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Indian music has become a global musical language but its
South Asian roots remain strong, diverse and local. As with
our introductory anthology of this kind (Psych Funk 101 –
WPFC 101) this anthology covers the “golden years” of the
movement, from approximately 1970 until 1983. Much of the
music on this compilation springs from the Bollywood film
industry; composers such as R.D. Burman and the brothers
known as Kalyanji Anandji, whose work makes up much of
this anthology, recorded and released an inordinate amount
of soundtracks. That experiments in the fusion of India’s
classical traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music, folk
music such as bhangra and dandiya and Western psychedelia
and funk music would occur at some point is only natural.
Also included are off the beaten path Indian experiments in
Psych Funk – for example, two songs from the Simla Beat
garage-psych albums, and an oft-heard Deep Purple cover by
the ground-breaking Atomic Forest – and examples of the
Indian Psych Funk influence on European 70s musicians.
Throughout the extensive liner notes, WPFC attempts to
broaden the definition of global psychedelia: the early
researchers who first coarsely defined the genre - and limited
its subgenres – did so at the same time that these
experiments were first issued. That they would obscure these
contributions to the global psychedelic canon is
understandable. But it is time to correct this oversight.