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June 22, 2012


Sagram – Pop Explosion Sitar Style (1970)


Artist: Sagram
Title: Pop Explosion Sitar Style
Year: 1970
Format: LP
Label: Windmill

This rare 1970 exploito sitar psych album was actually the work of the legendary British psych band the Magic Carpet, released when they were known as Sargam, a spelling the tiny Windmill record label somehow couldnt get right.

Which was the least of their problems, really, considering this record was released without the bands permission in the first place, and the suave and smug dude cozying up with the horny belly dancers on the cover wasnt even in the band!

Fans of the Magic Carpet should know what to expect here then, six lengthy exotic sitar excursions featuring the talented sitar playing of Clem Alford, with guitars by Jim Moyes and tabla by Keshav Sathe.

As a member of Magic Carpet and Magic Carpet II, and on his solo recordings, British sitarist Alford has explored the fusion of Indian music with folk, jazz, and rock. Although he initially studied bagpipes, Alford began playing the sitar in the mid-60s, inspired by Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar.

ts true cosmic bliss-out music, sans vocals, but if anyone can take you there, these guys can. A sitar trip to a higher key. You provide your own girls. (kaptainsanity)

Track Listing

  1. Becky’s Dance
  2. Morning Glory
  3. Night King
  4. Heavenly Feeling
  5. Floating Haze
  6. The Universal Form
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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cy Pirie
    Jul 6 2012

    Windmill was a ‘budget label’ and put out a whole sween of collectibles eg check out ‘The Pupils’ and a whole sween of ‘fi fi fo fum’….this one is one sweet listen…this music seriously shortens can journey times.

  2. steve
    Jul 21 2012

    that cover looks like they are about to go down on him

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