Yesterday's Sounds Today

Tag: World Music

Matata: Wanna Do My Thing: The Complete President Recordings (RPM Records)

Kenyan-based Matata was once hailed as “the best band from Africa,” and this two-disc collection highlights an excellent band that did indeed have great promise–and it also serves to show the dangers of compromising one’s art for commercial success.

Ravi Shankar: In Hollywood, 1971 (Northern Spy)

This lost Ravi Shankar performance captures him in an intimate, early morning living room show in June, 1971. A famous friend was in attendance, and the genesis of the first rock and roll benefit concert was borne here.

3AM Eternal: Peter Gabriel, “Red Rain” (1986)

The opening track on Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking fifth album So was a mellow ballad that found Gabriel at the top of his game.

Twilight Music: Mickey Hart “Island Groove” (1991)

One of the cornerstone albums of World Music, Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart’s 1991 album took listeners on an aural trip around the world.

Twilight Music: Shankar Family & Friends “Jaya Jagadish Haré” (1974)

The sound of India, from one of the masters.