At present, dubbed as the 'Best Music Group' in Pakistan,
this 3 man band has goven a whole new meaning to the word
'Rock 'n Roll'. Although the band disagrees, Junoon has
been labelled as a 'sufi rock band' by the media, due to
their numerous, electrifying hits from Inquilaab and Azadi
which took upon a peculiar, sufi style of music.
Junoon Fan Club,
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# 10/2 Tower A,
Karachi - 7400,
Salman Ahmad - Electric, Acoustic Guitars & Backing
Ali Azmat - Lead and Backing Vocals Brian O'Connell
- Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine & Backing Vocals
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The first album made quite an impression with the masses
- songs such as Chori Chori, Neend Aati Nahein
and Khwaab were a few of the best songs from
second compilation proved to be a great hit with songs
such as Talaash, Bheegi Yaadein, and Nai
Heeray. It was probably this album that really helped
Junoon achieve the success they have today.
third album seemed to be a little more spiritual than
the previous ones. This album consisted of the national
anthem being played on an electric guitar (sort of like
what Jimmy Hendrix did), and became quite a hit when
sold with the famous Cricket World Cup song Jazba-e-Junoon
included as a bonus track. Other hits which were included
in this collection were Mera Mahi, Husan Walo
ma Kash - the best of Junoon
fourth collection in the series basically consisted
of 10 of 'the greatest' hits Junoon has produced, along
with 2 new songs, Ehtesaab and Mujhe Insaaf
Do. Ehtessab is Junoon's way of calling out
for accountability (which suddenly has become a very
important issue in Pakistan), and Mujhe Insaaf Do,
in Ali Azmat's voice, is a sort of a 'ghazal-like number'
pleading with the government to provide justice.
fifth album was named after Pakistan's 50 years of Independence,
and was dedicated to the memory of Ustad Nusrat Fateh
Ali Khan. The majority of the songs were typical 'Junoon
stuff', with hard rock fused with the familiar sounds
of the tabla , and Salman Ahmad's electric guitar. The
more popular tracks were Khudi (Junoon's version
of the immensely popular poem by Allama Iqbal), Yar
Bina, Jugal Bandi (an 'extension' of Junoon's
earlier chart topper, Aap Aur Hum) and Lal Meri Pat
(the extremely popular religious song, sung by various
artistes in the past).
their Azadi the trio entered into the next phase of
their journey: the Parvaaz. Dedicated to the 17th century
sufi poet, Baba Bulleh Shah, this compilation comes
complete with old, classical renditions fused Junoon-style.
Azmat's voice along with Ahmad and O'Connell on strings
brings together a brand new slate of tracks ready to
be discovered. Bulleya ignites the album and
promises to rule the charts. Other explosive and must-listen-to
tracks: Ghoom, Sajna, Ab To Jaag
Millenium Edition (1990 - 2000)
in 2000, this album took the listener back to the decade
that was Junoon. Most songs were hits from previous
albums. Azadi (title song for the highly-acclaimed
film Jinnah) along with live versions of Lal Meri
Pat and Allah Hoo made this album an absolute
necessity for any fan.
boggling. Trend-setting. Trend-changing. Just a few
of the phrases that come to mind when one listens to
this album. A complete revival of the trio, worlds apart
from their previous albums, but yet distinctly 'Junoon'.
Ishq is set to conquer the charts: Saqi Nama (originally
written by Allama Iqbal), Shaamain, Ishq and Dharti
Kay Khuda are already destined to be number ones. After
having reached the peak, only this comes to mind: Where
do they go from here?
album provided the answer to the question Ishq
proposed (above). Featuring live renditions of some
of their most popular hits, Junoon has again out-classed
itself with this latest release. Especially well-performed
and must-listen-to's are the live versions of Ne
Heeray, Saeein and Dosti, and the
new tracks, Gharaj Baras and Pyaar Heh Zindagi.
from Jang: "Daur-e-Junoon is the first-ever Pakistani
live rock album featuring the group's hits recorded
live around the world, from North America to Europe,
including the performances at the United Nations,
the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and many more."
the Urdu word Dewaar translates to 'wall', in terms
of Junoon's music it clearly means different. Point
in case: keyboards and samples have been used, Salman
Ahmed sings a few numbers (Balama, Hungama
and Khwab 2003) and the rhythm of the album is
decidedly non-Sufi rock. Time will only tell how the
real Junoonis will react to this new release, and the
following tracks will influence their decision: Ghoom
Taana, Balama and Pappu Yaar.