LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (Columbia)
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Release:1974 / US – Reissue
sampled by Aboriginals"From her early days raised as a youth in Bombay, AshaPuthli initially trained in Indian classical music andopera, but over time gravitated towards contemporarywestern pop, upon discovering talents like Nat KingCole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dusty Springfield. Aftermaking a name for herself in her native country, shefound her way to New York, where she happened uponJohn Hammond of CBS Records. Hammond wouldintroduce Puthli to the avant-garde legend OrnetteColeman, who utilized her unique vocal stylings on his1971 record Science Fiction. Her work on the albumearned widespread praise, and though it didn't lead tofurther work in the United States, it did bring her arecord contract in Europe.In 1973, Puthli released her self-titled debut throughCBS, which would not see release in the US, but wassubject to widespread critical acclaim and fascinationthroughout Europe. Asha Puthli was produced by DelNewman, who had done arrangements and productionfor Elton John's famed album ""Goodbye YellowBrick Road"", of which Puthli was a professed fan, andfeatured a cover image heavily inspired by the glamaesthetics of groups like T. Rex, David Bowie, andQueen. These aesthetics would also blend into themusic itself, an 8-song collection featuring renditions ofsongs by George Harrison, J.J. Cale, Bill Withers, andothers, plus one original by Puthli herself.Asha Puthli is a remarkable work of its time, for itsdaring amalgamation of pop sensibilities, jazzsultriness, and experimental weirdness. A sensuouswork of jazz / disco fusion that pre-dated DonnaSummer's slick, and eccentric works."