Mountain – Live At The Fillmore East (New York, NY) (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgMany years ago I got this pretty good and rare album by Mountain from another record collector from the USA.

He wrote me, that this is a Mountain gig, recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York in June 1970.

I´m not sure, if this information is correct … I guess this recording is a composite from various live recordings during 1970-71. Some of it definitely is from the closing night of the Fillmore East in June 1971. In 1970, they were not yet performing songs from the Nantucket Sleighride album (Nantucket Sleighride, Traveling in the Dark) as Mr. Leslie6042 wrote on youtube.

Anyway, we can hear Mountain at their peak … with rare live recordings from classic tracks like “For Yasgur’s Farm” and “Travelin’ In The Dark”.

Another highlight is of course and early version of their great “Nantucket Sleighride” and finally a fantastic version of the heavy jam of the incredible “Dreams Of Milk And Honey” … including a long and outstandig bass-solo by Felix Pappalardi.

It´s time to discover the very unique sound of Mountain … one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time … believe me !

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Personnel:
Steve Knight (organ)
Corky Laing (drums)
Felix Pappalardi (bass, vocals)
Leslie West (guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Bill Graham introduction + Silver Paper (Laing/Pappalardi/Collins/ Gardos/West/Knight) 8.17
02. Nantucket Sleighride (Pappalardi/Collins) 6.08
03. For Yasgur’s Farm (Laing/Rea/Pappalardi/Collins/Ship/Gardos) 4.16
04. Travelin’ In The Dark (Laing/Pappalardi/Collins) 5.06
05. Blood Of The Sun (West/Pappalardi/Collins) 3.19
06. Dreams Of Milk And Honey ((Pappalardi/Ventura/West/Landsberg)) + Mississippi Queen ((West/Laing/Pappalardi/Rea) 29.33

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Sultan Khan – Maestro’s Choice (2006)

FrontCover1.jpgSultan Khan is one of the greatest musicians of the rare instrument called sarangi. It is believed that the word sarangi was derived form the word Sau Rangi, which means a hundred colors and sultan Khan is a great exponent to express those colors on the instrument.

Sultan Khan was born on April 15, 1940 at Sikar in Rajasthan. His great grandfather Hussain Baksh and grandfathers, Azim Khan were court musicians in the princely state of Jodhpur. Gulab Khan his father was also an accomplished vocalist and sarangi artiste. Sultan Khan was trained in the Indore gharana style of khayal singing which was popularized by the legendary Amir Khan. He went through a strict regimen at home.

Sultan Khan is being acknowledged by music connoisseurs for unique depth and his magnificent technical and melodic control over the string instrument. He adopted in his style a special nuance of Amir Khan’s gayaki, which reflects always in his renditions. He is torchbearer of a famous lineage of sarangi players. His systematic badhat, exquisite Khan02.jpggamakas and intricate taan-s make his performances unique and soulful.

He is a master in light and light classical genres of Indian music. Besides his solo performances Sultan Khan is widely known for his talent of accompanying other famous artistes like Zakir Hussain, Ravi Shankar, Lata Mageshkar and Many others.

He is a proud recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award the gold Medalist Award of Maharshtra and the American Academy of Artistes Award in 1998. In 1997 he had the honor and privilege of playing for Prince Charles 50th birthday celebration. Sultan Khan has come to be recognized on an international scale performing along with Ravi Shankar on Former Beatle, George Harrison’s 1974 Dark Horse world tour.

In this album Sultan Khan brings out the structured gravity of the raga Ahir Bhairav the winsome appeal of the thumri played here in four different angs or styles and exquisite lyricism of the evening raga Patdeep. (exoticindiaart.com)

Enter this land full of magic music !

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Personnel:
Madan Bongale (tanpura)
Chintamani Gore (tanpura)
Sultan Khan (sarangi)
Fazal Qureshi (tabla)

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Tracklist:
01. Raga Ahir Bhairav 31.08
02. Raga Patdeep 20.28
03. Thumri 10.28

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