Tuesday, June 26, 2007

50's Indian film music and Italian Disco

Viola Valentino. Don't know much about her other than that she falls into the vast category of music made in Italy at a time when this kind of hair and makeup (not to mention music) was not shameful. Still, there is something about this tune which I enjoy, and that defines me as a man who's threshold of shame/cheese is very low. I appear to have discovered the motherload of Italian gay disco cheese with this track (lots more to download here). Apparently she was married to some guy who was the lead singer of the beloved Italian band Pooh (presumably not as in "Winnie the") when she did the movie Delitto sull'autostrada. It's all part of the wide world of music we love.

Viola Valentino - Comprami

Here she is performing the song:

Fortunately, the Dalston Oxfam tape bins also give up good quality stuff. Here are some selections from a tape of Indian film music from the 50's and early 60's. Ironically, I selected the tracks I wanted to record and only realized afterwards that all the tracks I liked had Lata Mangeshkar (लता मंगेशकर) in them, or her sister Asha Bhosle.

I really don't know much about Indian film music of that time but apparently Lata is a super star, having in 1974 secured the Guiness Book of World Records award for most songs sung and also receiving in 2007 a Knight of the Legion d'honneur award in France. She really does have a beautiful voice and I'm sure the comments will enlighten me much more about her.

Side A
1953. Tu Ganga Ki Mauj - Mohd. Rafi
1954. Jayen To Jayen Kahaan - Talat Mehmood
1955. Man Dole - Lata Mangeshkar
1955. Jaadugar Saiyaan - Lata Mangeshkar
1956. Aaja Sanam - Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
1957. Uden Jab Jab Zulfen - Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
1957. Maang Ke Saath - Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi

Side B
1958. Aaja Re Pardesi - Lata Mangeshkar
1959. Sab Kuchh Seekha - Mukesh
1960. Chaudhvin Ka Chand - Mohammad Rafi
1960. Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye - Lata Mangeshkar
1961. Teri Pyari Pyari Surat - Mohammad Rafi
1961. Husn Wale Tera Jawaab Nahin - Mohammad Rafi
1962. Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil - Lata Mangeshkar
1962. Main Chali Main Chali - Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle


Mark said...

There's a good compilation on the Nascente label called "Kings and Queens of Bollywood: Classic Indian Film Themes" and the record Asha Bhosle did recently with the Kronos Quartet is pretty good...

st, london, england said...

I like you. You have quite good taste. Goodbye

tox said...

still upping the good stuff!

nice one on the Dazed nomination too... :)

sat kartar said...

we use a rather lengthy version of a track by Lata mangeshar for meditation.....i have it on c.d. its name escapes me but its absolutly beautiful. she has a voice thats `pure gold`...i fell in love with it when i heard it.

sat kartar kaur

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