Thursday, March 20, 2014

Geeta Dutt: Hit Songs From Films (1969)

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I don't often buy compilations, be they of film music or otherwise, but when there's a Geeta Dutt album sitting inexpensive and unloved on eBay... that's hard to resist.

And she's my favourite playback singer. Funny that actually, considering she was long before the period in Bollywood film music I usually prefer. Something about her voice though… Music critic Raju Bharatan said "The first thing that strikes one when you hear Geeta Dutt sing was that she never sang. She just glided through a tune. Of all her contemporaries her musical training was perhaps the sketchiest but what she lacked in training and technique, she more than made up with her ability to breathe life and emotion into any song she was singing."

Highlights? There are 12 of them.  

Track listing:
1. Babuji Dheere Chalna (from Aar Paar)
2. Ae Dil Mujhe Bata De (from Bhai Bhai)
3. Hawa Dheere Aana (from Sujata)
4. Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Laga Lo (from Pyaasa)
5. Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam (from Kaagaz Ke Phool)
6. Kaise Koi Jiye (from Baadbaan)
7. Jaane Kya Tu Ne Kahi (from Pyaasa)
8. Jata Kahan Hai Diwane (from C.I.D.)
9. Na Ye Chand Hoga (from Shart)
10. Na Jao Saiyan (from Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam)
11. Mera Sunder Sapna Beet Gaya (from Do Bhai)
12. Ghubhat Ka Pat Khol (from Jogan)

9 comments:

  1. Get it NOW!
    This is an amazing Bollywood find and offering!

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  2. Great Share PC, Geeta Dutt has set a benchmark of singing which is still being tried to emulate by female singers of Hindi Film Industries though Asha took her position in O P Nayyar camp but Geeta had far better representation it shows in several duets sung by both great singers [Opinion may be differ]
    vikram

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  3. Agree - this is a great album that takes a place of pride in my vinyl collection too! Glad that you got a copy of it. Geeta Dutt is an amazing singer, and an incredibly beautiful lady. She was to star in a movie (gauri / Gouri) made by Guru Dutt, but unfortunately the plans went as far as a couple of songs being recorded and some publicity stills (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_0MMJ-iuP3bo/S9IR6WRI67I/AAAAAAAADcs/finCzL2JlUc/s1600/gouri.jpg) before their marriage broke up.

    A slight correction to the track listing above - the song from CID (track 8) is called "Jata kahan hai diwane". Good album PC and thanks!

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  4. You're absolutely right, thanks for pointing that out – duly corrected. I'd read about the shelved film; seems as if personal issues put an end to that, and to a certain extent her career as well.

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  5. Thanks PC. Excellent. But shouldn't have they included Helen's Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu?

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  6. I suppose, but you can't fit them all into a single LP. Maybe Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu didn't have the iconic status it has today as early as 1969?

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