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Introducing A.R. Rahman (2 CD SET)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Times Square Records
  • ASIN: B000EZ919C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Sankar B. Mandalika on June 4, 2006
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Introduction to AR Rahman is a compilation of work from India's unexcelled film composer. AR Rahman started composing for films in 1992. Prior to that he was just a small time composer creating music for commercials. At a music awards ceremony, he was recognized by legendary director Mani Ratnam. Mani Ratnam had offered Rahman an opportunity to create the soundtrack for his upcoming film Roja. When the music for Roja arrived it changed the way people viewed soundtracks. Prior to the arrival of Rahman, film music was thought of as merely an interval in the movie but with the arrival of Rahman's soundtracks, film music became immensely important. Roja, both the film and soundtrack have become a part of Indian culture ever since they were released. Time magazine recently recognized the music for Roja by rating it one of the top ten soundtracks ever to be released. Ever since their collaboration on Roja, AR Rahman has composed the music for every Mani Ratnam film. Their next collaboration was released in 1995, it was titled Bombay. The soundtrack for Bombay is another which to this day is heard throughout the world. The theme music from Bombay was used in Lord of War, an extremely successful film starring Nicholas Cage. Their next collaboration was the classic Dil Se. Both the soundtrack and film are hailed as classics in India. The immensely popular song from Dil Se, Chaiyya Chaiyya was recently featured in the hit film Inside Man, once again giving Rahman international recognition. In 2000, AR Rahman had his most successful release, titled Kandukondain Kandukondain, directed by Rajiv Mennon. The soundtrack to this album is the most successful in India. Rahman's next collaboration with Mani Ratnam was Alai Payuthey.Read more ›
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After being introduced to A.R. Rahman through the fantastic Slumdog Millionaire Score, I realized that my taste for his music had not been satiated and I started looking for recommendations. I enjoy a broad variety of music, and didn't want to just commit to a single score, so this collection was perfect for me as a way of sampling what Rahman has to offer.

Overall, the music is great and reminded me of Delerium (most similar to Poem), Enigma, and other eclectic film scores, but with a welcome and beautiful emphasis on indigenous Indian instrumentation. Many of the songs are filled with an intensity and joyfulness that is rare in film scores. Others are lovely, introspective, romantic. Essentially, everything you would want from film scores!

This is a great, I repeat, GREAT collection of music. If you love film scores, or liked the Slumdog soundtrack, this is a must buy. I'd actually say that this collection is even better than the Slumdog soundtrack, which while really good, doesn't quite measure up to the best tracks on this CD.

5/5 Stars. An awesome, atmospheric romp through Indian influenced ambient, eclectic electronica, dance, more traditional film score sound, and generally music that is infused with hopeful, beautiful and resonant themes of life.
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In the 20 years since his debut with Mani Ratnam's Roja, A.R. Rahman has revolutionised Indian film music. He has combined Hindustani, Carnatic and Western classical music with Western pop to provide the soundtracks not only for numerous films but to the lives of millions of people. After his crossover success Slumdog Millionaire, this collection consisting of selections from his Tamil projects was released. It's a 2-CD set with nothing but classic after classic after classic. 'Chinna Chinna Aasai,' 'Kannalanae,' 'Ennavale Adi Ennavale,' 'Alai Payuthey,' 'Uyire Uyire,' 'Kannamuchi' and the list goes on. This set has some of the most beautiful and vital music ever performed in Tamil. The only negative remark I could say is that two very big hits ('Urvasi Urvasi' from Kadhalaan and 'Narumugaye' from Iruvar) were not included but that's a minor point. I can only hope we soon see such a collection of Rahman's Hindi classics.
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All I knew of A R Raman before buying this album was the Bombay Theme Music I had on a compilation CD. I was very pleasantly surprised when I listened to this album for the first time as it was more than I expected. The more I listen to this album, the more I hear, and the more I enjoy it. Some tracks are relaxing and calm, some a little melancholy, others having a wonderful catchy lilt, and on some your feet want to tap and you body move swing. Some tracks are a mix of all of these elements.
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These CDs are so wonderful, I can't really find good enough words to sing their praise. In spite of the fact that I don't understand the lyrics, I can feel them and they make me smile. I can delight in their energy, their mystery. The melodies are sweet, haunting, playful, spiritual and more. They feel ancient, yet full of surprise. From the first note of the first cut on the first CD, I am captured. Mr. Rahman is truly a musical genius, a special soul. His music uplifts me and makes my spirit soar. I listen to these CDs and I am happy.
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Rahman's music is just too acceptable for me all the time whenever I listen to them.
This is one superb compilation to have one.
I just got mine.
Long live ARR!!!
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