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Beginner's Guide to Bollywood

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8/11/2003

Review

Bollywood music has been loved in the West for the way it Cuisinarts different styles together, mixing and matching like crazy in the same song. This extensive collection places a great emphasis on that side of the music, which makes for an easy introduction to the myriad styles that have made up Bollywood over the last 50 years. There's plenty of music from the '70s (one whole disc is devoted to it, plus part of another), which was a golden era for Bollywood, and the development of the music -- which comes from the soundtracks of the gloriously successful Bollywood films -- is well laid out here, both by example, and in the excellent booklet. While some might feel too much emphasis has been placed on the eclectic side of the music, that's the big drawing card, as composers and arrangers constantly seek new things. The 'playback singers', as Bollywood vocalists are called, are, along with the composers, the real stars, and the big names all get an airing. While more space could have been devoted to the '50s and '60s, and the '80s and '90s, which have seen such a rich development in the form with composers like A.R. Rahman showing the full possibilities of Bollywood music, greater exposure would have been nice. But with just three CDs on which to try and capture the madness and the melody, the compilers have done an excellent job of putting together this beginner's guide. ~ Chris Nickson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Anken Meri Malkhana [From Sawan Bhadon] Asha Bhosle 4:51
  3. 2 O Dilbar Janiye [From Hasina Maan Jaayegi] Mohammed Rafi 5:19
  4. 3 Nain Milakar Chain Churana [From Aamne Saamne] Mohammed Rafi 4:6
  5. 4 Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu' Geeta Dutt 4:23
  6. 5 Ina Mina Dika [From Asha] Asha Bhosle 3:18
  7. 6 Diwana Parwana [From Albela] Lata Mangeshkar 2:33
  8. 7 O Gadiwale [From Mother India] 2:41
  9. 8 Mohabbat Ki Jhooti Kahani [From Mughal-E-Azam] Lata Mangeshkar 3:13
  10. 9 Aaj Mausam Bada Beimann Hai [From Loafer] Lata Mangeshkar 6:19
  11. 10 Baithe Hain Kya Usike Paas [From Jewel Thief] Asha Bhosle 4:56
  12. 11 O Jaan-E-Man [Froim Chhalia] 4:5
  13. 12 Reshmi Ujala Hai Asha Bhosle 6:4
  14. 13 Chura Liya [From Yaadon Ki Baaraat] 4:46
  15. 14 Kya Gazab Karte Ho Jee [From Love Story] Asha Bhosle 3:23
  16. 1 Dum Maro Dum [From Hare Rama Hare Krishna] Asha Bhosle 2:32
  17. 2 Them Music (Sad) [From Dharmatma] Chorus 2:29
  18. 3 Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana [From Don Juan de Marco] Asha Bhosle 4:14
  19. 4 Cabaret Dance Music [From Dharmatma] 2:36
  20. 5 O Saathi Re [From Muqaddar Ka Sikandar] Asha Bhosle 5:33
  21. 6 Pyar Zindagi [From Muqaddar Ka Sikandar] 7:25
  22. 7 Aaj Ki Raat [From Anamika] Asha Bhosle 6:9
  23. 8 Bachna Ae Haseeno [Hum Kisise Kum Naheen] Kishore Kumar 6:22
  24. 9 Gana to Bahana Hai [From Anjaan Raahen] Chorus 3:7
  25. 10 Mera Jaawani [From Upaasna] Asha Bhosle 6:1
  26. 11 Dance Music [From Hare Rama Hare Krishna] Chorus 1:45
  27. 12 Lekar Ham Diwana Di [From Yaadon Ki Baaraat] Asha Bhosle 5:51
  28. 13 Aye Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchh Yahan [From Apradh] Asha Bhosle 3:8
  29. 14 Ah Dil Kya Mahfil Hai Chorus 1:49
  30. 1 One 2 Ka 4 [From One 2 Ka 4] 3:46
  31. 2 Yeh Raat [From Aks] 6:3
  32. 3 Ek Bagiya Mein [From Sapnay] 5:51
  33. 4 Ek Pal Ka Jeena [From Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai] Lucky Ali 6:33
  34. 5 Jap Chaye [From Lootmaar] Asha Bhosle 5:21
  35. 6 Jumma Chumma de De [From Hum] 8:19
  36. 7 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha [From 1942 - A Love Story] Kumar Sanu 4:32
  37. 8 Zindagi Jhoom Kar [From Aur Pyar Ho Gaya] Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 4:50
  38. 9 Aye-Dil-E-Nadan [From Razia Sultan] Lata Mangeshkar 4:49
  39. 10 Om Jai Jagdish [Version One] 5:46
  40. 11 Tujhe Dekha To [From Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge] 5:0
  41. 12 Awaarapan Banjarapan [From Jism] 6:56

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