Monday, June 18, 2007

Rahul Dev Burman: Joshila (1973)

I like 'Joshila'. Again, this is one where I was told not to expect much, it's a minor work etc... but for crying out loud, listen to 'Sona Roopa Layo Re' and tell me this isn't prime cut R.D. Burman. Crazy moogs, Asha, a groovy beat... it's ace. So is 'Kaanp Rahi Main', starting off with a scream (usually a good sign), nice and jazzy, shuffling along, sometimes cool, sometimes manic... nothing

Monday, June 11, 2007

Shankar Jaikishan: Duniya (1968)

More Shankar Jaikishan; 'Duniya' is another pleasant score with a good feel throughout. 'Duniya Isi Ka Naam Hai' is a nice opening track, 'Jawan Tum Ho' is upbeat and fun, 'Yeh Dharti Hindustan Ki' has a cool old-world oriental vibe and is probably the album's highlight... ultimately though, there's nothing really memorable on this particular effort. But do check it out for yourselves.Track

Friday, June 8, 2007

Shankar Jaikishan: Arzoo (1966)

A nice effort from Shankar Jaikishan, 'Arzoo' has several tracks to commend it. 'Bedardi Balma Tujh Ko' is a beautiful Lata Mangeshkar number, very atmospheric, 'Jab Ishq Kahin Ho Jata Hai' has some cool rock 'n' roll/Hindi mash-ups in the second half (and is good in the first as well), and 'Ai Phoolon Ki Rani' and 'Aji Ruth Kar Ab Kahan Jaiyega' (Lata's version preferably) are both lovely,

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bappi Lahiri: Jaan-e-Bahaar (1978)

Another short one, another good one. This is Bappi Lahiri from before he went all disco, ie. before I lose interest in him... not that I don't like disco, I do a lot, just not his take on it. Anyway, good grooves a-plenty on 'Jaan-e-Bahaar', highlighted by the jazzy, cool (if not necessarily very original, but that's Bappi in a nutshell) 'O Go Piya', plus 'Main Hoon Rahi Mastana', fun and chirpy