It's the time of year for a non-soundtrack LP... Babla Shah isn't out of place on this blog though, being Kalyanji and Anandji's younger brother, having contributed drums and percussion for the composing duo, and having been married to singer Kanchan whose voice featured on a number of their songs. (Babla & Kanchan were additionally a successful musical entity in their own right).
Much like the Charanjit Singh records posted during previous holiday seasons, 'Babla's Disco Sensation' contains instrumental takes on Bollywood film hits. An electronic groove runs through this one. I have on occasion seen it likened to Singh's legendary 'Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat', a comparison it doesn't really live up to but an entertaining set nonetheless. Its best moment is 'Man Dole Mera Tan Dole', an excellent update of a track from 1954's 'Nagin'. A case of keeping it in the family in fact; the original had big brother Kalyanji playing the clavioline, said to be the first use of a synthesizer in an Indian movie. I'm also quite fond of the slow-moving 'Kabhi Hota Nahin' from a film Babla scored himself and featuring Kanchan on wordless vocals.
A couple of non-filmi tracks bookend the collection; 'Babla Orchestra Title Music' borrows from Dee D. Jackson's iconic 'Automatic Lover'... I guess one could consider that a good thing?
1. Babla Orchestra Title Music
2. Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal (Daag)
3. Soniye Tera Chahe Jo Bhi Hona (Sweetheart)
4. Man Dole Mera Tan Dole (Nagin)
5. Kabhi Hota Nahin (Khara Khota)
6. Ghar Aya Mera Pardesi (Awara)
7. Hamko Tumpe Pyar Aaya (Jab Jab Phool Khile)
8. Indian Aartis