1981, India. Music India / 2392 580
The world of rare psych and rare funk collecting has long been a devoted
cult of the obscure. Like Northern Soul, or recent coffee bean pretense, if it is
obscure, it is better, if it is ultra-obscure it is fantastic. This sometimes results
in hype, but sometimes records that stepped completely outside of time upon
their initial release, get their revenge on Khronos and Kairos decades later with
a lavish reissue, extended interviews, and a global lavish of respect for musical
pioneership after decades of hyper obscurity. This LP, according to collectors of
psychedelic funk, is the only truly great album to come out of India in the 1970s.
The internet brought about its discovery, and the following frenzy lead to copies
changing hands for thousands of dollars. It was reissued by the exemplary LA
label Now-Again, who for some confounding reason decided to replace this
masterpiece of a record sleeve with something more generic. The sounds,
though, are far from generic and a mouse click away.