June 1, 2019

Rais Khan: Sitar Solo [ECSD 2412] an LP recorded in India in 1969

Here is an early LP by Ustad Rais Khan -- it appears to be his third overall and his second Classical album. Tabla duties are expertly rendered by Bashir Ahmad Khan.

Rais Khan's first album, "Raga Jazz Style" was a big hit. The story I have heard was that the LP was recorded while the Bollywood musicians were on strike. Khan continued for several more years to work on film music (as do so many classical musicians up to the present time) and unfortunately for some commentators this has tainted him. 

Regardless of Khan's work in film, his classical albums were very solid and his concerts right up to his death two years ago were a delight. He had a very personal style which provided great joy to many people. Here is a video of the first part of his first concert in the United States, in 1989:

Side one:
Raga Darbari Kanada in Teentaal
Dhun in Dadra Taal
Side two:
Raga Tilok Kamod in Teentaal
Dhun in Dadra Taal

Sitar: Rais Khan
Tabla: Basheer Ahmad Khan

Further resources:
Another very good vinyl transfer of this LP is on my friend Kirrin's excellent blog. 
A vinyl transfer of Rais Khan's first LP from 1968 is available on Kirrin's blog and a transfer of the cassette version of that album is on my dear friend Tawfiq's wonderful blog
Another LP by Rais Khan (with the great Sankha Chatterjee on tabla) is available on this blog.

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440MLb
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct


  1. Many thanks Richard !


  2. Hi Richard,

    I always appreciate your posts and love Rais Khan - been trying to find a fresh copy of an old cassette I made of a Rais Khan and Brij Bushan Kabra Jugalbandi from same period that is fantastic.

    One important thing - firefox gave me a warning that your rais khan zip contains a virus or malware - maybe check your own machine?



  3. Dear Richard, when I try to download, my computer warns me that the files are infected by a virus. This was not the case for the previous post (Malini Rajurkar) when I downloaded it two weeks ago. Now the warning appears also there. I tried from two different computers. Could you please check if possible. Thank you very much for your efforts and your wonderful blog!

  4. Thank you. Downloading this on Chrome and got no warning at all.

  5. had to download on explorer, blocked on firefox and chrome