Classic ISKCON Tape #8 – Visnujana Swami – Aratik in New York City
After weeks of Hamsadutta, don’t you deserve some Visnujana? Why yes, I believe you do.
So here you go, a whole take of Visnujana Swami. And this is a real treat. My second favorite tape in the whole KT series (first favorite is KT-14, but we’ll get to that in a couple months).
KT-8 Visnujana Swami – Aratik in New York City
1. Visnujana Swami – Studio Recording
2. Hare Krishna Kirtan
3. Aratik in New York
4. Nrsinga Prayers
5. Hare Krishna Chant
The first side (tracks one and two) starts off with a 26 minute studio recording with Visnujana Swami at the helm. It’s really got some bass to it. Maybe it’s just the way that I mixed it from the tape, but you’re going to want to pull your bandanna down real low for this one.
Track two is pretty much just a guitar and female-led Hare Krishna bhajana. I’m not sure who the vocalist is, but Visnujana Swami is there in response. Great song and pretty heart-wrenching. I don’t usually go for the western instruments thing, but this isn’t at all bad.
Side two gives us a super awesome kirtan done over a background of aratik bells (that are possibly cowbells). This gets to be all sorts of fun at the end.
My favorite bit on this tape is this all acapella version of the Nsringa Prayers. It’s done in a call and response that sounds a lot like an old negro spiritual. This is really well done.
Probably added as filler, this two minute kirtana, also led by a woman (same women as track two?) is a bit strange in the melody department. It really sounds like something out of the 70′s (which it is). But I think I like it.
Anyway, glad to be able to bring you another edition of Classic ISKCON Tapes. Happy Saturday!