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Beginner's Guide To Bollywood Vol.1 Box set

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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000095SLI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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3-CD set exploring over half a century of extraordinary Hindi film music. This is music that plunders from every genre on earth, from rumba to rockabilly, from tango to techno. CD1 (1951-1973) features classic Hindi movie songs, many of them showing strong influences of big band swing, Cuban rhythms and rock 'n' roll. CD2 (1971-1978) highlights some heavy duty Bombay funk classics. CD3 (1980-2002) cherry picks the best from modern Bollywood, with music directors like A R Rahman employing techno and ambient influences. But throughout are the unmistakable sounds of shrill vocals, distorted string sections, thunderous Indian folk rhythms and crazy wah-wah guitars. Compilation and notes by Time Out music journalist and Bollywood expert John Lewis.

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This is a great summary of Bollywood music. The first CD covers some of the early big-band tunes, which are jazzy and bluesy. The second CD deals exclusively with funk, and you won't believe that the tunes aren't nicked from Western artists (they aren't). The third CD expresses the unfortunate state of Bollywood today, tacky, cheesy, tunes without distinctive melodies or interesting themes. But this is certainly worth a buy for the first two CDs which I've been listening to for months and months!
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By Neebes on 31 Aug. 2010
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Very good. The 1st 2 CDs of vintage and 70s are probably more to my ear than the last (modern Bollywood). Asha Bhosle also gets most of the songs, though for all I know she may have sung most of the soundtracks. She's very good anyway.
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This is a great introduction to the fab music of Bollywood's movies. A good selection of the most famous one and a great introduction to the genre. I loved it!
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As a man with no connection to India other than I enjoy Bollywood films and music I found this compilation somewhat surprising and not really what I was looking for. I have really enjoyed Hum Tum, Chalte Chalte, Asoka and Lagaan and wanted to add to my collection. Unfortunately my tastes seem to be focused on the more pure / stereotypical Bollywood pop music, whilst John Lewis has focused more on the world music inspired tracks whilst compiling this collection.

The first CD “Vintage Bollywood” has a lot of latin sounding tunes but also has a run of 3 more traditional tracks in the middle: O Gadiwale [From Mother India], Mohabbat Ki Jhooti Kahani [From Mughal-E-Azam] & Aaj Mausam Bada Beimann Hai [From Loafer]. CD 2 Funky Bollywood is as the name suggests – a lot could feature in Western B Movies from the 70s.

CD 3 Modern Hollywood is much more to my tastes; however it’s still from about Track 5 onwards I listen to, after all the techno tracks. My favourite track Ek Ladki Ko Dekha [From 1942 - A Love Story] is on this disc along with several other more traditionally sounding Bollywood tracks.
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This is a terrific overview of material. It's worth purchasing for the second disc alone, which is a collection of surprisingly heavy funk tracks from the 1970s, written by the likes of RD Burman and Kalyanji-Ananji and mainly sung by Asha Bhosle. The first disc features more traditional material from classic movies, and the third disc features more modern stuff by the likes of AR Rahman. But everything here is really good.
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i wonder who compiles these boxsets?pretty poor selection from the mp3s here.theres so much great tracks from 60/70s and you only get 2/3 on this miserable set here theres gotta be more out there do some more searching before buying this crap.
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I bought this collection almost ten years ago and was slightly disappointed with some of the selections in the compilation. Even so, this Beginner's guide to Bollywood is just above average and was not impressed with CD 3. In CD 3, there was only 4-5 good tracks like: "Tujhe Deka To"; "Aye-Dil-e-Nadan"; "Zindagi Jhoom Kar";"Ek Ladki Ko Dekha"& "Ek Pal Ko Jeena".

Overall, the previous 2 CD's Vintage and Funky Bollywood reflected the heyday of Bollywood and the present day "Modern Bollywood" is not the same anymore with many indistinctive tunes and melodies.

It is worth buying for the first two CD's in the collection.
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