“The first King Crimson album I owned was In The Wake Of Poseidon. Consequently it was the album I knew and loved best. One day, during the dull but necessary act of backing up computer files, I found myself messing around on my sitar guitar. I thought that Robert’s cross-picking parts on City sounded really good on the sitar. Running with the idea for no good reason, I called my old friend and colleague Pandit Dinesh I explained the idea and he came over with his tablas.
Dinesh has never heard of King Crimson or Progressive rock. It never really made it to India. Dinesh just thinks it’s all about music. And so he played this stuff with an open mind and just how he felt it. He began singing some of the drum parts so I recorded that too. I mentioned all of this to Pete Sinfield, the song’s lyricist. He suggested writing a new lyric all about Bombay or Mumbai as we now call it.
Meanwhile, I called Gavin Harrison who had played drums with Dinesh and myself in Dizrhythmia. He too had never heard the original recording and took it upon himself to edit the track and make a rock solid base on which to play in his own extraordinary fashion. The final icing on the cake is Mel Collins (who played on the original) who performs a stunning soprano sax solo.”