Saturday, January 12, 2008

Shakti: CPB Documentary With Live Concert Footage



AS POSTED ON DIME HERE

Shakti (original band with John McLaughlin) CPB Documentary with live concert footage 1977-xx-xx NTSC DVD... the holy grail of Shakti torrents! (contact sheets provided)

Relocating and transferring this VHS tape has taken the better part of the last few weeks. This 50 minute documentary, filmed by Canadian Public Broadcasting, is filled with spiritual wisdom and live performances as the band practices and performs during a tour of Europe. In case you haven't heard their music, it's sort of a cross between Ravi Shankar (in fact that's his son in the band) and fast, uplifting jazz. One of the locations filmed during the day is a concert in a bullfighting ring in the Provence section of France. McLaughlin's playing is *incredible*.

A couple of technical notes: There are a few, very small dropouts that were present during the transfer. One of them occured right at the end of the credits, so the transfer was ended just before the video dropped. Right afterwards, it stated C 1977 Canadian Public Broadcasting.

If anybody has a setlist for the numbers they performed, it would be great!

Technical specs:

NTSC video 704x480
Ratio 4:3
Runtime 49 minutes
Dolby Digital sound

EDIT: Video quality B
Sound Quality A

If there's interest, I have a restored copy of the audio track only.

Lineage: Public TV broadcast ->VHS unknown generation ->Philips standalone DVD recorder ->removal of legacies ->YOU

Enjoy!

A DoinkerTape