Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Music for the evening

So Vijay was kind enough to drive me over to Sona Imports so I could return a defective copy of Do Chor/Samadhi/Krodhi (EMI/CDF 120230). There's a strange disturbance right when Kishore finishes singing the sthaayi of Kaali Palak Teri Gori. They were nice enough to give me a free replacement with another CD of my choice and I chose Kaala Sona/Chandi Sona (EMI/CDF 120284). In the latter RDB famously samples the opening bass guitar from Pink Floyd's One of these days. There's even a keyboard run that seems reminiscent of the VCS3 run in On the Run from Dark Side of the Moon. We drove back and traffic got us a little late for the fingerpicking guitar lesson for the evening.

We settled down in my lab for another evening of music {ref: the first time}. Here's what we listened to (NOTE: all Hindi songs, unless otherwise mentioned, are R D Burman compositions;)

* Get Up (I Feel like being a) Sex machine Part I/James Brown [off 20 All Time Greatest Hits, a kind loan from Sam]

* The Crunge/Led Zeppelin [off Houses of the Holy] -- the affectionate James Brown sendup in 9/8

* The Rain Song/Led Zeppelin [off: Houses of the Holy]

* Romance from Lieutenant Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev

* Kishore singing Kaahe apnon ke kaam nahi aaye from Raampur ka Lakshman, inspired by the piece above

* Gum hai kisi ke pyar mein from Raampur ka Lakshman

* Blue Moon by The Marcels from Doo Wop Classics

* Little Darlin' by The Diamonds from Doo Wop Classics

* Gori ho kali ho from Biwi O Biwi (which Laxmikant Pyarelal ripped off for Gori ka saajan in Aakhree Raasta)

* Meri nazar hai tujhpe from The Burning Train (who can resist a wide-eyed look when the mridangam comes in for the first time?)

* Kisi ke waade pe from The Burning Train

* Kabul se aaya hai from Palay Khan (the opening sax solo precedes all of Rahman's work with Kadri Gopalnath; and yes, unmistakable shades of Pink Floyd again)

* Rama O Rama from Rama O Rama, the first song that Amit Kumar recorded after Kishore Kumar's death (and this fact makes the song, the lyrics and his passionate performance a little eerie)

* Clara Rockmore performing Rachmaninov's Vocalise from The Art of the Theremin

* Jhoothe Tere Nain from Dil Padosi Hai (who can forget that 17-matra tabla pattern?. This had Vijay going wow all over)

* Mano mano ya na mano from Zameen Aasmaan (that electric guitar opening)

* Maar dalega dard-e-jigar from Pati Patni (the first Hindi film song to use the bossa nova)

* Kisne dekha hai kal from Heeralal Pannalal

* Deewaron ke jungle, the rejected song from Deewar (the tune rematerialized as Hum aur tum the saathi in Humaare Tumhaare, a pale lifeless Khatta Meetha

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