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TV hits on tape again

HMV hits : The greatest hits of 1996 /97/ 98
Rs 65

A capsule of three years of film songs, featuring A R Rehman, Anu Malik, Nadeem-Shravan, Uttam Singh and Jatin-Lalit. There are a couple of songs from Sapnay, Ek bagiyan mein, Anwaar bhanwran, from Viraasat, Payaliya Chunmum, Dhol bajne laga. Even Kamaal Khan figures with his Oh o jaane jana. Though the sleeve notes read non film song, this was eventually altered a bit and used in a movie.

The music for the beautiful song Payali Chunmum is by Anu Malik, and that is lifted straight from Ilayaraja's song in Thevar Magan, Injiidduppu azhaga. Pyar to ho jaane do is very pleasant from Uttam Singh, except for Lata's unsteady wobbly voice. Other hits from this music director featured in this cassette are Aawaz do humko from Dushman, Bholi si surat and Le gayi, and Dil to pagal hai from Dil to pagal hai.

There is a lone Nusrat Fateh Ali song, Thodasa pagla, but it is a let down, being too ordinary.

Only A R Rahman manages to come up with tunes which are really different from the over used chord set and instrumentation which spells film music. Though he might tend to repeat himself, at least it is not the same sort of violins that Kalyanji- Anandji have overused, or the 4/4 beat in the style of Laxmikant-Pyarelal which has become the rutted highway of Hindi film music.

Mere chand mujhe aaya hai nazar by Nadeem-Shravan moves almost along the same lines as Oh mere dil ke chain. Familiarity breeds success apparently.

Altogether there are twenty songs in this double cassette album. And most of them are pleasant, catchy and most importantly already established hits.

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