Tuesday 15 December 2009

Rahul Dev Burman: Raton Ka Raja / Ehsan (1970)

Raaton Ka Raja


At the time of writing, tattered copies of these 2 EPs (along with an admittedly sought after single from 'Apradh') are up for grabs on eBay. Starting bid? A measly US$320.

Call me funny, but I find that kind of ridiculous. Therefore:


And take them you should, as both 'Raton Ka Raja' and 'Ehsan' are excellent, and as the latter includes the coolest version of 'Pata Pata' ever made.

Track listing, Raton Ka Raja:
1. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Door Se Tera Diwana
2. Asha Bhosle: Ae Dekho Yahan To Zara
3. Mohd. Rafi: Raton Ka Raja Hoon Main
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Jhanak Jhan Ghungroo

Track listing, Ehsan:
1. Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle: Aaja Tujhe Pyar Kar Loon
2. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Yeh Jhalak Yeh Jhalak
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Pyasa Mera Dil
4. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Aaj Tere Nainan

I paid around US$10-15 each for mine incidentally, on eBay.


  1. PC, I've been meaning to let you know for about a year now how awesome you are. I know life can get really crazy and I speak for everyone when I say: thanks for taking the time to put up this great music. You've watered the seeds of my appreciation for early Bollywood and added much-needed spice to my life. We need more people like you. Keep it up and Merry Christmas!

  2. I thik there is 2 more tracks in Ehsan

  3. In the movie itself; could be. And possibly also digitally released in retrospect. It's only the 4 tracks on the EP though, and to the best of my knowledge, no LP was released at the time.

  4. Don't you just love ebay , looks like you got yourself a bargain , put these on now for $200 with similar header lol
    Appreciate the chance to hear them , thanks PC

  5. It's not that I have a problem with some records actually being extremely rare and hard to find, and that collectors are thus willing to pay high sums for them. What annoys me is when sellers latch onto (real or perceived) trends in the market and start listing items at ridiculously inflated and extortionate prices… even if nobody buys them (which I hope to all that is sane they don't), it creates and perpetuates a myth that these records are less accessible than they in fact are.

  6. What Anonymous said goes for me too :)

    And re: prices on eBay...ARGHH. These people are delusional. It's the same for old tattered film gossip magazines--they think they can sell them for hundreds of dollars. I guess if they do, more power to them. But my guess is that they are mostly sitting on them and paying eBay to list them. I run into the same attitude constantly in India: they see my white skin and inflate prices ridiculously because "you can afford it." I get great pleasure in walking away from those people, especially when they run after me slashing the price ridiculously. At that point I just don't even want whatever they are selling any more.

  7. Theres one crazy seller on Ebay from Netherlands who sells even the most mundane records (Hindi cinema) above $ 150. Now thats crazy ! I go to India every year ( Iam from India ) and buy all these records in BULK and end up paying around $ 8 for each LP. Hella good :)
    Thank you so much PC ! You have inspired me to rip up my own collection and post it online. Merry Christmas bro.

    Harshi :)

  8. Let me know next time you go Harshi, I'll send you my wantlist ;)

  9. Haha! Yeah ! For sure man. Will ask my record man to ship it to you. :)


  10. Truth be told, this set of albums have been sort of a letdown. For one, I was expecting a way better review. Sorry PC - but Ehsan is such an awesome album, I was actually looking into your views of each song, like you do with most of your other albums. I was smitten with the songs when I heard them over a decade back. Oh well....
    Secondly, not sure how, the EP itself has truncated songs at the wrong pace! These songs are not these slow!! And there are songs missing as others have pointed!!!

    But fret not, uploading the missing lines/songs below...the least I can do for this golden website:

    http://lix.in/-65acad (for Ehsan)

    http://lix.in/-629f75 (for Raton Ka Raja)

  11. The thing is, Stephen, I don't actually do 'reviews', I simply jot down whatever comes to mind whilst playing the records. Sometimes this results in what may seem as well-considered commentary; very often it doesn't. Or shouldn't. I'm not even sure there's that much purpose to my writing other than as notes-to-self...if there is, it would simply be to pique the readers' curiosity enough for them to download the records. And then make up their own minds. I am not, and would never want to be, a music critic.

    Thanks for the extra track and alt. versions. May I ask what your source is? Because if they're from latter day CDs, and unless they're official releases, I'm not altogether convinced the speed on your versions is more correct than on the original EPs.

  12. Well PC, you do mention that these songs are excellent..so I was left longing more comments. But point taken :-)

    The first time I heard these songs were in 2000 or 2001 I think, when I got it from hamaracd.com (which is by HMV's SaReGaMa), but I ended up scratching that CD. The ones I uploaded are purchased from emusic.com, and both my CD version and these mp3 versions are of the same length, except for one song on the CD which was abruptly truncated.

  13. thanks so much for this great upload and the many others.
    i gotta say, this blog is just terrific! thanks for sharing

  14. Thanks to you PC i played Yeh Jhalak Yeh Jhalak last week on WRIR independent radio here in richmond va. and yes, what anonymous said at the beginning goes for me too.. thank you..
    and also what Harshi said... skip the middle man.. go to india!

  15. Ace :) Glad to hear that some of this is being broadcast.

  16. R.D.Burman is one of my most favorite music director ever. I just love all the songs composed by him. Ehsan is also one of my favorites, though i don't have all the songs from this album. But i have three of them. My most favorite is Pyasa Mera Dil because it was a shock for me that a Helen song which is composed by R.D.Burman and sung by Lata Mangeshkar not Asha Bhosle. But it was composed so nicely and Helen did justice to it. Well Helen never disappoint.

    Can you please inform me about the song 'Yeh Jhalak Yeh Jhalak', that it is pictured on whom?