Sunday 16 June 2019

Rahul Dev Burman: Raksha (1981)


Upbeat and lively, 'Raksha' is a soundtrack with essentially great sounding tracks that nonetheless I have, for the most part and for some reason, been struggling to get really excited about. It is arguably growing on me and may continue to do so over repeated listens, but the songs don't stick the way RD Burman's best work does. Curiously, it is one of very few scores not given a single mention in my go-to book on him and his career. (And speaking of books...)

'Naye Purane Saal Men' certainly has me humming and my feet tapping; kind of fun but the melody sounds... I don't know, a bit simplistic maybe. Midway it samples White Christmas for no apparent reason; perhaps the on-screen party is a Christmas one. 'Main Chalta Hoon Mujhe Jane Do' is similarly cheerful but it's only at the sporadic synth breaks that my ears prick up.

The real highlight is in fact the opening track, the near perfect percussion-driven, moog-augmented lounge-funk cabaret number 'Jani Dilbar Jani'. I keep returning to that. Doesn't Parveen Babi looking stunning in its picturisation? (Didn't she always?)

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: Jani Dilbar Jani
2. Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Naye Purane Saal Men
3. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Main Chalta Hoon Mujhe Jane Do
4. Kishore Kumar: Tere Liye Mere Liye
5. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Mil Gaye Dil Mil Gaye

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  2. Thank you once more.
    I recommend you to check out an unusual Indian EP. The ost name is KALYUG. Music by Vanraj Bhatia. Catalog number 2221 560. Year 1981. What makes the 7 inch record unusual is that it's the first time i see a bollywood score that is mainly focused on instrumental tracks on an 7 inch.

    that is one the track. It sucks that I can't find the instrumentals online. Good thing is that it's available on Ebay. God bless.

    1. Not familiar with it. The Preeti Sagar track doesn't do much for me so it would interesting to hear the instrumentals.

  3. Thanks for sharing. As rightly mentioned in your write-up, this OST is not such a great but gives a swing

  4. wonderful site and beautiful catalogue but can you rip these classics into more advanced audio codec like Flac or if you prefer compressed format M4A 256kbps

    1. I'm afraid I won't be doing that, re. the FAQs

  5. An entertaining album in nutshell..
    Thank you.

  6. Another rarity! Nice.

    I think i've still got this on vinyl, in which case it's in storage. I bought this with a load of other vinyl from an old shop. The guy was selling everything under his roof over a prolonged closing down sale period.

    I can distinctly remember thinking at the time, that these sound like songs which could have been used in SHAAN, which was released around the same time.

    This was an average film and cashed in on the james bond genre, which was prevalent at the time. Overall, the songs are good, but one gets the impression that Pancham Da was feeling a little uninspired at the time.

  7. Thanks for the post . Love Rafi & Kishore Songs. Lp is in my collection. Saved me the trouble from transfering my own copy !


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