Thursday 3 July 2008

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Bobby (1973)


This one's famous. It's also, if not necessarily jaw droppingly amazing, pretty good fun. With a lot of variety... from the melodious Latin-flavoured easy-pop of 'Main Shair To Nahin', via Punjabi poet/singer Narendra Chanchal's traditional (and excellent) 'Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo', to the manic, bass-laden cabaret number 'Ae Phansa' - as good as that gets without the usually unbeatable combination of Asha singing and Helen performing (I think it's Aruna Irani doing the honours here; I quite like her).

'Bobby' [review] also contains chirpy duets ('Mujhe Kuchh Kahna Hai'), a bit of mock Mariachi ('Na Mangun Sona Chandi'), a great dance number ('Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate' - which I probably like better with the visuals than without), and more. So lots going on, definitely worthwhile. (If you need a second opinion, read Parties, Sarees & Melodies' take on the album.)

Many of you will of course be aware of the highly revered and much sought after instrumental LP 'Soul Of Bobby' - on which Laxmikant Pyarelal took the film's background music and transformed it into two side-long suites. That one is jaw droppingly amazing! And I'd post it if I had it, but I don't (VERY high up on my want list though) - head instead over to Eastern Eye for some tasty tasters.

Track listing:
1. Shailendra Singh: Main Shair To Nahin
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Shailendra Singh: Mujhe Kuchh Kahna Hai
3. Chanchal: Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Shailendra Singh: Chabi Kho Jae
5. Manna Dey, Shailendra Singh & Chorus: Na Mangun Sona Chandi
6. Lata Mangeshkar & Shailendra Singh: Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate
7. Lata Mangeshkar: Ankhiyon Ko Rahne De
8. Lata Mangeshkar: Ae Phansa

PS. This just in: Yet another 'Bobby' version here, again courtesy of Parties, Sarees & Melodies.


  1. splendid,
    I love ur posts man. keep it up!

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  3. Awesome, thanks for including me. Consider yourself linked to :-)
    PC x

  4. Thanks once again! You are always awesome. Had this LP forever and I love it to death.
    Thanks alot PC!


  5. Hey, thanks again PC - although i have this one on wax already.. there are many others here i have always longed for but never managed to acquire.. so thanks

    btw, theres a relatively modern desi hip hop track that sampled Chabi Kho Jae.. "Spread Love" by Ms. Scandalous (UK) --using the main vocal melody..Produced by Panjabi Hit Squad. I recently played the two back to back on my radio show "If Music Could Talk" on WRIR

  6. Hi,

    First i want to apologize to the webmaster of this page. I've downloaded so many song of this page and never said THANK YOU! Sorry, sorry, so much sorry.

    I am a Dutchman married to a hindu woman from Surinam (South America). So loves the older movie songs very much and so do i. Because of het i learned to listen to Bollywoodmusic. Thank you for giving us so much pleasure and keep up the goodwork.


    Urmila and Erik

  7. hi, great blog and great database of informations !
    as a 60's 70's bollywood afficionado, i often download rips from this blog and if you want, i have the "soul of bobby" lp in perfect condition ( plus hundred others filmi LP's ) and i can rip it for you if you want to post it here ( or just for your listening pleasure !) .
    here's my mail:

    bye, and thanks

  8. ... i mean some hundredS of other bollywood LP's ... so if you have a wishlist, let me know ...

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    Please do check out the Vividh Bharati Online Radio Station at

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  11. PC!!! DUDEEE ... Love this one ...... well i hav been download a lot lately !! Thanks a zillion tonnes man!

  12. Thanks for the great posts brother. I picked this one up in a junk store - I wish it had been Soul of bobby though.

    Is this record worth much ? I picked up about 15 records all mint condition.

  13. Apparently I missed this one, any chance for a reup? Thx!

  14. No reups unfortunately. It might not be gone though, could be Sharebee are simply having temporary problems; they often do.