Clive Arrowsmith/Harrison Family

The estate of George Harrison has just launched a new record label. Called HariSongs, the aim of the imprint is “to release the Harrison family archive of Indian Classical and World music and George’s collaborations with the finest exponents of Indian Classical music.”

The label is wasting no time — it’s immediately reissuing two out-of-print albums: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan‘s In Concert 1972, and the last-ever collaboration by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, Chants of India. The albums are available only in digital — download and streaming — marking the first time either has been available in electronic format.

In Concert 1972 was originally released by Apple Records in 1972, and captures the legendary concert as produced by George Harrison. The audio was sourced from the original quarter-inch analog tapes, using state-of-the-art remastering techniques.

Chants of India was released in 1997. The collaboration with Harrison was referred to by Shankar as “one of the most difficult challenges in my life, as a composer and arranger…into which I have poured my heart and soul.”

Besides being a co-founder of Apple Records with The Beatles, Harrison of course launched his own Dark Horse Records in 1974. His first release then? Music by Ravi Shankar.

In Concert 1972 and Chants of India are available for download on the HariSongs website. A four-minute mini-doc on the making of Chants of India is streaming now on YouTube.

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