Following on from the last post, an album that compiles some of O.P. Nayyar's earlier songs. Hits the title says, though I wouldn't really know; I'm sure some of them were.
There's some ace stuff on it though: The lovely 'Haath Aaya Hai Jab Se Tera Haath Men' (from 'Dil Aur Mohabbat') with its funny Hawaiian sounding break, the happy 'Piya Piya Piya Mora Jiya Pukare' ('Baap Re Baap') with a bit of yodelling in it, the cool and slighty jazzy 'Raat Sard Sard Hai' ('Jaali Note'), the charming 'Too Zara Si Baat Pe' ('Mr. Lambu'), and best of all, the delightfully chirpy 'Chor Lutera Daku' ('Ustad'). Geeta Dutt has a really sweet voice... and you can hear where Nayyar's reputation as the King of Rhythm was coming from.
And more. Lots of goodies. As Best Of's go, 'The Magnificent O.P. Nayyar' is a swell album.
Incidentally, Nayyar was the only Bollywood music director of note to never once utilize Lata Mangeshkar. Funny chap.
1. Mohd. Rafi & Geeta Dutt: Tumhin Ne Dard Diya Hai (from Chhoo Mantar, 1956)
2. Geeta Dutt: Chor Lutera Daku (from Ustad, 1957)
3. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Yun Muskuru Ke (from Qaidi, 1957
4. Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum & Mohd. Rafi: To Bolo Kya Karo Ge (from Do Ustad, 1959)
5. Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor: Haath Aaya Hai Jab Se Tera Haath Men (from Dil Aur Mohabbat, 1968)
6. C.H. Atma: Diya To Jala (from Dhake Ki Malmal, 1956)
7. Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar: Piya Piya Piya Mora Jiya Pukare (from Baap Re Baap, 1955)
8. Shamshad Begum, Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Aaj Suhani Raat Re (from Naya Andaz, 1956)
9. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Raat Sard Sard Hai (from Jaali Note, 1960
10. Suraiya & Mohd. Rafi: Too Zara Si Baat Pe (from Mr. Lambu, 1956)
11. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Raat Bhar Ka Hai Mehman Andhera (from Sone Ki Chidiya, 1958)
12. Kishore Kumar: Surma Mera Nirala (from Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala, 1958)