Friday, November 23, 2007

Hemant Kumar: Nagin (1954/1974)

More vintage excellence and another favourite amongst aficionados, scored (mainly) by Hemant Kumar, famous both as a singer and as a composer. As with 'Detective' (below), 'Nagin' is packed with wonderful, exotic sounding songs, most of them performed by Lata Mangeshkar. 'Sun Ri Sakhi', 'Mera Dil Yeh Pukare Aaja', 'Oonchi Oonchi Duniya Ki Diwaren'... great stuff!The biggest highlight though is

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mukul Roy: Detective (1958/1991)

Whatever happened to Mukul Roy? In fact, who the hell was Mukul Roy? Apparently he was famed playback singer Geeta Dutt's brother; it seems he scored only three or four films, all in the mid to late fifties... and that's the sum of what I've been able to find out. Which annoys me a bit, as 'Detective' is one of my favourite Bollywood soundtracks of late, a delectable collection of old school

Rahul Dev Burman: Sholay (1975)

Right... the one that apparently injured some sad sorry sod and consequently (stupidly) had me a bit paranoid a few months ago, the one liable to get me unwanted visits from Indian gangsters. The one Bollywood record everyone's heard of and a lot of people seem to want. So let's get it over with. (Besides, the cover scan's been on the Flickr gallery for ages now, without me having posted the

Monday, November 12, 2007

Kalyanji Anandji: Sachaa Jhutha (1970)

'Sachaa Jhutha' is another Kalyanji Anandji score that's sought after... Asha Bhosle's 'Karle Pyar Karle' being the main selling point I think. It's a decent enough Hindi rock 'n' roll number, but I've heard better. 'Kehdo Kehdo' also has a bit of a beat to it, the second 'Meri Bahenian' is quite bouncy... and that's about it. So an OK but never great album.Side one (tracks 1-3) has dodgy sound