Saturday 9 February 2008

Rahul Dev Burman: Rocky (1980)


Disco-era Burman. As therefore can be expected, there are a million and one things going on in 'Rocky'... RD packs more sounds (and punch) into a single track than others manage during the course of an entire career.

'Aa Dekhen Jara' kicks it off with funky beats, wild percussion, sitars and a shameless steal from Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds'... a great galloping melody with all sorts of vocal details, moog stabs, horns... the works. 'Kya Yahi Pyar Hai' is more subdued, with a great intro, a lovely bossa-tinged rhythm and a few James Bond-isms thrown in; 'Dance Music' is fun, for Gopi Krishan's scat singing if nothing else; 'Hum Tumse Mile' is upbeat and poppy and has several sub-themes included... need I go on? Burman on top form, a wonderful album!

BTW, ever tried scanning an oxidized metalic embossed mirror sleeve? It's very difficult.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, R.D. Burman & Chorus: Aa Dekhen Jara
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Kya Yahi Pyar Hai
3. Gopi Krishan: Dance Music
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Hum Tumse Mile
5. Kishore Kumar: Aao Mere Yaro Aao
6. Asha Bhosle: Geet Sunoge Huzoor
7. Kishore Kumar: Doston Ko Salaam


  1. This is a HILARIOUS movie too -- the name of the Discotheque is "Skylab", which is apparently pronounced "shy-lap" in Hindu, and there's a dance contest which is judged by none other than a late-Orson Welles-esque older Shammi Kapoor in a celebrity cameo appearance!

  2. can't wait to hear this one. thanks so much!

  3. Thank you for this and the many others you have so generously shared with us.
    Thank you once again.

  4. Keep em coming like this thanks PC
    Absolutely brilliant !

  5. This is a fun movie, Sanjay Dutt's debut film directed by his father Sunil Dutt...

    Thanks for this! :-)

  6. Love it, love your blog, and love the education! That where it's at!

  7. Thanks for sharing and informing

    You're doing a great job

  8. I can't make it out in the bottom left corner; what label did this come out on?

  9. For future reference, juts click the cover picture and you'll be directed to the Flickr page where it's hosted - on there is both label and
    PC x

  10. THANK YOU!!!! gracias... from argentina