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Shakti

As jazz-rock fusion pioneer John McLaughlin delved deeper into Eastern spirituality and mysticism, he developed a corresponding interest in the music of South India. Following the collapse of the second version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1975, McLaughlin put together Shakti, an outfit dedicated to fusing high-energy jazz and Indian music. In addition to McLaughlin (who played acoustic guitar instead of his customary electric), Shakti featured violinist Lakshminarayana Shankar, tabla player Zakir Hussain, and mridangam players T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram and Ramnad V. Raghavan. The group's innovative self-titled debut was released in the summer of 1975, after which Raghavan departed, leaving them a quartet. Two further Shakti albums -- 1976's A Handful of Beauty and 1977's Natural Elements -- appeared before McLaughlin elected to move on to other projects. In 1999, McLaughlin reunited with Hussain and Vinayakram for a new double-disc album, Remember Shakti, which also featured bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia. ~ Steve Huey
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songofthebam b o o
One of my favorite songs...
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brian.sulliv a n 1 9
A hookah would surely maximize my enjoyment of this
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rahulkroy
T.H. Vikku Vinayakram played ghatam in this group ( not mridangam )....inciden t a l l y his son Selvaganesh Vinayakram is a virtuoso Kanjira player and plays with the current incarnation of the group.
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dock ah doom
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dee dee dee dee dee dee tock ah doom
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So John McLaughlin wasn't content to invent fusion guitar, he also had to pioneer world music too. What a candle burning brightly. The man is a genius instrumental l y and compositiona l l y . Thank you Mahavishna for all the light. I'm beginning to see...
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Jim.Clark
I prefer the original lineup with L. Shankar on violin. His sinuous violin was a gorgeous contrast to McLaughlin's fast 'n' fiery playing. The second incarnation was a little too much about blazing speed between the two amplified string players.
I saw the first group in the 70s in a wonderful little music hall (Great Southeast, for those of us devotees). That was quite an experience.
The second group was in a church with great acoustics but after a while I felt a bit numbed by all the pyr
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i seen 'em in Ludwigshaven Germany- words can't describe it. I know this- I sure do miss them, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. That was in 1976.
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seen shakti at central parkearly 70s. heavy into the fusion scene back then and now.
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wow
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once can listen to this over and over again .. just divine
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Locanther
Indian based acoustic guitar shred. What's not to like?
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rajeborade
Awesome, I guess Remember shakti is better than Shakti

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