My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Shalimar is a 1978 Bollywood film (I have no idea why the book has it as 1975) and this soundtrack was done by R.D. Burman. Most of the songs feature a different Indian singer.
What I think: This has been one of the most odd and mysterious selections in the book. Because of the way they have it listed, it was difficult to confirm what exactly I was supposed to listen to. On top of that, there is very little information online and the incorrect year in the book does not help. It also appears to be the first album not available for purchase on CD or vinyl from Amazon. I did find a digital version from their streaming service, but nobody has reviewed it so it is no use to me.
Music-wise, it’s a fun album to listen to. You can almost envision the movie unfolding as the moods of the music change. I think my favorites are the “Title Track” and the song that follows “One Two Cha Cha Cha”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m glad I heard it. I don’t think I’ll search it out again, but it was nice to mix things up a little and so I’m glad it is here.
Rating (Out of 5) 2.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (279/358)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%