Over the last few weeks, we have added a variety of Indian soundtrack LPs to the site, with one particular composer’s name leading the way: R.D. Burman! R.D. who? Here’s the lowdown:
R.D. Burman was born to composer/singer Sachin Dev Burman and his lyricist wife Meera Dev Burman in Kolkata in 1939. We have a small selection of original soundtrack LPs of his father’s work stocked here:
R.D. Burman himself been credited with revolutionizing the music of Bollywood. He became popular with the Kishore Kumar songs in Rajesh Khanna-starring movies. Musically, Burman was influenced by Western, Latin, Oriental & even Arabic styles, incorporating elements from these in his own work. Ever the experimenter, he blew into beer bottles to produce the opening beats of Mehbooba, Mehbooba. Similarly, he used cups and saucers to create the tinkling sound for the song Churaliya Hai from the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat. Here’s some original soundtrack LPs of the late sixties, early seventies that represent the pioneering work of Burman from this period:
Burman married his second wife, Bollywood legend, Asha Bhosle in 1980. Asha was a playback singer on many Bollywood records & together they recorded hit songs and staged live performances. Bhosle can be heard on many records of the period, including this rare offering of the late seventies:
During the eighties, Burman was overshadowed by Bappi Lahiri and other disco music composers.
Burman suffered from a heart attack in 1988 and underwent heart bypass surgery a year later at The Princess Grace Hospital in London. During this period, he composed many tunes which were never released. In later life, the filmmaker Subhash Ghai promised him the soundtrack to Ram Lakhan (1989), but gave it instead to Laxmikant-Pyarelal, who had earlier played in Burman’s orchestra. Laxmikant-Pyarelal recorded many great & lasting soundtracks of the Bollywood golden age, some of which are in stock here:
From the 1960s to the 1990s, Burman composed musical scores for 331 films & his songs continue to be popular in India. Last but by no means least, the Disco period of the eighties pumped new life into the Bollywood film scene. From this period, check these magnificent Burman scores here:
You can find all the Bollywood LPs we have in stock here
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