Various Artists The Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold
- Words: Derek Beres
- Label: World Music Network
To many unfamiliar with the complex forms of Indian music, Bollywood has been a happy entry point. Like American pop, filmi tunes (and the movies they are born from) are big business. Around the time Motown was mass-producing R&B superstars, the Indian film industry was stockpiling radios with sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, the extremely funky Mohd Rafi, and, true to the flexible nature of Indian culture, a yodeling saint of a singer named Kishore Kumar. This 15-track compilation is from the industry's golden age (1960-'80). Rough, fuzzy, analog, and brilliant, these are the Marvins and Supremes of their day, in a style still going strong.
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