Shankar, Ravi - Charly - Original Soundtrack Recording

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Moving Image Entertainment
Catalog Number: MIE007
Format: LP
Total Time: 33:07:00

I was in grade school when this movie came out. It had a tremendous impact upon me as young child. Cliff Roberston turned in a fabulous performance as the character called Charly that accomplished the impossible. I do not, however, remember the music, which isn't all that unusual for a child, or for an adult for that matter. I also have never exposed myself to Ravi Shankar's music before. However I did know he was the ultimate sitar player and a respected man in many circles besides music. I know George Harrison befriended him and implemented the sitar in many Beatles' songs as well. I am certain now what I have been missing all these years.

This soundtrack is an enchanting group of compositions. The sound that is presented is fundamentally progressive orchestrated world music. The sitar is a beautiful and gentle instrument that is very adaptable and flexible with just about any other genre of music, and this LP serves as a fine example of that.

I really felt quite relaxed and spiritually reflective while listening to this beautiful music. I will now be in search of more music by Shankar in the future because of this LP.

The LP is packaged nicely in gatefold sleeves with several colored pictures of Ravi inside. The sound is superbly rendered and the originality and musicianship is exquisite. If you have been into this music this is a must acquisition, if not and you enjoy world music, then you will love this.

[As a side note, Charly was based upon the book Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes in 1966, itself an expansion of a 1959 Keyes novella. -ed.]

Side One:Main Title (2:36) / Charly Theme (5:17) / Scenic Tour (2:20) / Improvisation On Charly Theme-The Maze-Triumph in The Bakery (5:14) / Turmoil (1:08) / Reprise (1:17)

Side Two: Love Montage (4:11) / Variations On Love Theme (3:35) / Self Pursuit (1:20) / Love Theme Transformation (2:38) / Charly Theme And Resolution (4:53)

Ravi Shankar - sitar
Lincoln Mayorga - harpsichord
Laurindo Almeida - guitar
Tom Scott - glute
Bud Shank - flute
Bill Plummer - bass
Bob Bain - guitar
Artie Kane - piano, harpsichord
Ray Brown - bass
Allan Harshman - violin
Milt Holland - percussion
Ray Kramer - cello
Dorothy Remsen - harp
Emil Richards - percussion
Vincent DeRosa - French horn
Arnold Koblentz - oboe
Arno Neufeld - violin
Alla Rakha - tabla

Three Ragas (1956)
In Concert (1962)
Improvisations (1962)
India's Master Musician (1963)
Ragas & Talas (1964) In London (1964)
Sound Of The Sitar (1965)
Menuhin Meets Shankar (1966)
In San Francisco (1967)
Live At Monterey 1967 (1967)
West Meets East (1967)
At The Monterey International Pop Festival (1967)
The Sounds Of India (1968)
Charly (OST) (1968)
Concerto For Sitar & Orchestra (1971)
In Concert 1972 (1972)
Transmigration Macabre (1973)
Ragas (1973)
Shankar Family & Friends (1973)
Music Festival From India (1976)
Raga Parameshwari (1976)
East Meets West In An Historical Improvisation (1979)
Recorded In Concert, Royce Hall, UCLA (1979)
Räga-Mälä (Sitar Concerto No. 2) (1982)
Pandit Ravi Shankar (1986)
Tana Mana (1987)
Inside the Kremlin (1988)
Sitar (1989/1994)
Golden Jubilee Concert (1990)
Passages (1990)
Farewell, My Friend (1992)
Doyen Of Hindustani Music (1995)
Genesis (OST) (1995)
Ravi Shankar In Venice: Raga Gurjari Todi, Manj-Khamaj, Shailangi (1995)
Concert For Peace: Royal Albert Hall (1995)
Sublime Sounds Of Sitar (1996)
Mantram: Chant of India (1997)
Raga Tala (1997)
From India (1997)
Raga Jogeshwari (1998)
Ragas Varanasi (1998)
Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 (2001)
The Best Of Ravi Shankar (2003)
Spiritual Music Of India: Ragas For Meditation (2003)
Traditional: The Spirit Of India (2004)
Raga Hamir, Raga Hemant (2004)
Regas Hameer & Gara (2004)
Homage To Mahatma Ghandi (2004)
Unique: Indian Night Live Stuttgart '88 (2004)
Jazz Et Ragas (2005)
Spirit Of India (2005)
Ragas Charukauns (2005)
Sitar Soul (2007)
More Flowers Of India (2008)

plus lots of compilations

Genre: Other

Origin IN

Added: August 11th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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