The Best of A.R. Rahman

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886974911524
  • Catalog Number: 749115
  • Sales rank: 39,422

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rang de Basanti (6:03)
  2. 2 Khoon Chala (3:07)
  3. 3 Barso Re (5:27)
  4. 4 Tere Bina (5:08)
  5. 5 Mayya (6:00)
  6. 6 Ghanan Ghanan (6:10)
  7. 7 Radha Kaise Na Jale (5:34)
  8. 8 Dheeme Dheeme (5:43)
  9. 9 Go Gaye Hain (5:23)
  10. 10 Gurus of Peace (5:34)
  11. 11 Yeh Rishta (4:41)
  12. 12 Ae Nazneen Suno Na (5:55)
  13. 13 Shakalaka Baby (4:17)
  14. 14 Warriors in Peace, song (4:34)
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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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