THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: GEORGE HARRISON AND RAVI SHANKAR - EAST AND WEST, YIN AND YANG (RAVI SHANKAR R.I.P. 1920-2012)December 11, 2012 – 4:34 am
RAVI SHANKAR R.I.P. 1920-2012
Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar died on December 11, 2012 in a hospital in the US, aged 92. Shankar was admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego on December 6 after complaining of breathing difficulties, reports say.
The legendary musician and his musician daughter Anoushka had been nominated for the 2013 Grammy awards in the world music category. Shankar, who helped bring Indian music to the world, played at Woodstock, the 1967 Monterey Pop festival and the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.
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GEORGE HARRISON AND RAVI SHANKAR
East & West, Yin & Yang [Yellow Cat YC 074, 1CD]
Compilation of demos, outtakes and various unreleased tracks. Generally excellent sound.
For George Harrison fans, this is a follow-up to Far East Man [Living Legend], though there might be a slight bit of overlap.
This is what gsparaco wrote at collectorsmusicreviews.com:
East & West, Yin & Yang was released by Yellow Cat in July, 2002, about 10 months after the passing of George Harrison. This is a one-disc tribute filled with interviews, rarities, and difficult to find tracks scattered throughout his solo career in chronological order with emphasis upon his work with Indian classical music in general and Ravi Shankar in particular. The sound quality on of these tracks is generally excellent with a majority taken from professional sources.
The first track is a ninety second clip from the rare film Raga, East Meets West, filmed at Big Sur, California on June 10, 1968. In it Shankar confesses his confusion in hearing sitars in popular music and how Harrison “really wanted to learn” when he first approached him to learn the instrument. The “David Frost Show” clip comes from December 3rd, 1971 and is three minutes long. Harrison discusses how long he played sitar and his returning to play the sitar after many years.
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Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.
Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.
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Track 01. Raga Private Instruction - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar [Big Sur, CA; June 10, 1968] (2.6MB)
Track 02. David Frost Show - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar [December 3, 1971] (4.6MB)
Track 03. ll Things Must Pass - George Harrison [acoustic guitar rendition, EPK 2001] (1.0MB)
Track 04. “I like a lot of music…” - George Harrison [Sydney; November 11, 1985] (1.7MB)
Track 05. Ride Rajbun - George Harrison, Dhani Harrison and Ravi Shankar (7.8MB)
Track 06. Yin & Yang - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar (16.5MB)
Track 07. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar (acoustic guitar rendition) (3.6MB)
Track 08. Bangla Desh - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar (6.7MB)
Track 09. Prabhujee - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar (13.0MB)
Tracks 06-09 - VH1, recorded on May 14, 1997 and televised on July 24.
Track 10. Anoushka (EPK) - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar (5.2MB)
Track 11. “40 Years” (ATMP EPK 2001) - George Harrison (1.2MB)
Track 12. Here Comes The Sun - George Harrison & Paul Simon [Saturday Night Live NBC-TV; November 20, 1976] (6.0MB)
Track 13. Homeward Bound - George Harrison & Paul Simon [Saturday Night Live NBC-TV; November 20, 1976] (4.6MB)
Track 14. Mo - George Harrison (promotional tribute song) (7.8MB)
Track 15. Abandoned Love - George Harrison & Bob Dylan (unreleased studio recording) (6.7MB)
Track 16. Rockline Radio Medley: Drive My Car/Here Comes the Sun/The Bells of Rhymney/Mr Tambourine Man/Take Me As I Am/That’s Alright/Let It Be Me/Something/Every Grain of Sand - George Harrison and Jeff Lynne (acoustic guitar renditions) [Los Angeles, February 10, 1988] (14.5MB)
Track 17. Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea - George Harrison and Joe Holland (pre-recorded performance) [BBC Channel 4; June 6, 1992] (4.2MB)
Track 18. Don’t Try To Own Me - George Harrison and Gary Wright (vocals only) (1.9MB)
Track 19. Here Comes Emerson - George Harrison (acoustic guitar rendition) [Gente Que Brilha; October 31, 1996] (2.8MB)
Track 20. Your True Love - George Harrison [Carl Perkins Memorial Service, R.E. Womack Memorial Chapel, Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee; January 23, 1998] (3.6MB)
Track 21. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (acoustic guitar rendition) (469k)
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