I remember the first time I saw mention of this soundtrack, it was being hyped to high heavens. Burman's maddest score, over the top Bollywood mayhem, the dope for beatheads and DJs, stuff to that effect. It could only have been on eBay.
But 'Alibaba Aur 40 Chor' (a Russian/Indian coproduction) is an enjoyable record, with several good songs... though I would hardly consider them his most memorable. 'Jadugra Jadu Kar Jayega' is a nice, catchy Kishore/Asha duet, 'Sare Shaher Men' is a lively offering from Lata and Asha, and you'll be singing along to the semi-anthemic 'Khatouba' (I love the way Ali Baba's hideout magically transforms itself into a Saturday Night Fever like disco in the film clip.) There's also an odd Morricone-goes-Balkan styled 'Title Music'.
The main reason why I will never part with this album though, is 'Music', one of RD's finest instrumentals. Imagine yourself alone, at night, in a secret robbers' cave, exploring it... dark, musty, mysterious; not knowing what dangers lie beyond the next cobwebbed corner... this is the music you'll be hearing. A fantastically weird and wonderful piece of ominous oriental electronica; stunning!
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Aa Ja Sar-E-Bazar
3. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Khatouba
4. Title Music
5. Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle: Jadugra Jadu Kar Jayega
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Qayamat
7. Lata Mangeshkar & Asha Bhosle: Sare Shaher Men