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Boomkat Product Review:
Ananda Shankar has become best known for having reconfigured songs by The Rolling Stones, The Doors and the like, so consequently he's viewed all too often as a novelty artist, occupying tongue-in cheek exotica dancefloors and Clint Boon DJ sets, not to mention getting sampled to within an inch of his life. This reissue might help you get acquainted with a more serious side to Shankar's work however, combining two albums that came some years after his more famous early material: Missing You (from 1977) and A Musical Discovery Of India (from 1978). The fusion of Indian tradition with Western contemporary influences was a career-long preoccupation for Shankar, and on these albums he establishes a credible meeting point between the two. Missing You in particular evoking a stately, sombre mood - apparently the album was written after the death of Shankar's father, which goes some way towards explaining the minor-key, elegiac feel to the compositions. Although Shankar is synonymous with the sitar, this music is defined as much by its orchestral arrangements as it is by any solo performances, making for a sophisticated spectrum of sounds, far exceeding the merits of the dubious funk interpretations of '60s hits that defined his resurgence in popularity back in the late '90s.