I reckon I can fit one or two more in before the end of the year... plus I wanted to post a record with a wintery cover, 'tis being the season and all. Although I'm thinking snow might not be very present in many parts of the world where this is being read... matter of fact it's not much present in Oslo at the moment either. But I digress.
Ages ago I wrote that 'Chura Liya' from 'Yaadon Ki Baaraat' was my favourite ever Bollywood song. That may actually have been a premature assessment, as at the moment I can't think of anything more perfect than the gobsmackingly amazing 'Aaj Ki Raat' from 'Anamika'. With a cool spoken intro I for once don't fast forward through, the wickedest psych-tinged guitar line, an atmospheric yet groovy and totally mod beat, Asha Bhosle sounding seductive as sin (and I have no idea what she's on about) - this one song encapsulates everything I like about Bollywood music from the period. Flawless.
The rest of the soundtrack inevitably pales in comparison. 'Logo Na Maro Ise' is nice and upbeat and would be a highlight of most other scores, 'Baahon Men Chale Aao' is a trademark mid-tempo Burman number, 'Meri Bhigi Bhigi Si' sounds altogether lovely... in all a very good album, but it really is for 'Aaj Ki Raat' alone that it gets filed under absolutely indispensable.
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Baahon Men Chale Aao
2. Asha Bhosle: Aaj Ki Raat
3. Asha Bhosle: Jaoon To Kahan Jaoon
4. Asha Bhosle: Logo Na Maro Ise
5. Kishore Kumar: Meri Bhigi Bhigi Si