Enter The Wormhole #11 (Shankarrison)

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  • Anonymous
    July 20, 2011 - 22:13 | Permalink

    Wonderful post, Willard. I’m fascinated by anything with sitar. Thanks!

  • Art Ducko
    July 22, 2011 - 02:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for these, Willard. Norah Jones’ dad sure got around, didn’t he? Lovely stuff.

  • Rob
    July 22, 2011 - 22:05 | Permalink

    Wow, This is great. Some of the 1974 album was played live on George Harrison’s US tour that year, I always thought it sounded good on the one live recording I have. But this album surpasses the live shows, it is glorious. Thank you Willard.

    George really was a very good collaborator/ producer, I think it’s what he was best at. Have you heard the Hare Krishna album from 1970 or so?

    • Willard
      July 22, 2011 - 22:26 | Permalink

      This one? I’m not gonna disagree with you, ’cause I like George, too. But, I’m not a fan of his attempts to westernize Shankar’s music. It’s not so much the “westernizing,” as the Harrison-izing that bugs me the most. I think it was a noble idea – spreading the music to the masses via Harrison’s fame and sound, but I’ve just never liked the end result. Shankar without tampering always sounds much better.

  • Rob
    July 22, 2011 - 22:49 | Permalink

    I wan’t specifically thinking of the Shankar albums, because I never heard them before now. What I mean to say is that there are many cases where George took a back seat on somebody else’s recordings, especially in the role of producer, and with good results. And it makes me wonder how many unheard private collaborations he was involved in over the years.

    Other nuggets that demonatrate his coolness as a producer….. let me see….
    Radha Krishna Temple – I insist… And his own “Wonderwall” of course….
    “Sour Milk Sea” by Jackie Lomax (backed by 3 Beatles and Eric Clapton)….
    “Try Some Buy Some” b/w “Tandoori Chicken” by Ronnie Spector, great stuff altogether.

    • Willard
      July 23, 2011 - 06:47 | Permalink

      You’re right. You can’t accuse McCartney of taking a back seat when HE produces.

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