. issue IV : vi .

by barathron

. artist : various artists .
. album : the rough guide to psychedelic bollywood .
. year : 2013 .
. label : world music network .
. grade : a .


World Music Network’s new “Psychedelic” series is adding an extra twist of hipness to the venerable Rough Guide template. Here the focus is on Bollywood music of the 1970’s, a period where American and British rock and funk, legitimized by Ravi Shankar’s collaborations and borne by ‘hippy trail’ tourists in Goa and elsewhere, became yet another influence incorporated by the all-devouring Indian movie-music industry. Music directors R.D. Burman and Kalyanji/Anandji dominate this set: they’re geniuses at incorporating any and all influences, including Shaft (“Pyar Zindagi Hai”), James Bond (“Hare Rama Hare Krishna”) and Westernized sitar playing (“Aye Naujawan Sab Kuchh Yahan (Apradh)”). “Jaan Pehechaan Ho,” sung by Mohammed Rafi and made famous decades later in the American movie Ghost World, is an obvious standout; don’t miss Rafi’s other yeh-yeh style contribution, “Main Hoon Pyar Tera,” which is just as good. And “Duniya Mein Logon Ko (Apna Desh)” is a stone classic, featuring the growling vocals of R.D. Burman himself. A good time will be had by all, and don’t forget to enjoy some freshly popped popcorn.

by Bill Lupoletti