December 11, 2017

(REPOST) Debabrata Chaudhuri: Meditations in Indian Sitar Music [SMFP 2101], an LP recorded and released in England in 1968

This particular transfer fell off the zippy share file service (due to a 30-day period of time where no-one downloaded it) and there were several anonymous people requesting a re-upload.

I remastered the original digital transfer, using very gentle setting on "Click Repair. The result should be worth re-downloading and eliminating your old files.


Debu Chaudhuri was last seen in this blog with his second LP issued in the West. This, I believe, is his first LP to be released in the West, on the EMI budget label called "Music for Pleasure." Unlike a lot of MFP albums, this seems to be an original production and not a reissue.

There was definitely a craze going on in 1966 and 1967 for the sitar, especially given the attentions brought to it by groups like the Beatles and (less famously) the Rolling Stones.

Tabla on the LP is by Faiyaz Khan.

side 1: Raga Maru Behag

side 2: Raga Ahir Bhairav

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in 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: Edirol R-09HR at 24bit/44.1kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct

(The full resolution used in this transfer)

(after converting to .wav, suitable for burning to a CD)

(highest quality mp3 compressed file)


  1. Many thanks Richard !

    Pt Debu Chaudhari - a great sitarist - Really sad, that there are very few recordings of him available.


  2. Thank you many times for this repost.
    Overnice high definition music files, great!!!
    Keep up with your blog as good as you are able to.
    I think I can say that we value your work you are doing here.

  3. Amazing record, muchas gracias.

  4. I made a back cover design for a cd box if someone is interesed is here:

  5. Thank You!!! I bought this on vinyl in 1968 as a poorly paid shop worker. I was just 16 years old. I have loved this album all those years and long after the vinyl wore out i still played it. I can now play it again with fresh ears and a without the scratches, pops, and jumps.
    Thank you Coltra for your CD cover that i used for my CD copy.

  6. Thank you! Attention to sound quality is much appreciated!