Thursday, May 23, 2002

Famous desi song lift for the week

No one who has seen Subhash Ghai's 1980 hit Karz (itself a remake/rehash of The Reincarnation of Peter Proud) will forget the soundtrack, especially the theme riff of the film that forms the backbone of the Kishore/Asha song Ek Haseena Thi. Well, guess what, composer Laxmikant-Pyarelal filched that from "We as Love", the last track on George Benson's acclaimed 1977 live album Weekend in L. A. composed by his synthesizer/keyboard player Ronnie Foster. Check out an audio clip of Benson's track on CDNow (song #11) and of the Karz piece on MusicIndiaOnline. Incidentally, the LP score won the Filmfare Award, becoming the only disco/pop Hindi film soundtrack to win the award. More Karz trivia on Mr. Ghai's site. Mr. Ghai must get someone to correct the English on the site: The signature tune on the Guitar is still one of the most haunted tunes ever composed in the history of Indian Cinema.

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