November 25, 2017

Shamim Ahmed and Zakir Hussain: Three Ragas [Monitor MFS 489] an LP released in the US in 1967

We recently posted a cassette by Shamim Ahmed. Here is his first LP, released in 1967 in the United States. Interestingly, this is also a 16-year old Zakir Hussain's first recording as well. As befitting an initial endeavor, both artists dedicate the album to their gurus: in Ahmed's case Ravi Shankar and in Zakirji's case his father, the great Alla Rakha Khan.

Side one:
Raga Bageshri - alap, jor, jhala
Raga Bageshri - gat in teentaal

Side two:
Raga Nat-Bhairav - gat in rupak taal
Raga Khamaj - gat in teentaal

Shamim Ahmed: sitar
Zakir Hussain: tabla
[the mysterious but probably lovely] Amanat: tanpura

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct

(the highest resolution I am capable of recording)

(after decoding into wav, can be burned to a CD)

(highest quality compressed audio file)


  1. Thanks a ot Richard! Would it be the earliest Zakirji's recording?

  2. Thanks Richard! Your time and efforts are highly appreciated!