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Shalimar

Rahul Dev Burman

1978

Shalimar

Album Summary

Shalimar (Hindi : शालीमार) is a 1978 Bollywood film, written and directed by Krishna Shah. The movie starred Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Shammi Kapoor, Prem Nath and Aruna Irani. English actor Rex Harrison and American actors John Saxon and Sylvia Miles appear in supporting roles in their first and only Bollywood film. Jayamalini does a dance number in the film. This was the last time that Mohammed Rafi's voice was picturized on Shammi Kapoor. Its English version is known as Raiders of the Sacred Stone. Rex Harrison's voice was dubbed by Kader Khan. The plot is inspired by the novel The Vulture is a Patient Bird by James Hadley Chase.

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2.65

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3293

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5

Really good as far as movie soundtracks go!

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i literally could only listen to two songs but they were nice !!!!!

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Interesting, I don't think I'd listen to it again but I enjoyed it.

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3

This was pretty fun to listen to but really just in a kitschy way. It's not very good.

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I did like this album, but I wonder how familiar the author of 1001 albums is with Indian music and whether they would have selected this movie soundtrack if they had the same breadth of familiarity that they obviously have with american & english music.

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5

I'll take a lot more where that came from. What a bright spot! It seems to have an optimism that might have been more common a decade earlier, combined with that wonderful Indian sound that brings me right back to Jaipur.

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5

LET´S DO CHAHACHABURU

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This was a funky listen! Also, indicative of how much of an afterthought world music is to this list. The original entry was "Shalimar/College Girl" because the list author had a bootleg album that threw two unrelated soundtracks together! 😆 "College Girl" is also worth checking out. The track "College Girl 'I Love You'" lifts a chunk of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" which is fun, and "Everybody Dance With Me" uses the riff from Iron Butterfly's "In A Gadda Da Vita"... Fave track (on Shalimar) - "Countess Caper (Music)" - loved that Bollywood spaghetti western vibe! The opening track "Title Music" was also very atmospheric...

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that was actually surprisingly impressive I’m not a big fan of indian music (or bollywood movies) but this actually had some really nice production overall I can overlook the parts of the album I found annoying for the quality of the overall music - 8/10

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4

I thought I wasn't going to like this, but the energy sold me. I couldn't get over how vibrant and melodic this was, even if the vocals were sometimes "not my style".

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4.1 + Colorful and varied. There's a quirky dance number with lots of instrumental layers ("One Two Cha Cha Cha"), a pretty love ballad ("Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay") and some lush, cinematic instrumentals that tie in different musical influences (e.g. flamenco, Indian folk, big band jazz, funk...).

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Swag

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I personally prefer the instrumentals but it’s awesome that this is here at all. Go watch Kal Ho Naa Ho

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Banger 💥

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Che spasso! Mi sono proprio divertita, una ventata d'aria fresca.

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i watched many a bollywood movie in my youth, but not this one! so i went into this with high hopes, bias, and more bollywood knowledge than most people have. this album has a pure seventies bollywood vibe! i have fallen in love with the romantic theme, but the other instrumentals are just as good. this album really jumps around in genres, and it can get corny at times with the sampling of english songs, but that's what adds to this soundtrack's charm. a fun, joyous listen. it doesn't have to be taken seriously.

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Ich bin ein bisschen überrascht, dass ichs so mochte.

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4

It's nothing something I would listen to over and over again, but that is just because of my own cultural and generation biases.

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4

Me encantó, la pasé re bien.

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4

A scintillating and engaging soundtrack.

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I can go for this. He's like the Mancini of Bollywood. I genuinely enjoy these types of 60s and 70s soundtracks. Super entertaining. Love the blending of so many genres.

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Absolute joy. How does it rate in the grand scheme of things? No idea. But loved it!

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Shit like this on the list is both refreshing and infuriating. Refreshing because it is good, fun, interesting, and also not something I would regularly be exposed to! It's why I started this project and keeps me coming back. It's infuriating because the fact that it is included here means that Robert Dimery, the original author of the 1001 albums list is aware that music like this exists. He's clearly aware that there is an entire world of music out there. SO WHY HAVE I LISTENED TO 200 80s BRITISH NEW WAVE ALBUMS AND 200 SCOTTISH ROCK ALBUMS FROM THE 90S??!!?

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4

This was fun Bollywood action, let’s watch this movie

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Very interesting fusion on some of the songs, and some just generally fun ones.

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Is that Mark Ruffalo on the cover?

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No se puede escuchar en Spotify

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Grappig , beetje 70 s rock met dan wat Indische elementen

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3

Hurrrr

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3

A little strange, but made me smile

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Almost 4

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3

Cracking mix of modern and classical tracks.

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3

While I still appreciate getting albums like this, this is the first one I didn't enjoy very much. The last few songs were pretty good but the rest were more annoying than anything.

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3

intresting. worth a re listen

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Odd, but not bad

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If you're wondering where the '90s exotica thing borrowed heavily from, then this is your album.

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A pleasant surprise, not what I expected based on the album cover. It's a lot less Bollywood-sounding than it looks. The title music sounds like something from a 70s Hollywood thriller and other instrumentals have shades of Morricone western soundtracks. The film sounds pretty good as well.

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This is super interesting - there's multiple genres in these tunes. I actually enjoyed listening to this while I worked.

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I was a bit worried when I heard the opening bars using a time signature that made zero sense to my ears, that I was in for a long 40mins. But this turned into a pretty fun mixture of of East meets West and absolutely everything in between. No chance I’ll come back and listen again though.

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3

What a completely seemingly random assortment of musical styles. No idea what this film could be about. An interesting listen but I'll probably never listen again.

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This clearly ain’t my usual bag, but this ain’t all that bad… defo listenable!

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Was pleasantly surprised. It was a very solid listen, with some decent production.

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I'm assuming this is iconic due to reasons I am not familiar with. It's... ok?

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First Bollywood soundtrack I have listened to all the way through. Really enjoyed it, found the wee references to "western" music sprinkled throughout very interesting. Hard to pick a favourite track, other than to mention that "one two cha cha cha" is probably the most immediate

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“I don’t quite know how I feel” - Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

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05/19/2022 Actually pretty killer. Lots of it sounds like a 70's action soundtrack.

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Strange one

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India. Bollywood

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As far as soundtracks to movies I've never seen go, this isn't too bad.

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I haven't seen this movie, but this sound track paints a picture of both the content and the time frame it comes from. Not my kinda music, but good listen anyway.

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Wasn’t sure when I first seen this album, but was enjoyable and glad Iv listened to it, probably deserves to be on the list.

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Curiosa descoberta. Banda sonora de Bollywood plena d'influències de tot tipus, incloent occidentals. Música diferent a la qual estem acostumats a Europa, i molt consistent

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I've already said my piece about how soundtracks shouldn't be on this list. But, I still really enjoyed this music. It was a mix of cultures, styles, genres, and even eras that somehow worked together. I almost want to see the movie now.

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R. D. Burman is a behemoth of a workhorse within the Bollywood industry. Between his start in 1966 to his final film in 1987 (a mere 7 years before his death), Burman would have release 331 film scores. Shalimar is just one piece of his long legacy. Almost coming full circle, the characteristics of South Asian music that influenced psychedelic music are now giving a psychedelic edge to this soundtrack. Shalimar was apparently slated for crossover appeal to America, allowing Bollywood to break out and garner worldwide success. Too bad it was anything but. Given the 70's track record of soundtracks tinged with psychedelia (see: Shaft in 1971, Superfly in 1972), it makes sense for this soundtrack to follow relatively close behind. As far as soundtracks go, this one is fine. I don't know much about Bollywood nor do I find it particularly captivating, so the appeal of this soundtrack is sadly limiting.

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couldn’t really understand it, but it didn’t sound bad!! :))

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Fun, a little jazzy, a little spicy, a little trippy, frequently elegant. Makes me curious to see the film. Fave Songs: Aaina Wohi Rehta Hai, Naag Devta, Romantic Theme, Mera Pyaar Shalimar, Title Music (Shalimar)

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Ei ihan niin paska ku ois voinu olettaa, kagosen puolelle juuri ja juuri

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Kuuntelin levyn "hittibiisin" one two cha cha cha ja sehän riitti. Sitten tuli vinkkaus ettei levy oliskaan ihan kuraa ja kuuntelin sitten koko levyn. Olihan tää nyt ihan paskaa. Ei yhtään hyvää biisiä eikä edes sellaista jonka haluaisi kuunnella toisen kerran. Silti paskuuden kuninkuusluokka jää tältä levyltä saavuttamatta, koska taso siinäkin päässä on vaan niin korkealla, tai siis matalalla.

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Track 01 - 2.25/5 Track 02 - 2.25/5 Track 03 - 2/5 Track 04 - 2.25/5 Track 05 - 2/5 Track 06 - 1.75/5 Track 07 - 2.5/5 Track 08 - 2.25/5 Track 09 - 2/5 Track 10 - 2/5 Overall: 2.25/5 Album Art: 3.5/5

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It's a shame this is so difficult to track down in its entirety. The few songs I picked were interesting, almost James Bond-movie instrumentation. I think it suffers a bit from being a soundtrack album, especially if you don't speak Hindi, as you know it's telling a story, you just don't know what it is.

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I listened to it. I'm not sure what else to say. Is this a notable soundtrack for world music?

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A solid 2 for its whimsical nature

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Tjo, indische Filmmusik halt. Mal jazzig, mal traditionell, mal ne schlechte Kopie westlicher Filmmusik, meistens langweilig. Weiß nicht warum man sich das vor seinem Tod anhören sollte. Irgendwas zwischen 2-3. Eher 2.

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Interesting. Got better as the day went on.

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Spreekt me niet echt aan, heb indische muziek nooit lekker luisterbaar gevonden

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Not that in to Bollywood 2.5/5

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First time of listening, a bit like Fusion food this. good in parts, can't see why this is in the list really. Highlight for me was "One Two Cha Cha" but a bit disappointing really.

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A best friend (to protect her identity, we will omit her name) has been sending me Bollywood tracks for probably a decade and a half at this point, so I have developed a very subjective, certain taste and idea in my mind for what I consider "good Bollywood music". I am sad to say that this really wasn't it. However, considering this album is from the 1970s, it was fun to hear some influences from the height of funk and disco era on here. Lots of Spanish influence, too! Ultimately, this just wasn't for me.

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2/5 not my cup of tea

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Ekki ég kvikmynda tónlist frá indlandi

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It's not entirely fair to judge a soundtrack without knowledge of the film and its context, but I doubt any film could give much order to the smattering of tracks here. Jabs at American big band, Spanish classical, and others are mixed in with a constant undercurrent of Bollywood that just feels a little half-baked as a whole.

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not my thing

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It's just a soundtrack. Not of any interest whatsoever. Why is it on the list?

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Better than expected, but still not great…..2.5/5

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Het is weer eens iets anders. Voor de zaterdagochtend best pittig.

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Dit begon nog wel geinig, met lekker 70's style filmmuziek. Maar al snel nam de bombast en overdaad het over en was ik er klaar mee.

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For not being in English I thought this was pretty good

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B.S. de película de Bollywood. No soy fan. Un 2.

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Not that keen. I don't know if it'd help to have seen the film... I think soundtracks are probably best when they remind you invoke emotions in you combined with the memory of watching the film.

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UnAble to find

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no

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That was bizarre

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Not for me

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I don't know what this was, but it wasn't something I'd ever want to listen to.

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Nee.

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This really didn’t do it for me although I had high hopes when I first saw it. 1*

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