Asha Bhosle

Reveals the Real

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No one can argue with the fact that Asha Bhosle is India's greatest and most recorded singer in soundtrack history, probably in any soundtrack history, for that matter. Her decision to re-record R.D. Burman's favorite tunes from his own cinematic and pop careers is a curious one, but bears fine fruit. A double-disc, Reveals the Real features an introduction (in Hindi) explaining why Bhosle so admires the composer. What occurs here is a modern reproduction of the original tunes with new music and production (by Nitin Shankar) created from the actual charts. So, what once existed as folk melodies and the now classic Indian pop sound of the '70s has become everything from jazzed-up dub, digital delayed house tracks, and the ilk, although the original music has been preserved! This is one wild experiment that makes for an engaging, provocative, and sometimes jarring listening experience.

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