January 28, 2018

Repost and remaster -- Ram Narayan: Plays Sarangi [Tower ST-5156] an LP recorded in India and released in the US in 1968

My second-ever post on this blog has been unavailable for quite awhile, thanks to the files hosting service I used at the time. 

Here is an updated, remastered, and improved version of this LP. Thanks for your patience!


Ram Narayan was born near Udaipur on the 25th of December 1927. He popularized the sarangi as a solo concert instrument and became the first internationally successful sarangi player.
He moved to Delhi following the partition of India in 1947 and then moved to Mumbai in 1949 to work in Indian cinema. He became a concert solo artist in 1956, and later gave up accompaniment. He was awarded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2005.

This is a delightful out of print LP on loan from my friend N.O.

Tabla by Manik Rao Popatkar.

Equipment used in transfer: 
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Edirol R-09HR at 24/96 resolution
Software: Audacity to normalize and convert to 16/44.1 as well as xAct to convert to flac and mp3


  1. Great, thank you so much for the share. The audio quality is amazing, with no surface noise at all.

  2. This is really very wonderful. Thank you!

  3. I may be a white boy who grew up in suburban America, but I know my ragas and attendant Indian music. I think it began with Ravi Shankar playing a couple of concerts down the road from me 1st August 1971, at Madison Square Garden, New York City. I have found many hours of concentrated and relaxed listening to traditional Indian stringed instruments ever since. The vocals don't do anything for me, but that's because I'm not sophisticated enough to enjoy them. Maybe when I grow up!!! Cheers, Jonno

  4. Wow! Fantastic! Thank you so much

  5. Thank you for sharing all this wonderful music. :)

  6. After a long absence as a blog follower, I came back and discovered this new re-rip. Thanks! I'll check other offers you have posted in the last couple of years. Thanks for keeping up the good work.