If you’ve a follower/reader/visitor to this blog and it’s earlier iterations you will know that I am very lucky to be one of the few recipients of an incredible collection of recording history.
In 2006 I was given a 57 (!) CD Box Set called Music Pakistan by a friend who worked for the Shalimar Recording Company. That company had trawled the archives of Radio Pakistan to put together an absolutely amazing and historic collection of vocal and instrumental music from (almost) all genres of Pakistani music. The one big omission was qawwali. (I struggle to understand how such a HUGE gap could be allowed. Sort of like a ‘history’ of American music without any reference to the Blues. Does not compute). But that aside, the artists and art on the nearly 60 discs represents not just a major commercial effort but a genuine contribution to the documentation and preservation of the world’s lesser known musics. And given that such systematic documentation is a rare thing within Pakistan itself the value of this collection can hardly be overstated.
The collection didn’t meet much commercial success. A few volumes of the Box Set filtered out on the to internet and the few online sites that claimed to offer it for sale, usually didn’t. In fact, though I know this is NOT the case, it appears that I am one of the few people in the world who actually owns the collection. And certainly the only one I am aware of who has shared it on sites such as this.
In recent days I’ve done a bit of cleaning up of the collection and am sad to report that of the 57 originally available CDs, only 46 remain. From the beginning, a number of the CDs were corrupted and unlistenable. And over the years a few more also gave up the ghost before I could digitise them (and before I actually realised what treasures I had in my possession).
I’ve also done a bit of digging through the archives of my several blogs and discovered that I’ve posted about 37 of the 46. And among those that I’ve never posted are these two: a double volume of ghazals by the one and only Ghulam Ali. Talk about an oversight! Almost as bad as not including qawwali!
My plan is to post ALL the links to all the listenable CDs from this collection in the near future. But in the meantime, and without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, the great, the Ustadon-ke ustad: Ghulam Ali.
01 Tumharey Khat Me Naya Ik
02 Kuch Yaadgaar-E-Shehar-E-Sitamgar Ley Chalein
03 Chupke Chupke Raat Din Aansoo Bahana
04 Paara Paara Hua Perahan-E-Jaan
05 Bechain Buhat Phirnaa
06 Kisi Ko De Ke Dil
07 Jin Ke Honton Pe Hansi
08 Khaatir Se Ya Lihaaz Se
09 Ranj Ki Jab Guftagoo Honien Lagi
10 Us Jaan-E-Tamaasha Ko Muhtaat Agar Dekho
01 Dil Mein Ik Leher Si
02 Kahoon Jo Haal To Kehtay
03 Dil Walo Kya Dekh Rahey Ho
04 Gham Hai Kushi Hai
06 Apni Dhun Mein Rehta Hoon
07 Woh Kabhi Mil Jaeen Tau
08 Ya Rub Gham-E-Hijran
09 Pattta Patta Buta Buta
10 Mohabhat Ki Ranginiyan
11 Ghum Nahin Ji Tan Se Nikla
12 Dareecha Be Sada Koi
13 Yeh Dil Hai Pagal Dil Mera
14 Sotay Aur Jaagtay