Chords & Notes
Chennakesavareddy... Supreme... Rs. 38
GENERALLY, THE songs in Balakrishna's films are not the kind which can be enjoyed by the entire family. But, this album looks like an exception, at least the opening songs on Side A. Navve vaallu navvani edche vaallu edvani... don't care, Hai hai hai hai nuvvu naaku nachavoyi, and Bakara bakara bakara on the opening side are pretty good - both tune and lyrics wise. These teasing and romantic numbers will attract the listeners' attention, mostly due to captivating music. On the flip side are songs like Nee koppulona malle thota and Thelupu thelupu (which sound like regular Balayya's songs), and Em pilla kusalama, which is a sensuously romantic number. Manisarma's music dominates and makes the lyrics bearable. Okay album on the whole.
Dhamal Johny Ke (Vol.1)... Johny Lever... Venus... Rs. 38
HIS MERE presence on the screen evokes laughter and enlivens the surroundings. And, if he speaks, listeners literally roll out of their chairs choked with laughter. His excellent sense of humour, perfect timing and extraordinary talent to tickle the audience's ribs are admired by all. Johny Lever, thy name is mirth.
If this talented actor brings out an entire album full of jokes what do you expect? Amusement, amusement and more amusement.
Sample these: Biwi jab kitchen mein ho, paas kabhi nahin jaana, agar biwi ke belan se bachna ho tho ghar mein helmet pehenke ghoomna.
Apart from just narrating or reciting jokes, Johny Lever also takes the help of music to make them all the more entertaining. So, you can get to hear a mix of some rap, some Indipop, some old Hindi tunes and some new ones all neatly packaged to give us what they call Dhamal Johny Ke. If you are a fan of Johny Lever, and do not mind listening to his jokes to beat boredom or get over melancholy, the album is the best buy. If not, just stick to your music albums.
Pandit Rajan and Pandit Sajan Mishra... Swar Shikhar... Virgin... Rs. 75
THE TAJ heritage series, a series of landmark recordings of live concerts provides an opportunity to listen to maestros. Under the Swar Shikhar series quite a few albums featuring these recordings at heritage properties of the Taj Group of Hotels are already available.
Pandit Rajan and Pandit Sajan Mishra performed live in Mumbai and this was recorded by Virgin Records.
The brothers delineate raga Chayanat with a vilambit khayal in roopak taal (Mor bole kunjan kunjan), tapp-khayal in addha (Nazar nahin aanda) and a drut khayal in teentaal (Bhari gagari mori). Their singing in tandem is excellent. These Swar Shikhar albums are definitely for the connoisseurs and certainly for keeps.
All Rise... Blue... Virgin... Rs. 135
ONE OF the contemporary bands that are exceedingly doing well with the young audience is Blue, the R&B sensation from the UK. The music is fresh that accounts for their fan following apart from the rap element in the tracks. The title track of the album All Rise has been doing the rounds at the gigs as also the Fly by. Other numbers to watch for are Too close, This temptation and Best in me.
Bounce is a total floor number, while Long time is one for the mellow moods. An album for gifting.
Never stop the Alpenpop... DJ Otzi... Virgin... Rs. 100
THIS IS one handy album for the party people. From the popular Do wah diddy, Hey baby, Cheerio, Don't you just know it, My bonnie is over the ocean and the title track Never stop the Alpenpop, the album packs up feel-good dance music with a synthesis of the old and contemporary cadence. One for the dance collection.
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