Cleopatra Records [Release date 26.06.20]
When you have heavyweights such as Chester Thompson and Tony Levin featuring prominently in the credits you expect that the album in front of you may be of a certain standard, or at least a little bit fusion-ey.
L. Shankar collaborated with the likes of Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna so he’s no career slouch either and he fronts the proceedings on violin and vocals.
Opener ‘In My Heart’ defys expectation because it’s quite infectious and a natural “single” with Jonathan Davis from Korn on additional vocals together with Scott Page (sax) from Supertramp and Pink Floyd. There’s no eastern influence other than the mantra-like rhythmic pulse which reminds a little of ‘In The Air Tonight’ but without the bombast.
‘Faith’ and ‘Suppose’ continue the fine grooves whilst ‘Spreading All Over’ introduces the expected eastern flavours but the rhythm similar to ‘Lily Was Here’.
‘Knowing You’ is an attractive love song even if the lyrics are somewhat repetitive and simple. But that’s half the appeal of the album as a whole. It’s all in the groove.
The groove is only broken by the title track which is a sincere if largely unlistenable paean to the temple where Shankar lived during a major flood disaster. The instrumentals ‘New World’ and ‘Emotions’ on the other hand reflect Shankar’s numerous soundtrack works.
Aside from these diversions, the album is a pleasant surprise. Having expected esoteric Mahavishnu meanderings from a legendary septuagenerian (he formed Shakti with John McLaughlin) we are surprised to hear more accessible even funky tunes. In uncertain times music to raise the spirits, certainly. ***1/2
Review by David Randall
Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 22 May.
Next session: Sunday 17 July.
Check out previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/getreadytorockradio
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 19 June 2022.
UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 21 June 2022.
How to Listen Live?
Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)
Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.
More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages: getreadytorockradio.com
Power Plays w/c 27 June 2022 (Mon-Fri)
REVIVAL BLACK Broken Home (TMR Records)
FLOYA Epiphany (indie)
TWISTER Own Worst Enemy (indie)
MODERN MIMES Down And Dead (Curtain Call Records)
TUNGSTEN Northern Lights (Arising Empire)
THE GREAT LESLIE Feel Alive (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 27 June (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GRACE Hope (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 CLASSLESS ACT Welcome To the Show (Better Noise Music)
14:00-16:00 TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT Day By Day (indie)
Tweets by Get Ready to ROCK!