By God’s grace and my readers’ support, Musical Sameekshaa completed its very first year on Nov 20. It was a beautiful year as my music reviews got appreciation from all. Recently, Musical Sameekshaa completed its 10,000 views and 200 followers. It was the time when I decided to start a new section in my blog. A section where I’ll be writing about some albums of past that were highly popular among music lovers and also some unfortunate underrated albums that were excellent but didn’t get the deserved appreciation. Every Sunday, I’ll write about two such albums of which one will be from 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s and the other will be from 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s. I hope you all will like this new section BLAST FROM PAST.
Yesterday was RD Burman’s death anniversary. The music director who died 20 years ago, on January 4, 1994, is still the most popular music director in India. You ask a 5 year old boy “Do you know who is RD Burman?” and he’ll reply in “yes”. He was the creator of the modern Hindi music. He gave birth to a sound that was heard never before in Bollywood. Almost all his albums are remembered even today. His songs are liked by today’s youth. Of all the brilliant albums that he composed, one was one of the most famous of all, Yaadon Ki Baraat.
Music: RD Burman; Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Music Label: HMV
This two version title track was one of the biggest hits of that time. The first version is in the casting of the film. It starts with an alaap by Lata Mangeshkar. The tune is very simple but catchy. The rhythm is of typical RD Burman style. The coordination of Lataji with the child singers is a thing to listen. The lalala in the antara is damn cute. The child singers are Padmini Kohlapure who later became a successful actress and also sang some songs; the other is Sushma Shreshtha who later became a successful singer and her debut song as a child singer was Hai Na Bolo Bolo from Andaz. Aamir Khan also appeared first time on screen as one of the children in this song. The best thing in the track is the bridge which connects the antara to the mukhda. That is exceptionally well.
The next version is sung by Rafi and Kishore da. There are very few tracks in which these two top singers have sung together. This version is a little less popular. It starts with a tuning-folk like sound. This version sounds more melodramatic. Moreover, the positive feeling we get from the former version, is absent in this. It also must be the fewest of the few songs in which Kishore Kumar has sounded better than Rafi. Kishore Kumar’s vocals have saved this version. The best part of that version was the bridge I was talking about and that is not there in this. That has made it sound incomplete. A child-like tune with mature arrangements.
2. Chura Liya Hai – Singers: Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle
He had this unique quality of using ambient sounds in his compositions. This one is no different. It starts with a sound of playing with a spoon. Then that Guitar which we all are fan of. was inspired by the English song, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium from the soundtrack of the 1969 film by the same name. Here also, arrangements are too fab. The saxophone has been played so aptly. It’s a song that is still played in parties and create a vibe among the youths. The creation of that vibe should be credited to Asha Bhosle. What stupendous singing she has done. She created the right amount of sexiness in her voice being simple at the same time. After singing the whole mukhda, when she slowly says chura liya, one can sit and think for hours how she had done that! The second antara paves the entry for Mohammad Rafi who sounded much better than in Yaadon Ki Baaraat. He has also maintained the addictive singing level. He also ends the song very well. Its lyrics became highly popular and when you listen to it, you get to know why. One of the most Addictive songs ever.
3. Lekar Hum Deewana Dil – Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar
One can easily tell that it’s an RD Burman song from its intro. The hoo type of vocal effect was his signature style. The instrumental part is quite long. After one and a half minute, Kishore Kumar starts singing. The sounds used here is a video game type of sounds. Specially in both the interludes, very weird kind of sounds have been used. The mukhda is catchy and simple too. I like the way both the antara begin and that is seriously enjoyable. In the antara, the yahan part sounds too good. That increases the energy level of the already energized track. Lyrics is nice but doesn’t leave a long impression. The antara is the part of the song that you can’t ignore.
4. Aapke Kamre Mein Koi – Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, RD Burman
When I read its name, I wondered why I had never head about this song though I already had listened to rest of the songs. When I listened to it, I understood why. I also understood why it is the least popular track of this highly popular album. When you listen to the track, you would understand that there must be a situation of a show in the movie where the protagonist would be singing on the stage. Surprisingly, the tune fells short of that level which other songs are. But the better part is that the track has been made with complete reality and nothing has been recorded which doesn’t sound real. Like, when Kishore Kumar calls the girl from the audience and when she hesitates to sing, that sounded very real. What sounded more real was when he asks the audience to sing with him and they were unable to match with the music. All that gave me a positive feeling for this song inspite of not-so-good tune which becomes more weird later in the song. A song not made for listening but for watching in the movie.
5. Meri Soni – Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar
It’s another super hit track which was a favorite for the youths of that time. Kishore Kumar rules the composition. He sang extremely awesome. The Guitar and the Violin have been played amazingly. The starting Guitar riff is a notable one. Though it lacks a little creativity compared to other songs, but it’s an addictive tune. If we like it so much today inspite of having number of romantic tracks in our library, just imagine how mad the youth would be for this song in that year. Listen it for Kishor Kaumar’s attractive vocals.
Yaadon Ki Baaraat was a soundtrack that connected with its listeners very well. It was one of the best albums of 1973. Sadly, RD Burman didn’t get to win the Filmfare Award as he lost to his father SD Burman who won for Abhimaan and Panchamda had to satisfy himself with the nomination only. RD Burman’s music was one of the major factors in the film’s huge success. Chura Liya Hai Tumne being the most famous track, has shaken up everyone with its vibe. If the songs were recorded well, it would be sounding as fresh as a 2014 album.
Next: BLAST FROM PAST – Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi hai (Music Remembrance)