Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rahul Dev Burman: Mehbooba (1976)

More Burman, but of a different sort. This one's all traditional, devoid of electric guitars, moogs, beats and cabaret numbers. It's still quite trippy though, so in a way I sort of like it - I can get into the atmospheric 'Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon', some of the cool instrumental breaks in 'Gori Tori Paijaniyan', the mood of 'Parpat Ke Peechhe' - but I can't decide if the melodies on this album

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Rahul Dev Burman: Haré Rama Haré Krishna (1971)

The one everyone wanted a while back, 'Haré Rama Haré Krishna' [review], from a film about the dangers of introducing drugs and general hippieness into Indian culture. Yeah. The soundtrack's main claim to fame is obviously the ubiquitous 'Dum Maro Dum', deservedly so as it's an amazing song. (Check out the less known version that is track 1 btw, harder and funkier than the commonly heard one that

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Loafer (1972)

'Loafer' then, by request. It's one of those albums people kept telling me was highly sought after... I don't know, I didn't have any trouble finding a copy. Oh well, no matter. More importantly, is it any good? I think so. Several nice songs (the percussion heavy 'Main Tere Ishq Men', 'Koi Shahri Babu' with a great string arrangment, the very cool 'Motiyon Ki Lari Hoon Main') and one awesome one

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kalyanji Anandji: Karmayogi (1978)

'Karmayogi' is one that came highly recommended back when I bought it (might have been just the seller though come to think of it...) and, well, while it is quite good in places, it's a minor work. The undeniable highlight for me is 'Aaiye Huzoor', with the other Asha Bhosle solo number rather nice as well... the rest of the album is a bit forgettable.A word of warning: Tracks 2 and 3 have

Friday, April 13, 2007

Back online :-)

Well! Didn't see that coming, getting back from a short holiday and for once things have actually been fixed and not just screwed up while I'm away... makes for a nice change :-)Yup, seems the whole things was an Easy-Share glitch or something, I think they're all back online now (let me know though if you notice any that aren't). And hopefully they'll stay that way! Got some catching up to do at

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


It seems that a whole bunch (if not all) of my files have been deleted from Easy-Share. This may be due to EMI or someone having taken offence, in which case the blog is fucked... I have neither the legal know-how nor the willpower to enter into any dispute with corporate powers.However, seeing as the deletions have come out of the blue, with no representatives of possible copyright owners having

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Rahul Dev Burman: Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)

In which R.D. Burman goes mental. 'Hum Kisise Kum Naheen' [review] is where he throws in everything and the kitchen sink... chase-funk, sweet pop, weird keyboards, shouting, stabbing horns, rock 'n' roll guitars, a cheeky rip-off from Abba's 'Mamma Mia'... and that's just the 10-minute medley that starts the album off. Elsewhere there's 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' with its Hammond (I think) organ and

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Amar Deep (1979)

An OK score from Laxmikant Pyarelal. The songs on 'Amar Deep' don't rock my boat all that much, with the possible exception of 'Dunia Hai Bewafai' which is quite good... it has a nice funky pop flavour to it. Elsewhere, there are cool details (good for sampling perhaps), like the 'Psycho' strings and acoustic guitar on the intro of 'Koi Na Tere' plus a bit of heavy percussion, the (somewhat