A much sought after and oft-requested classic. It's been a long time coming (I only managed to acquire a copy about a year or so ago) but well worth the wait. And many will already be familiar with it, by reputation if nothing else. For the uninitiated, what we have here is the result of somebody, possibly director Raj Kapoor, coming up with the fairly unique idea of releasing, in addition to the conventional song based soundtrack album, Laxmikant Pyarelal's background score to 'Bobby' as an extended instrumental suite, spread over two LP sides. And what a great idea that was.
It's a delight to listen to, from beginning to end. 'Soul Of Bobby' contains more or less everything a good Bollywood score can potentially throw at you; Indian classical, occidental pop, dramatic orchestrations, experimental playfulness, lounge, funk, jazz, exotica... the works. Seamlessly stitched together into a perfectly flowing whole. I've seen the movie and probably won't ever again; this record on the other hand, I can happily leave on repeat for hours on end.
1. Raj Kapoor: Introduction
2.-3. Background Music