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CD Review: World Is India

Ravi Shankar

5 stars

Indian Bollywood Meets World Dub

World Is India is a music CD available at Starbucks Coffee Shops.

This compilation CD of Indian music covers a period from 1962 to 2008, and features a diverse collection of Indian artists.

A few weeks ago I was in a local Starbucks getting mochas for the family when I heard this CD playing over their sound system. Someone else had asked about the music and both barista and customer expressed their liking to the music. A second time going into another Starbucks, and the same sort of barista/customer exchange happened, with the same praise for the CD and music.

Third Time’s The Charm

On a third occasion while visiting my oldest son at a Starbucks near UC Riverside, once again the music was playing over the sound system, and I finally was convinced that I needed to buy this album, and lo and behold there was one copy of the CD waiting for me to purchase!

“Encompassing classic fi lmi offerings, electronica from the Asian Underground and gorgeous vocals from Bollywood icons such as Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar…”

And I’m quite happy I bought this one, and this is coming from a person who is very hesitant to buy new CDs for the collection. If anything, I’m trying to reduce my collection to only those CDs that are must-haves.

A Diverse Representation of Indian Music

Being that I’ve always wanted to own a CD of music that represented a diverse selection of Indian Electronica, Trance, Dub, Underground and “gorgeous vocals from Bollywood icons such as Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar”, I was happy to have come across this CD.

“…these selections reveal how the sounds of India impact and intertwine with music from around the globe.”

TRACK LIST

  • 1. FUN-DA-MENTAL Mother India
  • 2. ASHA BHOSLE Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo
  • 3. RAHUL DEV BURMAN Mehbooba, Mehbooba
  • 4. SHAWN LEE’S PING PONG ORCHESTRA Punjabi Lullaby
  • 5. URSULA 1000 Ram Balram
  • 6. BLACK STAR LINER Yemen Cutta Connection Dub
  • 7. SHAH BROTHERS AND DAN THE AUTOMATOR Bombay 405 Miles
  • 8. PANJABI MC Beware of the Boys (Mundian to Bach Ke)
  • 9. TABLA BEAT SCIENCE Palmistry
  • 10. SUKHWINDER SINGH AND SAPNA AWASTHI Chaiyya Chaiyya
  • 11. LATA MANGESHKAR Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye
  • 12. MOHAMMED RAFI Aaj Mausam Bada Be-Iman Hai
  • 13. DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYAND BOB BROZMAN Konkani Memories
  • 14. MUKESH Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar
  • 15. RAVI SHANKAR Pather Panchali


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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

9 COMMENTS
  1. Jim Dee

    Awesome. I'll definitely pick up a copy. After all, there are like 400 Starbucks around here, too, so I'm sure I'll find it. Wendi and I have quite a lot of Indian music. 🙂

  2. tokyorose

    oh cool, this sounds like something i'd enjoy as well. thanks for the tip, carlos!

    nice new “look”, btw^^. it's the first time i'm seeing it…

  3. Toban M

    I picked this up. Do you guys have any other suggestions for similar compilations on CD? I love this and would like more.

  4. Randomguru

    I remember reading on your site that you two collected a lot of Indian music. That's awesome! I have a few, mainly Ravi Shankar ragas and the transverse flute (bansuri)… I need to expand though…

  5. Randomguru

    Tokyorose. Yes, this all reminds me that you do listen to quite an eclectic mix of “world” music. I need to listen/discover more of the world music. So much out there. Aside from the India ragas I do listen to music of the Himalayas, but so much there too to discover….

  6. Randomguru

    I will try to share more similar compilation CDs. This “World is India” CD is a great compilation, for sure!

  7. jennifer

    I love this cd as I heard it playing everytime I went in /Starbucks, but now I am unable to locate it:( if anyone could post this as a torrent on Isohunt that would be so awesome, and greatly appreciated

    cheers:)

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