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Indian music has become a global musical language but its South Asian roots remain strong, diverse and local. This anthology covers the "golden years" of the movement, from approximately 1970 until 1983. Much of the music on this compilation springs from the Bollywood film industry; composers such as R.D. Burman and the brothers known as Kalyanji Anandji, whose work makes up much of this anthology, recorded and released an inordinate amount of soundtracks. That experiments in the fusion of India's classical traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music, folk music such as bhangra and dandiya and Western psychedelia and funk music would occur at some point is only natural.
Also included are off the beaten path Indian experiments in Psych Funk - for example, two songs from the Simla Beat garage-psych albums, and an oft-heard Deep Purple cover by the ground-breaking Atomic Forest - and examples of the Indian Psych Funk influence on European 70s musicians.
Throughout the extensive liner notes, WPFC attempts to broaden the definition of global psychedelia: the early researchers who first coarsely defined the genre - and limited its subgenres - did so at the same time that these experiments were first issued. That they would obscure these contributions to the global psychedelic canon is understandable. But it is time to correct this oversight.
1 Black Beats, The (2) – The Mod Trade
2 X'Lents – Psychedelia
3 Kalyanji Anandji* – Somebody To Love (Edit)
4 Kalyanji Anandji* – Bairaag Dance Music (Edit)
5 R. D. Burman – Dance Music From Hara Rama Hara Krischna
6 R. D. Burman – Lekar Ham Diwana Dil Featuring – Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar
7 R. D. Burman – Freak Out Music
8 Bappi Lahari (2) – Everybody Dance With Me
9 Kalyanji Anandji* with R. D. Burman – Dharmatma Theme
10 Asha Bhosle – Dum Maro Dum Live (Edit)
11 Usha Khanna – Hotel Incidental Music (Edit)
12 Klaus Doldinger – Sitar Beat
13 Sapan Jagmohan – Meri Aakhon Mein Ek Sapna Hai (Edit) Featuring – Mohd. Rafi*, Pankaj Mittra
14 Keith Kanga – Butterfly (Version Two
15 Atomic Forest – Mary Long
16 Usha Khanna – Tera Jasia Pyara Koi Nahin
17 Hemant Bhosle – Phir Teri Yaad Featuring – Asha Bhosle
18 R. D. Burman – Aaj Mera Dil Featuring – Asha Bhosle
19 Kalyanji Anandji* with Manhar & Anand* – Hum Tumhe Chate Hain (Edit)
20 Ilaiyaraaja* – Thabimayil Featuring – Vani Jairam And Chorus