No folk, but plenty of raga – a really wonderful batch of Indian-styled 60s pop instrumentals – served up as a collaboration between sitar player Harihar Rao and a host of LA
's grooviest session players of the time! The record's a bit like Ananda Shankhar's late 60s classic for Reprise – in that it features a fair bit of familiar pop tunes from the time, all recast as Indian-themed instrumentals – with Rao's sitar firmly in the lead, getting plenty of support from Dennis Budimir, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, and Tommy Tedesco on guitars – plus organ and electric piano from Larry Knechtel, bass from Lyle Ritz, and drums from the mighty Hal Blaine! With players like that working the set, you can bet that the sound is plenty darn groovy – and also pretty darn tight – almost funky at times, with a great kick from Blaine's top-shelf drum work. George Tipton handled the arrangements for the session – and titles include "Along Comes Mary", "Paint It Black", "Eight Miles High", "Shapes Of Things", "Hey Joe", "Kicks", "Homeward Bound", "Grim Reaper Of Love", "Raga Rock", and "Time Won't Let Me".
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some small splits on the bottom seam, with light stains and a promo ink stamp on back.)