Chords & Notes
Metal Mayhem: Various artistes (EMI, Rs.135)
A HARD metal album that's waiting to rock your shelves. Featured are some of the greats in the world of metal and hard rock such as UFO, Deep Purple, Rush, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Rainbow.
Abstract: Adnan Sami (Virgin Music, Rs. 65)
Music lovers know about the vocal talent of Adnan Sami. But how many of you know that Sami is an accomplished pianist and has even performed with the likes of Zakir Hussain and Shafaat Ahmed Khan?
"Abstract" sees Sami play some soothing melodies set to various Hindustani raags (Todi, Malkauns, Sohni, Bairagi and Huns Dhuni) on his electronic piano. And the number titled "Cry of The innocent" based on raag Darbari, finds Ustad Allah Rakha playing the sarangi.
Yet another musical facet of Adnan Sami unfolds through the album.
The Royal Collection of Mewar: Dhrupad: The Dagar Brothers (twin cassettes, Virgin Music, Rs. 75 each)
Heritage recordings from the private archives of the Royal Family of Mewar, the raags Pyruia, Pilu and Bageshree come alive in the rich voices of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar and Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar, more famous as the Dagar Brothers.
In these rare recordings, Ustad Moinuddin Dagar sings the twilight raag Puriya solo, his malleable voice effortless executing the phrases with fluidity.
The thumri in Pilu sees the Dagar brother in a light classical mode.
Ustad Aminuddin sings an invocation to Goddess Gauri and follows it with a khayal and tarana in Bageshree in which Ustad Zahiruddin Dagar joins in.
They are finally joined by Ustad Moinuddin Dagar for the final exposition of the tarana.
A collector's item, indeed!
Rules (Pyaar ka super hit formula: Sandesh Shandilya (Universal, Rs. 55)
Sandesh Shandilya gives an opportunity to listen to something different. The album starts off with the energetic "Pyaar ke naam" by Bombay Vikings.
"Uljhano ko de diya" has an interesting tune and Sanjeevani's husky voice has a `youthful' feel. In "Gore tere nain" the blend of sarangi and Western beats shows the ingenuity of the composer.
Part of "Radha's theme" (an instrumental piece in line with the trend these days) reminds one of the melodies of Strauss.
Of the two versions of "Chhodo na", the slower one is better.
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