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Best of A.R. Rahman
     

The Best of A.R. Rahman

by A.R. Rahman
 
A.R. Rahman is best known outside of India for his compositions on the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire, but he's written for many film scores. The Best of A.R. Rahman has 14 tracks drawn from ten of them, though nothing from Slumdog Millionaire, which itself would seem to disqualify this as the best

Overview

A.R. Rahman is best known outside of India for his compositions on the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire, but he's written for many film scores. The Best of A.R. Rahman has 14 tracks drawn from ten of them, though nothing from Slumdog Millionaire, which itself would seem to disqualify this as the best possible best-of. The minimal packaging doesn't tell us much about the composer or the recordings, though judging from the copyrights, the material spans 1997 to 2006. What it lacks in annotation, however, it does make up for in quantity, with 73 minutes of music. The music's as much of a mélange of different elements as devotees of Indian soundtracks have come to expect, to varying degrees fusing traditional-inclined Indian instrumentation and melodies with up-to-the-minute technobeats and energetic, at times sexy vocals. Even measured against the usual eclecticism of such productions, Rahman is diverse, able to devise fairly frivolous dance numbers, straight-ahead romantic Indian pop, airy ballads, and pastoral pieces with a less urban flavor. Not much is easily pigeonholed, however; just when you think Shreya Ghoshal and Uday Mazumdar's "Barso Re" is going to be a pretty traditional tune without a whiff of modernity, the chanting choruses and hard electronic beats take it in a different direction. Not much of this is as eccentric to non-Indian ears as the kind of Bollywood that draws a cult following for its exotic feel, and some pieces, like Lata Mangeshkar's "So Gaye Hain," have a sedate quality with more of the classical-influenced cinematic orchestration many associate with soundtracks the world over. But neither is it too mainstream, though Preeya Kalidas and Raza Jaffrey's "Shakalaka Baby," much of which is sung in English, comes close to being dancefloor filler that could be played almost anywhere in the world without sounding out of the ordinary.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886974911524
catalogNumber:
749115
Rank:
30612

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

A.R. Rahman   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan   Track Performer
Lata Mangeshkar   Track Performer
Kavita Krishnamurthy   Track Performer
Asha Bhosle   Track Performer
Daler Mehndi   Track Performer
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Preeya Kalidas   Track Performer
Shankar Mahadevan   Track Performer
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan   Track Performer
Udit Narayan   Track Performer
Sadhana Sargam   Track Performer
Maryem Hassan Tollar   Track Performer
Reena Bhardwaj   Track Performer
Raza Jaffrey   Track Performer
Alka Yagnik   Track Performer
Sukhwinder Singh   Track Performer
Maryem Toller Ensemble   Track Performer
Shreya Ghoshal   Track Performer
Vaishali   Choir, Chorus
Mohit Chauhan   Track Performer
Chinmayee   Track Performer
Kishori Gowariker   Track Performer
Shaan Gowariker   Track Performer
Keerthi   Track Performer
Uday Mazumdar   Track Performer
Vaishali Chorus   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Don Black   Text
Marius de Vries   Text
Javed Akhtar   Text
Rahat Indori   Text
Prasoon Joshi   Text
Dinesh Kapoor   Text
Tim Kody   Text
S. S. Gulzar   Text
Mehboob Alam   Text

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