Friday, April 24, 2009

Rahul Dev Burman: Kaala Sona (1974) / Warrant (1975)

   Two more that sound rubbish; these even after cleaning. Bugger all you eBayers who equate dragged-through-gravel looking vinyl with EX+. I considered not posting them, but decided to go ahead, for reference if nothing else. Neither appear to be essential Burman though; much of what I said below also goes for 'Kaala Sona' and 'Warrant'. The only track really worth noting is Asha's cabaret

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rahul Dev Burman: Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) / Khalifa (1974)

   Two scratched records that I've managed to make sound almost passable with clean-up software, but there might be a glitch or two somewhere along the way. If these are great soundtracks, and looking at the composer and vintage you'd think they would be, then they picked the wrong tracks for the EPs. Both records are dull and unremarkable, sans the magic RD Burman is capable of. 'Gham Hai Kisi

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rahul Dev Burman: Abdullah (1979)

'Abdullah' might have been a better score had they left out the singing. Which I know sounds harsh, considering it features the likes of Asha, Lata, Rafi and Kishore. However their efforts here are forgetable, and if not for the inventiveness and distinctiveness of RD Burman's arrangements (much more than his compositions), this would be a bland affair. 'Dance Music' is arguably (and predictably)