Velvety crooner nonpareil from the Indian subcontinent, Mohammed Rafi was something of an Indian Fred Astaire. With his trained voice and stylish rendition, Rafi was the “playback” personality behind many a debonair Bollywood star of the 60s and 70s. This RG is a good representation of his varied and prolific work, which ranges from uptempo orchestral numbers to introspective traditional folk tunes.
Track 1: Loud cheesy opening with trumpets, bongos, drums, etc., then transitions into soft, syrupy ballad led by acoustic guitar.
Track 2: Slow, brooding kitsch
Track 3: Peppy, midtempo serenade
Track 4: Midtempo, melodious, quintessential bollywood
Track 5: Opens with a weird synthetic swirl. Duet with the irrespressible Asha Bhosale
Track 6: The only qawali on the album, Rafi shines (as does Asha Bhosale)
Track 7: Midtempo duet. The recording has strange “studio” echo