Saturday, August 15, 2015

40 Year Itch : A Bollywood Plunge

R.D. Burman/ Asha Bhosle : Mera Pyar Shalimar

    My list of the Top 5 soundtracks of 1975 failed to include Rahul Dev Burman's score for the Bollywood film Aap Ki Kasam. My fault. 

    R.D. Burman revolutionized Hindi film scores by incorporating western spy movie music, rock 'n'roll and even disco with Indian folk and classical music. He worked on more than 300 films between the 1960's and the 1990's . The book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die highlights Burman's Shalimar which it says came out in 1975. Actually it was 1978. Even so, it's a worthy soundtrack in which to take the Bollywood  plunge. The song "One Two Cha Cha Cha" quotes K.C. and the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way ( I Like It)" and Burman's wife, the heralded Asha Bhosle, sings on "Mera Pyar Shalimar".

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