Saturday, June 20, 2009

A quick Kolkata trip and some lost treasures

Kolkata for a week is never enough, but this trip was somehow satisfying. The parents are in the process of moving house and there was a bit of excitement there...what with setting up the new place and all, buying some furniture, helping set up the completed portions, choosing the curtains, lighting etc. Also managed to finally tick off some long standing to-dos. But the big surprise lay elsewhere. In an old store room, locked up in a tattered suitcase. My parent's entire LP record collection. Almost all of them in good condition! Just touching the vibrant full colour packing covers brought back wonderful memories of lazy afternoons in Kanpur/Madras/ Calcutta spent listening and trying to memorise some of these very songs. A really interesting mix of music there...given dad's passion for old film music and mom's more western tilt. Some of the records I can remember from the 70 odd that I found are:

1. Tom Jones - She's a lady
2. Usha Iyer - Scotch and Soda, Love Story and others
3. Neil Diamond - The best of
4. Paul Anka - The best of
5. Boney M - The best of
6. Pink Floyd - Piper at the gates of dawn
7. James Last - Trumpet a go-go
8. Yehudi Menuhin/ Ravi Shanker - Improvisations /East meets west 3
9. Nancy Sinatra - These boots are meant for walking - original 1966 release edition

1. Satte pe Satta
2. Piya ka ghar
3. Salil Chowdhury and the Calcutta Youth Choir - Modern bengali songs
4. Anand
5. An evening with Mohd. Rafi
6. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan - Legends
7. Lata Mangeshkar - Classical evening

Here are some pics.
Now all I need to do is find a record player. Any ideas where?


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