Songs of Krishna - The Living Tradition
Recordings and sleevenotes by Deben Bhattacharya
Argo (Decca) - ZFB 52 - P.1971
A1 Raga Bhupali 11'28
A2 Kathak Krishnalila 4'10
A3 Mira, Bhajan 5'08
B1 Mathur 16'48
B2 Raga Vasant 6'03
A1, rec. in Jhodpur 1968
A2,A3,B2, rec. in Jaipur 1968
B1, rec in Assansol 1954
This is one of my real favourite of all the records that Deben Bhattacharya made. This LP is full of good music and atmosphere that feels close to me and carries many of the signs that I think are the best illustrations of Deben Bhattacharyas philosophy of recording.
It is also the very label that published all of his first recordings and there is a great site, both with lots of information about the label and excellent discographies, so you can whet your appetite guessing what else could be coming in my later posts from their catalogue.
More info on the label Argo check here!
Well, anyhow it belongs to the best ones I have heard sofar! If he made 130 albums like it says on the backsleeve comments then I have still to find a lot more than the thirty, forty I have been able to hear until now. So if anyone has a good copy of any of his recordings on LP I would be delighted if you could consider sharing those with me and if the quality of photos and the rip meets the standards that I like to keep here on Anthems I will be delighted to post it. Anyhow I will continue to collect them here in one way or another.
I still have a handful of the Indian and Middle Eastern and then a few from his East European
excursions but eventually I will go dry. Wonder if his Java Bali LP on Musidisc was any good?
Anyhow this one definitely is and I hope you like it as much as I do. Not only for the Music,
but for the closeness to the surroundings. A car horn honking in the distance right after a song
some outside noices all giving a wider context than the music room, the small tactile ambient sounds I like so much, in no way disturbing the music only making it more breathing and vivid.