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June 10 2021
The Revolver Club
Written By The Revolver Club - June 10 2021
The century old journey of Bollywood is inseparable from its music.
Bollywood soundtracks are special. Like any other genre of music, filmi music can be heard in isolation, but watching the film beforehand can make a perceptible difference. This act increments the position of a Bollywood song from being a film-promoter to being an aural bioscope. It either speaks for the film by providing cadence to the camera and gravitas to the plot or provides an escapist outlet to intense cinema.
Presenting a listening guide for the Top 12 Bollywood (vinyl) albums:
Enter the first Khan, who brought romance back to Bollywood. Anand-Milind’s melodious QSQT with Majrooh’s youthful but mature lyrics had an instant connect with the masses. It also brought Udit Narayan to superstardom.
Notable song: Papa Kehte Hain
1972 – Paakeezah was finally here after 14 years, with the stellar soundtrack of Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad. Meena Kumari’s last film was a vivid poetic canvas with melodious songs and poignant lyrics.
Notable song: Chalte Chalte
The West had a few dollars more, we had poore pachaas hazaar. Ennio Morricone had the Spaghetti, Pancham had Sholay, an iconic movie with iconic characters and dialogues cueing an iconic soundtrack.
Notable song: Mehbooba Mehbooba
This RD soundtrack for a romantic, rock and roll, revenge thriller made for a rollicking breakthrough for him. From vintage drums to gorgeously shot dance sequences, Teesri Manzil had it all. Trivia: most of the songs were one-takes.
Notable song: O Haseena Zulfon Wali
Background music to the entry of Bollywood’s first superstar, the sapnon ki rani featuring soundtrack of Aradhana is one of the most memorable soundtracks of Burman Sr. Look out for the bardic “Safal Hogi Teri Aradhana” sung by SD himself.
Notable song: Mere Sapnon Ki Rani
Your life may be an ill-fated, colourless Kati Patang, but at the same time Kaka serenades you with melodious poetry. Romance, melancholia and poetry’s synonymous synergy comes alive in this Pancham-Anand Bakshi soundtrack.
Notable song: Yeh Shaam Mastani
An alter ego of the picturesque paradise, OP Nayyar’s discography defining soundtrack of Kashmir Ki Kali had Shammi-Sharmila waltzing all the way, making you go: "Tareef karoon kya uski, jisne tumhe banaya".
Notable song: Ye Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
Going gaga is passé, the youth went gilli gilli akkha to Pancham’s Jawani Diwani. Featuring the infectious guitar hook of “Saamne Ye Kaun Aaya” and the Binnaca featured romantic duet “Jaanejaan”, the soundtrack spawned many remakes and film titles.
Notable song: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
For every Om Shanti Om, there is a Karz. For every Karz, there is a Madhumati. This reincarnation pioneering film had a melodious score by Salil Chowdhury with and poetic lyrics by Shailendra.
Notable song: Dil Tadap Tadap Ke
Sahir’s pensive lyrics, Khayyam’s enchanting music, Yash Chopra’s masterful direction. Such a fusion happens Kabhi Kabhie. Subtitled “Love is life”, its soundtrack includes every shade of love: from melancholic poetry to the youthful and jovial facets of budding romance.
Notable song: Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein
The Showmen team of Raj Kapoor, Mukesh, Shankar-Jaikishan, Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra was behind many golden soundtracks of the 50s. Following suit in the 60s was Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Aashiq.
Notable song: Ye To Kaho
This underrated Vijay Anand thriller starring Dharmendra and Rakhee is solely associated by many with the soundtrack. With Kishore-da’s “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” and Kalyanji-Anandji’s thrilling “Mile Mile Do Badan”, the soundtrack gave Polydor another Bollywood classic.
Notable song: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
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I have 6 of these on Angel as I sold off my copy of QSQT to someone. Madhumati is even my favourite. I was surprised to see Aashiq here as there albums from Shankar Jaikishan which are better. However, i also discovered Aashiq songs recently after I purchased its 10 inches rare Angel record and liked them. Its just that I would rate Raat Aur Din above Aashiq anyday. Still, your list is balanced and it has all flavours of Hindi film music