Bears Sonic Journals: That Which Colors The Mind (2CD)


The Owsley Stanley Foundation, in partnership with the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA announced the sixth release from Owsley's storied archive of live concert recordings - Bear's Sonic Journals: That Which Colors the Mind, a previously unreleased 1970 live concert featuring one of the greatest masters of Indian classical music, Ali Akbar Khan (sarod), accompanied by Indranil Bhattacharya (sitar) and Zakir Hussain (tabla).

The combination of Stanley, the eccentric genius of concert sound and live recording as well as psychedelics, and Khansahib, a great sarod master of the 20th century, is simply remarkable. Along with Ravi Shankar and his tabla player Allarakha (Zakir Hussain's father), Khan was a central player in bringing the music of India to audiences around the world.

Ali Akbar Khan was the court musician of the Maharaja of Jodhpur and was identified as a key influence on the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and Santana.

This release is one of the most evocative recordings of Ali Akbar Khan from the era, as Owsley's tapes have an uncanny ability to transport the listener to the room that night. This is the sixth chapter of Bear's Sonic Journals. Previous titles featured Doc Watson, the Allman Brothers, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady (Hot Tuna), New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.