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    My life became fulfilled today when I came across a copy of Balsara and His Singing Sitars - Your Favourite Hits in Today's Sound (Melodisc 1968). My hand virtually trembled as I parted with my fifty pee.

    I'm so happy I shall probably end up in some sexually compromising situation with the LP before the night is out.

    But is Balsara real or the sitar equivalent of Big Jim H?
    Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

  • #2
    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]But is Balsara real or the sitar equivalent of Big Jim H?
    Who cares! What's the LP like - sounds like my cup of tea!
    "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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    • #3
      I believe that should be cup of cha!

      We are talking cover versions of
      These Boots Are Made for Walking,
      Puppet on a String My Favourite Things
      I want to Hold Your Hand
      Sugar Town
      Edelweiss
      Do-Re-Mi
      If I Had A Hammer
      Strangers in the Night
      Tequila
      Lemon Tree
      Lara's Theme (Somewhere My Love)

      All whacked out by a swinging sitar and tabla combo
      Why the Sound of Music is chosen for special attenion I don't know , but there is aseperate EP of these tunes too . According to the sleeve notes mr B is a great master asissted in one case by 'pupils' one of whose group wrote one of the songs on the disc I only recognise two group songs so either the Champs or the Beatles is here unless Trini Lopez had regular band.
      Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

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      • #4
        he's real i think, and made several records - a couple of LPs and an EP i think. (possibly more than that, but i think that's all the interesting ones anyway). still don't have any of them though...

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        • #5
          Wasn't this one of the records played at high volume when the US Army were trying to sound that bloke (can't remember his name) out of hiding a few years back?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by [b
            Quote[/b] (Lord Thames @ Dec. 10 2003,23:20)]Wasn't this one of the records played at high volume when the US Army were trying to sound that bloke (can't remember his name) out of hiding a few years back?
            Syd Barratt ?
            Matt Hero

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            • #7
              You mean General Noriega, former head of State of Panama (now in a Florida jail)? Unless it was another head of state they were trying to unseat...(hey, it's easy to get all these CIA-funded-but-no-longer-required foreign despots mixed up, y'know?).

              I seem to remember there were a range of tracks involved in that operation (Van Halen was mentioned and the sound of 'Jump' would certainly have me running outside screaming) played full blast on a huge PA into the presidential palace on a 24-hour loop.

              Swinging Sitars, though? Surely that's too Austin Powers to be true...
              a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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              • #8
                Yes, Noriega - though perhaps I'm thinking of 'The News Quiz' on Radio 4, who may have used an excerpt of Balsara to illustrate the story when they mentioned it. The brain goes funny after a while, you know.....

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                • #9
                  Strangely enough many years ago when I was a student and needed to clear my room of reprobates I always used to play Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood, another dodgy 'east meets west' sitar record. Must be some kind ogf karma to this.
                  Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

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                  • #10
                    haha, Bill Plummer would only make me want to stay!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [b
                      Quote[/b] (MystDrF @ Dec. 11 2003,07:26)]Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood, another dodgy 'east meets west' sitar record.
                      Very good lp.. "classic".. now thats the perfect mix of sitar meets east..

                      I think this lp is in a other league than "swinging sitar"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (bongolia @ Dec. 11 2003,09:40)]haha, Bill Plummer would only make me want to stay!
                        yes

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                        • #13
                          the Big Jim one (Sitar Beat a.k.a Sitar-a-go-go), and the Folkswingers one are both solid, and the 2nd and 3rd John Mayer/Joe Harriott LPs (Fusions and Fusions 2) are fantastic.

                          i want that Kahli Balu (sp?) 'Takes the Forest Children on a Journey of Cosmic Remembrance' (or something like that) on World Pacific, which is nuts, and definitely would drive people out of your room!
                          not sure it's worth the 60 dollars or whatever it goes for on the 'bay though...

                          Tony Wilds (hipwax.com) has some more suggestions for east/west stuff...

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                          • #14
                            Bill Plummer is great - I loved the track son the Impulse California Dreaming comp. Are copies of the LP ever known to surface?
                            Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

                            John Peel

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                            • #15
                              I've got that Chim Kothari - Sound of Sitar which has the hits of the day done in a big band plus sitar stylee and a couple of ragas. Apparantly there's a groovy 45 by this chap called Sitar and Spice but I've never found it.

                              Yves Hyatt's Conversations between East and West is a superb sitar rock fusion LP - bit difficult to get hold of though.

                              The one I'd really like is the Alan Lorber LP - no joy on this one for a couple of years now.
                              "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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