My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Call of the Valley was released in 1967 by the UK label EMI. The album consists of traditional Indian music with some flute and guitar thrown in to make it more palatable for western audiences.
What I think: This is a really interesting album and was fun to listen to. You can just hear the influence it had on musicians like George Harrison. In fact I sort of felt like a Beatles song should be kicking in at any point (especially “Only a Northern Song”). In fact that actually made is harder for me to listen to with fresh ears. I did enjoy this at times, especially when the percussion kicked in with the music. My favorite song on the album is “Rag Piloo” which starts at about 12:50 in the Youtube listing. I just feels like the dawn of a new day, I can see the sun rising and feel the night turning over to day.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to?I think this belongs here. An album like this doesn’t reach or make an impact on a western audience very often, what this album achieved by doing that is quite momentous.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (85/107)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%