Sitars in the '70s (1970/1971) Part 1 The sitar exploded in the '60s in pop/rock songs, many of them hits, or at least pretty well known among free-form FM radio listeners. In 2020 we did six shows on sitars from that decade. Now, two years later, we venture forth into the '70s, when the bands/songs utilizing this classical Indian instrument are more obscure...but just as psychedelic. Except soul hits, some of which adopted the Americanized "electric" sitar. We'll include a handful of those as well. The focus is on 1970 and 1971 for the first three shows. The following three will deal with sitar-laden tracks from 1972-1974. We'll stop there. What's six more shows with sitar when you're having fun...and tripping?
( ):Label, Year Rec/Rel
Background music, in order: (1) Krokodil - Odyssey in Om" ("An Invisible World Revealed," United Artists (DE) 1971) (2) Paroni Paakkunainen - "Mango" ("Plastic Maailma," Scandia (FI) 1971) (3) John Renbourn - "Lamento Di Tristan" ("The Lady and the Unicorn," Transatlantic (UK) / Reprise (US) 1970) (4) The Incredible String Band - "El Wool Suite" ("U," Elektra 1970) (5) Brush!? - "Tilanga (Including Sprite)" ("Brush!?," G.O.D. Famous Co. Ltd (JP) 1970}