Chatur Lal – The Drums Of India (World Pacific, 1961)

August 23, 2012


 
Download Chatur Lal’s The Drums Of India

This has been on heavy rotation these past few weeks. I picked it up just before my surgery and have been listening to it ever since. It’s absolutely amazing. Not just drums though, it also has Ram Narayan playing the sarangi and some singing by Lal. But drumming is definitely the focus and Lal is a fucking master tabla player. Every finger is a drum stick, making rapid fire taps flow with ease. I never even knew drumming like this was possible. It sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before and with Lal’s near unintelligibly fast vocals, this is just the best fucking thing ever. Only three tracks, one side long piece on the A side, then two 10+ minute tracks on the other. This has already earned a special pedestal in my collection.

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2 comments on “Chatur Lal – The Drums Of India (World Pacific, 1961)

  1. Chris Aug 31, 2012

    Thanks so much!

  2. Sean M Oct 2, 2015

    An anglo-india child in the 1970s, I grew up with this LP and for many years now have been seeking to hear again the brilliance of the musicians and what can only be described as sheer aural perfection – thank you so much for making this available, eternally indebted

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