Friday, February 27, 2009

I've put together a mix featuring the highlights from a small portion of the records I got in India way back in 2008. More volumes are sure to follow in the coming years.  The download can be found at the bottom of the post. Click images for jumbo-enlargement.

Manhar - "Chhodo Mujhe Chhodo"  (Jaanoo, 1985)   Manhar Udhas came from Gujrat to Mumbai in search of a job in mechanical engineering. One evening while strolling on Chowpatty Beach he met the great composing duo Kalyanji Anandji, and the rest was history. The jaunty exuberance of this song is hilarious and somehow life-affirming.

Sharda - "Kisi Ke Dil Ko Sanam"   (Kal Aaj Aur Kal, 1971)   An ornate waltz festooned with nutty strings and an accordion, composed by Shankar Jaikishan. Despite being a favorite of Shankar, Sharda was never able to reach the top bracket of singers in India, a failure she attributes to dirty politics. Still, she had the distinction of being the only college graduate among the female singers of the era. Lata didn't even get her GED!

Kishore Kumar - "Main Shharaab Pee Raha Hoon" (Prem Shastra, 1974)   Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, although they appear to have gotten some input from Link Wray and Herb Alpert on this one.

Ravi - "Dance Music" (Doli, 1969) A condensed history of all music ever made. Scroll down to watch a video I made, set to this glorious song.

Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhosle - "Aap Yahan Aye Kisliye" (Kal Aaj Aur Kal, 1971) Music by Shankar Jaikishan. I'm pretty sure this was number 723 out of the 3400 duets Kishore & Asha recorded together, their voices leaping acrobatically around each other and the mandolins, foghorns and kitchen sinks.

A merry-go-round kaleidoscope on Marina Beach in Chennai, set to Ravi's "Dance Music".  What really amused me was that there weren't any little children riding this thing, just a bunch of rowdy young men!

Manna Dey, Shailendra Singh & Chorus - "Na Mangun Sona Chandi" (Bobby, 1973)   Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal, featuring a chorus of Munchkins & Oompaloompas. Bobby is a stunning biopic recounting the life of a billionaire oil tycoon and his adventures on Bananaleaf Ranch with his wife Pamelasha.

Yesudas & Chorus - "Tere Hi Khwabon Mein" (Dhokebaaz, 1984)   With a lovely piano intro that inevitably gives way to strings and an interplanetary organ. These days Yesudas owns estates in Fort Lauderdale and Flower Mound, Texas, where he vacations with the Chorus four times a year.

S. Ambili - "Hrudayangal Vazhunna"    from the album Pulary (1982), a collection of Christian devotional songs sung in Malayalam, featuring music by John Louis.

Manna Dey & Chorus - "O My Darling" (Aakhri Khat, 1967)   Music by Khayyam and lyrics by Kaifi Azmi. A unique film with a small child as the pivotal character, Aakhri Khat is an offbeat production telling the story of a lost child seeking his mother.

R.D. Burman -- "Dance Music" (Abdullah, 1979)   From Persia to Puerto Rico in 105 seconds.

Chinmoy Chatterjee -- "Amar Mon Kemon Kare"  from the album Songs of Rabindranath (1972)

Music and lyrics by Rabindra Nath Tagore.

Bhupendra -- "Rut Jawan Jawan"   (Aakhri Khat, 1967)
Music attributed to Khayyam. "Blues In The Night" composer Harold Arlen rotates 12 degrees in his grave every time this song is played. My mama done told me.

Lata Mangeshkar -- "Jane Kya Pilaya Tune"   (Jugnu, 1973)   Ashok has a secret life as the notorious night robber Jugnu. Why does Ashok lead a double life? Does he ever save his beloved Seema and reunite with his family? I have no idea.

Manna Dey -- "???"   from the album More Bengali Hits (1975)   Not sure what this song is called (there's a complete and utter lack of english on the record), but it's the last song on Side A.

Lata Mangeshkar & Shailendra Singh -- "Chabi Kho Jae" (Bobby, 1973)   I don't speak Hindi but this sure sounds like a tribute to my late scottie dog, Hampton. Rest his sweet soul.

Mahendra Kapoor & Anuradha -- "Hota Hai Annyae Yahan"  (Bhagwan, 1976)   Music by Anil Arun.

Mohd. Rafi -- "Jawanian Yeh Mast Mast"   (Tumsa Nahin Dekha, 1978)

Music by O.P. Nayyar and lyrics by Majrooh & Sahir

Mahendra Kapoor & Bela Saver -- "O Lal Pari"   (Dhamaka, 1979)

Click here to listen to the mix

Click here to view my photos from India



Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks! This is beautiful stuff!

Reza said...

just grabbing your mix thank you , your photos of India are sensationally good