Friday, June 10, 2016

Rahul Dev Burman: Manzil Manzil (1984)

Manzil Manzil

Sticking with mid-80s Rahul Dev Burman, here's one more containing a few decent if not entirely convincing tracks.

'Manzil Manzil' is quite varied; opener 'He Baba' is an energetic disco tune with some appeal, whereas the final 'O Meri Jaan' has a soft, soothing, almost dreamy sound. They might be the soundtrack's best know tracks. In-between we get a couple of cabaret (or cabaret-type) numbers. 'Mitwa' is OK but I prefer 'Yeh Naina Yaad Hai' for its odd droney quality and inclusion of a short harmonica bit nicked from Ennio Morricone's 'Man with a Harmonica' from 'Once Upon a Time in the West', hardly a bad thing.

There are interesting details in the arrangements and instrumentation throughout (I also like the countrified ending to 'Lut Gaye Ham To Rahon Men'), but that's not enough to make a really great score. Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal in their book 'R.D. Burman - The Man, The Myth' describes it as "more technique than feeling". I'll go along with that.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: He Baba
2. Shailendra Singh: Jhalak Dikhake
3. Asha Bhosle & Shailendra Singh: Lut Gaye Ham To Rahon Men
4. Asha Bhosle & Shailendra Singh: O Meri Jaan
5. Asha Bhosle & Shailendra Singh: Yeh Naina Yaad Hai
6. Asha Bhosle: Mitwa
7. Chandrashekar Gadgil & Chorus: Man Re Pyar Hari Ke
8. Shailendra Singh: O Meri Jaan


11 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot PC for another panchamda album, i m waiting for long time vinyl rip of Manzil Manzil....
    it would be better than rip in 320kbps vbr bit rate Instead of 192 kbps bit rate...
    anyway awesome Quality rip...God Bless u..

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  2. Nice!!Finally a decent rip for this album!!Thank you!!

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  3. Thanks a lot PC for amazing Rip...please rip many more R d burman albums

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  4. Thank you so much PC for Awesome quaity RIp..Please rip many more RD burman albums

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  5. Thanks a ton PC for this amazing rip. This is an excellent composition from Pancham da

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  6. Thanks, O Meri Jaan is a childhood favorite, was delighted to find there was a Shailendra version a few years back, excited to listen to the vinyl. :)

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  7. Can you please re upload Manzil Manzil (1984) I can't find download link. Thank you.

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  8. Seriously? The link is where they always are, in the first comment.

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