Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Shankar Jaikishan: The Gold Medal (1975)

The Gold Medal

I'm having some trouble dating 'The Gold Medal'. According to Wikipedia, it premiered on 3 March 1969. Its IMDb entry however states 1984 as the year of release, while the Censor Board certificate displayed at the beginning of the film suggests 1979. The only thing that seems clear is that Shankar Jaikishan's soundtrack came out in 1975. So based on that, in addition to input received from MFT3F followers on Facebook, I'm inclined to believe that Wikipedia is mistaken, and that the film was produced around the mid-70s but not officially released until the 80s. If anyone knows otherwise, or a precise reason for the confusion, please let me know.

The music then, and a couple of noteworthy songs: 'Main Tumko Dekhti Hu' has a lovely melody, wrapped up in traditional percussion and soaring strings. Delightful 'Dheere Dheere Mere Dil Ke Paas' and cool cabaret number 'Mere Katil Utha Botal' bring the great S-J scores of the late sixties to mind (as well as renewed doubts as to when this was actually recorded). The rousing 'Aazadi Aayi Bhi To Kya' is kind of catchy too. Jaikishan passed away in 1971 so Shankar alone may have been responsible for this soundtrack; the two composers were generally at their best when working together, but some of the these later efforts are still worth checking out.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: Main Tumko Dekhti Hu
2. Mahendra Kapoor: Zamana Hare Note Ka
3. Sharda: Dheere Dheere Mere Dil Ke Paas
4. Asha Bhosle: Mere Katil Utha Botal
5. Mohd. Rafi: Aazadi Aayi Bhi To Kya
6. Inderjeet Singh Tulsi: Mere Malik Meri Baksh Dena Khata

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sonik Omi: Heeron Ka Chor (1981)

Heeron Ka Chor

There's generally a lot of interesting (if not always entirely original) stuff happening in Sonik Omi's music. 'Heeron Ka Chor' is one of only a few of the duo's 1980s efforts I've come across, and while the songs aren't necessarily very memorable this too has a lot going for it. Like some excellent dancefloor-friendly grooves, spread out through the album.

A trio of tracks stand out. 'Ye Jawani Hai Meri Jaan' effectively melds Latin and Arabic influences and is infectious as hell. String sections are obviously common in Bollywood film songs, yet I can't recall many featuring an actual fiddle solo. 'Kuchh Aise Ashiq Saamne' has a compelling, vaguely psychedelic and sort of sleazy vibe (Helen sporting a whip contributes to that); the arrangment is riddled with neat details. And 'Phoolon Se Hai Meri Dosti' has a cool, double bass and percussion driven jazz thing present, augmented by 70s/80s synth touches.

Additionally, the opening disco number 'Mera Dil Dhak Dhak Dhak' is a beat heavy stomper (you'll need to get past its rather cringeworthy English introduction), and 'Title Music' is almost (but not quite) up there with the best Kalyanji Anandji action movie themes. So all in all, despite there not really being any melodies to hum, a pretty ace soundtrack.

Track listing:
1. Amit Kumar & Chandrani Mukherjee: Mera Dil Dhak Dhak Dhak
2. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Ye Jawani Hai Meri Jaan
3. Mohd. Rafi, Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Kuchh Aise Ashiq Saamne
4. Aziz Nazan, Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Chilman Se Nikalkar Saamne Aa
5. Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Phoolon Se Hai Meri Dosti
6. Title Music

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Shankar Jaikishan: Bombay Talkie (1970)

Bombay Talkie

I suppose technically 'Bombay Talkie' [review] [2] isn't a Bollywood film. A US production, made by the subsequently world-renowned duo of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, it nevertheless features several Indian star actors, deals with Bombay's film industry, and most importantly, is memorably scored by Shankar Jaikishan. Additionally, the soundtrack album was only released in India. So it definitely belongs on MFT3F.

Many of the tracks are variations on the film’s lovely title music, done in an assortment of styles. 'Now I Shall Call You Ma' (sitar based) and 'Picnic In The Cave' (flute and harpsichord) are particularly pleasing, as well as loungy vocal version 'Good Times, Bad Times', sung by the deliciously smoky-voiced Usha Iyer (aka Usha Uthup). She also performs the two versions of 'Hari Om Tat Sat', charming in a nostalgic sort of way. A bit of an earworm to be honest. With its eye-catching on-screen set, 'Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip' is the most famous song; an archetypal Shankar Jaikishan cabaret number.

Music from the film was later used to good effect by Wes Anderson for his 2007 film 'The Darjeeling Limited'.

Track listing:
1. Title and Theme: Bombay Talkie
2. Mohd. Rafi: Tum Mere Pyar Ki Duniyamen
3. Incidental Music
4. Devotion
5. Rajput Suite
6. Now I Shall Call You "Ma"
7. More Incidental Music
8. Usha Iyer: Hari Om Tat Sat (Disc version)
9. Usha Iyer: Hari Om Tat Sat (with Orchestra)
10. Picnic In The Cave
11. Birthday Party I
12. Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle: Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip
13. Meeting
14. Birthday Party II
15. Usha Iyer: Good Times, Bad Times

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Wednesday, November 15, 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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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kalyanji Anandji: Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? (1970) / Kahani Kismat Ki (1973)

Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan

More Kalyanji Anandji; a pair of EPs this time. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?' [review] [2] has a typically early 1970s poppy vibe; highlight 'Pyar Se Dil Bhar De' is a catchy Asha & Rafi duet with a very hummable melody, and 'Ho Gaye Tere Ho Gaye', 'Dil To Dil Hai' and cabaret number 'Yeh Ankhen Jhuki Jhuki So' all sound upbeat and cheerful. Judging by these songs I’d have imagined the film to be a light romantic type of thing; instead it’s a mystery with all manner of wickedness going on. It really isn’t possible to judge a Bollywood film by its songs is it?

Instrumentals on the other hand tends to be more indicative. 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?'s title music is a funky and stylish cross between Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini. Sadly it's not on this (or any as far as I know) record, however an alternately sourced MP3 is included with the download. Elsewhere in the film, 'Escape' by Madras (Chennai) garage band The Mustangs is heard.

Kahani Kismat Ki

By the time 'Kahani Kismat Ki' [review] was released in 1973, Kalyanji Anandji had perfected their trademark funk sound. It’s utilized to better effect on other soundtracks, but you’ll notice it on 'Rafta Rafta'. Kind of cool, although I personally prefer 'Too Yaar Mera' with its guitar and synth licks and Latin groove (and cheekily sexy video), and the atmospheric title track. Drunk song 'Duniya Mujhse Kahti Hai' and playful 'Kab Tak Na Dogi Dil' are nice too, so despite not containing any real classics, this is definitely a worthwhile EP.

Track listing, 'Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?':
1. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Pyar Se Dil Bhar De
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Ho Gaye Tere Ho Gaye
3. Mohd. Rafi: Dil To Dil Hai
4. Asha Bhosle & Usha Khanna: Yeh Ankhen Jhuki Jhuki So

Track listing, 'Kahani Kismat Ki'
1. Kishore Kumar: Rafta Rafta
2. Mukesh & Chorus: Kahani Kismat Ki
3. Asha Bhosle: Too Yaar Mera
4. Kishore Kumar: Duniya Mujhse Kahti Hai
5. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Kab Tak Na Dogi Dil

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Monday, September 11, 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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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kalyanji Anandji: Mere Humsafar (1970)

Mere Humsafar

While neither among Kalyanji Anandji's best scores nor belonging to my favourite K-A period (that would come a few years down the line), 'Mere Humsafar', a soundtrack a lot less reliant on western influences than their more famous ones, has its moments. One highlight is the de facto title track 'Kisi Rah Men Kisi Mod Par'; a lovely duet with eloquently swirling strings and a subtle tabla rhythm ('Title Music' is essentially the instrumental version). My other preferred pick is 'Tum Hamse Mile', the most (conventionally) poppy song on the album; gently grooving, with nice piano touches.

Elsewhere (between loads of dialogue), 'Maudam Hai Baharon Ki' is good on compulsive drumming if not very memorable on melody, and 'Mera Pardesi Na Aaya' is another expressive Lata Mangeshkar song.

Track listing:
1. Mahendra Kapoor, Balbir & Chorus: Maudam Hai Baharon Ki
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh: Kisi Rah Men Kisi Mod Par
3. Title Music
4. Asha Bhosle: Mar Gai Mit Gai
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Mera Pardesi Na Aaya
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Tum Hamse Mile

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rahul Dev Burman: Jheel Ke Us Paar (1973)

Jheel Ke Us Paar

'Jheel Ke Us Paar' [review] is a prime-period RD Burman score that, while certainly worthwhile, doesn't quite match up to his finest works. There are a likeable songs on it but I'm not convinced any of them will stick with me for very long. If pressed for favourites I might choose Lata Mangeshkar's 'Chal Chalen Ai Dil', 'Kah Rahe Hain' and 'Do Ghoont'; all really good (I like Asha Bhosle's 'Hae Bichhuwa' too) so it does feel kind of strange that I'm not raving about this soundtrack more than I am. But then there's the knowledge that Burman made 'Anamika' and 'Yaadon Ki Baaraat' at around the same time, and well, those are some benchmarks.

But hey, you know what? Comparisons are daft so I'm just going to go ahead and enjoy it anyway. Feel free to join me.

Track listing:
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Babul Tere
2. Asha Bhosle: Hae Bichhuwa
3. Kishore Kumar: Yeh Nazare
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Do Ghoont
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Kah Rahe Hain
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Chal Chalen Ai Dil

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Bappi Lahiri: Tere Pyar Mein (1977)

Tere Pyar Mein

Early Bappi Lahiri soundtracks; I tend to like those. Predating the famous disco-era ones we all know and love (or hate), they were often excellent, and 1977's 'Tere Pyar Mein' (the film apparently released much later) is certainly worthwhile. It's uncharacteristically subtle (except for the irritating 'Ui Amma Ui Amma'); in a way it brings Rajesh Roshan's 'Julie' from a few years prior to mind.

'Aankhon Men Tun' comes with a sublime intro and a melody that reminds me of the Ennio Morricone instrumental 'Ninna Nanna In Blu', which happens to be one of my favourite ever soundtrack moments. Did Bappi draw inspiration from it? I wouldn't put it past him. In any case, this sumptuous lounge tune is among his finest songs. I like the happy version best. 'Aa Aa Meri Jaan' is a sweet pop confection, sung by Priti (aka Preeti) Sagar who did quite a bit of that sort of thing. The gentle 'Bhool Gaye Ham' proves that Bappi could effectively tackle traditional Indian composition, and 'Aankhon Men Hain Aansoo' (another great intro) is a lovely slow waltz. Sadly there aren't many clips to be found on YouTube.

Track listing:
1. Bappi Lahiri & Sulakshana Pandit: Aankhon Men Tun (Happy)
2. Shailendra Singh & Priti Sagar: Aa Aa Meri Jaan
3. Bhupinder & Bansuri Lahiri: Bhool Gaye Ham
4. Mahendra Kapoor & Mahesh Kumar: Ui Amma Ui Amma
5. Bappi Lahiri: Aankhon Men Tun (Sad)
6. Chandrani Mukherjee: Aankhon Men Hain Aansoo

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

D.C.S.: Cricketer (1983)


This one first came to my attention last year, via a tip from DJ and promoter/publisher of all things cool Jonny Trunk (his radio show dedicated to the MFT3F book can still be enjoyed online). I'm glad it's still possible to find soundtracks by artists I've never heard of; 'Cricketer' makes for an ace new acquaintance.

There isn't much information about the film online, nor any clips. It was produced in England, which might explain why London-based D.C.S. (from original band members Danny, Charlie and Shin) were called upon to supply music. With a couple of familiar voices guesting. Anuradha Paudwal performs the (Euro)pop-oriented 'Abhi Main Pyar Ki Rahon Men', while Bhupinder features on the more sedate 'Maloom Nahin Kyon'. The band kept the best songs for themselves though: Shin is credited singer on the jubilant and catchy 'Sheila-O-Sheila' as well as the score's real highlight, the fantastic space-dub reggae track 'Mainne Kaha Tha Mat Jao Tum'.

Instrumentals round off each side of the LP. Synthy 'Title Music' sounds like something out of a cheap Italian zombie movie while 'Music' reminds me a bit of Blondie's 'Call Me'. Neither of those things are necessarily bad.

Track listing:
1. Shin: Sheila-O-Sheila
2. Anuradha: Abhi Main Pyar Ki Rahon Men
3. Surinder Kholi, Dolly-Shin & Chorus: Hare Krishna Jai Jai
4. Title Music
5. Bhupinder: Maloom Nahin Kyon
6. Shin: Mainne Kaha Tha Mat Jao Tum
7. Anuradha: Main Kaun Koi Kya Jane
8. Music

PS: Around the same time as this soundtrack was made, D.C.S. recorded an album with pop singer Runa Laila (she sung on a few Bollywood soundtracks in her time too) which, because it is rather good (it features another killer cosmic reggae track), I'm including as a bonus. The band would later become major players on the UK bhangra scene.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1969)

Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke

Sometimes it takes that one extra listen. See, I was about ready to categorize 'Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke' as another of those one-good-song-and-not much-else-on-it soundtracks that I arguably own too many of, when I suddenly found myself rather liking it more. Take the title track... traditional sounding, very percussive, didn't really fancy the melody much at first but then it slowly snuck itself into my head – it's actually quite catchy – at which point I started to notice a bunch of cool instrumental details as well. So yeah, it's good. As are Mohd. Rafi's equally drummy (but slower) 'Yeh Shama To Jali' and 'Bura Mat Suno'; they're growing on me too. And so is his 'Majhi Chal'; pastorally sweet and romantic and driven by a compelling soft groove.

My favourite is still that initial one song though, Asha Bhosle's superb cabaret number 'Main Ek Haseena'. Happy, boisterous, featuring horns, great guitar bits and a killer beat, spiritedly performed on screen by Laxmi Chhaya, the next best thing to Helen. The soundtrack would have been worthwhile just for that.

Track listing:
1. Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke
2. Mohd. Rafi: Yeh Shama To Jali
3. Asha Bhosle: Main Ek Haseena
4. Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Majhi Chal
5. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Saathiya Nahin Jaana
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Rama Duhai
7. Mohd. Rafi: Bura Mat Suno

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Shankar Jaikishan: Ek Phool Char Kante / Iqbal Qureshi: Love In Simla (1960)

Ek Phool Char Kante

To the extent Shankar Jaikishan's 'Ek Phool Char Kante' is well known it will likely be for featuring actor/singer/Elvis-soundalike Iqbal Singh's 'Bombshel Baby' [sic], a track that would lend its title to Bombay Connection's superb compilation 'Bombshell Baby of Bombay' in 2006. What's interesting, apart from it being an ace early rock 'n' roll number with a wonderful swing to it, is that the words were changed from slightly suggestive 'Bombshell Baby of Bombay' on the record to the rather more pedestrian 'Beautiful Baby of Broadway' in the film. Why isn't quite clear; the aforementioned compilation's liner notes suggest "Perhaps the Indian censor board was wary of the explosive potential of the lyrics...". Similarly styled (and almost as fab) 'O Meri Baby Doll' was however deemed appropriate.

The other two tracks are nice too, especially Lata's lovely 'Banwari Re'.

Love In Simla

There's more of the same to be found on Iqbal Qureshi's 'Love In Simla' [review]. Part rock'n'roll, part Latin ballroom, the lively 'Gaal Gulabi Kiske' wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Shankar Jaikishan score, and 'Dil Thaam Chale' proves how effective the sound of a train engine works as rhythmic backing, here with the added effect of getting stuck in my head for a few hours after every time I hear it. Both are great songs.

Two EPs of songs from this film were made (no LP was released at the time), unfortunately I don't have the other one.

Track listing, 'Ek Phool Char Kante':
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Banwari Re
2. Mohd. Rafi: O Meri Baby Doll
3. Mukesh: Matwali Naar
4. Iqbal Singh: Bombshel Baby

Track listing, 'Love In Simla'
1. Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Dil Thaam Chale
2. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Al Baby Idhar Aa
3. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Love Ka Matlab Hai Pyar
4. Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Gaal Gulabi Kiske

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Friday, March 24, 2017

S.D. Burman: Kala Bazar (1960)

Kala Bazar

What a great soundtrack Sachin Dev Burman's 'Kala Bazar' is; as fine a collection of vintage Bollywood film songs as you're likely to find. It's an album full of sweetly hummable tunes, sumptuously arranged; partly traditional, partly modern; seasoned with a dash of exotic jazz and sprinkled with Latin flourishes. Pick your own favourites – mine include the beguiling 'Na Main Dhan Chahun' featuring Geeta Dutt and seldom heard Sudha Malhotra, Asha Bhosle's flirtatious 'Sach Hue Sapne Tere' and the exuberant bongo drum-driven cabaret number 'Sambhalo Sambhalo Apna Dil'.

Mohd. Rafi's contributions are also worth noting: 'Teri Dhoom Har Kahin' has a charming, rustic feel to it, and best of all, the score's biggest highlight 'Apni To Har Aah Ek' is a calm and contemplative musical reverie, sung over a soft, chugging train-wheel rhythm. It's written in an unusual time signature (7/4?), giving it an offbeat, droney quality of the sort that today might be termed psychedelic folk. Whatever the categorization, it's a beautiful song.

Track listing:
1. Title Music
2. Mohd. Rafi: Teri Dhoom Har Kahin
3. Geeta Dutt & Sudha Malhotra: Na Main Dhan Chahun
4. Mohd. Rafi: Apni To Har Aah Ek
5. Asha Bhosle: Sambhalo Sambhalo Apna Dil
6. Manna Dey & Asha Bhosle: Sanjh Dhali Dilki Lagi
7. Mohd. Rafi: Khoya Khoya Chand
8. Geeta Dutt & Mohd. Rafi: Rimjhim Ke Tarane Leke
9. Asha Bhosle: Sach Hue Sapne Tere
10. Music

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chitragupta: Vaasana (1968)


Music director Chitragupta Shrivastava's career spanned five decades (1940s-80s); his lovely 1968 effort 'Vaasana' [review] was made somewhere in the middle and is one of those scores that successfully bridges tradition and modernity. Captivating, almost soothing sounding melodies characterize 'Aaj Is Darja Pila Do', 'Itni Nazuk Na Bano' and 'Yeh Parbaton Ke Daire', the latter in particular being a favourite, it could be the waltz time that does it for me. 'Mulk Men Bachon Ki Gar Sarkar Ho' features sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle voicing kids, and is also rather compelling. The exotic instrumental 'Fisher Woman's Dance' convincingly combines Latin piano, rousing strings and Indian percussion. And then there's the cabaret number 'Jeenewale Jhoom Ke', again starring Helen, but sweeter, poppier, less raunchy than on recent posts. Top stuff, regardless.

My copy of this is a Barbadian pressing. I've sure it was released in India too, but so far I've only seen late 80s reissues, so who knows?

Track listing:
1. Mohd. Rafi: Aaj Is Darja Pila Do
2. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Yeh Parbaton Ke Daire
3. Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Mulk Men Bachon Ki Gar Sarkar Ho
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Jeenewale Jhoom Ke
5. Mohd. Rafi: Itni Nazuk Na Bano
6. Lata Mangeshkar: Main Sadke Jaoon
7. Fisher Woman's Dance

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Madan Mohan: Parwana (1971)


I was curious to find out if 'Parwana' would have a similar vibe to that of Madan Mohan's raunchy, mind-blowing previous effort 'Mahraja' or if it would fall into the more serene and traditional (but not necessarily less worthy) category of soundtracks I'd initially come to know him for. Closer to the former it turned out. And it's a pretty good one, although my copy is partly scratched and ruined: 'Yun Na Sharma Phailade' is marred by a couple of skips I was unable to work around whilst ripping. It's included in the download, but you might want to look for a better version elsewhere. I'll be looking for an upgrade. Luckily the rest sounds ok.

'Chale Ladkhada Ke' is a top cabaret number, sounding delicious and decadent. Another drunk-song? Helen looks both intoxicating and intoxicated in the clip. Predictably my favourite track here. 'Jis Din Se Main Ne Tumko Dekha Hai' is also excellent; a lovely tune wrapped in a gorgeous, almost folky arrangement. 'Simti Si Sharmai Si' is charming pop; a long intro keeps you guessing with several tempo and time-signature changes.

If only they'd included the groovy mod-soul title music...

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: Chale Ladkhada Ke
2. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Jis Din Se Main Ne Tumko Dekha Hai
3. Kishore Kumar & Mohd. Rafi: Yun Na Sharma Phailade
4. Kishore Kumar: Simti Si Sharmai Si
5. Asha Bhosle: Piya Ki Gali
6. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: O Jamila

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