20th November, 2017
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Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

After the commercial disappointments (although they were critical successes) of the previous two albums, a scruffy 24 year old Bruce Springsteen desperately needed to make both a critical and commercial statement.
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Faith – George Michael

Midway through writing my next LP reviewfor this column, I read the shocking news of George Michael’s death and I decided to choose the album ‘Faith’ over what I was reviewing. It had to be done.
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Twelve Songs of Christmas - Jim Reeves

Jim Reeves’ ‘Twelve Songs of Christmas’ is surely everyone’s favorite album at Christmas time. From the tiny tots to the oldies, Jim has got music to suit all, be it his peppy Jingle Bells, Senor Santa Claus or the Merry Christmas Polka.
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Blue – Joni Mitchell

Because of the obvious reasons, my last two reviews were LPs from two of the finest singer-songwriters, Bob Dylan and the late Leonard Cohen. This time I have picked up an album by another giant from the same genre to complete the trilogy of sorts.
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Songs from a Room – Leonard Cohen

Once, I was confined to a room for a few months, recovering from certain self-inflicted wounds. It was then that the Patron-Saint of modern poetry came and healed me with the balm of this album. Released in 1969, ‘Songs from a Room’ was Leonard Cohen’s second album, after the cracker debut of ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’. Musically sparse and poetically rich, it is a worthy successor.
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Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan

While the man has finally acknowledged Nobel Committee’s decision, I thought it’d be a good idea to bask in the glory of some of his finest material with an album that celebrates the ‘inward-poet’ in him
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Rock Your Baby – George McCrae

There is no music like the 70's music, its timeless, you just love it. Compared to today's musical geniuses, there’s nothing like what happened 40 years ago. George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby has always been one of my faves of all time
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Pyaasa (Thirsty)

Hindi Film music has two major components, the music composer and the lyricist and usually, it’s the music composer who gets more prominence. But in the case of ‘Pyaasa’, it’s the other way around.
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Elvis – A Canadian Tribute

On my recent visit to Canada in July – August this year, besides bringing back a few Canadian souvenirs of the country, I brought the best souvenir of all, a 1978 pressing of an Elvis Presley gold LP, a timeless piece of music, made more memorable by inclusion of songs the King sung at his three concerts in Canada in 1957.
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1942: A Love Story – Rahul Dev Burman

The 80s had chewed away melody (and poetry) from the Hindi Film Industry and Rahul Dev Burman aka Pancham, had become irrelevant for obvious reasons.
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