Hooray For Bollywood!! New Bollywood Vinyl Collection Just in at 991.com…..

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:

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Tere Mere Sapne: 1971 Indian red label 8-track LP, featuring the wonderfully exotic music from the soundtrack to the Bollywood picture, with music directed by Sachin Dev Burman, R.D. Burman’s dad, more info 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:

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Pyar Ka Mousum: Rare 1969 Indian 8-track LP on a black & silver Odeon label, featuring R.D. Burman’s music from the soundtrack to the Hindi movie. Burman influenced Bollywood more than any other music director of his day, bringing glitzy dance-oriented song to a dying artform, he also played a character role in the film. More info here
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Seeta Aur Geeta: 1972 Indian first press 8-track LP on a black & silver Odeon label, featuring the music to the hit Hindi movie, which marked Ramesh Sippy’s first association with the legendary film composer, R.D. Burman. Burman helped usher in a new style of contemporary music in the Indian film scene more than anyone else, more info here

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:

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Noorie: Bollywood-tastic 1979 Indian 6-track LP on a black & white ‘Nipper’ stamp label, featuring Khaiyyaam’s rip-roaring score to the Hindi box office smash, including a great vocal track led by Asha Bhosle. More info here

During the eighties, Burman was overshadowed by Bappi Lahiri and other disco music composers.

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Sharaabi: Psychedelic Disco Shocker 1984 Indian 6-track LP on a black & white ‘Nipper’ stamp label, featuring Bappi Lahiri’s score from the soundtrack to the Bollywood drama, including the marvellous but frankly bonkers, ‘Jahan Mil Jayen Chaar Yaar’ dance track. More info here

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:

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Mehboob Ki Mehndi: Rare 1970 Indian 7-track LP on a black & silver Odeon label, featuring Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar & Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma’s exotic score from the soundtrack to the super smash hit Hindi flick, greatpasted picture sleeve. More info here
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Dream Girl: Rare 1977 Indian 6-track LP on a black & white ‘Nipper’ stamp label, featuring Laxmikant & Pyarelal’s dreamlike score to the Hindi film starring the beautiful Hema Malini in the lead role, wonderful gatefold picture sleeve with full colour spread inside featuring a still from the movie. More info here
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Teri Meherbaniyan: Rare 1985 Indian 6-track LP on a black & red ‘Super’ label, featuring Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar & Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma’s lively score from the soundtrack to the smash hit Hindi flick, great silk laminated picture sleeve with colour film shots. The cover shows minimal wear & the vinyl is Excellent with very few signs of play. Get some exotic Bollywood spice into your life! More info 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:

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Khubsoorat: 1980 Indian 5-track mini-LP on a black & white ‘Nipper’ stamp red label, featuring R.D. Burman’s hip score from the soundtrack to the Hindi movie, one of the most exciting composer’s of his time. The sound is glorious, with deep tabla & sitar, bizarre vocal interludes, ghostly echoes & stunning rhythmic interplay. Wow! More info here

You can find all the Bollywood LPs we have in stock here

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