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Indian Music Wed Dec 27 2017 16:38:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Happy Eleventh, Octaves! Here's a video I recorded last night.
Apologies for long intervals between posts of late. I haven't very many soundtracks left to share, and so as not to run out too quickly I'll be portioning them out a bit. At least until I'm able to acquire more. Right now though, a couple of RD Burma
I'm currently visiting home after 3.5 long years, and the trip so far has been nothing short of fantastic. The highlight has definitely been attending concerts at the annual December music season in Chennai. Growing up in Bangalore I somehow never ma
More Kalyanji Anandji; a pair of EPs this time. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?' [review] [2] has a typically early 1970s poppy vibe; highlight 'Pyar Se Dil Bhar De' is a catchy Asha & Rafi duet with a very hummable melody, and 'Ho Gaye Tere
My initial introduction to this 1973 Kalyanji Anandji two-fer was the rather sexy cabaret number 'Dil Jalon Ka' (from 'Zanjeer' [review]) which I stumbled over on YouTube. I can't quite recall why but I had a feeling there might more good st
While neither among Kalyanji Anandji's best scores nor belonging to my favourite K-A period (that would come a few years down the line), 'Mere Humsafar', a soundtrack a lot less reliant on western influences than their more famous ones, has
'Jheel Ke Us Paar' [review] is a prime-period RD Burman score that, while certainly worthwhile, doesn't quite match up to his finest works. There are a likeable songs on it but I'm not convinced any of them will stick with me for very long.
Early Bappi Lahiri soundtracks; I tend to like those. Predating the famous disco-era ones we all know and love (or hate), they were often excellent, and 1977's 'Tere Pyar Mein' (the film apparently released much later) is certainly worthwhile. It's u
This one first came to my attention last year, via a tip from DJ and promoter/publisher of all things cool Jonny Trunk (his radio show dedicated to the MFT3F book can still be enjoyed online). I'm glad it's still possible to find soundtracks by artis
Sometimes it takes that one extra listen. See, I was about ready to categorize 'Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke' as another of those one-good-song-and-not much-else-on-it soundtracks that I arguably own too many of, when I suddenly found myself rather liking it m
To the extent Shankar Jaikishan's 'Ek Phool Char Kante' is well known it will likely be for featuring actor/singer/Elvis-soundalike Iqbal Singh's 'Bombshel Baby' [sic], a track that would lend its title to Bombay Connection's superb compilation 'Bomb
What a great soundtrack Sachin Dev Burman's 'Kala Bazar' is; as fine a collection of vintage Bollywood film songs as you're likely to find. It's an album full of sweetly hummable tunes, sumptuously arranged; partly traditional, partly modern; seasone
Music director Chitragupta Shrivastava's career spanned five decades (1940s-80s); his lovely 1968 effort 'Vaasana' [review] was made somewhere in the middle and is one of those scores that successfully bridges tradition and modernity. Captiv
I was curious to find out if 'Parwana' would have a similar vibe to that of Madan Mohan's raunchy, mind-blowing previous effort 'Mahraja' or if it would fall into the more serene and traditional (but not necessarily less worthy) category of
Two soundtracks that to the best of my knowledge were never released on LP, only as EPs. 'Anhonee' is the better of the pair. As is kind of expected from Laxmikant Pyarelal the songs are loud and dramatic, if not particularly memorable, most of them.
'Telephone' could have been a perfect record. A short and sweet soundtrack by Rajesh Roshan, this 45 rpm mini-album features a handful of very likeable songs, and half of a super ace one. Annette Pinto's 'Hello Darling' would have been its s
And the Bollywood beat goes on. Every time I compile one of these mixes I wonder if I'll ever find enough great tracks to later on make another. Inevitably, I always do. So here's the 11th volume. Almost a decade since the first, and each one as good
Contrary to expectations, Sonik Omi's 'Teen Akay' is an excellent soundtrack. I first encountered it many years back when the track 'Ree Baba Ree Baba' turned up online (possibly on some forum or other) as an example of weird Bollywood novelty songs;
Bollywood beat heads were raving about 'Sumbandh' a few years back due to the two disco tracks that highlight it. Both are quintessential Bappi Lahiri and both are good, almost great even, if not among his very best.'Pyar Chhalke' h
It's possible that a film review over at the Memsaab Story blog some years ago was what initially induced me to add 'Ziddi' to my soundtrack want list... "And the songs my God, the songs! They are made of beautiful, all of them" cer