Wednesday 2 September 2009

Rahul Dev Burman: Aandhi (1976)


One killer instrumental... and that, essentially, is all there is of much worth on 'Aandhi'. All the songs here are a bit dull; not really up to standard. Or at least not up to my expectations. They're very high when it comes to RD Burman. 'Music' however, ah, now that's something. Yes, it sounds like it was made a decade earlier (RD tripping in Haight-Ashbury) but it's nevertheless awesome. Hypnotic, grooovy!

I kind of wish it was longer though. Is 77 seconds of greatness enough to hang on to an LP? Maybe.

Track listing:
1. Title Music
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Is Mod Se Jate Hain
3. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Tere Bina Zindagi Se
5. Mohd. Rafi, Amit Kumar, Bhupinder & Chorus: Salam Kijiye
6. Music


  1. Excellent ! Listening to the instrumental NOW. :)
    This soundtrack can be found in almost EACH AND EVERY household in India. Lata Mangeshkar's voice is hypnotizing and the music completely felicitates it.
    Thank you so much for the post.
    You are UNSTOPPABLE ! :)

    Harshi :)

  2. As I've mentioned before, I'm glad people aren't taking my word for it and still download and like the stuff I don't :-)

  3. Haight & Ashbury, one of my favorite places to dig. :D Thanks again PC.

  4. I second that Deewani :) I live in San Francisco and that is ONLY where I go on weekends! The percussion ensemble by the hippies on every Sunday at the Golden Gate Park is simply a treat for the ears and the brain :) Don't get caught up with the mushrooms though ;-) Haha! Great !

    Harshi :)

  5. Hi,
    You probably broke a million hearts by saying that the songs are a bit dull:) Aandhi is the emotional and sentimental favorite of many North Indians I have met. The lyrics are superb and haunting, this is overall considered one of RD Burman/Lata/Kishore/Gulzar's best.
    Its good to hear a different opinion though. BTW do you review just the music, or consider the lyrics and the entire content as well? Thanks for the great work. And thanks for the lovely gallery.

  6. hey PC, just a little thing... I don't mind to look at pics of naked men myself, but I think commenter Khoya Khoya Chand here is a spammer and does not really belong here. Maybe you overlooked him in filtering?

  7. You right, hadn't noticed that. Gone now.

  8. Sreejayanth: I do hope I've not broken any hearts (and I've not got a million readers), if I have then people are taking me far too seriously. Yes, I just review the music. Although 'review' isn't really the right word, it's just my here-and-now commentary on what I'm listening to. I don't speak Hindi, I'm not a huge fan of Bollywood films, and I have limited knowledge of the culture that produces both them and their soundtracks. I obviously do enjoy (a lot of) the music, but as I've pointed out before, this is simply one Westerner's very subjective take on it, and should not be taken as anything else. And (also as mentioned earlier) it pleases me that followers of the blog are finding stuff here to enjoy that I myself don't necessarily like.

  9. @ Harshi - Lol, I was there last weekend and the air was thick with incense among other "aromas" ;) I often get lucky in finding out of print discs at Amoeba.

    @PC, I have great respect for your views on the MUSIC. I love listening to these soundtracks again, keeping your commentary in mind. Many times it leads me to appreciate the instruments a lot more than I had in the past since I tend to be lyrics obsessed with these old numbers. Thanks once again for sharing this journey with us all.

  10. Hey PC!
    It hardly matters that your opinion breaks hearts of the few! What matters is that you give all your effort to acknowledge the kinda' music of a place which is totally alien to you!
    Keep up the good work! My respect for you has only gone way -- upwards!

  11. Thanks PC. I thought you'd actually dig Tere Bina Zindagi Se.

  12. One of the best Bollywood soundtracks of all times. Thanks a ton for the upload.
    For those interested, there is just a small Lata solo version of Is Mod Se Jaate Hain in the movie`s ending scene, where Lata sings Kishore`s lines as well. However, this piece is sort of marred by the sound of helicopter blades in the movie. I was actually expecting this to be on the Vinyl.

  13. Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya was the first Bollywood song that I heard that really made me fall in love with this music. Lata's voice brings me to tears, absolutely beautiful.

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