Monday, September 21, 2009

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)

Roti Kapada Aur Makaan

And while we're on the subject of mixed feelings... The arguably best track on 'Roti Kapada Aur Makaan' [review] has a great musical arrangement; dark, brooding, intensely dramatic; an ominous, booming piano and soaring strings. What spoils 'Aur Nahin Bus Aur Nahin' for me though, is the singing. Not a bad word about Mahendra Kapoor as such, but his voice here is way too predominant, too loud, all but drowning out the instrumental backing at times. Annoying, and a shame I think.

The other good song here (and the above is still a worthwhile listen) is Lata's 'Hai Hai Yeh Majboori', primarily for the infectious rhythm and nifty Hawaiian guitar lines interspersed between verses. A fun track.

Track listing:
1. Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh & Chorus: Mein Na Bhoolun Ga - Part I
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Hai Hai Yeh Majboori
3. Mahendra Kapoor & Chorus: Aur Nahin Bus Aur Nahin
4. Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh & Chorus: Mein Na Bhoolun Ga - Part III
5. Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Chanchal, Jani Babu & Chorus: Mehangai Maar Gai
6. Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh & Chorus: Mein Na Bhoolun Ga - Part II
7. Lata Mangeshkar: Panditji Mere Marne Ke Baad

26 comments:

  1. Hey!
    Thanx a lot! One of the most outstanding scores and probably one of the biggest hits of 70's!

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  2. You think? Hmm, yeah I get the impression that a lot of people rate this one highly. Not one of my biggest favourites though.

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  3. Interestingly the five significant movies consecutively directed by Manoj Kumar - Upkar, Purab Aur Paschim, Shor, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan, Kranti - all have found a place in your blog. Whatever followed from him after Kranti was all crap. These 5 are together considered classics in the history of Hindi Cinema Music. Love all of them!

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  4. Regardless of flaws, I shall listen forthwith! Or at least fifthwith.

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  5. Hey, I have a request, from the world of ultimate cheese... Have you got the soundtrack to "Professor Pyarelal" by : Kalyanji - Anandji?

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  6. Thanks for sharing, PC. Interesting that Part III of Mein Na Bhoolun Ga comes before Part II on this LP. I must download and find out why! :)

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  7. litlgrey: I do indeed have that. There are a few I have already lined up first, but it should be posted within the next couple of months.

    symaster: Beats me.

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  8. great minds think alike eh just posted this and if anyone interested have just put my copy on ebay :)

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  9. Cool :-) Are you 'superphonic-records'? (Was the only copy I could find at the moment)

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  10. Some scores which I would like to see in this blog are - Daag (1973), Jugnu, Sangam (1964), Julie, Namak Halal, Azaad (1978), Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mr. Natwarlal, Doosara Aadmi, Jaani Dushman, Sargam, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Love Story, Silsila, Yaarana, Parasmani, Dosti, Kashmir Ki Kali, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Lutera (1965), Suraj, Phool Aur Patthar, Farz, and lots more. Let's hope and pray that this blog serves the humanity for eternity.

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  11. Unfortunately, I don't have any of those.

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  12. http://shop.ebay.co.uk/funkzone/m.html

    more to come soon

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  13. @viz if interested have Sargram and Namak Halal for sale, not yet on ebay ..

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  14. Great job on the site, as noted by many. Though you probably already know this, none of the links for Vol. 4 work, currently; plan to re-post?

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  15. I know they don't work, and I'm thinking about it. Not that I don't want to, but it's a bit pointless if some arsehole simply gets them removed from the file hosts again.

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  16. The songs that tell a story. Roti, Kapda aur Makaan ( Bread, Clothing and Housing ) the three essentials for human life. The songs have lyrics that talk straight about the life of the "common man" of India. That explains why the plain music. It is just meant to touch the hearts and lives of those millions :)
    Thank you for the post. Indeed one of the most meaningful lyrics containing records I ever came across. Cheers PC ! :)

    Harshi :)

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  17. Thats a really cool art sleeve, it looks very modern even by today's satndards, I love all the songs on this my favourite being 'Hai Hai Yeh Majboori'

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  18. Hey PC!
    I think I got it... the volume thing. Your previous rips were thru i tunes version 7, the low volume has started with version 8.The changes in volume levels were significant, so tried to do a little bit of research of your rips. I hope you don't mind it!

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  19. Meaning the volume isn't really lower, it just appeared as such when played through various versions of iTunes? Makes sense I guess... :-)

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  20. The version thing I found out by looking at the properties of any particular rip by you. Previously it said that encoded by I tunes 7, in the recent ones it says encoded by I tunes 8. I guess you rip the vinyls thru itunes, and the version changes has done the trick in the volume. This is what I feel!

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  21. Gotcha. I think. I don't do the actual ripping in iTunes, just the encoding from AIF to MP3; maybe they changed the default settings or something. Although, comparing recent albums with some older ones, I'm not really noticing that big a difference...?

    The most recent one was encoded using iTunes 9; any change in levels there?

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  22. Actually, strike that last bit - still iTunes 8; probably ripped it just prior to 9 being launched.

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  23. Thanks for posting this album. Just to repeat what others have said before, this really was a landmark film in '70's Hindi Cinema. It was one of the first 'multi-starrers' also of that era.

    A lot of the time you have to watch the songs (& films) to get their full meaning & impact. This is very true of 'Mein Na Bhoolun Ga'. Manoj Kumar's picturatizations were marvellous with so much sybolism thrown in.

    If you do get time, do check out the film also, it is one of my all-time favourites & I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    Also, I have to agree with viz - Manoj Kumar was really the bee's knees during this time period, he was on a real roll.

    Asli Jat

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