(The lovely Greta over at MemsaabStory is posting her review of the actual film today. Make sure you head over there; double your fun!)
'Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai' is RD Burman in 80s disco mode; something of an acquired taste. Truth be told, had it been my first meeting with Bollywood soundtracks, this blog wouldn't have existed; I'd never have delved further. More often than not I find Hindi disco too tacky, too tinny, not funky or dirty enough. I also have issues with the vocals; large, booming ones like Kishore's and RD's own, for all their qualities, aren't suited for it.
That said, this is Burman, so there will be redeeming features. There's a shortage of really remarkable, fully formed tracks on this album, but as almost always there are instrumental twists and turns to enhance even the the most pedestrian of songs. 'Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildar Ka' and 'Bolo Bolo kuchh To Bolo' (the latter including a nod to 'Yaadon Ki Baaraat's wonderful 'Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne') should therefore warrant a few listens. There's plenty to sample for those who dabble in that sort of thing.
My favourite here is probably 'Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun'. More traditionally Indian sounding than the above, but with an infectious groove, subtle strings and interludes featuring what sounds like an electronically enhanced flute. Nice.
1. R.D. Burman & Chorus: Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildar Ka
2. Shailendra Singh: Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun
3. Asha Bhosle, Mohd. Rafi, Rishi Kapoor & Padmini Kolhapure: Puchho Na Yaar Kya Hua
4. Asha Bhosle, Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Bolo Bolo kuchh To Bolo
5. Asha Bhosle, Shailendra Singh, Rishi Kapoor & Chorus: Pari Ho Asmani Tum