Best of Asha Bhosle: The Golden Voice of Bollywood
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A Unique Compilation from Asha Bhosle, the Celebrated Queen of Bollywood, the Hotbed of Indian Films. Recently Highlighted by Cornershop's 'Brimful of Asha,' plus Collaborations with Boy George. Beautifully Packaged with Sleeve Notes. Tracks Include: 'Ab to Mile Hai' from the Film 'Caravan'; 'Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka andhera' from the Film 'Mere Sanam'; 'Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahani' from the Film 'The Great Gambler.'
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There were many voices, such as shashi Kapoor, etc, -- and they all stir a certain radical emotion within, but the voice of Asha Bhosle did something else to the human soul. Like the sweet soul music of black America, Asha's voice calls forth the internal complicity of love, anxiety, and recollectivity all at once. Asha's voice begins by leading the way. She titilates, teases, compacts the emotions and then she releases the listener into a complete medium of soulful excitation. The listener becomes the dancer and the dancer becomes the listener, and in seconds the singer, listener and dancer all become one in an indescrible event that culminates in total serenity.
Take Dum Maro Dum for instance, the listener is enticed into a melo and gentle beginning, and in no time is pulled into a chorus of rythmic complicity. The raciness of the song and music forces the listener to engage and to let go of other thoughts. In that and other songs in this callection, Asha is felt directly singing to the listener.
Asha Bhosle uses her voice to invite the listener. This is a simple enough invitation, until the listener fails to realize that her or his attention is now totally wrapped in this prodigious, immaculate, and soulful voice and spirit. This entire CD brings back incredible and sumptuous memories. Anyone who chooses to listen to this collection and to other pieces (about 20,000 over the years) will without hesitation be drawn into a radically stirring and melodious world of soulfulness. The incredible world and contribution of Asha Bhosle remains a beacon of musical ingenuity in India, Africa, Europe and many parts of the world. I am especially glad that it has found a place in the North America.
Standout songs: o mera sona, dum maro dum, chura liya hai tum ne, lekar ham diwana di...really I like all of them