The last regular post before Christmas. RD Burman again, and a rather good one even though it's not among his most memorable, or at least not the most immediately accessible.
'Kudrat' [review] has grown on me a lot since I first got hold of it. Contrary to some of Burman's better know soundtracks this doesn't contain anything very elaborate or explosive, just really well-crafted songs. The piano on both parts of 'Sajti Hai Yun Hui Mehfil' and the strings on the first 'Hamen Tumse Pyar Kitna' are sumptuous. Parveen Sultana's singing on the second version of the latter is spellbinding... it's always nice to come across singers I haven't heard before. Chandrashekhar Gadgil is another new voice and the groove on 'Dukh Sukh Ki' is irresistibly hypnotic. (A version sung by Mohd. Rafi serves as the film's title music; for reasons unknown to me it doesn't feature on the LP.) Best of all is the very cool, almost laidback disco track 'Chhodo Sanam' which is the sort of thing that will make you want to dance, but slowly, nonchalantly, with your eyes closed.
An album of music to relax to then. I'm sure I'm not the only one who can use that in December. I'll be back before the new year with a couple of specials; in the meantime, happy holidays to all.
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Toone O Rangeele
2. Anette & Kishore Kumar: Chhodo Sanam
3. Kishore Kumar: Hamen Tumse Pyar Kitna
4. Asha Bhosle: Sajti Hai Yun Hi Mehfil - Part I
5. Parveen Sultana: Hamen Tumse Pyar Kitna
6. Asha Bhosle, Suresh Wadkar & Chorus: Sawan Nahin Bhadon Nahin
7. Asha Bhosle: Sajti Hai Yun Hi Mehfil - Part II
8. Chandrashekhar Gadgil: Dukh Sukh Ki