Earlier this year, Northern Spy Records released In Hollywood, 1971, a new record by Ravi Shankar presented across a limited edition of 2 LPs, for Record Store Day 2016. Profits from this release benefitted The Ravi Shankar Foundation, which serves to educate the world about Indian classical music and to preserve the archive of Ravi Shankar.
Northern Spy Records and East Meets West Music are now announcing a wider release of In Hollywood, 1971 on CD and digital formats. This edition contains the entire concert which is two hours long! The CD comes in a beautiful, gatefold wallet with two discs.
Pandit Ravi Shankar was a sitar master and pioneer; widely credited with popularizing sitar and Indian classical music in the West. Through his association with George Harrison, he also popularized the benefit concert with Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Earlier that same year, Ravi Shankar performed a morning concert in his home on Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California with Harrison in attendance. As Ravi’s wife, Sukanya Shankar, attests in her amazing liner notes, this concert most certainly sowed the seed for the overwhelmingly successful Concert for Bangladesh.
These four Ragas are beautifully recorded, and they sound phenomenal after tape transfer, audio restoration, and mastering by Barry Phillips.
released September 30, 2016
ARTIST: Ravi Shankar
TITLE: In Hollywood, 1971
STREET DATE: September 30, 2016
CATALOG #: NS 073
FORMAT: Double LP in Gatefold Jacket, CD in Gatefold Wallet, Digital
PARTICIPANTS: Ravi Shankar (Sitar), Alla Rakha (Tabla), Kamala Chakravarty (Tanpura)
Recorded live June 12, 1971 in Hollywood, California. Private concert at the home of Ravi Shankar on Highland Avenue.
Music Producer: Shyama Priya
Executive Producer: Shyama Priya, Cat Celebrezze
Cover Photograph: Claudia Andujar
Inside Photographs: Henry Diltz