Dark Horse Records Set To Release Ravi Shankar George Harrison Box Set

artist: misc date: 11/10/2010 category: upcoming releases
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Dark Horse Records/Rhino Entertainment will release a limited edition deluxe box set entitled Ravi Shankar George Harrison Collaborations which honors the sitar master's 90th birthday. Collaborations is a 3 CD and 1 DVD uniquely numbered limited edition box set (the CDs come in replica vinyl jackets). All compositions were composed by Ravi Shankar and produced by George Harrison over a period of 20 years. The DVD is a rare concert performance of the Ravi Shankar's Music Festival From India recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1974. The albums include the acclaimed Chants Of India (1997), The Ravi Shankar Music Festival From India (studio version 1976) and Shankar Family & Friends (1974). The 56-page book includes a foreword by Philip Glass, a history of George and Ravi in their own words and rare photographs from both family archives. In 1973 George Harrison signed Ravi Shankar to his Dark Horse Records label. The first joint recording project between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, Shankar Family & Friends brought together renown Indian classical musicians such as Ustad Alla Rakha, Lakshmi Shankar, and Shivkumar Sharma alongside Western jazz and rock musicians including George, Ringo Starr, Tom Scott, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner and Billy Preston. One half of the album comprises instrumentals and songs, while the second half is a thematic ballet to a yet un-staged performance. Ravi Shankar's Music Festival From India (live from the Royal Albert Hall) was the first artistic event organized and sponsored by George Harrison's Material World Charitable Foundation; bringing together a 17-piece Indian classical ensemble as well as a solo sitar performance by Ravi Shankar accompanied on tabla by Alla Rakha. In 1997 George Harrison and Ravi Shankar again collaborated on an album. This time Ravi created music for ancient Sanskrit chants with the challenge of maintaining the authenticity of the ancient verses, along with four original compositions. Released in 1997, Chants Of India are timeless, Vedic verses chanted for the well being of man and mankind. The friendship with George started in 1966 and that's when I met him along with the other three, but George was something very special from the very beginning. Something clicked between us and he was so interested in wanting to know about Indian music. - Ravi Shankar In 1966 through the grace of God my life was blessed and enhanced from the sudden desire to investigate the classical music of India. Although intellectually, I could not comprehend it the music, (which happened to be Ravi Shankar and the sitar) made more sense to me than anything I had heard in my life. When I read Ravi saying he felt he had only started, I was overwhelmed, humbled and encouraged to try and understand the music and the man much more. - George Harrison This is how the interesting, unique and lifelong friendship began between Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. Collaborations, available on Dark Horse Records and distributed worldwide by Rhino Entertainment, is a celebration of these two musical geniuses and how their friendship and deep mutual respect for each other created opportunities to push musical boundaries. Ravi Shankar George Harrison Collaborations Track Listing: Disc: 1 01. Vandanaa Trayee 02. Omkaaraaya Namaha 03. Vedic Chanting One 04. Asato Maa 05. Sahanaa Vavatu 06. Poornamadah 07. Gaayatri 08. Mahaa Mrityunjaya (Om Triambakam) 09. Veenaa-Murali 10. Geetaa (Karmanye Vadhikaraste) 11. Mangalam (Tala Mantra) 12. Hari Om 13. Swara Mantra 14. Vedic Chanting Two 15. Prabhujee 16. Sarve Shaam Disc: 2 01. Vandana 02. Dhamar 03. a) Tarana b) Chaturang 04. Raga Jait 05. Kajri 06. Bhajan 07. Naderdani 08. Dehati Disc: 3 01. I Am Missing You 02. Kahan gayelava shyam salon 03. Supan m ay preetam sainya 04. I Am Missing You (reprise) 05. Jaya Jagadish Har (Dream, Nightmare & Dawn) 06. Overture - Part One: Dream 07. Festivity & Joy 08. Love Dance Ecstasy - Part Two: Nightmare 09. Lust (Raga Chandrakauns) 10. Dispute & Violence 11. Disillusionment & Frustration 12. Despair & Sorrow (Raga Marwa) - Part Three: Dawn 13. Awakening 14. Peace & Hope (Raga Bhatiyar) Disc: 4 (DVD) 01. Introduction by George Harrison 02. Hymns from the Vedas 3. Tappa-Raga Khamaj: Tala Chanchar 04. Tarana-Raga Kirwani: Tala Ektal 05. Raga Jait: Tala Rupak 06. Vilambit Gat, Drut Gat and Jhala Raga Yaman Kalyan: Tala Teental 07. Naderdani 08. Krishna Krishna: Bhajan (Based on Raga Pancham-se-gara: Tala Dadra) 09. Dehati 10. Musicians Introduction 11. Vandana 12. a) Alap b) Noom Toom c) Jor: Raga Abhogi 13. Dhamar; Raga Vasanta: Tala Dhamar 14. Khyal; Raga Kedara: Tala Teental 15. Tarana; Raga Kirwani: Tala Ektal; Chaturanga: Raga Yaman Kalyan: Tala Teental 16. Kajri 17. a) Pallavi b) Thani Avarthanam; Raga Bilahari: Tala Aditala 18. Thumri; Mishra Piloo: Tala Jat 19. Raga Mala (Based on Raga Khamaj): Tala Teental 20. Ravi and Anoushka Mixing in 5.1
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