November 6, 2016

Ram Narayan: Stil's Sunday Solo [Stil 1804 S 82] an LP released in France in 1984

Here we have another LP by the great sarangi maestro Ram Narayan. This is an LP which was recorded in 1983 and released in 1984 by the French label Stil. 

There is a slightly unusual mix to the album, with the tabla barely audible at times. This may have to do with the compromises required in cutting such long sides. Despite the lack of bass (which was very gently boosted in Audacity) this is a lovely performance.

side 1: Raga Shudh Sarang (26:06)
side 2: Raga Multani (26:12)

tabla: Suresh Talwalker (side 1 only)
tampura: Helene Huguet

I am grateful to Nels for the loan of this LP, as well as several other LPs which are coming to the blog. 

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water, followed by a quick vacuum drying with a VPI 16.5 cleaning machine
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/44.1kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct. 

(high resolution file ideal for listening on computer)

(standard resolution file ideal for burning a CDR)

(compressed file ideal for listening on a portable player)


  1. Thanks very much for this. I'm always interested in sarangi music and love Ram Narayan's playing. Do you have any rare Sultan Khan recordings perhaps?

  2. Thanks for your kind words!

    I do have a few unofficial live recordings of Sultan Khan which will see the light of day soon!

  3. Thank you Richard! I recently picked up a fantastic radio broadcast from Germany in 1994 of Sultan Khan with none other than Zakir Hussian, which is absolutely stellar. Any other FM or unofficial recordings of his would be amazing.

    Thanks again for such an epic blog!