March 16, 2016

Ustad Ghulam Ali & Asha Bhosle - Meraj-e-Ghazal, 1983


It would be totally nuts to suggest that I'm sufficiently well-versed in Asha Bhosle's catalogue to argue that any one record is her best, since she's the most recorded musician of all time and has performed over 12,000 songs. I'm not even sure how this one wound up in my hands, as it doesn't seem to be online or in print anywhere. I stumbled across it in my library by accident a few weeks ago and have been stuck on it ever since. There's not much that can be said about Asha Bhosle's voice that hasn't already been said--it's weightless, luminous, and radiates joy like nobody else's. Additional vocals by the esteemed Ghulam Ali on four tracks. Ideal spring soundtrack.


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