Friday 28 November 2014

Rahul Dev Burman: Mela (1971)


Early 1970s RD Burman soundtracks tend to be easy to like, but I must admit it has taking longer than expected to get properly into 'Mela'. It's a fairly pleasant one to listen to, yet there seems to be something lacking; hooks maybe, both melody-wise and in terms of the arrangements. Songs such as 'Dekho Re Hua', 'Kya Soch Raha Re' and 'Meri Sakhiyo Bolo' are all quite good (and each have their moments of nice instrumental details); they're just not great. The closest to that is probably the droney, psychedelic sounding 'Rut Hai Milan Ki'. The thing is, that after playing this album I don't feel any particular need to do so again, and that's always a worrying sign. Maybe it'll grow on me more if I persevere? Or maybe I'm just so used to Burman being almost consistantly brilliant that anything less that breathtaking from him throws me.

Track listing:
1. Manna Dey: Dekho Re Hua
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Kya Soch Raha Re
3. Asha Bhosle, Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Meri Sakhiyo Bolo
4. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Rut Hai Milan Ki
5. Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Gori Ke Haath Men
6. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Ek Bar Rakh De Qadam Zara Jhoom Ke


  1. many many thanks pc brother share for this great vinyl rip. all songs best and very popular song :- gori ke haath men chaandi ka challa, great work, keep it up.

  2. Thank you for Amazing album..All soongs are best specialy Rut hai Milan Ki and Gori ke Haath mein

  3. Superb share. This LP has become very rare now. Thanks for sharing. Songs are excellent and moreover mono output is just great

  4. brilliant album because of the whole rustic feel to it. i love ek baar rakh de..super rhythms

  5. you are perfectly right when u say that anything less than brilliant from RD does not mixes well with the senses.....this album did not appeal so much to me infact but then rut hai milan ki ... is truly the tune of calling ones beloved and kya soch raha re is good too. but anything from RD and the vinyl rip from you is always palatable to me. thanks fr the hard and wonderful work - Saurabh Srivastava

  6. Yeah… as I said I don't think it's bad at all, just not that memorable. But then again he also did Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Caravan in 1971, so it's easy to forgive a slight lapse in quality.