Saturday, February 9, 2008

Rahul Dev Burman: Rocky (1980)

Rocky

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

15 comments:

  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!

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for this! :-)

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

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  7. Thanks for sharing and informing

    You're doing a great job

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

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  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 cat.no.
    PC x

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

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