Let's do some EPs again. Two excellent ones, from music directors I don't usually expect it - which, as so often before, just goes to show you can never be sure what to except from Bollywood records.
'Annadata' is the poppy one, with a great, feel-good 60s vibe. Starts off with a pretty Lata Mangeshkar song, followed by Kishore Kumar's ace 'Guzar Jaye Din'; rock 'n' roll light, chirpy and fun. Then more sweetness from Lata before ending with the almost trippy 'Yahan Ab Kya Rahnae', sung by Manna Dey and Sabita Chowdhury (Salil's wife?)
'Ek Khilari Bawan Pattey' is slightly more out there; sounds pretty much like what you'd expect from the sleeve, very Burmanesque, especially 'Behroopiye Log Sare'; distorted organ, cool percussion, horn stabs, guitar licks, a wicked beat... But really, all three tracks are awesome (I love the children's chorus on 'Jio Mere Ladle').
Two near flawless records, the unfortunate fact that some of the songs are shortened notwithstanding - I think they did that a lot though to fit the format. I have no idea if LP versions exist (both scores are rare), but if they do they're certainly worth looking for.
Track listing, 'Annadata':
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Raton Ke Saye
2. Kishore Kumar: Guzar Jaye Din
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Nis Din Nis Din
4. Manna Dey, Sabita Chowdhury & Chorus: Yahan Ab Kya Rahnae
Track listing, 'Ek Khilari Bawan Pattey':
1. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Jio Mere Ladle
2. Asha Bhosle: Le Le Yeh Dil Ka Nageena
3. Asha Bhosle: Behroopiye Log Sare