Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! - Various Artists on 2LP + 20-Page Booklet
Seminar: Aesthetic Expressions of Psychedelic Music in India 1970-1983
World Psychedelic Classics (Psych Funk 101, Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas) has been serving fellow students of the global phenomenon of psychedelic funk music well for years. Here's another collection of funky, heavy, psychedelic wonders - this time from the melodic wonderland of India. Welcome to Psych Funk Sa Re Ga!
Much of the music on this compilation that covers the "golden years" of the movement (from approximately 1970 until 1982) and springs from the Bollywood film industry. Thus, Psych Funk Sa Re Ga! compiles some of the work of composers such as R.D. Burman and the brothers known as Kalyanji Anandji – specifically their experiments in the fusion of India's classical traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music, folk music such as bhangra and dandiya and Western psychedelia and funk music.
Psych Funk Sa Re Ga! also includes off the beaten path Indian experiments in Psych Funk – for example, two songs from the Simla Beat garage-psych albums, and an oft-heard Deep Purple cover by the ground-breaking Atomic Forest – alongside examples of the Indian Psych Funk influence on European '70s musicians.
Throughout the extensive liner notes – many of which delve into the history of the musicians and ensembles behind these little-heard classics – World Psychedelic Classics attempts to broaden the definition of global psychedelia and shine light on the Indian progenitors of some of the wildest, funkiest, fuzziest music this world has ever heard.