Sunday 21 January 2007

Rahul Dev Burman: Shalimar (1978)


The one everybody wants, or did anyway. And while I personally think Burman has done better, 'Shalimar' is pretty good. A lot of you will have heard stuff from it before, on compilations or elsewhere, like the 'Title Music' and 'Baby Let's Dance Together'. Both great. So is 'One Two Cha Cha Cha' (sung by Usha Uthup aka Usha Iyer), funky and tacky at the same time with its steal from KC & The Sunshine Band's 'That's The Way I Like It'. Also included are a pair of Morricone-esque instrumentals and a rather nice Asha Bhosle song.

Incidently, this is the one Bollywood LP I have that's a recent (bootleg) reissue. I did mean to upgrade to an original Indian pressing with all the trimmings (super cool multifold sleeve; the reissue only has a basic doorfold - hence the split in the scan), but copies on eBay always ended up ridiculously high priced so I never bothered. Are they still expensive? I haven't checked in ages... Anyway, the sound seems a bit phased in places; not sure if that's just on mine or if it's always been like that. Still ok though.

Track listing:
1. Title Music
2. Usha Uthup & Chorus: One Two Cha Cha Cha
3. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay
4. Countess' Caper (Music)
5. Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Naag Devta
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Aaina Wohi Rehta Hai
7. Kittu: Baby Let's Dance Together
8. Romantic Theme
9. Asha Bhosle: Mera Pyar Shalimar
10. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay (Happy)


  1. Oh, and I ripped this ages and ages ago, so still at 128.

  2. Message received, pc - thanks for offering to upgrade your rips to 192, in the future, where appropriate.

  3. This movie is soooo bad, it's good! Total schlockfest! WE posted about it a few years ago.

  4. Excellent :)
    Does that comment mean that all NEW posts will be @192??

    Great work.

  5. Hi,

    Sensational blog - thanks heaps!

    Which Pancham OSTs do you rate more highly than this one?

    I'm off to see Asha Bhosle in 5 weeks; tickets for 2nd row, dead centre - am super-excited!

    best regs,


  6. Surprisingly quite fun! I like -- much appreciated!

  7. thanx thanx thanx for RE_ups.......
    ehm..........what about Muqaddar Ka Sikandar ?
    that cover look really......."!" and "?" :-))
    all the best for you

  8. You have got a wonderful blog site
    keep up the good work...
    Thanks a lot for everything...

    with very high regards


  9. could you find it in your heart to re-up this at least at 192kbps?

  10. Not so much my heart being empty, but I've longs since ditched the original files, meaning I'd have to re-rip it - which I haven't really got time to. Sorry.
    PC x

  11. PC,
    Please re-rip this awesome album & re-up pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    You have my eternal gratitude for all your efforst neverthless :D

    Nilay Bala
    Calicut Kerala

  12. Ideally I would, but I've always got way too much stuff going on so I need to prioritize new posts. (I might when the box is empty though)
    PC x

  13. Hi PC,
    I tried again & this time the links worked. So thanks.
    However could u please scan the insdie pictures in the fold evident from the COVER image.
    A request. I am very curious to see whats inside the fold :D
    Thanks again

  14. Bollywood soundtracks were completely unknown to me until I came across your blog a few weeks ago. Since then I've been having a wild time listening to the handful I downloaded here. My two-week-old son goes into a trance whenever I put on 'Shalimar'. Thank you!

  15. Hopefully a calming trance then :-)
    PC x

  16. This Cha cha is so great, thx for this album. Is it easy to find?
    I'm having to a litlle blog about rare latin music, afrosound, if you want to check it!

  17. Checking now, looks good!

    Shalimar turn up on eBay quite often, but usually quite expensive; from $50 and up.

  18. Got pretty lucky I think with a beautiful original copy at 16 USD; 20 USD including shipping! Can get lucky on ebay sometimes! Looking at the condition of the other ones, think I could easily sell mine for 100$. ;)