One of the many bad things the sixties has left us with is the sound of the artists ‘going full maharishi’ in desperate searches for relevance.
I am no fan of Within You Without You and would happily see it erased from history. The HJHs are far from the only – or worst – act to indulge in crimes against this instrument during the sixties ‘sitar boom’. Here’s a quite brilliantly awful version of ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’ by Elvis from 1967 in a ‘chuck it all in’ arrangement with sitar, harmonica and horns fighting it out. Any sitar classics from the Hump? Ol Blue Eyes.
It can of course occasionally go right, as in Paint It Black, so I guess you can throw in your hits tho obviously the enjoyment is chiefly in the incongruity of say Peter, Paul, Mary and Ravi