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Forever young, forever in love

This is an essential compilation of
Kishore Kumar's romantic songs



Mohabbat
Kishore Kumar
HMV
Rs 70 (2 cassettes)

This Kishore Kumar selection brings him to you at his best: expressive and tender with just that bit of emotion and sentiment to touch the right chords.

The eccentric genius that he was, there was no predicting his moods. A story goes that Kalyanji-Anandji used to taunt him into singing by saying he just couldn't do it. Others kept trying and if the music touched him enough he would give a splendid take.

The songs here are taken from the late '60s and the early 70's and do not include Kishore's own compositions.

The combination of Rahul Dev Burman and Kishore Kumar spelt magic. Kishore could modulate his voice the way R D wanted: to turn into a yodelling Rajesh Khanna, a baritone Amitabh, or a macho Dharmendra... That was anyway Kishore's speciality, to be able to personify any of these heroes in his voice.

R D's songs spoke romance with throbbing bass guitar, faint violin backup, fast samba beats and lively chord progression. O mere dil ke chain , Chala jaata hoon (Mere Jeevan Saathi), Raatkali (Budha Mil Gaya), Pyar diwana hota hai (Kati Patang), a softer version with Tum bin jaaon kahan (Pyar ka Mausam), the serious Tum aa gaye ho noor aa gaya hai(Aandhi), and Agar tum na hote (Agar Tum Na Hote). R D made the most of his wistful yet youthful exuberance.

S D Burman's line-up of songs for Kishore Kumar include the naughty O meri Sharmilee(Sharmilee), which many say was composed by R D and not his father, and Mera sapnon ki rani (Aradhana) and the soft Phoolon ke rang se (Prem Pujari).

Mere dil mein aaj kya hai (Daag) is the best composition from Laxmikant-Pyarelal for Kishore. The inevitable dholak's there, but it went with the duo's musical package.

The other Laxmikant-Pyarelal songs in this compilation are Jawani o diwani (Aan Milo Sajna) and Dream girl from the movie of the same name.

The exquisite orchestration imitating the bee in Shankar-Jaikishen's Bhanware ki gunjan (Kal Aaj Aur Kal) provides a perfect setting for Kishore's cajoling voice.

Kalyanji-Anandji and Bappi Lahiri also feature respectively with Tere chehre mein woh jadoo hai (Dharmatma) and Chahiye todha pyar (Lahu ke do rang).

The quality of the recording is all right and the collection is very reasonably priced. So if you are a romantic with a soft corner for Kishore Kumar, here is the right album for you.


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