December 16, 2017

Kishori Amonkar: Malhar Malika [STCS 65033/36] a 4-cassette box set recorded and released in India in 1994

This is a cassette box set recorded by Kishori Armonkar (10 April 1931 – 3 April 2017) in 1994.

The concept of the set is that she sings ragas that are in the family of Malhar -- hence the title. There were a lot of 4-cassette box sets released by HMV in the late 1980-early 1990s; this is the only one that I know of which was not just recycled material, but instead is all-newly recorded music. I'm sure there were others which were newly recorded; I just don't own them.







Kishori Armonkar: vocal
Appa Jalgaonkar: harmonium
Balkrishna Iyer: tabla
Raghunandan Panshikar: harp
Nandini Panshikar and Mahu Joshi: Tanpura

Track list:
01 Raga Gaud Malhar (45:16)
02 Raga Nat Malhar (44:02)
03 Raga Meera Malhar (38:11)
04 Raga Soor Malhar (19:44)
05 Raga Anand Malhar (32:10)
06 Raga Adana Malhar (23:06)

Total time: 202:29 (or 3 hrs 22 min 29 sec)


Equipment used in this transfer:
Cassette Deck: Teac W890R (azimuth was carefully adjusted for each side)
Preamp: Parasound PHP 850
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 16/44 resolution
Software: Audacity and xAct



(after decoding to WAV, suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file)

December 12, 2017

Niaz Ahmed Khan and Fayyaz Ahmed Khan: Raga Yaman [Odeon MOCE 1058] an LP recorded in 1963 and reissued in 1967 in India

Here we have a really lovely and heartfelt example of singing from the Kirana Gharana. These two brothers were born in Jaipur. Fayyaz ji died in 1987; I can find little or no information on his younger brother Niaz Ahmed.

This is a beautifully sung and tastefully LP, recorded in glorious monophonic sound in 1963. I'm beginning to prefer mono recordings of Hindustani Classical music, as it avoids the hard right/left stereo balance common in the 1970s-80s in India.







Niaz Ahmed Khan: vocal
Fayyaz Ahmed Khan: vocal
Mohammad Ahmed: tabla

side 1:
Raga Yaman
a) alap
b) composition in slow Jhumra taal
c) composition in fast teentaal

Side 2:
Raga Bairagi-Bhairav
a) Alap
b) composition in slow Jhaptaal
c) composition in fast teentaal


Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440 mlb
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct


(the highest resolution I am capable of recording)

(after decoding into wav, can be burned to a CD)

(highest quality compressed audio file)


December 11, 2017

(REPOST) Debabrata Chaudhuri: Meditations in Indian Sitar Music [SMFP 2101], an LP recorded and released in England in 1968

This particular transfer fell off the zippy share file service (due to a 30-day period of time where no-one downloaded it) and there were several anonymous people requesting a re-upload.

I remastered the original digital transfer, using very gentle setting on "Click Repair. The result should be worth re-downloading and eliminating your old files.


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Debu Chaudhuri was last seen in this blog with his second LP issued in the West. This, I believe, is his first LP to be released in the West, on the EMI budget label called "Music for Pleasure." Unlike a lot of MFP albums, this seems to be an original production and not a reissue.


There was definitely a craze going on in 1966 and 1967 for the sitar, especially given the attentions brought to it by groups like the Beatles and (less famously) the Rolling Stones.

Tabla on the LP is by Faiyaz Khan.

side 1: Raga Maru Behag

side 2: Raga Ahir Bhairav










Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in water, followed by a  quick vacuum drying with a VPI 16.5 cleaning machine
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Edirol R-09HR at 24bit/44.1kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct



(The full resolution used in this transfer)



(after converting to .wav, suitable for burning to a CD)


(highest quality mp3 compressed file)




December 10, 2017

Gayathri Rajapur: Raga du Sud de L'Inde [Le Chante du Monde FMX 58854] an LP recorded in the US in 1963 and released in 1967; then reissued in France in 1975

Here is album of vocal and Gottuvuadyam (also known as chitravina) music by Gayathri Rajapur

Originally it was released by Folkways Records in the US in 1967 and subsequently released in France under the "Le Chant du Mode" label. 

This LP is never going to wind up on anyone's "Audiophile Must Have" list. It was recorded in late 1963 (according to the original liner notes) under what appears to be a non-studio environment and is almost certainly (at least in this release) in mono. This transfer, however, sounds much better than what is available on the web and on youtube. If you have any doubt about this, then please check out the upload provided on youtube by the label.

Of some note is the presence of Dorothy Moskowitz on tanpura. Moskowitz was Rajapur's student at UCLA, and had a singing career in her own right, appearing (among other places) on an underground classic of experimental rock

Somewhere on the inter webs I located a PDF file of the original (surprisingly good) liner notes which were written for the US Folkways label by Joseph Byrd, who was Moskowitz' boyfriend at the time (see below).












Gayathri Rajapur: vocal and gottuvuadyam
Harihar Rao: mridigam


Side 1:
Varna in Raga Shankaraburanam
Kriti in Raga Bhairavi

Side 2:
Kriti in Raga Nathe
Ragamalica

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct


(the highest resolution I am capable of recording)

(after decoding into wav, can be burned to a CD)

(highest quality compressed audio file)