Robert Dimery‘s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die has some weird choices for best albums. Ananda Shankar‘s debut album is another of the weird ones. Why does he promote Indian music, but not much from other European countries? This album is a fusion of rock and Indian sitar music. Sitar Rock?
It is so weird to hear “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Light My Fire” in an Indian version. I guess if other songs can be translated why not these song.
I do not like this type of music at all. The songs of the sitar and Indian noises make my head feel crazier. It is so irritating. I want to scream, “Make it stop!” at the top of my lungs. I guess India is not a place I would visit.
“Mamata (Affection)” and “Sagar (The Ocean)” both sound nice, but that whining noise drives me mad. If I could hear a version of these songs without I would love it.
His message of one religion is goofy. There is not one religion amongst all the religions. They cannot all be right.
It is not the worst album in the world, but I hate the sound of the repetitive sitar and the other Indian instruments that make it sound like something is whirring throughout the song. If you like the sound of Indian music, then listen to it. 5/10.