Tuesday 24 April 2007

Rahul Dev Burman: Mehbooba (1976)


More Burman, but of a different sort. This one's all traditional, devoid of electric guitars, moogs, beats and cabaret numbers. It's still quite trippy though, so in a way I sort of like it - I can get into the atmospheric 'Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon', some of the cool instrumental breaks in 'Gori Tori Paijaniyan', the mood of 'Parpat Ke Peechhe' - but I can't decide if the melodies on this album are as strong as they should be. I find my mind wandering halfway though them all (cue smart-alecky comments about attention span) thus leaving me uncertain if 'Mehbooba' in fact is a keeper or I can chuck it in the "for sale" box. (Not that I expect to get much for it; copies on eBay seldom make it past the starting bid. I can't believe I actually acquired this as a trade-in for my spare copy of 'Haré Rama Haré Krishna' - in terms of potential profit, not the wisest transaction I've ever conducted.)

Some more listens first perhaps...

Track listing:
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon
2. Manna Dey: Gori Tori Paijaniyan
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Jamuna Kinare
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Parbat Ke Peechhe
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Aap Ke Shahar Men
6. Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Chalo Ri Chalo Ri
7. Kishore Kumar: Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon


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  2. Loving your blog! Keep up the good work. Nice to hear these works in their original context and not in another compilation. Thanks for keeping old school Bollywood alive!


  3. Surprising the vinyl has missed out the title track of Mehbooba :(

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  5. Yes - the vinyl (or the CD for that matter) does not have the Kishore Kumar song included.

    I can only assume that this song was added at the last minute (or something like that!

    Good album though!

  6. how wonderful shares!!!

    i just discovered your blog while researching for some newer (and much poppier) bollywood soundtracks i posted.

    you put up great treasures here - much appreciated!

  7. Great site,

    Just discovered it by accident. Have been checkin for updates almost everyday. Thanks for all these wonderful albums.


  8. Would love to hear this in pristine Vinyl converted format rather than mechanical CD :) Any chance of a new link added for this album? Many thanks.