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Asia Classics V.1: Dance Raja Dance [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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1. The Light Of Life: Dancing Is Beautiful - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Manjula Guru
2. The Emperor And The Prince: I Am The Emperor - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Manjula Guru
3. The Ramayana Of Today: Desire Soars Up High - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Vani Jairam
4. God Incarnated: Loving Hearts - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Manjula Guru/Chorus
5. Dance Raja Dance: Only You Were Mine - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
6. I'm Not That Kind Of Guy: Love Is Everywhere - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Vani Jairam
7. Inspector Vikram: When I Say Come - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Manjula Guru/Chorus
8. The Emperor And The Prince: I Said I Love You - Manjula Guru/Chorus
9. Krishna, When You Danced: Dheem Thana Thana Nana - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
10. The Ramayana Of Today: Lover You Speak Beautiful Words - S.P. Balasubrahmanyam/Vani Jairam
11. King Of Kings: The Drink That Has Gone Up - Manjula Guru

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Eh non ! La musique indienne ne s'arrête pas à Ravi Shankar ! Bollywood, l'industrie du cinéma indien, seul pourvoyeur de variétés là-bas, a depuis toujours mélangé tradition locale et modernité occidentale. Cette compilation du "directeur musical" Vijaya Anand centrée sur les années 1980 en est un parfait exemple. De vrais tablas doublent des programmations de base, des cuivres rebondissent sur des synthés kitsch. Visiblement le générique de Miami Vice a eu une influence profonde sur notre homme, mais imaginez le tout saupoudré de guitares surf et de mélodies indiennes. On a parfois l'impression d'entendre Sigue Sigue Sputnik jammer avec les Musclés dans un restaurant indien !!! Cauchemar pour les puristes, musique de rêve pour les plus curieux. Choisissez votre camp. --Hubert Deshouse

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4.0 out of 5 stars 1st off the mark wins the race July 29 2009
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This really was the first CD that I picked up of Bollywood tunes and David Byrne's label is what sold me on this. The liner notes alone are worth the price of the CD to learn how the genre actually works (i.e., all backing singers that the actors lip synch to).

Just FYI, Vijaya Anand is what we in the West would call a producer and he's the man behind many of those tunes you hear in Bollywood movies as well as Indian restaurants here, of course.

I also guarantee you will be parroting the main line from "Aase Hechchagide" after you hear this tune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars India is the film capital of the world... July 8 2004
By ewomack
Format:Audio CD
This CD from David Byrne's former label is one of the best compliations of Indian Film music available. It does seem to now be in the category of "out of print" - which is too bad for Indian film music lovers. At least there are used copies still floating around. Snatch one up if you can.
The CD revolves around the music of Vijaya Anand, the "Musical Director" and composer of the music of the songs on this CD. There are a great variety of songs here, from a great variety of performers, all of them are amazing musical experiences. "Aatavu Chanda" (or "Dancing is Beautiful") is a beautiful song that will have you dancing (how about that?) with the first tones of its driving bass riff; "Naane Mabaraja" (or "I am the Emporer") includes sampled banjo, which gives the music an almost country feel that is infectious; "Nalleya Savimathe" (or "Lover You Speak Beautiful Words") is lavishly spread thick with gorgeous strings -the melody and harmonies are unforgettable.
As with most Indian Film Music, it may sound derivative to Western ears, but it really has evolved into its own musical style out of the rich mesh of style it borrows from (rock, country, Indian classical music, etc.). Also, these songs all had their genesis in a movie; all were musical numbers with accompanying dance routines and plot lines. So these songs are extracted from their original context which for most Westerners will be very difficult to reconstruct (or possibly comprehend). Still, the music stands up on its own and is enjoyable in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MUSIC EVER MADE Feb. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
I wholeheartedly agree with the people above. Dance Raja Dance is one of the best works of art I've ever heard. I'm serious. Granted, you probably won't realize how good it is the first time you hear it. But after, wait a little while, and you'll slowly hear the haunting melodies fade up in the back of your mind, and that's when you realize... it has become a part of you. I know. It happened to me. The beautiful, yet harsh, almost overdriven vocal recordings are easily reason enough to buy this album. It's unlike any music I've heard; it has absolutlely no form to it. It takes you EVERYWHERE. It's like... a shapeless, colorful, all-knowing mass, not held down by words like "genre", or "key signature", or "distortion". This album demonstrates a very strange musical phenomenon, where nothing sounds out of place, because EVERYTHING sounds out of place. The shrill, yet captivating female vocals are particularly mememorable, and the skillful guitar playing deserves an honorable mention. Especially the solo on track 4. Personal favorite tracks are 1,2,4, but it's golden throughout.
DANCE, RAJA, DANCE!!!
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