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2.5 stars - Lots of World music flavours rather than pure Bollywood
on 24 January 2016
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.