Friday, 13 March 2015

Alla Rakha (1919-2000) & Zakir Hussain (born 1951) - Tabla in Solo and Duet - LP published in India in 1972


Nels Olsen said...

Wow! Thanks! And the audio quality is very good on the original recording. The scratchiness of the LP doesn't detract from that. It's certainly a lot better audio quality than you hear at most concerts nowadays. You can clearly hear the different bols without distortion.

Unknown said...

Tawfiq mian, can you tell us more about the recording chain you used? Sounds excellent! What is the turntable, tonearm, cartridge, ADC and digitization process? Just curious! Sounds absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for doing these recordings and sharing is a dying art form and sharing like this helps to keep it alive that much longer....thank you so much for that.

Adel Decoster said...

This recording ist better, but again too much clipping:

foobar2000 1.0.3 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-07-26 17:17:06

Analyzed: ? / ?

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR14 0.00 dB -15.86 dB 10:28 ?-Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain - Side 1 - 1
DR13 0.00 dB -14.43 dB 10:23 ?-Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain - Side 1 - 2
DR14 0.00 dB -16.68 dB 10:21 ?-Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain - Side 2 - 1
DR14 0.00 dB -16.62 dB 7:24 ?-Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain - Side 2 - 2

Number of tracks: 4
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 749 kbps
Codec: FLAC

Tawfiq said...

Why don't you buy then the records yourself on Discogs, CDandLP or one of the many other sides where I bought some of these records and do the ripping yourself. Or buy the CD versions of some of them which are on the market. Unfortunately my old WaveLab does not work properly anymore on the most recent Windows. Up to now I didn't find a better way to rip LPs and also don't have the time to get into the subject. And anyway, the all the LPs I have are already all ripped.
Amongst the nearly one million visitors of my blog I never had somebody as critical and demanding as you. Why are you not just grateful that someone shares this music. And if you think that it should be done in a better way why don't you do it yourself. Let us see some samples of your ripping.
What do you mean by clipping? The surface noises of LPs made in India? If so, that is the way LPs made in India are. If this disturbs you you are very welcome to clean the recordings yourself and to share the results with us.
Most of the LPs I shared on this blog are from my old collection which I gathered when they were released. They are all in good shape. But some LPs I shared more recently like the Singh Bandhu, Lalith Rao and Chatur Lal LPs and some of the ones I plan to post in the near future I bought recently partly in India, partly in Japan and partly in Europe. These are mostly in much less good shape, especially the ones I bought from India and Japan.
By the way: all this technical data doesn't mean anything to me. I never got into this subject and don't plan to. What matters to me is the quality of the music.
I don't have the intention nor pretention to post technically perfect results. That should be the domain of the ones making a living of it. I'm just an amateur lover of this music who thought it might be a good thing to share these musics before they get forgotten or lost. I just do the best I can with my limited means and knowledge. I rather spend my time to discover more great music than to get into technical details.
And I'm very grateful that you are the first and only one to be that critical and demanding from amongst the almost one million visitors of my blog. If there would have been more I would probably have given up.
I guess you are here just not on the right blog for you.

Abhiram said...


Please ignore Adel. There are no words in the English language that I can use to express how much gratitude I feel towards your efforts. These recordings are indeed gems and we are duty-bound to preserve, cherish and pass them along. My salute to you for all the work you are doing.

You have a tremendous collection. I hope I get to meet you some day.


Tawfiq said...

Thanks, Abhiram.

Wilder Advance said...


I appreciate your response to Adel because it explains how this material is being presented.

I love the art of hi-fi vinyl transfer, but I also just love this music. You are a generous soul for sharing your collection in the manner that is available to you.

Gratefully yours!