INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Beatles songs


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Beatles songs Feb 03, 2002 09:35 p.m.

Yea it's me again....hey, have some friends with a classic rock band who would like me to sit in on sitar for the Beatles songs that use it. I really liked Sgt. Peppers but all the Beatles stuff was a little before my time. Any recommendations on songs and which album(s) to find them on so I can learn??
Re:Beatles songs Feb 03, 2002 10:21 p.m.

Theyd probably want you to play within without you and Norwegian Wood. There one other one that I forget and alot of them just have a tanpura in them, which i know alot of people think its really the sitar.
Re:Beatles songs Feb 04, 2002 12:31 p.m.

BuddhistMonk is right, Lars, fewer than you think have sitar on them but several have tanpura. For sitar tracks, check out Norweigan Wood which is on the Rubber Soul album, Love You To, from the Revolver album, and Within You Without You off Sgt Pepper. (If they can re-create this last one on stage I want a ticket to come see you!).
A song called the Inner Light on Past Masters Volume 2 is Indian-flavoured but features a sarod, I think.
Take care
Re:Beatles songs Feb 04, 2002 01:14 p.m.

Hi Lars;
Welcome back. The Beatles was my generation and I was a true Beatles nut to the end (I have everyone one of the original albums, a bit worn nowdays!). Think you know the Beatles? Here's a bit of trivia I'd throw out for everyone. Answers are at the end of my post. Any other trivia eagerly gobbled up!

1) There is only one Indian-based song featuring sitar that George did not play sitar on. Which is it?
2) Who played the sitar on the soundtrack to the movie "Help"? (Hint: If you ever look at Buckingham's website, you've seen the name.)
3) Which song was released twice (two versions exist), one using sarod and the other guitar only?
1) Within You, Without You (from Sgt Peppers)
2) A teenaged Ashwin Batish. It would be Ashwin that George talked to during the filming, and Ashwin showed him a few basic strokes.
3) The Inner Light. The Yellow Submarine album cover mistakenly notes that sitar is used on this song.

Lars, Peter showed me how to play Love You Too (Revolver album), plus I taught myself how to play Within You Without You. Either one is fun to play!

Re:Beatles songs Feb 04, 2002 07:48 p.m.

Hey, thanks guys........that helps me, I'll get the 3 different albums then! Be nice to gig out a little anyway locally.....may even get free beers, who knows??
Re:Beatles songs Feb 05, 2002 07:54 p.m.

I & my tabla player do coffee shops here in L.A, & always get a good response out of the Beatle sitar songs, which opens the door for afew sitar songs I,ve written, as well as a raga I,ve written. I find that my shows are always getting a great response from people who are amazed to see someone playing a sitar...........Peace to all
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