Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"The Khalsa String Band" (US Folk 1973)

by canonical:
This is a really nice, mellow hippie/folk album. Information on the internet was scarce, so I'd be happy to learn more. From what I could gather, the Khalsa String Band was comprised of Sikh's living in America and Americans won over to the Yogi craze in the 70's. Almost everyone in the band has the last name "Singh", which lead me to believe this was going to be a citar-psych-affair. However, the instrumentation is very simple with just guitar, drums, bass, flute, and keyboards. In fact, there is pretty much zero Middle-Eastern influence in the music. Lyrically they are very spiritually inspired, though. I believe they put out 8 albums, this one being their first.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st listening:boring music, 2nd: not so bad, 3rd: nice music.. and now: the more i listen to this record,the more i love it! thanx for giving me this music!!

01 October, 2006 22:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please repost it!
thanks Karl

22 February, 2007 06:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice music.You did good job.
Here is my blog,about indie and folk and more,you also can download.

mmmm, from China

09 August, 2007 20:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, great musicians, great album. Really. THANKS. It was hard but I managed to collect following data:

Label: Private SIKH Yoga NR 4108 LP

Side A:
1. One Creator
2. Child's Play
3. You Can Make the Sun Shine
4. All for One

Side B:
5. Stand for Righteousness
6. America
7. Harvest Time
8. Song of Bliss
9. Oh Guru Ram Das

Guitars: Guru Singh, Sat Peters Singh, Gurshabdh Singh, Gurudas Singh
Bass Guitar: Lawton Singh
Percussion & Drums: Herbie Lowell (tracks 1, 2), Gordon Jones (tracks 4, 5, 6)
Vocals: Black Krishna Kaur, Guru Singh, Gurudas Singh, Sat Nam Singh, Singh Kaur, Guruvir Kaur, Sat Kartar Kaur, Sat Peter Singh, Lawton Singh, Marty Singh
Keyboards: Marty Singh
Flute: Amar Singh
Violin: Hari Har Kaur

Engineer: Steve Day
Producer: Sat Peter Singh

24 June, 2009 03:50  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi! My dad wrote songs that they later played. My name is Shabd Singh Khalsa and I am the second generation of "hippies swayed by the Yogi Craze". Most of these people are still around living the Sikh lifestyle and playing music. This record is a huge part of my childhood. I used to go to sleep to the Guru Ram Das Lullaby nightly. Anyway, just thought I'd put a human touch to this post so we're not pigeonholed as some fleeting group of wackos.

Blessings, thank you for posting this, and I really like your blog.

16 July, 2010 04:05  
Blogger Peter Alexander said...

The former "Sat Peter Singh" here, now living in Portland, ME and still making music ( I just found four copies of the LP in my basement, and one of them appears to be in near perfect condition. I'll make mp3 files and post them on my own website in the near future. Glad that these songs are still in circulation! --Peter Alexander 01/01/11

02 January, 2011 02:09  
Blogger Peter Alexander said...

January 1, 2011

I just found out about this link from my friend, Peter Alexander. We recorded this album in NYC in the summer of '73, fueled by Häagen-Dazs ice cream (there were only two flavors then, carob and honey) and an utterly uncomplicated love affair with God. It was a magical time.

Having now listened to the Song of Bliss for the first time in over 25 years (that's me playing the piano, a gorgeous 9 foot Steinway in a very cool Manhattan recording studio), I'm once again swept away by Singh Kaur's voice. It's a good voice, but even more, there was something so pure and amazing that came out of her when she sang, you could feel angels swarming just to get close. Wow...

Here's another link Peter sent me to the same track. This one has a little less flutter and a little more rumble:

So Peter, thank you for sharing such a special gift - a great start to what feels like will be a wonderful year.

Martin Hoke

Martin R. Hoke
RhinoSystems, Inc.
151 Innovation Dr., Suite 260
Elyria, Ohio 44035

02 January, 2011 03:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this album. Listening to it in these troubled times, it is a sweet reminder of a time when we still hoped that people of all races and religions could live in harmony. Peace and love, man!

26 March, 2011 23:24  
Blogger ale55 said...

Long time ago there were a lot of local bands playing music like this. There were times we really thought to change the worls in a better way. These songs are full of those sweet illusions we used to live with. Thank you a lot. These songs have raised up those thoughts and is a real beutiful thing! Time has left an immaculate hope to live in a better way. Look at the photos of this band in the web and smile. How they were happy and hopeful. Grazie. Ale55

16 May, 2011 02:31  

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