Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Aan Milo Sajna (1970)

'Aan Milo Sajna' [review]: More of the same (as below), i.e. pleasant enough but kind of dull. 'Achha To Hum Chalte Hain' and 'Rang Rang Ke Phool Khile' are OK if a bit bland, 'Tere Kaaran Mere Saajan' is nice, sort of, but it's all in one ear and out the other, nothing that really sticks. Best (or least uninteresting) is 'Palat Meri Jaan' for, if nothing else, its Ashaisms. Which isn't a word,

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Anjaana (1970)

A somewhat nondescript Laxmikant Pyarelal score from 1970... 'Hum Baheno Ke Liye' and 'Rim Jhim Ke Geet' are pleasant enough tracks, 'Main Rahi Anjaana' is an OK upbeat number, but there's nothing in terms of really strong melodies or imaginative arrangments to make 'Anjaana' stand out. By the way, the bits with the alternating male/female dialogue on 'Woh Kaun Hai' reminds me of some other

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rahul Dev Burman: Dhongee (1975)

Following on from last week's Burman soundtracks that weren't very good, here's one that is... with apologies for the delay to whoever it was I promised 'Dhongee' more than a year ago.Two tracks highlight this score, 'Dil Chhina Chain Churaya' and 'Hai Re Hai Tera Ghunghta'. Both are drum/percussion based, very rhythmic (syncopated and tribal sounding respectively), giving them a more ethnic feel

Monday, May 19, 2008

Kalyanji Anandji: 5 Rifles (1973) / Naami Chor (1975)

   A couple of Kalyanji Anandji EPs while I'm at it. '5 Rifles' falls more or less into the same category as 'Hasina Maan Jaayegi' below... there are bouncy rock 'n' roll bits in 'Tera Husn Allah Allah', 'Pyar Ke Patang Ki' has a great intro; otherwise there's nothing much of interest going on. 'Naami Chor' is better... 'Kahte Hain Mujhko' is a cool Kishore Kumar number featuring an ace piano and

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kalyanji Anandji: Hasina Maan Jaayegi (1968)

'Hasina Maan Jaayegi'; a nice but not quite great Kalyanji Anandji score from the late 60s. There are several tracks on it that fall into the "sounds promising" category... containing intros or other bits that have me thinking "hmm, this could be good" but then subsequently fail to deliver.'Dilbar Dilbar Kahate Kahate' is probably the best one... a fun and chirpy Hindi rock'n'roll number

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Music From The Third Floor: Vol. 3

Compilation no. 3, another CD-R's worth of sounds culled from the last 30 or so posts. A fair amount of old school (pre-60s) selections this time, hence – in part – the b/w cover art. It's such an amazing still though (from 'Awara'); Nargis' pose, her expression... very sensuous.Track listing:1. Title Music (from The Burning Train)2. Aa Jane Jaan (from Intaqam)3. Jan Pahechan Ho (from Gumnaam)4.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sachin Dev Burman: Aradhana (1969)

Here's one I'm quite fond of. Burman Sr. this time - although I suspect Rahul Dev had a hand in 'Aradhana' [review]; the trademarks are there. Check out the cool shuffle of 'Roop Tera Mastana', the chirpy bounce of 'Mere Sapnon Ki Rani' and the groovy backbeat of 'Baghon Mein Bahar Hai' (my favourite). Add a lovely Lata Mangeshkar contribution in 'Chanda Hai Tu Mera Suraj Hai Tu' and you've got

Friday, May 9, 2008

Rahul Dev Burman: Nauker (1979)

Oh dear... one of those rare things (on this blog anyway), the second bland RD Burman score in a row. Marginally better than 'Biwi-O-Biwi', maybe, but sans any tracks that are able to hold my attention... a million miles from great. If memory serves, I bought 'Nauker' quite early on, under the assumption that anything Burman from 1979 would be good, by default. Not so.The Pancham backlash starts

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rahul Dev Burman: Biwi-O-Biwi (1981)

Back again. Not with a vengeance though, as 'Biwi-O-Biwi' is one of those rare things (on this blog anyway), a really dull RD Burman score. So no commentary; I'm just going to quickly leave it here, then move on to more exciting stuff (coming tomorrow). And you can all decide for yourselves if you're going to take my word for it, or download the album anyway :-)Track listing:1. Kishore Kumar &