist Nikhil Banerjee performing ragas Manj Khammaj and Misra Mand. Although these two masters were taught by the same guru who taught Ravi Shankar, their style and approach is different from (but just as beautiful as) Ravi's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah, "Three Ragas" has finally been reissued!!
    This album is simply amazing...possibly the best recorded work Shankar ever did, and that's saying a huge mouthful. "Raga Jog" alone is worth the price; it's absorbing, intimate, powerful, played with seraphic skill,and just plain damn unearthly beautiful. I bought the album on vinyl in 1967 when it first came out, and have played it till it's nearly unplayable, so this reissue delights me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Part of the CLASSICAL SET!
    This is a fantastic introduction to Indian music. In fact, this was Album 2 of a two album issue titled Music of India. Album 1 had two long ragas, one on each side, with an introduction to both classical Indian music in general, and specifically to each raga, by Yehudi Menuhin at the beginning of each side. The original also had two inserts - a factory original booklet and a copy of a typewritten introduction by a UCLA ethnomusicologist at that time, Dr. Boris Kremenliev. This remake is of Album 2, the better of the two. Interestingly enough, there is an error on the jacket. The jacket places Raga Jog on Side 1, and the other two ragas on Side 2; in fact, they are actually recorded on the vinyl in the reverse order. My vinyl shows its age - I purchased both in a small music store on Hollywood Blvd. in 1959 - and I have taken them with me where ever I moved around the world. My love for the music shows in my care for the albums. I personally consider the remastering of this album to be a gift from the gods.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Long overdue reissue on CD
    This is Ravi Shankar's first LP, recorded in 1956, and serves as a fine introduction to his music and Indian classical in general.

    I bought a used vinyl copy of this album in the early 90s, and had been looking for a CD issue ever since. Finally, in 2000, Angel Records has digitally remastered and reissued this album. Track two, Raga Ahir Bhairav, is my favorite Indian classical music piece. I would have bought this disc for that track alone.

    Don't let the short track list fool you into thinking this is a short album; this CD clocks in at 54:55.

    The sound quality of this remaster is quite good, considering the age of the master tapes, though there are a few places where one channel drops out briefly. I rarely notice these moments, and even when I do they don't detract from the quality of the music. The sound is certainly much better than my old vinyl LP! ... Read more

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