Manos Hadjidakis —
Topkapi ... LP United Artists, 1964. Very Good ...
A standout 60s soundtrack from the great Manos Hadjidakis – penned for a heist thriller from director Jules Dassin! The music follows slightly off the Dassin/Hadjidakis pairing on Never On A Sunday – using lots of familiar Greek elements, but moving these into more complicated film score modes as well – particularly on some of the cool mood-setting numbers you'd find in a heist film of this vintage – a surprisingly great setting for some of the more exotic moments in the music. There's plenty of bazuki in the mix, and some nice percussion too – and titles include "Meet Hans", "Istanbul", "Meet Arthur Simpson", "Main Title", "On The Road", and "The Road To Riches". LP, Vinyl record album
A great set of tracks from Indian films of the 60s – featuring more than a few uptempo numbers with a lively dancing groove. The music isn't really funky, but there's loads of heavy percussion, ear-piercing strings, and sweet lead vocals that remind us of some of the tracks on the Doob Doob A Rama compilation. Includes "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai" by Lata Mangeshkar, "Juhmka Gira Re" by Asha Bhosle, "Ab Kya Misal Doon" by Mohamed Rafi, "Bol Rhada Bol" by Mukesh, "Mera Pyar Wo Hai" by Mahinder Kapoor, and "Aawaz Na Do" by Lata Mangeskar. LP, Vinyl record album