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post Aug 7 2004, 06:11 PM
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A Review of Talat Mahmood in Concert
-Royal Albert Hall


Opinions/views expressed in this post are entirely my own, and are not to be construed as those of the site www.HamaraForums.com. I am not a music critic in any way, not having received any sort of musical training or musical education. I come to you equipped with two good listening ears. I'm simply a humble fan of Talat Mahmood.



Getting a once in a lifetime chance of being in the presence of a legend is indeed an honour. And the honour doesn't come cheap. True fans of Talat sahab's work, haven't been perturbed by the costs of this Live CD, which is being offered for the past few months now on his official website. Talat sahab's son, Khalid Talat Mahmood, is kind enough to put up rare, famous & non-film songs, all free of cost on the Velvet Voiced Wonder's website. This website "www.talatmahmood.com" probably receives visitors in the thousands, at least on a monthly basis. So, even after more than 35 years of his prime, Talat sahab's work is being appreciated, distributed, collected & revered by numerous fans throughout the world.

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1. Hain Sabse Madhur Woh Geet Jinhein Ham Dard Ke Sur Mein Gaate Haen
Album- Patita
Year- 1953
M.D- Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics- Shailendra
Duration- Original Version 3:55, Concert Version 3:47


I love Shankar Jaikishan's composition on the original song. My opinion has remained that live performances are more enjoyable if the artists can liven up the atmosphere. Fortunately or unfortunately for Talat sahab, his major share of popular songs are sad songs. This one not being an exception to that fact. The musical accompaniment's live performance sounds rather flat with some instruments missing, which reduces the general effect of the song. Maybe, if the singer took charge, this could've been a more powerful number. Talat sahab's live rendition is not very remarkable here. But, he does seem to try and break the mould at the end of the song. And, indeed, does receive thundering applause. So, maybe the effect of actually being at the concert is lost upon a listener.


2. Tasveer Tera Dil Mera Behla Na Sakay Gee
Album- Non Film
Year- 1944
M.D- Kamal Das Gupta
Lyrics- Faiyyaz Hashmi
Duration- Original 1944 Version ?:??, 1967's Version 3:13, Concert Version 3:25


This is not the first time for avid listeners of Talat sahab to listen to the combination of Faiyyaz Hasmi's words and Talat's voice. According to the official website, there have been fifteen other occasions when Faiyyaz Hashmi's words have been sung by Talat sahab. Some of the other Non-Film songs with these two and Kamal Dasgupta in the Music Director position are, Main Teri Chhabi Banaoonga, Sab Din Ek Saaman Nahin Tha, Soe Hue Hain Chand Aur Taare and Choudhvi Manzil Pe Zaalim Aagaya. Indeed, the combination is a good one. Lamenting his lover's absence, unable to be satisfied with a portrait of her, one hears touching lyrics as these,

Yeh Aankhein Haen Thehri Hui, Chanchal Woh Nigaahein
Yeh Haath Haen Sehmaye Hue, Aur Mast Woh Baahein
Parchaayein To Insaan Ke Kaam Aa Na Sakay Gee
Tasveer Teri Dil Mera Behla Na Sakay Gee


Talat mentions the popularity of this number saying, "Yeh gaana 1944 mein maine record kiya tha, aur aaj tak ussi tareekay se bik raha hae jaisay pehlay bika tha." When you listen to the concert version, vocally you won't feel a difference between the Talat sahab of 1967 and of that day. The only difference is in the first shaer that Talat sahab doesn't repeat for some reason,

(Mein Baat Karuun Ga To Yeh Khamosh Rahay Gee
Seenay Sae Laga Luun Ga To Yeh Kuch Na Kahay Gee)
x1 in CONCERT, x2 in original
Aaraam Woh Kya Daegee, Jo Tarhpa Na Sakay Gee
Tasveer Teri Dil Mera Behla Na Sakay Gee


The audience applaud and whistle for an encore, Talat sahab replies saying, "Abhi buhat sae gaanay gaana hae, aur waqt bhi buhat zyaada nahi hae, to ek hee gaanay per gaarhi* atak gayee to buhat mushkil ho jaye gee..." and moves on to the next song.

*gaarhi- (car)


3. Mera Jeevan Saathi Bichad Gaya Lo Khatam Kahani Ho Gayee
Album- Babul
Year- 1950
M.D- Naushad
Lyrics- Shakeel Badayuni
Duration- Original Version 3:23, 1980's Version 3:41, Concert Version 3:27


If Naushad created the perfect tunes for the golden era of HFM, only Shakeel Badayuni could transcend the mental boundaries involved in penning lyrics that would do justice to Naushad's perfect creation. Sahir Ludhianvi and Majrooh Sultanpuri might've also contended for that position, yet one seems to feel that it was a different kind of magic altogether. The composition is gloomy & haunting, the words mesmerizing. Talat sahab's singing, doesn't necessarily shine out in the original number. In my opinion, Talat sahab has been able to put a lot more of his soulful voice, the misery and longing it epitomizes, in to the 80's version. The concert version, ranks below the 80's version, on my charts. Owing to this being a popular number, even with its shortcomings, I doubt that anyone would care. This song would be listened to just as diligently, like any other Talat song, by every faithful admirer.


4. Mera Pyaar Mujhe Lauta Do
Album- Non Film
Year- 1940s
M.D- V. Balsara
Lyrics- Sajjan
Duration- Original Version 3:10, Concert Version 3:57


An anecdote that I would want to pass onto the readers here, someone from the audience shouts, "Mera Pyaar Mujhe Lauta Do" and Talat sahab replies, "Mein abhi lautata huun aapko, wohi maine nikaala hae lautaanay ke liye. buhat sahi waqt pe aapnay maanga, chunaachay, wohi waapis lee jiye aap, mera pyaar mujhe lauta do". Talat sahab mentions the lyricist fondly here. While also telling the musicians that the music is a little loud.

The original song is enshrouded with layer upon layer of sadness thanks to the resonance of Talat sahab's voice touching a recognizable chord in our heart. The music is fairly simple and is not once let to overcome or overpower the song. The melody is only secondary infront of the magic of the singer. It is put in the background with Talat sahab's young voice being the main force carrying this song forward. Lyrics are not the forte of this song, yet somehow this seems as a trendsetting song. The emotions and sentiments have oft been repeated since then, by many a singers following Talat Sahab's times.
The live version for me ranks much above the original. The original song seemed calm and composed. The original captured the sound & a certain hidden texture of Talat Mahmood's voice that somehow resembles that of Mohammad Rafi of the initial days. The concert version is preferred over the studio version for the simple reason that it shows growth on part of Talat Sahab as a ghazal singer.
The sound rises to a high-pitch and creates a momentary unpleasant effect at the high note touched at the Mere Sapnon Ko Lauta Do portion of the song, a very minute error. Rest assured, there are no glitches after this minor setback. And Talat sahab seems at ease throughout the song.

Thukraanay Se Pehlay Mujhko Lauta Do Woh Preet Kee Baatein
Meri Hansi, Mastiyaan Meri, Lauta Do Woh Chaandni Raatein
Mere Sapnon Ko Lauta Do, Mera Tuuta Dil Lauta Do



5. Yeh Hawa Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni, Teri Ek Adaa Pe Nisaar Hae
Album- Sangdil
Year- 1952
M.D- Sajjad
Lyrics- Rajinder Krishan
Duration- Original Version 3:17, Concert Version 3:34


Sajjad Hussain used Talat only in a few movies besides Sangdil, namely, Preet Na Jaane, Shikwa and Rustam Sohrab. This song probably being the most famous out of all of the collaborations between the two. The lyricist Rajendra Krishan's beauty lay in the simplicity of his words. Here was a poet who didn't craft prose to explain situations based on complex philosophies. The underlying theme was never forgotten, and the lyrics were always on the mark. This ballad seems so beautiful even with its cliched lyrics.

Tujhe Kya Khabar Hai O Bekhabar, Teri Ek Nazar Mein Hae Kya Asar
Jo Ghazab Mein Aaye To Qaehar Hai, Jo Ho Meharbaan To Qaraar Hai
Mujhe Kyuun Na Ho Teri Aarzuu, Teri Justujuu Mein Bahaar Hai


Here is Talat sahab, taking the audience out for an enchanted trip on a pleasant moonlit evening, with the music accentuating the voice and the lyrics providing comforting support. The concert version for me doesn't stand out in any special way. A perennial classic which will be appreciated, nevertheless.


6. Humse Aaya Na Gaya, Tumse Bulaaya Na Gaya
Album- Dekh Kabira Roya
Year- 1957
M.D- Madan Mohan
Lyrics- Rajinder Krishan
Duration- Original Version 3:23, Concert Version 4:06


Strong melodious compositions were a hallmark of Madan Mohan. Rajinder Krishan's words strike a chord at every step. Talat sahab starts, falters for a moment, regains control and then beautifully carries the song forward. The music, as in the original, is given secondary importance. Talat sahab's voice & the wordings take centre stage.


7. Koi Nahi Mera Iss Dunya Mein, Aashiyaan Barbaad Hae
Album- Daag
Year- 1952
M.D- Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics- Shailendra
Duration- Original Version 4:28, 1980's Version 3:03, Concert Version 2:52


A powerful song created by Shankar Jaikishan, for the lyrics, the imagery and the voice. Other hits of Talat Mahmood from this album were of course, Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal and Hum Dard Ke Maaron Ka. The song, Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal also features on this concert album. The original was like a roller coaster ride into pessimism, despair, hopelessness and misery. The lyrics, reminiscent of bitter-sweet realities of life that everyone of us has faced, at one point or another.
The original was almost 4 and a half minutes long. The concert version has been shortened to just 3 minutes. Talat sahab does not sing the following stanza,

Suukh Chukay Haen Aankhon Ke Jharnay, Luut Liya Humein Daagh-e-Jigar Ne
Phuul Nahi, Yeh Zakhm Khilay Haen, Aasmaan Sayyad Hae


The 1980's version sounds slightly better than the concert version. There is something about this classic melody that just doesn't show up in the live version. I don't claim to have a very distinguishing ear, so, my only thoughts on this would be that the music seems lacking. Talat sahab as usual, comes out sounding the same as he did on the 1980's version.


8. Itna Na Mujhse Tu Pyaar Barhaa
Album- Chhaaya
Year- 1961
M.D- Salil Chowdhry
Lyrics- Rajendra Krishan
Duration- Original Version 3:19, Concert Version 4:00


The lyrics of this song have a beautifully melancholic touch to them. Talat's voice in the original song comes streaming through with the purity and pathos of an unfortunate man, looking at his life realistically, with a crystal clear point of view. The cliched wordings of sad songs that might remind you of a more popular number by one of Talat's contemporaries are non-existent and simply don't apply in this case. In those days, sad songs got the royal treatment.
The live version, starts enthusiastically with the most easily recognizable tune. Though Talat sahab might be humming the words of the sad version, the music simply belies the sentiment. Both Talat sahab & the music, enthuse a strange energy in the audience with this rendition and the sounds of accompanying claps from the audience are clearly audible.
Talat sahab here does something rather astounding, adding a new twist to the famous song at the end, as under.

Mein Jhoom Raha Huun Masti Mein, Mehmaan Huun Teri Basti Mein -2
Ek Baar Gaya To Kisko Khabar, Ek Baar Gaya To Kisko Khabar,
Mein Aa Na Sakuun Phir Dobaarah, Itna Na Mujhse Tu Pyaar Barha


I might have been unfortunate enough not to hear this in the original recording, if it really was there, to begin with. Or simply, this is something new that was not available in the initial release. The original songs had two versions, one the solo, sad version sung by Talat Sahab. The other, a duet with Lata, which I'm not very fond of, simply for the reason of it being a happy-song, per se. This live version of Talat sahab's probably ranks very close to the original sad version for me. Talat sahab voice exudes energy on some level to make everyone sit up and take notice.


Continued in next post ...
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post Aug 7 2004, 06:16 PM
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Continuation of A Review of Talat Mahmood in Concert
-Royal Albert Hall


9. Bechain Nazar Baetaab Jigar, Yeh Dil Hae Kisi Ka Deewana
Album- Yasmin
Year- 1955
M.D- C. Ramchander
Lyrics- Jan Nisar Akhtar
Duration- Original Version 3:52, 1980's Version 3:46, Concert Version 2:45


The song most reminscent of Talat sahab's velvety voice which all his true fans miss the most. The wonders of modern recording equipment have seemed useless, against Talat Sahab's voice deterioration due to old age. It is impossible to create the same magic that once existed in that quaint & very low-tech recording of this beautiful song by C. Ramchander back in 1955. For people hoping to relive their memories, the song might reawaken a faint wave of thoughts, feelings of years past. Yet, the 'baankpan' in Talat sahab's voice is simply missing. But, then, not everybody is looking for a studio replica of the song. The sound of experience simply flows through Talat sahab's vocals on this song. In the end, overall a good track.

Jab Raat Zara Shabnam Se Dhule, Lehrayee Hui, Woh Zulf Khulay
Nazron Se Nazar, Ek Bhaid Kahay, Dil Dil Se Kahay, Ek Afsaana


You listen to a humble show of enthusiasm from a few fans, in the form of some whistles, as the song starts. In my honest opinion, Talat sahab falls behind the Talat Mahmood of 1955. I could be wrong and this all could be attributed to me not realizing that there are a lot of things to consider when comparing a Live recording and a studio version of the same.


10. Raat Ne Kya Kya Khwaab Dikhaye
Album- Ek Gaun Ki Kahani
Year- 1957
M.D- Salil Chowdhury
Lyrics- Shailendra
Duration- Original Version 3:22, Concert Version 4:29


The lilting music infused with the despair-filled voice of Talat Mahmood. Salil Chowdhury might be blamed by some, unfairly, for using tunes by the legendary musicians. This I guess was probably for their music being a big influence on him and I ask, why shouldn't Mozart or Chopin be appreciated. What he can be blamed for, is instilling such sweetness into his songs that we fall for them every time. The words crafted for this gem by Shailendra are not phenomenal, yet, with the perfect blend of music & Talat's voice, it all seems to come into focus. I say one thing for this song, it is full of 'morbid-sweetness'. I believe, the best musicians are those who have discovered the secret of how to strike a balance between despair, anguish, hope and dreams.

Coming to the performance, the first encore in this live performance. Talat Sahab's performance is on the mark. No glitches in the recording. No bad notes. Talat sahab finishes the song and the audience replies with thunderous applause & whistles. Talat sahab blesses the audience with a repeat, murmuring, "Achha, sunniye" and finishes by repeating the following.

Ham Ne To Chaaha Bhuul Hii Jayein, Vo Afsaana Kyun Dohorayein
Dil Rah Rah Ke Yaad Dilaaye, Raat Ne Kya Kya Khvaab Dikhaaye


I would rank this on my personal favourites, above the original, only because of the last part. This also happens to be the last song of the first session, for the selected songs. After this, Talat sahab performed songs requested by the audience.


11. Tasveer Banata Huun, Tasveer Nahi Banti
Album- Baradari
Year- 1955
M.D- Nashaad
Lyrics- Khumar Barabankvi
Duration- Original Version 3:17, Concert Version 3:16


The original spoke truly of love, longing and hope in the words threaded together by Khumar Barabankvi. The composition fails to appeal. Though Talat Mahmood suits this song perfectly, we don't see any use of his range or the modulation in his voice that other Music Directors used.

Does the concert version sound any better than the 'sanitized' studio version?
No, not really. Talat Mahmood, is blamed for not experimenting in his performances, to change the song, making it more appealing to an audience
listening to it LIVE. To deviate from the expected norm was not a part of what Talat Mahmood was. This is just a fact that we have to accept. In his way, throughout this musical extravaganza, he has shown some different shades. And in the end, beauty will be appreciated in any form, be it its original or some other variegated form.


12. Jalte Hain Jiske Liye
Album- Sujata
Year- 1959
M.D- S. D. Burman
Lyrics- Majrooh
Duration- Popular Version 3:15, Extended Version 4:05, Concert Version 3:36


I always thought the original song was heart-wrenchingly painful, able to move one to tears. Listening to the live version, one feels the pure intensity and ecstasy that Talat sahab is still able to convey through a simple change in his intonation of a few words. The thunderous applause at the very recognition after the initial humming by Talat sahab is resonant of the importance this track holds in posterity. The way Talat sahab pauses, Haathon Se Yeh ... Chuutay Na Kahin show off skills of his ghazal singing, throughout the song. Majrooh Sultanpuri's juxtaposition of everything from the lover's mouth to the eyes to the heart & mind is flawless.
This song's concert version is the perfect example for people who want to know how Talat sahab sounded after his prime, yet still managing to capture the magic, enthralling his fans.


13. Zindagi Denewale Sunn
Album- Dil-e-Nadan
Year- 1953
M.D- Ghulam Mohammad
Lyrics- Shakeel Badayuni
Duration- Original Version 3:10, Concert Version 4:53


The words of Shakeel Badayuni spoke in volumes, not just here, but in everything he wrote for HFM and for non-film works. Ghulam Mohammad's tunes are blissful, simple yet alluring. This song makes Talat sahab flex his vocal chords, and believe me thats a blessing. Major portion of the concert doesn't make him do anything special. Most HFM buffs would know Talat sahab didn't get his fair share of difficult songs. I wish he had chosen that path and maybe we would've gotten to read & listen to a different history. In this lifetime at least, Talat sahab will be remembered as the soft velvet voiced wonder.

In the original version, Talat sahab doesn't touch the notes the same way he does in the concert. The concert version is where Talat Mahmood shines like a star going supernova, not necessarily with the negative connotations. The way Talat sahab stretches the note at the end of Zindaa Rakhaa Magar Zindagii Chhiin Lii is simply unheard of in any studio performance that I have had a chance to listen to. The second encore of the evening, brief as it maybe, draws a lot of applause from the audience, and well deserved too.

Bekhataa Tuune Mujhse Khushii Chhiin Lii, Zindaa Rakhaa Magar Zindagii Chhiin Lii
Kar Diyaa Dil Kaa Khuun, Chup Kahaan Tak Rahuun, Saaf Kyuun Naa Kahuun
Tuu Khushii Se Merii Darr Gayaa, Zindagii Dene Vaale Sun ...



14. Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal
Album- Daag
Year- 1952
M.D- Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics- Shailendra
Duration- Original Version 3:00, Concert Version 3:14


In one word, upbeat. The live version is a little faster than the original. Talat sahab, though sounding a little mellow and subdued on some tracks, seems surprisingly lively on this track. Maybe it has to do with the history that this track has for him or he just favoured to make use of the tune and play around with it. Talat sahab was still at the prime of his career when this song became a hit. Mohammad Rafi hadn't unsettled the market and Talat sahab reigned over the HFM as the tragedy ghazal king. Nevertheless, even after so many years, the energy shines through in this recording.


15. Meri Yaad Mein
Album- Madhosh
Year- 1951
M.D- Madan Mohan
Lyrics- Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Duration- Original Version 2:52, Concert Version 2:52


Madan Mohan had a pleasantly sophisticated taste for music. In retrospect, he seemed the perfect musical partner to the calm & equally sophisticated Talat Mahmood. His association with Lata Mangeshkar was on a different level altogether, Madan Mohan asked for perfection on female vocals & only Lata delivered it for him. Getting back to the song, it was created back when Madan Mohan was still struggling as a music director and hadn't been crowned the 'Ghazal Prince/Shehzada-e-Ghazal’. The beautiful composition speaks in volumes for the perfect convergence of music, mind & soul into one song. The faint yet astounding effect that is produced by the modulation in Talat's voice, Raja Mehdi's lyrics depicting the quintessential protagonist in the throes of heartbreak & betrayal. I wouldn't be lying if I say here that half of the popularity that this song has received is due to the excellent composition. Madan Mohan was able to recognize and effectively use the modulation in Talat's voice to his song's advantage. The original's beauty was in switching focus between the singer & the music, but without losing the charm of either or overshadowing one another. It was the perfect gelling together of the two.

The Live version doesn't fall very far from the original. Some might complain regarding the recreation of the music not being upto the mark, I would disagree. The same effects have been achieved in this version of the tune. The attention to detail is definitely there. The quaintness of the song is preserved even after such a long passage of time. Talat sahab's vocal performance is not very spectacular on this track. There is no noticeable display of him having a hard time. Yet, somehow, the energy, the conviction seems lacking.


16. Jhoome Re Neela Amber Jhoome
Album- Ek Gaun Ki Kahani
Year- 1957
M.D- Salil Chowdhury
Lyrics- Shailendra
Duration- Original Version 3:53, Concert Version 3:26


The original was a fast and peppy number. Talat sahab's last performance of the evening couldn't be a sad number, that would be just too conventional. This sounds most fitting, as the start was made on Patita's Hain Sabse Madhur Woh Geet Jinhein Ham Dard Ke Sur Mein Gaate Haen. The original song required Talat sahab to stretch the Jhoome Re part of the song, which he did excellently. He does it even better on the concert version and does receive approval from quite a few fans in the form of whistles. Good track, for the feel-good effect.



Related Websites:
Official Website- www.talatmahmood.com
Order CD- Talat Mahmood In Concert, Royal Albert Hall- Order CD
Internet Movie Database- IMDB.com
Musical Nirvana- MusicalNirvana.com
Songs at Music India Online- MusicIndiaOnline.com
Songs at Hindi Film Music- HindiFilmMusic.com
Songs at Indian Melody- IndianMelody.com
Talat Mahmood Song Lyrics- Talat Mahmood Songs


All concert version times are approximates. The CD features the complete concert as one track. One complete track of uninterrupted gems by the Velvet Voiced Talat Mahmood. Order CD.


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post Aug 7 2004, 09:02 PM
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Adding samples of some live performances in SKS section.

3. Mera Jeevan Saathi- Babul- 1950- Naushad- Shakeel Badayuni- Duration- 1:03
5. Yeh Hawa Yeh Raat Sangdil- 1952- Sajjad- Rajinder Krishan- Duration- 0:50
8. Itna Na Mujhse Chhaaya- 1961- Salil Chowdhry- Rajendra Krishan- Duration- 1:48
10. Raat Ne Kya Kya Ek Gaun Ki Kahani- 1957- Salil Chowdhury- Shailendra- Duration- 0:58
13. Zindagi Denewale Sunn Dil-e-Nadan 1953- Ghulam Mohammad- Shakeel Badayuni- Duration- 1:20
14. Aye Mere Dil Daag- 1952- Shankar Jaikishan- Shailendra- Duration- 1:14



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superb work boss.

u are a true fan.

TO ALL MUSIC LOVERS: NOTE THIS

U will get MR,KK,LM,AB,MK,MD,SK,HK,KLS & OTHERS copies,sound alike,clones,etc.

but never TM

He had a god given gift which can't be emulated.

Hear him you'll fall in love

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Very true.

CM, I suggest you try out the samples. And do share with us your thoughts on the review.



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QUOTE (extenok @ Aug 7 2004, 03:46 PM)


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Great Work. Must appreciate your knowledge and the efforts that you have put in.

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Once again, I am in awe of true fans! I don't consider myself much of one precisely for this reason. Look at the interest you guys have to put in such painstaking efforts! I was looking for a "hats off" smiley, but found just a "glasses off one", so this one will have to be repeated ... seems like this is the only emotion I feel at HF! bow.gif bow.gif bow.gif ad infinitum!

I don't have the liesure to go through your review in detail over this weekend Extenok ji, but I surely will over the next week. I did read most of part 1 but with too many distractions, I would like to peruse it with more time on my hands but... maybe in a week or two. I have heard most of the songs mentioned therein, I have most of them and I'll probably give them a listen while reading up your review.

I just had to respond to the effort that seems to have gone into it.... amazing!

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Excellent review and thanks for the great effort. A treat for Talat Saab's fans.

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Imran you have done a great job to write this review so beautifully and I must admit that you have a lot of music sense even you didn't have any training (as you said). A very detailed review gives insight into Talat Mehmood's singing as well as his lifestyle.

Another thing that has been powerfully shown here that you are a true fan and being a true fan is also not something ordinary.

Congrats for the good work!





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I thank all of you, CM, BB, T, Mohd, Awan in taking time out to read the review and for appreciating it

As for the great effort Mohammad bhai, it was not for myself or for anyone else, just for Talat sahab.

Talaikya, I'll be waiting for your response when you're finished with the review, hopefully sooner than later.



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post Aug 10 2004, 12:28 AM
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Whhoooooooooooooooooooooo this is some review!!!!! It is almost like listening to the whole cd!!!! Maanna padega aapke dedication ko. Listening and collecting is one thing but to take this much time and effort to write something in honour of one's idol is just wonderful.
BTW why do u say u do not like the duet version of itna na mujhse tu simply because it is a happy song? Don't U like happy songs at all? blink.gif
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QUOTE (priya @ Aug 10 2004, 12:28 AM)

BTW why do u say u do not like the duet version of itna na mujhse tu simply because it is a happy song? Don't U like happy songs at all? blink.gif
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Thank you for reading & appreciating.
I do like happy songs. Just that, happy songs do not affect me as deeply as sad songs. Sad songs, I believe, bring more meaning to the whole picture. There is something magical and interesting about melancholy & despair; pining over something that is lost. Life's bruises, punches & its farcical ironies teach you to respect and to live for the happy times, while not forgetting the sad times.




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Extenok's review of the CD of Talat-sahab's Live Performance is evidently a "labour of love".

What, IMHO, stood out in the review are characteristics that serve as valuable pointers for us.

Considerable thought and time and effort has gone into the preparation and drafting of the review. It was not dealt in an "off-handed" manner, merely to highlight the greatness of an artiste he venerates.

Of course, we all know that he is a particularly devoted fan of the legendary artiste. But nowhere does he splurge on superlatives. On the contrary, he has painstakingly compared the "live" version with the original recorded version and expressed his preference for one or the other, and the reasons why. As a result, we have a "balanced" and impartial review, one that I admire for its sincerity and credibility.

Unless he already had the information stored in his mind, extenok has taken the trouble to research each of the songs. Citing the names of the lyricists and music directors of the songs makes it particularly pertinent and informative for the readers.

Despite the length of the review, it is evident that he has crafted it meticulously, every word and line and paragraph. It becomes a sheer pleasure to read when the prose matches the feelings between the lines.

Uploading samples of the performance whetted the reader's appetite. At the same time extenok did not trespass into the twilight zone of ethics and copyright. Rather, his review is designed to instill in the reader's mind the desire to listen to the CD. And he has conspicuously painted arrows to the source.

That this "work" was done exclusively for HF deserves our sincere appreciation and gratitude. Personally, I feel the article is worthy of publication and I wish it gets greater exposure and wider circulation.

Having heard the CD, I can confidently state that there is nothing stated in the review that gives rise to doubt or question. In fact, I look forward to hearing the songs again with the aid of extenok's notes!

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QUOTE
Thank you for reading & appreciating.
I do like happy songs. Just that, happy songs do not affect me as deeply as sad songs. Sad songs, I believe, bring more meaning to the whole picture. There is something magical and interesting about melancholy & despair; pining over something that is lost. Life's bruises, punches & its farcical ironies teach you to respect and to live for the happy times, while not forgetting the sad times.


Come to think of it I too have a preference for sad songs. But then some sad songs make one sad. While in others the grief is somehow so sublimated that it manages to uplift one--do i sound crazy? doh.gif
But I enjoy listening to happy numbers while going about ordinary chores.
Extenok saab now U must do a writeup on Talatsaab's duets (esp with Asha)--would love to read that! wink2.gif
Unnijiiiiii review ko kaise review kiya jaaye koi aapse seekhe--amidst all the music and art it is nice to come across real good writing like urs and Extenok saab's.
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PS What does Extenok mean? Aaapne yeh naam kyon chuna? Puzzling unsure.gif

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After conducting extensive research on this subect, I have come to the incontrovertible conclusion that the mood of the songs one listens to, is directly related to one's marital status.

A bachelor/bachelorette, living in a carefree world of blissful freedom, explores uncharted territory by embarking into a "fantasy-land" of sorrow, by listening to melancholic songs that express emotions and sentiments they have themselves never experienced.

Whereas, post-marriage, while enduring the rough and tumble of life, one seeks escapism by switching off reality and popping in a peppy CD.

As a happy-go-lucky bachelor I could afford to listen to "Ansoo bhari hai yeh jeevan ki raahen". Now, with a wife and two daughters, Eena, Meena, and Deeka, I need Kishore-da to resuscitate me.

Cheers! rollf.gif

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