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Options February 7, 2018: The Sound of the Sitar in Pop Music!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3 
Ananda Shankar  Jumping Jack Flash   Options Ananda Shankar  Reprise  1970  LP 
Dave Pike Set  Mathar   Options 45RPM Single  MPS  1969  45 
Vinnie Bell  Newsreel   Options Bootleg  Bootleg  1967  MP3 
Vinnie Bell  The Quiet Village   Options Pop Goes the Electric Sitar  Decca  1967  LP 
101 Strings  Karma Sitar   Options Sounds of Today  Alshire  1967  LP 
 
Lord Sitar  I Can See For Miles   Options 45RPM Single  Columbia  1968  45 
Alan Lorber Orchestra  Up Up and Away   Options The Lotus Palace  Verve  1967  LP 
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade  Marrakesh Express   Options Permissive Polyphonics  Project 3  1970  LP 
Folkswingers  Eight Miles High   Options Raga Rock  World Pacific  1966  LP 
Folkswingers  Hey Joe   Options Raga Rock  World Pacific  1966  LP 
Folkswingers  Grim Reaper of Love   Options Raga Rock  World Pacific  1966  LP 
Holy Mackerel  Wildflowers   Options Holy Mackerel  Reprise  1968  LP 
KPM/Steve Gray  Sitar Mobile   Options Fusion  KPM  1973  LP 
The Virtues  Meditation of the Soul   Options 45RPM Single  Andee  1969  45 
Don Sebesky  Dance the Night Away   Options The Distant Galaxy  Verve  1968  LP 
Gabor Szabo  Paint It Black   Options Jazz Raga  Impulse  1966  LP 
Moe Koffman  Dr Swahili   Options Goes Electric  Jubilee  1968  LP 
 
The Turtles  Sound Asleep   Options 45RPM Single  White Whale  1967  45 
Living Guitars  Baby You're Rich Man   Options San Franciscan Nights  Camden  1967  LP 
Big Jim Sullivan  Tallyman   Options Sitar a Go Go  Mercury  1967  LP 
Big Jim Sullivan  Sunshine Superman   Options Sitar a Go Go  Mercury  1967  LP 
Big Jim Sullivan  Trans Love Airways (Fat Angel)   Options Sitar a Go Go  Mercury  1967  LP 
Bobby Christian  Mooganga   Options Vibe-brations  Ovation  1970  LP 
Ananda Shankar  Metamorphosis   Options Ananda Shankar  Reprise  1970  LP 
Ananda Shankar  Light My Fire   Options Ananda Shankar  Reprise  1970  LP 
Herb Larson  My Whole World Ended   Options Sax Appeal  Command  1969  LP 
 
The Beatles  Love You Too   Options Revolver  Parlophone  1966  LP 
The Beatles  Within You Without You   Options Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary  Apple  1967  LP 
Joe Harriot Double Quartet  Overture   Options Indo Jazz Suite  Atlantic  1966  LP 
Rick Nelson  Marshmallow Skies   Options Another Side of Rick  Decca  1968  LP 
Noel Harrison  Sign of the Queen   Options Collage  Reprise  1967  LP 
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM Single  Like  1966  45 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:01pm hyde:

hiya
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:02pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Hyde!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:02pm Parq:

Oh yeahhhh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:02pm coelacanth∅:

baby baby baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:03pm Funky16Corners:

Parq! C!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:04pm coelacanth∅:

greetings
i'm excited for this! i have to switch to a shittier laptop though, while i make dinner.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:05pm Funky16Corners:

Cool! Lots of good stuff ready to go!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:06pm Parq:

Just a minute while I straighten my beaded curtains.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

Light some incense while you're at it!
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:07pm Dean:

We in for Nikhil Banerjee's album of Herman's Hermits covers?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:07pm northguineahills:

Oh boy, stealing Doug's auto-stream bed music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:07pm Funky16Corners:

NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:08pm northguineahills:

:p loving today's theme!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:08pm Funky16Corners:

@Dean - Unknown to me, but it's going on the list
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:08pm Dean:

[Joke. Over the top joke.] But I love NB.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:09pm Funky16Corners:

Considering some of the records I've seen, it's not out of the question
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 10:12pm still b/p:

College moment: playing Ravi Shankar in dorm room with door open. Neighbor stops on the way by and with semi-undulations and arm-waves, exclaims, “Oh, it’s the guru himself!” Don’t know if he meant me or the musician — he definitely knew nothing of Ravi.
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:13pm Dean:

We are going to hear Joe South, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:13pm Funky16Corners:

It's interesting how much even a few bars of sitar music became shorthand for a whole world
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:14pm Funky16Corners:

@Dean - Not tonight, but as I'm a big fan, he'll probably get his own highlight sometime soon
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:16pm Dean:

South and Norman Greenbaum were likely my introduction to sitar pop, not counting the Beatles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:16pm coelacanth∅:

some bands made the sitar fairly routine, like shocking blue, and...damned if i can't think of another one i just learned of a few months ago. -i don't even think about it as novelty or exotic when i listen to some bands.
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:17pm Dean:

Later, Cornershop reminded me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:17pm Funky16Corners:

I was just thinking of Cornershop yesterday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:17pm coelacanth∅:

i'd think maybe you heard it in the rolling stones and traffic first - but maybe not.
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 10:23pm still b/p:

What was up with newsreel remarks about sitar being “easy” if you can play guitar? I’ve heard it described as damned hard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:24pm Funky16Corners:

The electric sitar, maybe, which was set up with a reglar set of strings and a set of resonant strings. The regular sitar has always been described to me as VERY difficult to learn
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:26pm Dean:

Requisite allusion to Ravi Shankar's comments at the outset of the concert for Bangla Desh...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:27pm Funky16Corners:

Where he had to ask or decorum an explain the purpose of the ragas
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:27pm Funky16Corners:

No wait, I'm thinking of Monterey Pop
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:27pm Funky16Corners:

What did he do at the Concert for Bangla Desh?
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:27pm Dean:

He had to distinguish tuning from playing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:29pm Funky16Corners:

Ahh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:30pm Parq:

Man, this set *really* makes me feel like Bobby, the protagonist in "Company".
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:30pm Dean:

Marrakesh, Mumbai...I'm so confused.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:30pm Funky16Corners:

@Parq - How so?
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 10:33pm still b/p:

Friend of mine is playing the Ladies Who Lunch role currently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:35pm Funky16Corners:

A matinee, a Pinter play,
Perhaps a piece of Mahler's.
I'll drink to that.
And one for Mahler!
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:36pm Dean:

Damn, I just realized that I'm a lady who lunches.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:36pm Parq:

The sixties, man! This sounds like exactly the sort of music that would accompany a swinging bachelor's pursuit of groovy chicks. Of course, the point of "Company" is that Bobby was past the sixties and past his twenties and starting to realize what an empty life all that was.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:37pm Funky16Corners:

I get it now. Yeah, a lot of this was engineered precisely as exotic background music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:39pm Parq:

still b/p, that's a challenge. There are certain roles where the original Broadway actor -- or more often, the actor in the movie version -- gave a performance so iconic that everyone will inevitably measure your performance against it. Try to imagine what it was like in the seventies or early eighties trying to play Stanley Kowallski without the creeping feeling that everyone in the audience was thinking "Brando". Elaine Stritch's rendering of "Ladies" is like that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:40pm Funky16Corners:

I saw Patti Lupone do it on a PBS special. She did a great job.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:40pm Parq:

That said, Therese knocked it out of the park with a version of that song to open the Marathon Finale a few years back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:41pm Funky16Corners:

It's a remarkable piece of music.
  Wed. 2/7/18 10:41pm Dean:

I have a contrary view, which I won't elaborate. I am very skeptical about "iconic" performances. 'nuff said.
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 10:42pm still b/p:

For a good while, a few sitar notes would be soundtrack cue in TV and movies for hippie far-out love-children scene, pad, lingo...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:43pm Funky16Corners:

I was watching an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies the other day where Mrs Drysdale fell under the spell of an unscrupulous guru, who then set his eyes on the Clampetts
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:45pm Funky16Corners:

Played of course by a white guy in brownface, much like Professor Irwin Corey as the Baba Zeba in How To Commit Marriage
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 10:45pm still b/p:

Tween you and me, my friend seems past the role’s age, but has character aspect and pipes perfect for it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:49pm Little Danny:

Heya Larry, all. Got my usual Wednesday night gig off so I'm stoked to be here live for once
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:49pm Little Danny:

"Dance the Night Away" is my fave track from Cream's psychedelic years
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 10:49pm still b/p:

Also, not sure how Stritch-familiar the particular audiences will be at the venue, aside from other theater people and deeper devotees.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:50pm Parq:

F16C, well of course. That was the era of Indians (the American kind) played by Jewish comedians in make-up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:50pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Danny! One of mine too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:50pm Funky16Corners:

@Parq - I think most of the indians on F-Troop were Jewish comedians from NYC
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 10:53pm Funky16Corners:

One day I went into IMDB and scrolled backward through the cast list for F-Troop and was amazed at some of the names.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:05pm Funky16Corners:

Get ready for the trip!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:10pm Little Danny:

Fave track from this Sullivan LP! Made it onto a psych-pop mix aeons ago. Do you know the Jeff Beck version, Larry? It's cool
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:11pm Funky16Corners:

I do indeed! I have a CD comp that contains all of Truth by the Jeff Beck Group as well as his solo 45s, including Tallyman.
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 11:15pm still b/p:

“Super Stereo Sound” is bigger than album title on Sitar A Go Go cover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:16pm Funky16Corners:

It's a great record. One you can actually listen to all the way through.
  Wed. 2/7/18 11:22pm Jeff g.:

Testifyin'!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:22pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:32pm Little Danny:

Larry, flipping through some LPs in my Now Sound section as I listen. Have you heard Jack Sheldon's "Nature Boy" from his Warm Sound LP? Really quite beautiful sitar-jazz track
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:32pm Little Danny:

Great set!
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 11:35pm Jeff Ash:

Al Caiola! Nice! Herb Larson. Nightmare fuel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:36pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks Danny! I have the album after that. I'll have to look for it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:36pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:37pm Funky16Corners:

I wonder if Sheldon had any personal experience with Eden Ahbez?
  Wed. 2/7/18 11:45pm Dean:

Revolver appeared in '66. I was born in '59. Now, almost 59 years old, I for the first time recognize the pun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:45pm Little Danny:

Seems possible, but I'd guess it was just more the ubiquity of "Nature Boy" in that time
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:46pm northguineahills:

Joe Harriot!, classic album. I'm afraid I'm fading. Thanks Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:46pm Funky16Corners:

@Dean - It took me a few years
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:46pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:47pm Funky16Corners:

@Danny - From what i've seen of Sheldon, he seems like he might have been tuned in to the hipper side of SoCal, esp in the 50s when he was running with Chet Baker
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:52pm Little Danny:

Totally. Ahbez, despite being such an out-there cat, just didn't seem to hang much with '50s jazzbos as far as I know...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:53pm Funky16Corners:

I wonder if anyone has written about Ahbez in the long form. He seems like a real character
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:54pm Little Danny:

I agree. Just mostly some pieces on the Internet as far as I know. Still quite a mysterious background as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:55pm Funky16Corners:

He was apparently an early proponent of macrobiotics and such. He must have made a mint off of 'Nature Boy'. I wonder what he did with it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:56pm Little Danny:

Another obscure gem, this Harrison! Have the 45. Sounds great back to back with Lady Godiva's Operation.
  Wed. 2/7/18 11:56pm Dean:

See one of the chapters here: http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b23753280~S1
Avatar Wed. 2/7/18 11:56pm still b/p:

We rise to thank the DJ.
“Everybody rise, everybody riiiiise...!”
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:57pm Little Danny:

Agreed, "Nature Boy" must have treated him well, though I don't recall his lifestyle changing much
  Wed. 2/7/18 11:58pm Dean:

Have you heard Cheap Trick's traversal of Sgt. Pepper? Not bad, not bad. Zander, in particular, gives McCartney and Lennon a run for their vocal money.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 2/7/18 11:58pm Little Danny:

Great show Larry! It's totally inspired me for my show tomorrow
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:00am coelacanth∅:

Great program,Larry. i won't hold my breath to wait for a koto/guzheng in pop music program though
gnight y'all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:00am Funky16Corners:

Thanks Danny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:00am Funky16Corners:

@ DEan - I have not, but I dig Cheap Trick.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:01am Funky16Corners:

Thanks C!
  Thu. 2/8/18 12:02am Dean:

See the chapter, "Nature Boy," in the book for which I dropped a link above for more about Ahbez.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:02am Funky16Corners:

@SBP at 11:56 - Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:03am Funky16Corners:

I'll have to scroll back and find that
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/8/18 12:05am Funky16Corners:

That looks cool!
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