Silva Screen presents "Bollywood - An Anthology of Songs from popular Indian Cinema", featuring some of the greatest Indian performers and their biggest hits from the '40s right up to the present...inclusive on a 2 compact disc compilation...of course the first Indian sound film came into being March 14, 1931 "Alam Ara", since then we've seen thousands of films come out of India...and thanks to my son-in-law Inam Rehman (India), introduced my family and I to the culture of his native land through the films of from his country...much of what I've seen is exciting and interesting...therefor my review could be on the side of being bias, hope not!
The films are always very colorful, but to me it is the music that really grabs you first...films like:
If you like or want to find out if you like Bollywood music, this cd should definitely be your first purchase. 23 tracks that span the history of this fantastic genre. All of the major stars, including Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, A.R. Rahman and Mohamed Rafi.
Highlights include Ina Mina Dika,which sounds like a Bombay version of Cab Calloway, Jhunka Gira Re, which has a great exotic feel, Roop Tera Mastana, perfect for a swinging martini lounge,and Ae Naujawan Hai, which was sampled lock, stock and barrel by Black Eyed Peas for their top seller: Don't Phunk with my Heart. This track will blow you away.
This cd is a must have for those with adventurous ears, and the perfect disc for the person who wants to begin exploring the fantastic pop music of India.
I really like some of the Bollywood stuff I've heard on my college radio station. I suppose what I've heard represents the best of various CDs. I bought this CD expecting a similar compilation but was disappointed. To my ears, the music on the first CD sounds like Indian versions of American movie music of the 1960's (not my cup of tea). The second CD is more contemporary, but I didn't discover any "gems" among the tracks. That's my opinion.
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