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Released by Floating World under licence from Sony Music, this album was originally released in 1968 and is available here for the first time ever on CD!
First spotted by Allen Ginsberg while he was in India, the Bauls, a group of itinerant mystic minstrels from Bengal, were invited by Albert Grossman to stay with him in a converted barn at his home in Bearsville, Woodstock in 1967. The brothers Luxman and Purna Das (seen posing with Bob Dylan for the cover of his “John Wesley Harding” album) became friends with the Band and often visited them in Big Pink to partake in the use of various substances and also to make music with the Band in the now famous Basement. One such Big Pink Basement session was captured on tape by Garth Hudson and released in 1968 as “Bengali Bauls…At Big Pink”. Bob Dylan became friends with the Bauls, especially Purna Das Baul, and in 1990 he attended Purna Das’ son’s marriage in West Bengal. In 1971 a Baul family played on stage in London at The Rolling Stones Hyde Park concert.
Tracks: Alone I Have Caught a Fish, Praise My Beautiful Birthland, With What Flower Shall I Worship Your Feet?, My Boatman Friend, Say Hari Mynah Bird.