Ananda Shankar – Sagar (The Ocean)

• “Sagar (The Ocean)” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to LiquoriceComfits.

7.7 “Great Desi from India”

From his debut album “Ananda Shankar” (Reprise Records RS-6398) released in 1970.

This is, for me, the highlight track from his acclaimed debut set. The piece builds slowly, but eventually works its magical charms, ending in a blaze of glory in the final 4 minutes. I wouldn’t recommend the album – his western cover versions are a bit gimmicky – but this cut is well worth the cherry-picking.

Ananda Shankar (11 December 1942 – 26 March 1999) was a Bengali musician best known for fusing Western and Eastern musical styles. Born in Almora in Uttar Pradesh, India, Shankar was the son of Amala and Uday Shankar, popular dancers, and also the nephew of the renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar. He studied in The Scindia School, Gwalior. Ananda did not learn sitar from his uncle but studied instead with Lalmani Misra at Banaras Hindu University. In the late 1960s, Shankar travelled to Los Angeles, where he played with many contemporary musicians including Jimi Hendrix. There he was signed to Reprise Records and released his first album, “Ananda Shankar”, in 1970, with original Indian classical material alongside sitar-based cover versions of popular hits such as The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and The Doors’ “Light My Fire”. ~ Wikipedia

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