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VA - Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! (2010) 320 / Lossless

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VA - Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! (2010) 320 / Lossless

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: World Psychedelic Funk US / WPFC103CD
Genre: Funk, World, Psychedelic
Total Time: 1:10:12
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 168 mb / 483 mb

VA - Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! (2010) 320 / Lossless

Indian music has become a global musical language but its South Asian roots remain strong, diverse and local. As with our introductory anthology of this kind (Psych Funk 101 WPFC 101) 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.

Review by John Bush
By the end of the 2000s, compilations of non-Western psychedelic music were becoming a dime-a-dozen propositions, while Bollywood compilations were getting even cheaper yet. Psych-Funk Sa-Re-Ga! Seminar outdoes the low expectations of both, stretching the boundaries of Bollywood exploitation music, and also featuring a set of '60s/'70s Indian pop at its finest, courtesy of producers extraordinary R.D. Burman and the brothers team known as Kalyanji Anandji (with multiple tracks each). Unlike most discs of this sort, the compilers at World Psychedelic Funk Classics are experts, well used to digging deep into the dustbins of history throughout Southeast Asia. Aptly, this collection is structured more like a film soundtrack than a run of singles, beginning with two scene-setting instrumentals (including a surfsploitation gem by a group called X'Lents) before splashing in with five tracks from the producers above in all their frenetic, chaotic multi-layered glory. True playback singers aren't common here (just Asha Bhosle on several tracks), but that serves the disc well; digging as deep as this, and providing a seminar on Bollywood soundtracks and the psychedelic scene around India during the '70s makes for a much more distinctive compilation. Highlights will vary from listener to listener based on whether your tastes lie in traditional Bollywood, psych-funk curios, or '60s exploitation (here courtesy of some remarkably garagey instrumentals), but shining above the pack are discoveries like Burman's "Freak Out Music" (which is exactly that), and Bappi Lahari's "Everybody Dance with Me" (reminiscent of "In A-Gadda-Da-Vida" gone Indian).


01. The Black Beats - The Mod Trade
02. X'Lents - Psychedelia
03. Kalyanji Anandji - Somebody to Love (Edit)
04. Kalyanji Anandji - Bairaag Dance Music (Edit)
05. R.D. Burman - Dance Music From Hare Rama Hare Krishna
06. R.D. Burman feat. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar - Lekar Ham Diwana Dil
07. R.D. Burman - Freak Out Music
08. Bappi Lahiri - Everybody Dance With Me
09. Kalyanji Anandji - Dharmatma Theme Music
10. Asha Bhosle with R.D. Burman - Dum Maro Dum Live (Edit)
11. Usha Khanna - Hotel Incidental Music (Edit)
12. Klaus Doldinger - Sitar Beat
13. Sapan Jagmohan feat. Mohd. Rafi & Pankaj Mitra - Meri Aakhon Mein Ek Sapna Hai (Edit)
14. Keith Kanga - Butterfly (Version Two) (Edit)
15. Atomic Forest - Mary Long
16. Usha Khanna - Tera Jasia Pyara Koi Nahin
17. Hemant Bhosie feat. Asha Bhosle - Phir Teri Yaad
18. R.D. Burman feat. Asha Bhosle - Aaj Mera Dil
19. Kalyanji Anandji feat. Manhar & Anand - Hum Tumhe Chate Hain (Edit)
20. Ilaiyaraaja feat. Vani Jairam and Chorus - Thanimayil



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