Chords & Notes
Mr. And Mrs. Iyer... Ustad Zakir Hussain... Crescendo... Rs. 55
THIS FILM of Aparna Sen has been in the news now. A sensitive story of two strangers. Aparna has got none other than Ustad Zakir Hussain to score the music. And the tabla maestro assisted by his brother Taufiq Qureshi does a good job.
Zakir Hussain's exposure to classical and world music has enabled him to get a good perspective of both the worlds. And this is ably reflected in this album
A `fusion' of instruments and music - the sound is certainly new, something different. At times there is the predominance of the sarangi played by none other than maestro Ustad Sultan Khan and his deep voice or at times the instrumental music is so powerful enough to arrest your attention. Zakir Hussain too makes his debut as a singer although there is not too much scope for him. The music seems situational too considering the sensitivity of the storyline. It seems so Indian at times and yet so `fusion'. A minimum of voice with interspersed with vocals and alaap makes the album appealing. While Kithe Meher Ali (where the lyrics are inspired from the works of Devara Dasimayya poet saint of 10th Century and Jalaluddin Rumi point saint of 13th Century) is in Hindi, Don't look away has English lyrics and the theme music of Mr and Mrs Iyer is instrumental with just the alaap.
It is more for the instrumental music that one has to buy this tape. If you want to listen to something different from the run-of-the-mill fare Bollywood is churning out, then you must certainly listen to this one purely for the musical artistry of Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan.
Sadma bewafa ka... Rahim Shah... Tips... Rs. 35
AN ALBUM of melancholy, this is a collection of low-key notes starting with Tap tap, followed by Bewafa, Jab teri yaad and Saba ru.
One of the songs to look out for at the album is Awaargi for the lyrics and tempo and Dil to mera for intonation by artist Rahim Shah.
Packing up a lilting tune is the number Mausam. You give other songs a miss.
Ek dard sabhi ko hota hai... Altaf Raja... Venus... Rs. 38
FROM HIS popular Tum to tehre pardesi, Altaf Raja has travelled across film scores and albums.
His recent offering packs up an emotional fare, with mellow lyrics interspersed with verse, the lyrics are written by K.Shravan, Arun Bhairav, Munnawar Rana and Zaheer Alam. Altaf Raja and Vaishnav Deva compose the music for the album. One album to buy, if you have been following his music keenly.
Sweet Memories... Instrumental... Maine Poocha Chand se... Mohd. Rafi... Venus... Rs. 38
Sweet Memories... Instrumental... Pyaar manga hai tumhi se... Kishore Kumar... Venus... Rs. 38
THIS SERIES of instrumental albums from Venus features love hits - rather sweet memories as it is titled. Some of the songs of the doyens Mohd. Rafi and Kishore Kumar have been compiled in two separate albums - Pyaar manga hai tumse and Maine Poocha chand se - both named after the songs sung by both.
Both are a very random collection of songs. While some of them are well-known, others are not the so popular ones. One may wonder the rationale behind the selection of the songs. These albums are those fond of instrumental films - those who would hum along listening to the tunes. These are certainly not the best songs of the singers but listening to some of them can be a refreshing experience - in terms of melody as these songs are all of a different genre today. Keep guessing why the albums were compiled in the first place.
Buddha Bar-III... Vale Music... Rs. 95
MUSIC FROM the East has been sought after, especially when it has been laced with philosophy from the region. After two successful earlier albums, the Buddha Bar-III is the new mantra with the trance aficionados, striking a chord at the first track Govind Bolo itself. The music is on a slower tempo and packs up a bigger helping of melancholy at the numbers Shomit, The peace will come and Spanish illusion. The flute dance and War dance offer an upbeat pace to the album. Nadan harmony (Ae diley naadan, OST Noorie) and Love night (Chalo dildar chalo, OST Pakeezah) are some of the popular tunes one can relate to, that have been given a trance treatment. One album that packs musical notes that provide ideal company, in solitude.
Tango: 40 non-stop hits... Me2 (Virgin)... Rs 75.
SEVENTY MINUTES of back-to-back party favourites, `Tango: 40 non-stop hits' is a collector's pride. The best of the best hip-hop club numbers packed in this cassette with deft expertise and experience of `spincycle' a.k.a Jitin Abraham, immediately takes one on a `feel good', upbeat party mood, where fingers start snapping on their own and heads shake with the rhythm while the feet take on the beat. The opening and the closing number Tango (lyrics - Javed Akhtar) is a racy one beautifully done up by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. While the first side has hits like, Don't give up, We like to party, Adelante, Bhool ja, Bailamos, Blue, King of my castle et al, the second side has the peppier one's, Rigga-ding-dong song, Saturday night, Mysterious girl, La vida loca, Salome and Waiting for tonight, Ab ke sawan, amongst others. The best part about the audio is the transition from one track on to the other, - so wonderfully done with minimal jerk so that the mood or tempo is not disturbed at all. Check out this must-buy if you are in for some high-spirited parties. Keep swinging after you have two, for a feisty tango till the wee.
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