The album ‘Songs Inspired by the Film The Beatles and India’ was created by many Indian artists, inspired by the 2021 film ‘The Beatles and India’. The documentary-style film was released earlier this year and the trailer indicates the change in The Beatles’ lives after their visit to India, including their decision to live with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968. It claims to have a lot of unseen footage and untold stories about their life, time and music in India.
The album kicks off with Kiss Nuka aka Anushka Manchanda’s version of The Beatles’ song Tomorrow Never Knows, originally from their 1966 album Revolver. The track was re-mastered and released in the Love album in 2008, and is one of the more popular songs on this album. It’s followed by popular singer Benny Dayal’s voice over Mother Nature’s Sun. Accompanied by renowned electronic producer and musician Karsh Kale, the track is a fantastic take on a song that has been covered by many popular artists across the world. Shillong band Soulmate follows this up with their incredible version of Gimme Some Truth, adding folk elements, and taking an exciting swing at this simple song originally sung by Paul McCartney. This is one of the best versions made of this song till date, with Rudy Wallang’s guitar solo bringing the typical Beatles’ sound into the album.
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Tejas and Mali, singer-songwriters with incredible voices follow with their version of Across the Universe. While we’d love to break down the rest of the release with takes on each song, it’s safe to say the 19-track album features some of the best musicians from India, including smashing guitar work from Warren Mendonsa (Blackstratblues) on Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except Me and My Monkey) with Rohan Rajadhyaksha and I’m So Tired with the Lisha Mishra on vocals, award-winning composer and producer Neil Mukherjee on I Will and Sexy Sadie, Martha My Dear and India, India with the soothing and lovely voice of Nikhil D’Souza, and many more.
You will also hear voices of big musicians and producers like Vishal Dadlani, Shibani Dandekar, Monica Dogra, two songs by Dhruv Ghanekar, Siddharth Basrur and Parekh & Singh. This release would be incomplete without Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar who a notable figure in the life of The Beatles’ in India.
Listen to Songs Inspired by the Film ‘The Beatles and India streaming on all platforms.