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DARD HI DARD, Mohammed Rafi

Sa Re Ga Ma, Rs.42

This compilation lives up to every Rafi fan's expectations, almost. If only the stereo beats were not there. But then the originality of his voice withstands even this test, and the result is a pleasant experience, bound to take you on a trip down memory lane. Thank heavens this isn't another one of those remixes!

This could well have been a Naushad-Rafi album, for half of the songs are Naushad's compositions. These include that eternal favourite `Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki' from `Dulari,' `Ye Zindagi Ke Mele' from `Mela', `O Duniya Ke Rakhwale' from `Baiju Bawra' that brilliant song, `O Door Ke Musafir' from `Uran Khatola' and `Tasveer Banata Hoon Teri' from `Diwana.'

Other ones to watch out for are `Maine Chand Aur Sitaron Ki' from `Chandrakanta,' `Ek Dil Ke Tukde Hazaar Hue' from `Pyar Ki Jeet,' `Toote Hue Khwabon Ne' from `Madhumati' and `Chal Ud Ja Re Panchhi' from `Bhabhi.'

And yes, there have been some glaring omissions to this `dard-hi-dard' genre. O.P. Nayyar, the king of rhythm and beat, has been given a blatant miss. Though most of his songs were about cadence and swing, some, like `Aanchal Mein Saja Lena Kaliyaan' from `Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon' and `Tukde Hain Mere Dil Ke' from `Mere Sanam' were so exquisite and un-O.P. like, they deserve to be part of this collection. They brought out the pathos in Rafi's voice.

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Some of the other notable omissions are: `Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hai' from `Pyaasa,' `Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil' from `Heer Ranjha,' `Naseeb Mein Jiske' from `Do Badan,' `Mohabbat Zinda Rehti Hai' from `Chengiz Khan,' and `Keh Do Koi Na Kare Yahan Pyar' from `Goonj Uthi Shehnai.' At Rs.42, this cassette is a big steal, so buy it and sit back to be overwhelmed by the intensity of Rafi's renditions. But, more importantly, one can't look kindly at Sa Re Ga Ma for almost ruining our pleasure by infusing those silly beats. The beats simply beat you!


Tips Rs.150 CD

The combination of Lucky Ali and M.M. Kreem raises expectations, but the duo leaves the fans craving for the `Sur' magic.

The quality expected of them is missing.

Here Kreem is a poor shadow of `Rog' and Lucky is low-key. And if somebody thinks a Rajeev Babbar film demands popular music, Kreem fails to repeat the `Tum Mile Dil Khile' charm of `Criminal.' Sameer with his ordinary lyrics hasn't helped his cause either.

The only saving grace if one is forced to choose is `Jaana Hai Jaana Hai' in two versions - one by Lucky Ali and the other by Jagjit Singh.

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