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Mystery Hare Krishna chant in Oasis record - sampled from George Harrison record?
15 September 2013
12.34pm
David Jay
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Hi,

Just joined the forum! I'm a huge fan of the Beatles and wondered if any of the experts here might be able to help on a query I have. (Hope I have the right section here; please accept my apologies if not).

I am researching an article on the band Oasis, whose song Columbia features a sample of a Hare Krishna-type chant sung in an Indian language (possibly Hindi) that is proving hard to identify.
 
My aim is to try and identify the source of the sample, and I wondered if it may have been derived from one of George Harrison's recordings of traditional Indian music? Or perhaps from an obscure Beatles recording, dating from their visit to India in 1968? 
 
Any help on this would be gratefully received, and I would, of course, give a full credit in the finished article to anyone who may be able to help.
 
The Oasis track is on YouTube here:
 
The sample sounds like a Hare Krishna-style chant on the outro (from about 3.45 to 4.45 in the above video (it is looped, and can be heard best right at the end). 
 
Many thanks.
 
Kind regards,
David.
15 September 2013
3.32pm
Joe
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It's not something I'm aware of. I ran it through Google Sound Search and it came back with Columbia, with is pretty cool considering it's not the normal mix (is it a bootleg or something that came out on a reissue?).

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16 September 2013
12.49am
David Jay
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Joe said
It's not something I'm aware of. I ran it through Google Sound Search and it came back with Columbia, with is pretty cool considering it's not the normal mix (is it a bootleg or something that came out on a reissue?).

Hi Joe. Thanks very much for checking! I did something similar, running it through the Shazam application but the only result was for Columbia.

Yes, the mix I posted a link to above is from a bootleg (the mystery chant is also on the commercially-available demo, but it's clearer on this version, which I thought may make it easier to identify the sample). That mix is from the unreleased first mix of the version of Definitely Maybe that was recorded at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall in February 1994. The released version was remixed by Owen Morris, and on Columbia Liam's lead vocal was re-recorded too. For more detail on the recording of Definitely Maybe you may like to check my website, which features new interviews with engineers and producers who worked on the sessions.

http://www.oasis-recordinginfo.co.uk

 

16 September 2013
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Oasis were such Beatle fans that it wouldn't be surprising if they did specifically seek out the George Harrison recording as a way of paying props, even though there are surely hundreds of Hare Krishna recordings out there they could choose from.

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16 September 2013
5.51am
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Totally off-topic (but then I often am) – and I can't answer your question sorry – but welcome to the forums.

16 September 2013
7.56am
David Jay
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vonbontee said
Oasis were such Beatle fans that it wouldn't be surprising if they did specifically seek out the George Harrison recording as a way of paying props, even though there are surely hundreds of Hare Krishna recordings out there they could choose from.

Thanks for your reply vonbontee. Yes, I think that's a good point and it could go some way to explain why this particular sample is proving hard to track down…

Another feature of this track seems to have a Beatles influence – the speech at the end (Tony Benn reading from the Bible) was recorded live off BBC Radio 3 whilst the band recorded the track, which reminded me of the random radio scanning and excerpt of King Lear on the outro of I Am The Walrus. Oasis' heavy cover of I Am The Walrus later became a real favourite of their live sets.

16 September 2013
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trcanberra said
Totally off-topic (but then I often am) – and I can't answer your question sorry – but welcome to the forums.

That's ok thanks for reading and for the welcome!

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