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.

Click here for the full write-up.

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.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD, or they are out of print.

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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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  1. 19 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: GEORGE HARRISON AND RAVI SHANKAR - EAST AND WEST, YIN AND YANG (RAVI SHANKAR R.I.P. 1920-2012)”

  2. wonderful , thanks phil and big o.
    Lets keep George`s music and memory alive!

    By sluggo on Dec 11, 2012

  3. Amen to that sluggo

    By JB on Dec 11, 2012

  4. George was one of the true gentle souls of the universe. He is missed and remembered every day…therefore, he will never die! Thanks for anthing George and John.

    By Gary Breeden on Dec 12, 2012

  5. Thanks.

    By George Martini on Dec 12, 2012

  6. Is track 17 Jools Holland?

    By fortwaldron on Dec 12, 2012

  7. RIP Ravi Shankar.

    By YogaforCynics on Dec 12, 2012

  8. It really IS the end of this world for some…..

    By Timmy on Dec 12, 2012

  9. Thanks very much for this!

    By Arun Agnihotri on Dec 13, 2012

  10. R.I.P. Ravi

    By Rochacrimson on Dec 14, 2012

  11. HI, MY NAME IS ALEJANDRO BUENAHORA, BORN IN BUENOS AIRES-ARGENTINE…WHO IS RAVI SHANKAR..THIS MAN..IN MY COUNTRY IS UNKNOWN….SOMEBODY CAN ANSWER ME…THANKS..ALEXANDER

    By ALEJANDRO BUENAHORA on Dec 16, 2012

  12. ALEJANDRO, WATCH THIS LINK, THE MAN ON THE FAR LEFT OF THE STAGE PLAYING THE SITAR IS RAVI SHANKAR.
    HE TAUGHT GEORGE HARRISON HOW TO PLAY ONE AS WELL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psUS20Zy91o

    By DROPKICKSARGE on Dec 16, 2012

  13. alejandro - if u understand english u can read about ravi shankar here -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar

    u may find it translated into a language that u understand. i would guess spanish or castellano. try this -

    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar_(m%C3%BAsico)

    By darth on Dec 16, 2012

  14. SOMEONE MUST HAVE SHARES IN THAT TOTALLY USELESS SITE, WIKIPEDIA.

    By DROPKICKSARGE on Dec 16, 2012

  15. or in selling tix for the stones. hope he makes a donation to wikipedia. bigo too.

    By barth on Dec 17, 2012

  16. THANKS, DROPKICKSARGE, THANKS DARTH, IS VERY INTERESANT THE STORY OF RAVI SHANKAR..IN REALITY, IN ARGENTINE IS UNKNOWN THIS SINGER.HERE ,WE LOVE THE ENGLISH MUSIC..I CANT UNDERSTAND YOUR LANGUAGE WITH THE HELP FROM DICTIONARY ,BUT TO LEARN THE VERB IS MY PROBLEM ,AND SOME WORDS..WHEN I READ AND WRITE ENGLISH IS EASY ENOUGH FROM ME…AFTER, I VE EXPLORING THE MUSIC BY SHANKAR MAYBE,HE IS GREAT SINGER ..THANK YOU.

    By ALEJANDRO BUENAHORA on Dec 17, 2012

  17. Looks like track 17 is with Jools (not Joe) Holland, from Channel 4 program Mr. Roadrunner (not BBC).
    It’s on Youtube as 1988
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AmAQAqbTvQ
    but someone says in the comments
    “This video was made in 1991, shown on TV in 1992 and the song was finally released, in a different mix, on “Brainwashed” in 2002.”

    By alan on Dec 19, 2012

  18. Thanks, BigO and thanks Phil for once again delivering the perfect tribute to another muso who will be sorely missed.
    Your contributions for our benefit are always much appreciated

    By Tony on Dec 19, 2012

  19. Wonderful comp. Yes, all things must pass…

    By lanzarishi on Dec 29, 2012

  20. Thanks so much, Phillip Cohen :)

    By Rose on May 5, 2014

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