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Shanti CD

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SHANTI: Shanti. CD

  • Shanti Was Part of the Fertile Late-‘60s/ Early-‘70s Bay Area Psychedelic Rock Scene 

  • Led by Tabla Master Zakir Hussain, Who Went On to Collaborate with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart Among Many Others 

  • Also in Shanti’s Line-Up Were Sarod Virtuoso Ashish Khan and Former Members of the Loading Zone, Cold Blood and the Travel Agency 

  • Cult Classic “Raga Rock” Album Sampled by Everybody from Richard Ashcroft to Fatboy Slim 

  • Liner Notes by Richie Unterberger 

  • Worldwide CD Debut 

One of the earliest and greatest raga rock bands! Shanti’s most famous member was the legendary tabla player Zakir Hussain, who moved to Marin County in the late ‘60s and was eventually to hook up with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart in the Diga Rhythm Band and Planet Drum. But before that, he and sarod master Ashish (now Aashish) Khan formed this outfit, which also featured former members of the Loading Zone, the Travel Agency and Gary Lewis and the Playboys. The blend of East and West on this 1971 album is utterly unique; the closest comparison might be Kaleidoscope with respect to the exoticism and the caliber of musicianship, but Shanti’s harmonies sound more like Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the flavor is definitely more Indian than Middle Eastern. Over the years, Shanti has ascended into serious cult status, having been sampled by everybody from Fatboy Slim to Richard Ashcroft, but it’s never been reissued in any form till now. Richie Unterberger’s notes featuring interviews with band members place Shanti  (the group and the album) within the swirling, late-‘60s/early-‘70s Bay Area rock cosmos. A Real Gone raga resurrection and a real head trip! 


  1. We Want to Be Free
  2. Innocence
  3. Out of Nowhere
  4. Lord I’m Comin’ Round
  5. Good Inside
  6. Shanti
  7. I Do Believe

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