Asha Puthli - Asha Puthli

Asha Puthli - Asha Puthli
Styles: Vocal Jazz
Genre: Pop\Rock
Album: Asha Puthli
Release Date: 1973
Artist: Asha Puthli

The debut long-player by Indian-born and Euro-bred soul singer Asha Puthli is a wild mix of electric, funky grooves and mystic spaceship R&B. Puthli, who contributed vocals to Ornette Coleman's Skies of America album, and Columbia tried to establish herself as an international pop star with this album. Utilizing her wide range and weird voice and an even stranger choice of material, Puthli came off as some soul singer turned sexy jazz maven who was beating a slick path to the dancefloor with sensibility not unlike Donna Summer's a few years later. This isn't so odd in and of itself, but when you consider her song choices: George Harrison's "I Dig Love," J.J. Cale's "Right Down Here" and "Lies," Jimmy Webb's "This Is Your Life," and Jim Weatherly's "Neither One Of Us Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye," among others, and arrangements and backing that don't even closely resemble the originals, you have one very strange album. The best track is "Lies," which is full of screaming, wailing, yelling, and completely freakazoid echo, compression, and phase shifter effects -- before Giorgio Moroder made them standard on every record. Puthli's jazzed-up rendition of Neil Sedaka's "I Am a Song" that steams over into an anthemic disco romp is a riot. This may be an album of its time, but Puthli is an original as a singer. She's a stylist at the very least, and, at most, a campy genius.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Right Down Here / J.J. CaleAsha Puthli
Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) / Jim WeatherlyAsha Puthli
I Dig LoveAsha Puthli
This Is Your LifeAsha Puthli
Love LiesAsha Puthli
Let Me in Your LifeAsha Puthli
I Am a SongAsha Puthli
TruthAsha Puthli

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