Asha Puthli - Collection

Some singers want to be famous, others are pop star icons, and some are artists; Asha is the latter. Asha is a true force of nature, regardless of the
genre she explores, she fully commits, moves on, and reinvents herself, always
progressing. Looking back on Asha's career, it is evident what a trail-blazer she
was, opening doors for her contemporaries and those who came later to step
through. Whether it was conscious or not, you can recognise Asha’s influence in
aspects of Kate Bush's ethereal image and performance, in Donna Summer’s
high-smooth vocal sound and disco stylings, and in the gumption and power of
Grace Jones.

Kick-starting the compilation is ‘Pain’, the Indian psychedelic garage
rock sounds of The Savages featuring Asha. We have to admit, we had to
strongarm Asha into letting us include this track at first; also due to its rare nature
(and lack of any master tapes) the recording we present here is raw and low-fi.
However, we felt its inclusion was important to fully represent the journey of
Asha's career, the same consideration was also applied to two of the Asha & The
Surfers’ songs that we have included in this collection.

Asha saw a link between jazz and classical Indian music "the improvisation, the minor
chords, the free form, the liberalness of the art" we showcase her love of jazz here
with seminal works with the legendary Ornette Coleman, taken from the revered
'Science Fiction’ album.

Asha's 'CBS years' are represented here, how could we not include 'Space
Talk' on this collection, and how these years progressed into her amazing
disco offerings such as 'I'm Gonna Dance' & 'Music Machine'. The bizarre 'We're
Gonna Bury The Rock With The Roll Tonight' from 1980 has also won us over. A
pseudo-50s throw- back song that sounds not un- similar to the post- modern,
leftfield, pop of an MIA production to come years later.

Rounding off the compilation we have Asha's interpretation of a Michael
Jackson classic that sat lost on a cassette-only released in India.

TRACKLISTING

1. w/ The Savages – Pain
2. w/ The Surfers – Sound of Silence
3. w/ The Surfers – Sunny
4. w/ The Surfers – Fever
5. w/ Ornette Coleman – What Reason Could I Give
6. w/ Ornette Coleman – All My Life
7. w/ Charlie Mariano – Mirror
8. Right Down Here
9. Lies
10. Devil is Loose
11. Space Talk
12. One Night Affair
13. I’m Gonna Dance
14. Music Machine (Dedication to Studio 54)
15. Peek A Boo Boogie
16. Mister Moonlight
17. Prism of the Sun (Song For Dieter)
18. 1001 Nights of Love (Reprise)
19. We’re Gonna Bury the Rock with the Roll Tonight
20. Asha Puthli - Chipko Chipko

PRODUCT DETAILS

Artist:  Asha Puthli
Label:  Mr Bongo
Condition:  New 
Genre:  Latin, African & International
Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat Number:  MRBLP226O
Released:  17th June 2022

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