Azadi (album)

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Azadi
Junoon-azadi.jpg
Studio album by Junoon
Released August 14, 1997
(re-released on July 11, 2000 & April 9, 2002)
Recorded 1996-1997 Karachi, Pakistan
Genre Sufi rock, Classical rock, Psychedelic rock
Length 65:27
Label EMI
Producer John Alec, Salman Ahmad
Junoon chronology
Inquilaab
(1996)
Azadi
(1997)
Dosti
(1998)
Singles from Azadi
  1. "Meri Awaz Suno"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Sayonee"
    Released: April, 1997
  3. "Yaar Bina"
    Released: September, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
ARTISTdirect 4.5/5 stars [2]
Pakistani Music Channel 3/5 stars [3]

Azadi (Urdu:آزادی, literal English translation: "freedom") is the fourth studio album and the fifth overall album of the Pakistani sufi rock band, Junoon. The album was released in 1997 and establishes the Sufi rock sound that the band pioneered on their previous album, Inquilaab. The album was a major hit worldwide and catapulted Junoon into mainstream stardom.

Music videos were released for the two singles from the album, "Sayonee" and "Yaar Bina". "Sayonee" is Junoon's biggest hit to date, topping all charts in South Asia and also gaining significant airplay on satellite channels across the Middle East.

Background[edit]

Azadi was released by Junoon in 1997 and was the band's debut album in India. The album's first single, "Sayonee", became an instant hit in South Asia and the Middle East, shooting to the top of all the Asian charts, and staying at #1 on both Channel V and MTV Asia for over 2 months. Azadi hit platinum sales status in a record of 4 weeks. Zee TV invited Junoon to perform at the star-studded Zee Cine Awards in Mumbai in March 1998, where the group received accolades from the creme de la creme of India's entertainment industry.

In 1998, Junoon won the "Best International Group" title at the Channel V Music Awards, where they performed along with worldwide icons Sting, The Prodigy and Def Leppard. Azadi was nominated for Best International Album, having achieved the prestigious honour of being the highest selling album in Pakistan and Bangladesh 1998 and 1999. Junoon headlined the BBC Mega Mela in 1998, which was the largest Asian festival outside of the South Asia. The album made the band famous throughout the world.

Track listing[edit]

All music written & composed by Salman Ahmad and Sabir Zafar. Except for "Khudi" which was written by Allama Iqbal.

Azadi
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sayonee"   5:05
2. "Meri Awaz Suno"   5:32
3. "Khudi" Allama Iqbal 4:13
4. "Yaar Bina"   3:47
5. "Mukh Gae Nay"   5:34
6. "Heer"   4:49
7. "Wahda Hoo"   4:54
8. "Kyun Parishan"   3:56
9. "Mahiwal"   6:02
10. "Kisne Suna"   3:58
11. "Lal Meri Pat"   5:21
12. "Dil Nahin Lag Raha"   3:56
13. "Loishay"   3:35
14. "Saeein Alaap"   4:41
15. "Saeein"   5:34

Personnel[edit]

All information is taken from the CD.

Junoon
Additional musicians
  • Ustad Aashiq Ali: Tambourin, Tabla
Production
  • Produced by John Alec & Salman Ahmad
  • Engineered & Mixed by John Alec

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