Swami Kriyananda – “Ananda Meditations” – [A&M Records]
I think this is the Romanian dude who was a follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, the famous Yogi who “brought yoga to the west” in the early 20th century. Check out the movie about him called Awake that came out last year. Ananda is a name and also means “extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being”. Solo sitar accompanies the Swami who paints us a happy place with his words for the purpose of meditation. The old scratchiness just ads charm. And it’s fun to hear some old school new age.
— Billie Joe Tolliver