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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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Fri May 27 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

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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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 08 2024
3

Guessing the plot to this film, I’ll go - A police constable is on a holiday cruise, stopping over in India somewhere, he’s not adverse to other cultures, such as dancing the cha-cha-cha early in the film but does see himself above it. Gets himself embroiled in a local crime of passion falling for the daughter of the victim as they have to combat someone bringing back colonialism to the region. They succeed, but he has to go back to his life and they share an emotional farewell on the docks as he boards. As she cries and waves him off, he comes up Behind her, choosing to stay. It’s never explained how he got of the boat. They embrace. Credits roll.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
5

I don’t think I need to listen to anymore albums after this one. Shut ‘er down boys, we’re done.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

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

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

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

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Sun Nov 28 2021
5

Really good as far as movie soundtracks go!

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Thu Apr 14 2022
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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Thu Mar 31 2022
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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Mon Mar 25 2024
4

Burman is like the John Williams or Hans Zimmer of Bollywood: he’s iconic and he’s the master of composing for film. I’ve heard a lot of his work together with Asha Bhosle, but never this soundtrack. I hadn’t heard of Shalimar, but a Bollywood movie starring Rex Harrison seems super interesting. The title credits music has a James Bond-esque feel to it (not so much as the vocal Bond main themes, but the “James Bond Theme”, “007 Theme”, or the “Suspense Motif” by Monty Norman, John Barry, and David Arnold, respectively). The rest of the songs follow some excellent Bollywood dance numbers interspersed with great suspenseful film music and (what I assume are) leitmotifs. I’m really glad this album was included in the 1001. This was new to me and this is not the type of music I’ve come to expect from the book.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
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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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 24 2024
3

Some of this is pretty interesting, particularly the weird funky tracks, and the album gets better in the back half - especially on Romantic Theme and Baby Let’s Dance Together, but overall I had a hard time staying interested in what Shalimar had to offer.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

j'adore, très riche musicalement

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

Crazy but I’m totally into this. I’d have never thought I’d enjoy it so much. I’d definitely listen to this again.

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Wed Mar 22 2023
5

Id listen to this movie all day

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Mon Apr 10 2023
5

Locura total de banda sonora setentera bollywoodense. Salta del jazz al funk de guitarras wawa, del italowestern de trompetas y cítaras al chachachá, del folk hindú al easylistening. Entretenido y muy bonito. Sorpresa total

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Fri Oct 20 2023
5

Excellent soundtrack, excellent album!!! One two cha cha cha is an absolute banger which I already listen to on the reg! Excellent dinner party music and all round good times! Fun to listen to the soundtrack, I haven't seen the film but I really love a bit of Bollywood. So much talent packed in there, interesting and fun sounds. This kind of music always puts me in a great mood and also the automatic next track from Spotify was another banger so that's great too.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

Fantastic album. The kind of music I signed up for when I downloaded the app. Nothing I would have sought or listened to on my own but so fun and good and clocking in under 60 minutes. Spaghetti westerns, bollywood sounds

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

This is an amazing soundtrack. I'd say as a soundtrack for a movie it's almost perfect. Shalimar did a great job of mixing Western music norms with Indian ones and the result was excellent!

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

This was a better album than I was expecting romantic theme is a great song

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

This is offensive and this album should NOT be on the list!!! We're music critics goddamnit! You think this is a game...?! It is NOT a game! Ok. Now that we've gotten that out of the way this is a straight five. It's way too much fun for this list and that's what I like about it. Way cool, and way fun in a retro old-world sense. It invokes otherworldly nostalgia that give me curiosity wiggles. It's just awesome. And yes, I'd totally listen to this again. Oh! Let's get this Shalimar thing on the big screen!

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

"Shalimar" is a movie soundtrack composed by legendary Indian music director and actor Rahul Dev (R. D.) Burman. The movie "Shalimar" is a 1978 bi-lingual Bollywood film. The soundtrack album opens with "Title Music." Drums and an Indian melody that you hear when a guy is dealing with a cobra. There's horns both like in a big band and jazzy. Wow, this goes all over the place. I think a harbinger of things to come. "One Two Cha Cha Cha" starts out with 60's sounding music and a synth background which quickly goes to the Cuban cha cha. Horns are added. The songs ends with a sitar on top of a Carribbean beat. This is fun. "Dialogue Tum Ek/ Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay (I)" starts out with movie dialogue and people chanting. Kishore Kumar takes lead vocals with a soaring, romantic delivery. Backing chanting vocals and a rhythm with a more African style. Layered strings on top of it all. "Mera Pyar Shalimar" is a ballad sung by Asha Bhoule. Bass, strings, a carribean beat. The melody is aided by what sounds like a harp and is probably a veena. A flute. Very dramatic and probably a key point of the film. "Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na Thay (II)" closes the album. More laidback than Part I with Usha Uthup on lead vocals. A gentle way to end with strings. I think the movie had a happy ending. This was a great experience. I had no idea what to expect. I thought soundtracks were not part of this challenge unless entirely by one band; I'm glad this one got in. This album should be the poster child for not boring. A lot going on. A lot of songs are busy and changes styles. Carribean, baroque, Indian, 50/60's pop, jazz, polka, Spanish, Cuban, African (and I'm missing a few I know). I might need to watch this movie. An album to pick up if you see and definitely listen to.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

this is awesome even if tracking it down was confusing

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

This album blew me away! Was not expecting it. Very layered and textured with some great vocal performances. Lots of various instrumentation and cool time changes

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

The grooves are slick and irresistible. And the singers involved are all incredible in their own ways. Who knows a soundtrack of a Bollywood film from the '70s could slap so hard? Unique, refreshing, and fun experience.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

françois de roubaix vibes shalimar one two cha cha cha countess' caper naag devta aaina wohl rehta hai romantic theme mera pyar shalimar

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 14 2022
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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Ich bin ein bisschen überrascht, dass ichs so mochte.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Me encantó, la pasé re bien.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

A scintillating and engaging soundtrack.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

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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Sun May 15 2022
4

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

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Fri May 27 2022
4

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

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

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

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

I really had low expectations going into this album, but a couple of songs in, I was already hooked. The instrumentals are just out of this world and very unique, which I suppose makes sense since this was a movie. Wish I could have understood what was being sung, but it was entertaining even though I couldn't.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Really cool instruments and groovy vibe. Never have heard of this before, but iti was really good.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Something fun and different, exactly what I signed up for

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

It all sounds like a set of poorly-recorded random Indian pop music, but I liked it!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Ça valait la peine de l'écouter. Pas tellement mon style, mais le mélange de sons dans l'album garde ça très intéressant. Certaines pièces étaient peut-être un peu trop intense dans les sons indiens pour mon goût, mais j'ai golbalement bien aimé l'expérience. 7/10

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

quite interesting and I have not really expected this 7/10

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

When this record came up, I prejudged it as another Ravi Shankar-esque album before even hearing the first note... and then I forgot about it. Going back to see the albums I missed I put this one and whoa... it's wonderfully eclectic and awesome. It's a mix of Morricone-esque numbers, with Indian instruments, quite a lot of good tongue in cheek, some bossa nova - it's a delight from start to finish. Looking back I feel like an ass for missing out on this.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I couldn't find this album anywhere.

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

I’m glad this album was included but it really draws attention to the fact that Indian music is not well represented on this list. The album itself clearly has taken its direction from western music and has a bit of a classic 60s movie soundtrack sound with some really lovely Bollywood and Indian Classical motifs front and center. I wish I knew enough to really be able to understand this better.

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Fri Dec 30 2022
4

Did not understand a word in this album yet it was still soo beautiful.

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Sun Jan 08 2023
4

Excellent! Never heard it before and now in the heavy rotation list!

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Sun Feb 05 2023
4

Fun and interesting and still a pretty chilled thing to have on in the background. I can't say it was particularly my thing but there were a couple of songs I did quite like. Not sure if I'll come back to it any time soon but I'm certainly intrigued about the movie. Favourite: One Two Cha Cha Cha

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Fri Feb 10 2023
4

Loved loved loved the opening three tracks. So good - Indisco. It gets a bit more rote after that but is still a solid Bollywood soundtrack.

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Fri Feb 10 2023
4

A delight with a mix of styles and lots of pleasing melodies and hooks and riffs, though, even as an Indophile, one's not totally clear as to just what to make of it. One's glad to have heard. Definitely worthy.

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Thu Mar 09 2023
4

Only half of this is actually available on Stupify, and I couldn't very easily find an alternative source for the full release, but based on what I heard I can comfortably give this a 4/5 I very very much enjoyed it. I really need to dig into more Bollywood stuff, as I absolutely love a lot of what I've heard but I also really don't know shit!

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

This was way better than I was expecting

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Fri Mar 24 2023
4

I was not expecting this to contain so many bangers

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Wed Mar 29 2023
4

Better than I expected. I loved the general vibe and nodded my head more than once.

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Fri Mar 31 2023
4

Admittedly I am not that familiar with Bollywood music but I really enjoyed that. It had a depth tk it I wasn't expecting

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Mon Apr 10 2023
4

This was fun, like finding the soundtrack for a lost Tarantino Bollywood film.

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Sun Apr 16 2023
4

A pretty interesting mix of 60s pop, 70s soundtrack, and Indian classical. A fun listen.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
4

I had a lot of fun listening to this. There is a great, pulpy feel to it

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Fri May 12 2023
4

Who would have thought that I would be listening to a Bollywood movie soundtrack? Very cool to be able to experience that. The music itself was interesting. I wouldn’t listen to it regularly, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Fri May 12 2023
4

Nice surprise, you can feel the influences of Isaach Hayes and John Williams.

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Thu May 25 2023
4

Ascending a mountain as the sun set behind me while these enchanting songs from faraway lands soundtracked my journey had me feeling like a proper Bollywood hero.

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Fri May 26 2023
4

first listen a real mix of western and italian film music influences here, the brass and strings are nice and bright

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Wed May 31 2023
4

One two cha cha cha is catchier than....something very catchy. Why it's not appeared on any of those loungecore kitsch classics as it's better than almost all the tracks that do. An interpolation of That's The Way Ah-Hah is also genius. The rest of the album can't quite live up to this twisted magic, which shows George Harrison how to really blend Indian and western pop. But what this list is also all about. Tons of fun. 3.75 so I'll upgrade to a 4.

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Fri Jun 02 2023
4

Love this one! Lots of different tones and sounds

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

A Bollywood soundtrack that reminds me of the "Shaft" soundtrack. Lightly funky, but with a lot more Indian flair. I like it. Call it a 3.5. Favorite tracks: "Title Theme", "Naag Devta"

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Mon Jun 26 2023
4

I love some Bollywood movies over the years. I hadn’t seen this one yet but will after listening to this soundtrack. I skipped the dialogue track. Loved “One Two Cha Cha Cha”.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
4

Músicas muito boas, porém parece ser de um filme, queria ver em seu contexto

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Sat Jul 01 2023
4

In the book this is two albums

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Wed Aug 02 2023
4

Really enjoyed it. Didn’t realize it would be so funky

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

Bollywood is always entertaining and this one does not disappoint.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

The worst part of this album is at the very last note of the last song because then it’s back to Brit pop. Extremely well produced blend of modern and folk Indian sound. Enjoyable, catchy and interesting.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

Never heard this before, but I enjoyed it. Not really a genre I'm awfully familiar with, although I'm a deep Cornershop fan as there are rhythms and so on from them that resonate here.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

This one was enjoyable! I did not expect to see a Bollywood motion picture soundtrack on the list, but I'm glad it was. Best track: # 4 - Countess' Caper

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Fri Sep 01 2023
4

Pretty crazy, out of left field for this list. A real mix of sounds and influences. I don't know much about Bollywood soundtracks, or where this example sits, however I really enjoyed it!

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Mon Sep 04 2023
4

Glad there is international music on here. It was fun music with a blend of indian and western styles.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

Not sure I really needed to listen to this before I die, however unexpected treasures are in the spirit of this thing and I’m here for it. It’s a fun listen to the soundtrack of India’s most expensive movie which stars Rex Harrison. Today I Learned lol

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Sun Sep 10 2023
4

A little more "old cinema" sound than I would have liked, but a fabulous soundtrack nevertheless.

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Sun Sep 17 2023
4

Gros son Bollywood, un mélange de tellement de truc. Ca me fait vraiment penser à ce genre de film, cette ambiance. C'était vraiment pas mauvais. J'ai de la mis`re a voir un peu a quoi ressemble le film mais la soundtrack me donne le vibe de Caire nid d'espion et me met en plein dans les années 70. 3.95

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

This one was a pretty fun listen. Actually lots of interesting things happening here. 4/5

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

As much as I enjoy getting familiar classics through this platform, it’s always refreshing to get an album that can expand my musical knowledge beyond just the US and the UK. I was unfamiliar with the movie coming into this listen, but the Bollywood now-cult-classic Shalimar features a soundtrack that samples across a range of styles and a range of emotions. “Aaina Wohi Rehta Hai” is at times relaxing and at times chaotic, while “Mera Pyar Shalimar” is downright hypnotizing. “Countless Caper” seems to draw influence from around the world while staying true to its Indian roots. I find it interesting that the English version of Salimar is called Raiders of the Sacred Stone. The film preceded the first Indiana Jones installment by a few years, but it’s almost comical how easy it is to name a movie to appeal to an English-speaking (and particularly an American) audience. I can’t say I would’ve found this album without this platform; I’ll go out on a limb and say I learned more than I would have from another David Bowie record.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
4

One Two Cha Cha Cha has a line of "That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh". I had to check the tape and that song came out a few years before this so super cool to hear them call that out. What a fun album. I'd take 1001 of these soundtracks over so much we have gotten. More bollywood soundtracks!

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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

I'd never even heard of this. Bollywood/hippy/funk. Lush orchestration, even a hint of mariachi. I like it!

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