Monday 11 September 2017

Kalyanji Anandji: Zanjeer / Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara (1973)

Zanjeer Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara

My initial introduction to this 1973 Kalyanji Anandji two-fer was the rather sexy cabaret number 'Dil Jalon Ka' (from 'Zanjeer' [review]) which I stumbled over on YouTube. I can't quite recall why but I had a feeling there might more good stuff on the record, and I was right. 'Banake Kyon Bigade Re' became another immediate favourite, a lovely Lata Mangeshkar song with an enchanting melody and captivating rhythm, tastefully arranged and orchestrated.

The 'Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara' side is pleasing too. As with the last post, there's not a lot of the composers' trademark funk to be heard (perhaps a little on 'Dance Music' which additionally brings Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass to mind), yet plenty to get those so inclined onto a dance floor. 'Choro Khule Na' and 'Chal Diye Tum Kahan' are both wonderfully infectious, and 'Pahli Pahli Baar' combines pop sensibilities with traditional instrumentation in a most compelling way. A couple of plaintive solos makes 'Dil Todne Walon Ki' another worthwhile track.

Track listing, 'Zanjeer':
1. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Diwane Hain Diwanon Ko
2. Manna Dey: Yari Hai Iman Mera
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Banake Kyon Bigade Re
4. Asha Bhosle: Chakku Chhuriyan Tej Karalo
5. Asha Bhosle: Dil Jalon Ka

Track listing, 'Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara':
6. Asha Bhosle: Choro Khule Na
7. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Chal Diye Tum Kahan
8. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Pahli Pahli Baar
9. Dance Music
10. Kishore Kumar: Dil Todne Walon Ki

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