Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mohd. Rafi: We Remember… (1979)

We Remember

I have a confession to make. With the exception of Geeta Dutt, I've never really been that big a fan of any of the famous Bollywood playback singers. Obviously I love loads of the songs that Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Mohd. Rafi et al. lent their voices to, but more often than not that is due to the composition and the arrangments. I know I've mentioned on occasion how nobody did ballads quite like Lata; gone on about the spectacularly cool Asha-sung cabaret songs; enthused about those quintessential Rafi beat numbers… but that has as much to do with the material the vocalists were given, I think, as what they did with it. To me anyway. Sacrilege? Well maybe. Don't get me wrong; their contribution to Bollywood film music is massive and I'm not knocking any of them; it's just that the singing has never been my primary approach to enjoying it.

Which is why I never look for singer-based compilation albums, and why I've never given these Mohd. Rafi ones I obtained years ago many listens, or even much thought. You could say it was about time, and it pleases me to find there's plenty on them I find worthwhile.

Track listing:
1. Tujhe Kya Sunaoon (from Aakhri Dao)
2. Ajab Hai Dastan (from Shararat)
3. Duniya Ek Kahani (from Afsana)
4. Sau Baar Janam Lenge (from Ustadon Ke Ustad)
5. Main To Tere Haseen Khayalon Men (from Sangram)
6. Wadiyan Mera Daman (from Abhilasha)
7. Kabhi Na Kabhi (from Sharabi)
8. Ham Tum Se Juda Ho Ke (from Ek Sapera Ek Lutera)
9. Itni Haseen Itni Jawan Raat (from Aaj Aur Kal)
10. Akela Hoon Main Is Duniya Men (from Baat Ek Raat Ki)
11. Tum Chali Jaogi (from Shagoon)
12. Tasveer Banata Hoon (from Diwana)
13. Lal Lal Gaal (Chorus) (from Mr. X)
14. Ae Chand Ki Zebai (from Chhoti Si Mulaqaat)
15. Ek Haseen Sham Ko (from Dulhan Ek Raat Ki)
16. Mohabbat Ki Rahon (from Uran Khatola)
17. Shama Men Taaqat Kahan (fron Naya Kanoon)
18. Phir Wohi Bhooli Si Yaad Aayi Hai (from Begana)
19. Hai Kali Kali Ke Kab Par (from Lala Rookh)
20. Mohabbat Ke Dhoke Men Koi Na Aaye (from Bari Bahen)
21. Yeh Wadiyan Yeh Fizayen (from Aaj Aur Kal)
22. Caravan Guzar Gaya (from Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal)
23. Zamin Bhi Wohi Hai Wohi Aasman (from Chandni Chowk)
24. Sawan Ke Mahine Men (from Sharabi)

3 comments:

  1. PC I'm glad you've discovered the wonders of Rafi sahib! he is a true genius. thanks for this!!!!

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