In your eyes

Fusion can be junk. But when it meshes seamlessly, there is magic.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter Gabriel and others


  1. Peter Gabriel is perhaps the finest of the old Genesis, even if one discounts for Mike and the Mechanics and Phil Collins. The latter, as they cranked mega hits, were extensions of the old. Gabriel, on the other hand broke new ground by incorporating music from around the world.

    Your selection here, awe inspiring as it is, lacks a natural osmotic transfusion. It takes full two minutes of play time,before one hears Futeh Ali. In fact there is no indication of his presence outside of his vocals, as though the two pieces were spliced together by a Youtube enthusiast.


    Compared to this - where the two are seamless, and draw from each other. Like two babbling streams when they meet, mingle and merge. I agree, it's magic, when that happens (and junk when it doesn't).


  2. Anon:

    Gentlemen, and ladies for that matter, do not keep count. I fully comprehended the 'cameo' role of Nusrat Fateh Ali, but that was precisely the beauty in this particular number where the words just followed the 'same' trail. In this lyrics are hugely important. It also ended on an almost spiritual note as though Gabriel is lost in Nusrat's world.

    Of the two links you posted, I assume the first one with Sting was an example of 'junk' spliced together. That is what I felt and even worse. The video was horrible and had a Las Vegas feel, entirely unwarranted. What was with the camcorder?

    The next link was stupendous. I loved it; actually more than that. Jan Garbarek's solo riff was akin to, and I know such comparisons are odious, Ustad Bismillah Khan playing the shehnai.

    I like fusions where they meet and yet each can stand out. It is rare and therefore all the more precious.

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    Dr S:

    Yes, I think so too...I had posted another one here. You might like this even more:



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