Wednesday 15 November 2017

Rahul Dev Burman: Madhosh (1973) / Red Rose (1980)


Apologies for long intervals between posts of late. I haven't very many soundtracks left to feature, and so as not to run out too quickly I'll be portioning them out a bit. At least until I'm able to acquire more. Right now though, a couple of RD Burman scores that I believe only came out on 7".

'Madhosh' [review] is the best of them; that’s hardly surprising given the vintage. Its main draw is the wonderfully energetic (and still very popular) cabaret number 'Gulabi Chehra' (which has made an appearance here earlier) but there are other highlights; 'Qasam Khao Tum Ek Bar' and 'Mere Chhota Sa Dil' are particularly great. I'm not sure why this particular score wasn't afforded a full LP; these songs in their full length and with an added instrumental or two (the title music is stellar) would have been a classic soundtrack.

Red Rose

1980's 'Red Rose' [review] has a much more restrained sound. Only two tracks, which at least means they're not truncated (to fit the 7" format), but they're hardly among RD's best. That said, 'Tere Bin Jeena Kya' is a song I'm likely to give a few extra spins. And again, I feel someone missed a trick by not releasing the film's rather cool title music.

Track listing, 'Madhosh':
1. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Qasam Khao Tum Ek Bar
2. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Mera Chhota Sa Dil
3. Asha Bhosle & R.D. Burman: Gulabi Chehra
4. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Jaan Mare Balmu Hamar
5. Asha Bhosle: Nathni More Dole Re

Track listing, 'Red Rose'
1. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Kisi Ki Sadayen
2. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Tere Bin Jeena Kya

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  1. welcme back.. and what an upload to start things rolling again...
    madhosh is from those times of RD burman where he could do no wrong. sharabi annkhen, qasam khao , are all gems wwhich unfortunately did not get the popularity they deserved
    and same is the case with Red rose.. brilliant songs but mediocre fim

  2. Hey I just realized I haven't said thanks in a while...

    What wonderful shares, and what a beautiful place you have made here!

    thanks ever so much

  3. Thank you so much PC for wonderful Share...Please keep it up

  4. As long as I have records to post, I plan to keep it up.

  5. wah wah waah....excellent upload....never saw this one before...

  6. Wonderful share. All songs from this OST are vibrant and have pure 1970 vintage feel. The star cast in the movie used to be all loud characters and the songs also support them. ERS (Electronically Reprocessed Stereo) is the spoilsport in the Super Seven version. Mono EP and SPs are just great. Gulabi Chehra appears here and there in the film and have extra stanza available in the movie sound track. Shemaroo did a good job for the film version. Songs video are available in the youtube from Gaane Suune Unsune and Shemaroo channels

  7. I have the same versions of these on the CD. You're right in that the super 7 versions were an odd choice, but i think that's down to economics.

    Madhosh was a low budget film (I've seen it on DVD and it's average to sub par fare) and so the producers may not have budgeted enough for the full 6 song minimum deal, so to speak, which usually facilitates a full l.p release. However , the songs are floating around on YouTube in fuller versions. Especially gulabi chehera, which is almost twice as long as the vinyl version. There's also the title music for madhosh, which is enough to warrant release as a standalone track. Again, it's likely economics and rights issues.