Yvette Mimieux & Ali Akbar Khan - Flowers of Evil (Connoisseur Society, 1968)
Yvette Mimieux & Ali Akbar Khan
Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal)
LP Connoisseur Society CS2007 (USA, 1968)
01. To a Passer-by
02. A Voyage to Cythera
03. Murdered Woman
04. The Albatross
Note : Yvette Mimieux (narrator). Original music composed and performed by Ali Akbar Khan (sarod and lute), Pandit Mahapurush Misra (tabla). Tamboura player not credited.
Producer Alan Silver was inquiring about recording fantasies with previous Life mag cover girl and actress Ms. Mimieux while attending a performance by Khansahib at the Hollywood Bowl to which she replied with the idea of a recitation of Baudelaire's Les fleurs du mal . According to Nat Hentoff's liner notes, Mr. Khan just happened to be in the room ("Yes Mr. Khan, a Miss Mimieux would like to come backstage, would that be alright? Of course sir, I'll show right her in.") and when asked if he could conceive of participating in such a project he assured them that with the poems and moods required, he could do the job.