Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt - A Meeting By The River


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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

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1994 Grammy winner for Best World Music Album

Included in Tom Moon's 2008 book "1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die"

"…The sound is about as good as it gets, with almost no sense of recording gear between the listener and musicians, who are laid out in a solid horizontal line. The remarkable air and tangible 'thereness' will take your breath away." – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, August 2008

"As spontaneous as music-making gets, this East meets West improv session between two masters of slide-based stringed instruments is like eating at the most exotic Indian restaurant that adds Tex-Mex flavors to its dishes. The sound is very natural, almost achingly beautiful." – Playback, June 2008

"…This record is a must-have for fans of Ry Cooder's explorations into global sounds. The playing is out of this world, and, on these cuts, it has less of a world music feel, and is almost bluesy at times. With the original sessions captured at 15 i.p.s. on all custom deParavicini gear, this is the ultimate stereo test record. The sound is as real, open and airy as it gets; not one more molecule of tone could possibly be put onto these black discs!" – Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, No. 15, 2008

"… …Passionate, mysterious, intricate, earthy, ethereal, moody and mystical, the rich musical improvisations on this recording defy categorization…The recording is as astonishing as the music: a harmonically complex, three dimensional, two-microphone purist production that will easily take its place at the top of the sonic heap in your record collection and that's a guarantee…this is among the most spacious, convincing three-dimensional recordings you will ever hear…An essential record in any 21st century vinyl collection." Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 – Michael Fremer, Music Angle, www.musicangle.com

"The quintessential 2 mic Blumlein recording, a musical extravaganza – on 45rpm it destroys the early '90s CD!" – Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online

"…Astonishingly, the four conversational yet adventurous tracks captured on A Meeting by the River were unrehearsed jams between the two masters, who had met only minutes before the session. The lesson is that Cooder and Bhatt not only knew how to play, but how to listen." – Daniel Durchholz, Stereophile, February 2007

American composer, musicologist and guitar legend Ry Cooder teams with North Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to create an exquisite musical realm, with both musicians playing exceptional slide guitar. Their collaboration evokes musical elements from many cultures and styles. Percussion by Sukhvindar Singh on tabla and Cooder's 14-year-old son Joachim on dumbek. This recording won a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best World Album.

Originally released in 1993.

1. A Meeting By The River
2. Longing
3. Ganges Delta Blues
4. Isa Lei

Customer Reviews (4.90 Stars) 10 person(s) rated this product.

Great Sounding LP

posted on 05/10/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ken
Music is easy listening. I really like Longing. The bass in Ganges Delta Blues is good. I recently purchased new speakers and the bass is just amazing. I didn't realize the deep bass in this track is so deep and strong with the old speakers. This is a great recording. Must buy.

Jaw dropping astonishment at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013

posted on 11/08/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: Andrew Young, Sounds True Music
At the Oct 2013 RMAF, I picked this up at the Acoustic Sounds booth and took straight up to the PMC (Professional Monitor Company) room upstairs, where they were featuring their amazing GB1i speakers (search this site for more info). I asked them to slap this onto their premium Kuzma turntable and...about a dozen audiophile jaws dropped. At the end of the track, dead silence (the vinyl and the room). Bug-eyed looks of utter musical astonishment. And it sounds just as awesome on my $200 Dual 1219/Grado ZFE+ rig! Thanks Nate at the booth for recommending these QRP 45 RPMs. Just got the Cannonball Adderley "Somethin' Else" and it is equally smokin'.


posted on 07/22/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Ant Simon
Listening to this is completely relaxing. There is nothing not to like about it. Transport yourselto India

another must have

posted on 05/22/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jorge Ferreira
Another must have from AP. Music and sound!

Oh my God......

posted on 08/24/2009
5 Stars
I was expecting the sound to be exceptional, but I was wrong. It was breathtaking, it was like I was there or they were there in person performing for me.....that is how good it is. And the music, nothing else to say but it is real....... I wanted to get the test pressing after listening to this and may do so in the near future. Must have vinyl. Sound 5.5/5 ; Music 6/5

finest vinyl i've ever heard

posted on 06/13/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dan
Enough praise has been written about the music itself so I'll just say this is the best sounding vinyl I've ever heard. Sublime.

Audiophile must have

posted on 04/17/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: BRANDONH
Shockingly realistic, a must have for any audiophile collection. If you love music and amazing sound you will love this double 45rpm album. on a scale of 1-10 I give it a 10 1/2.

A pure chunk of genius

posted on 03/27/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: J Ellis
I expect the superlatives to come flooding in for this Ry and V.M LP- from my perspective I expected it to be good but it exceeded my expectations. In fact I have been listenting to little else since it arrived. This is one that you will take to the grave with you and that is no exaggeration.

great sound

posted on 03/26/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: randal habeeb
Great sound. Really good music.

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