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Photo of Hansadutta used on the "Nothing to Lose" cover circa 197819 June 2010 — Back in 1978 Hansadutta composed the lyrics to "The Holy Name" as a poem offering to Srila Prabhupada for Vyasapuja, the occasion of the anniversary of the spiritual master's appearance. He later sang it on his LP cover "Nothing to Lose But All to Gain", released the same year.
That album has been critiqued as weird and very weird by some old record collectors, but Ink Mathematics has this to say about it:
I am going to hit you with a barrage of posts this week and this first one features an album that my friend Day (Vintage Vinyl Revival) lent to me the other week after I had heard a few songs off it. This album, "nothing to lose but all to gain", 1978, by Hansadutta Swami, has me somewhat hypnotized and I find myself putting it on over and over. It's strange, that is for sure, but there is something comforting, fascinating, and completely original in the country-like jams and warbling/rambling/repetitious vocals. Hansadutta was once a very important person in the Hare Krishna movement and this album is rich with lyrical references to Krsna and is performed by devotee musicians, so on its' own it stands as being unique. It's a shame that is has yet to be available on cd... the album has a very relevant and modern feel.Here are the lyrics to the song:
The Holy Name
Nothing to lose but all to gain,
You convinced the world to chant the Holy Name.
Dirty hearts and dusty brains,
You make the lowest men dance to the Name.
Spiritually deaf, dumb, blind and lame
You cure the multitudes with the Name.
Honor, dishonor, pleasure & pain,
Kicked out as worthless by this Holy Name.
Mad after Money, women, and fame,
Sometimes even I think of chanting the Name.
I have tried every trick and played every game,
But I cannot understand what is this Name.
Sun, snow, wind, hail and rain.
All times are good for chanting the Name.
Wife, friends and relations think us insane,
This is one result of chanting the Name.
Faster than a bullet or a speeding train,
You travel around spreading the Name.
You have bound me hand and foot with a chain,
The links of which are the Holy Name.
This shameful life and feeble refrain,
I offer you, Prabhupada, for the Name.
Falling before you like a wooden cane,
Bless me with attachment to the Holy Name.
Like a generous cloud that gives rain,
May I float thru the world spreading the Name.
Full of desire for profit and gain,
You have the medicine in the shape of the Name.
Falling before you like a wooden cane,
Make me take this cure of chanting the Name.
Nothing to Lose But All to GainThe Holy NameMP3 - 12:12, 16.8 MBListen | Download
4 July 2009 — Here is the George Harrison classic "My Sweet Lord", and another lesser known but at one time number one on the charts in Europe "Krishna, where are You?" with vocals by Laxmi Shankar (Ravi Shankar's sister), lyrics and music arrangement by George Harrison.
Every Town & Village AlbumDownload Album (RAR/84.9 MB)The album "Every Town & Village" was recorded at the 1972 San Francisco Rathayatra and New York temple, and was released in the same year by Golden Avatar Productions. Read Eric's review for more info: It's Ekadasi! Every Town and Village LP for you!
01 - Samkirtan, Temple Kirtan, Arati, SamkirtanMP3 - 19:44, 31.3 MBListen | Download 02 - Sankirtan-Jaya Radha GovindaMP3 - 21:55, 34.7 MBListen | Download
Vrindavana Album Download Album (RAR/67 MB)There are two versions of this LP: one produced by devotees in France and the other by devotees in Netherlands, though reportedly identical except a slight variance in cover printing. Vocals by Kausalya devi dasi ("Sri Rupa Manjari", "Srita Kamala", "Manasa Deha Geha"), Manibandha das ("Manasa Deha Geha", "Gopinatha"), Achyutananda Swami ("Bhaja Hunre Mana", "Kesava Kali Mala") and the assembled devotees ("Hare Krsna Kirtan"). Read more about it: It's Ekadasi! Vrindavana LP from France and/or Holland!
KRSNA Meditation Album Download Album (RAR/122.7 MB)Produced by Hansadutta & the German Yatra, 1974. The album was recorded in June, 1974 at Schloss Rettershoff, during Srila Prabhupada's visit there. Vocals and harmonium by Srila Prabhupada, Hansadutta on mrdanga, Cakravarti and Himavati play kartals. Read more about it: Merry Janmastami! Here's Srila Prabhupada!
Hare Krishna Festival Album Download Album (RAR/30 MB)Produced by Hansadutta & the German Yatra, circa 1974. There were a number of record albums produced under the title "Hare Krishna Festival", all by the German devotees around this same time. Hansadutta leading, except for "Tulasi Prayer", sung by a female vocalist. Read more about it: It's Ekadasi! Let's hear it for the LAST Hare Krsna Festival!
The Beautiful Hare Krishna People AlbumDownload Album (RAR/144.4 MB)A double LP, produced by Hansadutta & the German Yatra, sometime around 1974. Vocals by Hansadutta. Read what Eric over at Little Black Star has to say about it: It's Ekadasi! The Beautiful Hare Krsna People DOUBLE LP!
01 - Kiba-Jaya-Jaya-Gorachanda, Hare Krishna Kirtan, Obeisances, Namaste NarasinghayaMP3 - 26:22, 38.1 MBListen | Download02 - Incarnations of Godhead, Sri GurvastakamMP3 - 25:51, 36.9 MBListen | Download 03 - Jaya Radha Madhava, Hare Krishna Mantra, Sri Krsna Caitanya, Hare Krishna Mantra, Tulasi PrayerMP3 - 21:30, 30.8 MBListen | Download
Kirtans with Srila Prabhupada
Kirtans with Hansadutta das