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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B000066SBM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bombay Awakes
  2. Bombay Dreams
  3. Like An Eagle
  4. Love's Never Easy
  5. Don't Release Me
  6. Happy Endings
  7. Ooh La La
  8. Shakalaka Baby
  9. Are You Sure You Want To Be Famous?
  10. I Could Live Here
  11. Only Love
  12. Chaiyya Chaiyya
  13. How Many Stars
  14. Salaam Bombay
  15. Closer Than Ever
  16. Ganesh
  17. The Journey Home
  18. Wedding Qawwali
  19. Bombay Sleeps

Product Description

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Bombay Dreams(indian/regional/bollywood movie songs/cd)

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced musical Bombay Dreams arrived on the London stage in June 2002. It's a hard task to retain the exciting authenticity of the Bollywood musical while coating it in a layer of West End musical, without dissipating the whole experience. Considering that Bombay Dreams composer AR Rahmen is one of such a phenomenon in India, it is odd that much of this music comes across as cheap imitation. One has the feeling that he was trying (or was he pushed?) to squeeze the music into a box, and only now and then does it burst forth from its restrictions. "Chaiyya Chaiyya" is one of the best pieces, in Hindi and with added metal guitar it has real oomph, but comes from the much-loved Bollywood film, Dil Se, and is a massively popular song in India.

"Closer Than Ever" also has something, with interesting chord progression and some soaring lines for the singers to get their teeth into--the only number to do this. There are beautiful moments, but with no evident characterisation and appallingly banal lyrics by Don Black, it doesn't grab. The show itself makes up for the lack of musical originality with some stunning choreography, but ultimately leaves one wishing that they had just brought over a real Bollywood musical. --Antonia Couling

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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard that Andrew Lloyd Webber was working on a production called "Bombay Dreams", I must admit at first I raised an eyebrow and thought "Has he gone stark raving mad?". Luckily it appears not! He has gone on record as saying that this show will change the face of musical theatre in the UK, and he's right! This album encapsulates the essence of Bollywood, from the first sweeping strings to the breath taking dance numbers. I was not a fan of asian music, but this album has certainly made me change my mind. A R Rahman's ground breaking music fuses ethnic indian with western beats. The songs are simply stunning and lyrical (The best being Like An Eagle, and Chaiyya Chaiyya), and makes you WANT to see this show. If the production is as colourful as the album, this is one dream you will want to have, albeit in your cd collection!
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I had heard the basics of the new production, and being interested in finding something new, I decided to give the soundtrack a try. I am not a great collector of theatrical soundtracks, but I am certainly glad that I took the chance.
The score was beautiful, and I absolutely fell in love with the rhythm of "Chalyya Chalyya" and "Wedding Qawwali", as well as the title track.
Honestly, I did find that there were a few of the quieter songs, like "Ohh La La" that perhaps might have come across better when viewing them on the stage that it is performed on, as the songs themselves came across as too slick and smooth for me.
"Don't Release Me" is an interesting song, it rather grew on me once I caught myself singing it in the car.
"Shakalaka Baby" and "Happy Endings" are more pop driven and could be easily pictured as singles. They are not your typical orchestra driven stage numbers and can be understood by a younger audience. If anyone remembers "Chess" and Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok" from it you will get the idea.
If you would like to try something different than what is currently out there, on the charts or in the theater, you might want to check out a few of the samples that you can find on the official website for "Bombay Dreams".
Though I don't find every track flawless (I rarely do for any given album), I do think that it was certainly worth having it shipped to me in the US instead of having to wait for it to be released here. It's a refreshing change of pace.
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the first time i heard a hint of asian music was in "Moulin Rouge" in the finale number. it definitely wet my appetite. so when Bombay Dreams was released i had to go and sample the album...and i must say that i wasn't disappointed..i except that this is probably alot more western than true asian music but i've now found myself wanting to get hold of more music of this genre..as far as the performances go the vocals are great and the musical arrangements beat the pants off most western music..my fave tracks are "Like an Eagle" and "Happy Endings"
p.s. raza jaffrey has to be one of the most beautiful men i've seen.
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Bombay Dreams by A R Rahman is a hit and it is a must for all musical fans. I first bought this CD early in 2003 and found the music a bit boring and gave up listening after the first time running the CD. My friend came to my house and played the CD and I was instantly inspired by the music (and lyrics). So, as someone here said before me, listen to a few times because you might not find it in tune with your taste the first time you listen to it. After that, I managed to get down to London to see the actual show, and the result? I got addicted to this CD now and I wish I could stop thinking about the dream, Bombay. Special music that stand out includes Love's Never Easy, Shakalaka Baby, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Closer Than Ever and The Journey Home. Other songs have a more Indian touch, but I can assure you that you'll like it once you listen to it a few more times, adding a visit to the theatre to see the actual show.
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I am not a fan Asina music. I always have a great support to English singers but for the first time in my life, I am supporting for an Asian music director. Really A.R. Rahman's Bombay Dreams is simple superb - it's the best music that can be made with combining Western and Indian. The instruments used in our English songs are almost same and all of them seem to use the same trend in their albums. But check out Bombay Dreams - the instruments used, the way they have been used are unbelievable. This is sure it is going to claim a big name for A.R. Rahman in the west. If you people need a different music, go for Bombay Dreams - it will really make your ears cool and make you go along with the album. And listen to the album twice, you will start singing along with it. This album is really a work of a great music genius - A.R. Rahman. As we should welcome him to the zone of English music with a great applause. Haven't bought Bombay Dreams yet? Go and buy it now - not even a single cent will be wasted in your investment in Bombay Dreams - a pop, sentimental, enjoying, melodious and genuine totally different tunes. Give a big hand for A.R. Rahman please!!!
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I have seen the show twice and am going to see it again in March. It is one of the best Musicals I have ever seen. The music is great. 'The Journey Home' still reduces me to tears when I hear it and 'Shakalaka Baby' makes you want to bop along in the aisles. If you have not seen it book your ticket as soon as you can.
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