Sunday 27 December 2009

Bappi Lahiri: College Girl (1977)

College Girl

One more before the end of the year; a worthwhile if uneven Bappi Lahiri score. It's from before his disco period, yet does contain signs of what was to come - especially noticeable on the title track. Both the synth-line at the beginning and the 'I love you' chorus in the middle are from Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love'; to Bappi's credit though, borrowing bits from the now classic electro anthem was probably still a novel idea in 1977.

'College Girl' is otherwise noteworthy for the 2 tracks sung by the composer himself. 'Please Dear Please' has a frantic conga-driven beat and edgy guitar playing, but is somewhat lacking in melody. His mod-soul/proto-disco take on 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' (with a touch of 'Wild Thing') however is fab. There are countless reasons for such an undertaking to go wrong, yet amazingly he pulls it off; 'Everybody Dance With Me' is great fun!

Track listing:
1. Bappi Lahiri: Everybody Dance With Me
2. Kishore Kumar: College Girl 'I Love You'
3. Kishore Kumar: Pyar Maanga Hai Tumheen Se
4. Mohd. Rafi: Phoolon Ki Tarah
5. Yesudas & Chandrani Mukerjee: Nahin Chahiye Rang Mahal
6. Bappi Lahiri: Please Dear Please
7. Mahinder Kapoor: Jab Se Bana Hoon Dulha


  1. Thanks very much! I have no idea where my previous rip from but it was ripped at 128kbps, so... goodbye to those.

    HNY as the kiddies say!

  2. Thank PC,

    Really appreaciate all the hard work you do. The quality is superb.


  3. i recently picked this up aswell - -the "everybody dance with me" track is freaking ace! i can't see it leaving my 'play-out' bag for a while to come...

    great blog.

  4. Strangely I have a whole folder of versions of the Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida track but the "Everybody Dance With Me" version by Bappi Lahri has totally escaped my radar till now!

    its insanely good! though I am guessing that the original album you ripped it from had poor sound quality issues as all the other rips I have heard from you have been wonderful (even at 192kbps!) that the case or have my ears suddenly become clogged with cotton-wool?!

    Many thanks for sharing,yet another album I had no idea existed till I discovered your blog!

  5. Actually now that I have tracked down a couple of different audio files of "Everybody Dance With Me" I have realised that the actual recording is very "flat" sounding which is a big shame as the full impact of just how good it is can be lost.

    I was not casting doubts on your ripping abilities,that is the main point I want to easy for misinterpretations to arise!

  6. There are a few words about why some of these tracks sound as they do, here.