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WFMU continues to mine the audio motherlode….

Tabla Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa & Ustad Amir Hussain Khan  ~  “Rhythms of India: Tabla Recital”
(Blog: Oriental Traditional Music from LPs & Cassettes)

This Is Your Brain, on Tablas
“Rhythm is man’s primal impulse: it comes naturally to him. And to the Indian mind, everything in creation moves to rhythm. As the celebrated Sanskrit work on Indian music, the “Raga Kalpadruma” says: “The emergence, sustenance and dissolution of the three worlds come from rhythm. All living beings from the smallest worm onwards, move by rhythm. Even the movement of the sun, the moon and the planets depends on rhythm.”  (From the liner notes)

Labassi Lili Labassi  ~  Le Génie du Chââbi (1932-1939)
(Blog: Holy Warbles)

Lili of the Valley
“The day an unbiased musicologist worthy of his title and without any prejudice of race, religion or origin studies Algerian musique [Chààbi & Andaluz] the obvious will appear; that its paramount lord is undoubtedly Lili Labassi.”  (By Robert Castel [Labassi’s son], in the liner notes)

Pike Dave Pike Set  ~  “Noisy Silence—Gentle Noise”
(Blog: Barabara Sounds)

Best Song Title: “Walkin’ Down the Highway in a Red Raw Egg”
Speaking of his contribution to the iconic Indo/jazz fusion track “Mathar” on this LP, guitarist Volker Kriegel reveals in the liner notes, “I have been playing the Indian sitar for only two weeks. Here too I’m interested in first of all in the wonderful sound of the great instrument. Mathar is the village where in northern Indian where Ravi Shankar studied 14 years with his guru before performing  in public. But there are three things in this: for me the word Mathar also consists of “mother” and sitar.”  (From the liner notes )

Hortobagyi Laszlo Hortobagyi  ~  “6th All-India Music Conference”
(Blog: Eclecticipher)

“Hortobagyi has spent the last 30 years creating the music of a world that never existed but might exist in a parallel universe. A complete Musical History of a Parallel Earth. A planet , where east and west mixed somewhat differently. Much deeper.”  (By Eclecticipher)

Simla Various  ~  “Simla Beat ’70/’71”
(Blog: Resin Hits)

“This is an Indian garage psych comp compiled from talent shows hosted by a cigarrette company called Simla in the ’60s. A weird cross-promotion between two of the greatest products circulating earth: rock music and cigarettes. As far as the bands go, the eruptions are really good distorted surf rock, and fentones/hypnotic eye have the best cuts overall. and let me tell you, the cross-promotion works. I’ve smoked more bones listening to this one than even Simla Cigarettes could support, dood.”  (By Josh Klimaszewski, at Resin Hits)

Martino Pat Martino  ~  “Baiyina (The Clear Evidence)
(Blog: The KingCake Crypt)

Does This Get Pat Frisked at the Airport?
“Adventurous fusions of Indian, psychedelic, rock, funk, and jazz music by one of the great risk-takers of the electric guitar. Baiyina features fluid guitars, exotic Indian percussion and drone instruments, unique time signatures, swirling flute and sax, deep grooving bass, and in-the-pocket drumming, making it one of the most unique acid-drenched albums to come out of the late ’60s. As the album’s subtitle reads: ‘A psychedelic excursion through the magical mysteries of the Koran.’ Indeed, each track takes its inspiration and name from different parts of the Koran.”  (By John Ballon, at

Raga Shankar Jaikishan  ~  “Raga Jazz Style”
(Blog: Holy Warbles)

Øשlqæda for President
Shankar Jaikishan, also known as S/J, were a duo of composers in the Hindi film industry who collaborated from 1949–1971. Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi was a native of Rajasthan, while Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal belonged to Bansda, Gujarat. Shankar Jaikishan, along with other artists, wrote ‘everlasting’ & ‘immortal melodies’ in the ’50s & ’60s. Their best melodies are noted for being raga-based & having both lilt and sonority. Shankar Jaikishan made a major contribution toward the development of jazz music in India and the new genre Indo Jazz. Their 1968 album Raga Jazz Style is the earliest Indo Jazz recording in India and the first to be released in stereo. On this album, considered to be one of the most innovative, S/J created 11 songs based on Indian ragas with sitar by Rais Khan.  (From Wikipedia)

Rich Buddy Rich & Alla Rakha  ~  “Rich à la Rakha”
(Blog: Dr. Schluss’ Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities)
From the album: Khanda Kafi (mp3)

Slap Dash
“For those of us living in the West, jazz drumming legend Buddy Rich is the marquee name here, although it’s not particularly representative of what you’re going to get with this recording. Neither is the trendy, ’68 vintage psychedelic exploitation lettering gracing the cover. No, this is in fact a collaboration with the sterling Indian percussionist Alla Rakha, and it’s his musical DNA that is most apparent here. Fortunately, the end result is a quite good album of classically-minded Indian music with a few jazz flourishes (although for the most part it seems that Mr. Rich is joining in with hand percussion or just a tom drum).”  (Description by Dr. Schluss , at Dr. Schluss’ Garage Of Psychedelic Obscurities )

Baris Bariş Manço  ~  29 Singles
(Blog: Turkish Psychedelic Music)

We’ll Always Have Bariş
“Along with Erkin, Baris Manco is one of the earliest stars of Turkish rock’n roll whose first public -success dates back to late 50’s.  He won scholarship in Belgium Royal Academy in 1963 and went to Belgium to study graphics and art. By the time he was there he was always busy with music and put out records in both Belgium and in Turkey (to where he returned for four or five months every year. Influenced by the rapid cultural movements occuring at the time in Europe, he realised his own country could be the cultural link between East and West, a link avidly sought by many open-minded Western European thoughts. After his collaborations with Les Mistigris and Kaygisizlar, Manço went on to form another band under his name which compromised of multi-national musicians. Best remembered for their fantastic live bluesy underground music.”  (Description by Gökhan Aya & Jay Dobis, reprinted at


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