Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Umm Kulthum - Rak El Habib

FLAC:   Side A   Side B

Side A
01. Rak El Habib (Part 1)

Side B
02. Rak El Habib (Part 2)

The j-card has titles of praise inscribed on it: Star of the East and First Lady of Arabic Song.  They are well-deserved nicknames.  The lyrics were composed by Ahmed Rami and the music was composed by Mohamed El Qasabgi who composed many wonderful songs for Umm Kulthum and a few other singers.  This is one of Umm Kulthum's most famous and popular works, and for good reason.

There are a couple weird skips in Part 2 which must be due to some laziness during the process of abbreviating the recording (they weren't about to put a 2-hour song on cassette).

Special thanks to daretelayam for the translation.

Here is a sound sample from side A:
Umm (2/21/12) Side A samp by tapesssss

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - ISHQ

FLAC:   Side A   Side B

Side A
01. Ay Athra Ishq Naeen Saun Denda
02. Jhalian Judaeyan Naeen Janian

Side B
03. Kee Janan Main Kaun Bhullia
04. Ban Ke Aya Sawali

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the shit.  He recorded hundreds of performances all over the world.  He sang the religious music of the Sufis and was based in Pakistan.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of his death.  This music is energetic, soulful, and just plain great.  Enjoy it!

Here's a preview from track 1:
Nusrat (2/16/12) Tr. 1 Samp by tapesssss

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sekar Arum - Vol 1: Kembang Tanjung

FLAC:   Side A   Side B

Side A

Side B
Katampen AYAK-AYAKAN, SREPEG dipun uran-urani PANGKUR SINOM WENIKENYA Slendro sanga. Bawa SA. SUDIRAWICITRA dhawah Gdh. BONDHET kalajengaken Ldr. TIRTAKENCANA Pelog Nem.

Some gamelan stuff.  Delicious.  I have two other tapes from this Sekar Arum group that will be coming up here sooner or later.  I'm starting to really enjoy these Lokananta Recording label finds.

Here is a preview from Side A:
Sekar (2/12/12) Side A Samp by tapesssss

Coming up next week: the undisputed queen of Arab music.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


FLAC:   Side A   Side B

Side A
01. Bechain Hoon Main (Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan)
02. Paayal Meri (Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan)
03. O Mere Raj Kumar (Alka Yagnik)  *
04. commercial (?)
05. Aaja Aaja Tu Aanewale (Iqbal Afzal Sabri, Jayshree Shivram & Sukvinder Singh)

Side B
06. commercial (?)
07. Tu Bijali Hain (Udit Narayan)
08. Ye Khoobsurat Badan (Alka Yagnik)
09. Aankhon Ke Aage Peechhe (Kavita Krishnamurthy)
10. commercial (?)

* = double holy shit.  love this track.

This is a Bollywood soundtrack from a much more recent movie than I will usually be posting (1996).  The movie was a huge flop.  I guess it lost a bunch of money and nobody liked it.  Despite this, the soundtrack kicks ass.  Synth-laden pop tunes and slow love ballads.  Enjoy it, y'all!

Here is a sound sample from track 3:

Rajkumar (2/9/12) Tr. 3 Sample by tapesssss