Precious Platinum

Precious Platinum

by Asha Bhosle



While the word "platinum" in the title might suggest to the potential buyer that this album is yet another compilation of Asha Bhosle's recording highlights, in fact it is a new album, and the word is meant to signal its relationship to the singer's 75th birthday in 2008. To mark the occasion, composer Nitin Ramesh Shankar has written nine new songs for her to sing. In keeping with her status as Bollywood's leading "playback singer" (i.e., one who dubs in the singing voices of non-singing film actresses), Bhosle gets to apply her still supple voice to a variety of styles of music, from the pop-jazz of "Yeh Nazar Jo Jhuk Rahi Hai" to the outright jazz of "Kamsin Kamsin Main," the dance pop of "Kyun Chalti Hava," and the reggae of "Main Asha Hoon." It is only on the closing song, "Hai Rama," that something of a traditional Indian sound emerges, and even then it is accompanied by keyboard programming that wouldn't be out of place on a Michael Jackson track. Bhosle has made her reputation on her versatility, and she never sounds fazed by what's going on around her on this disc, sticking to the work at hand, which is to provide sweet and appropriate vocals over whatever music may be accompanying her. She's a pro, and 75 years on, she doesn't seem to have lost much of her ability.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Times Square Records
UPC: 0738572757526
catalogNumber: 7575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asha Bhosle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Naveen Kumar   Flute
Ulhas Bapat   Santur,Santoor
Sharon   Background Vocals
Blasco   Trombone
Sunil Das   Sitar
Manohari Singh   Flute
Raghav Sachar   Tenor Saxophone
Suzan and Group   Background Vocals
Supriva   Background Vocals
Subhodh   Percussion
Shyamraj   Flute,Tenor (Vocal)
Raktima   Background Vocals
Pradipto   Mandolin
Nitin Ramesh Shankar   Choir Director
Memoza   Background Vocals
Manjira   Background Vocals
Kishore Sodha   Trumpet
Josef Monsorate   Trumpet
Ivan Muns   Trombone
Dilshad   Sarungi
C.M.A.   Strings
Anup Shankar   Percussion
Abhijit Koli   Percussion
Manish   Bass Guitar
Nisha   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Yogesh Pradhan   Arranger
Vinod Verma   Audio Production
Santosh Mulekar   Arranger
Nusrat Badr   Composer,Lyricist
Nitin Ramesh Shankar   Arranger,Composer
Israr Ansari   Composer,Lyricist
A.M. Turaz   Composer,Lyricist

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