It's been suggested several times lately that I should lend an ear to Rajesh Roshan. Point taken. Unfortunately though, all I have at the moment are these two (rather worn) EPs.
'Des Pardes' is the most scratchy, but least interesting. Though not bad. All tracks have an upbeat, pleasant pop feel to them, 'Aap Kahen' with its nifty breaks being my favourite. But nothing that stands out in a big way. Cool sleeve, very mod.
'Vishwanath' I like a lot; it sounds different from most other scores of the period. Not particularly western, nor particularly Indian (not traditional anyway); it does however sound particularly dramatic, tense, and great. Everything on it is worthwhile, 'Bibasha-Aaj Karegi Man Mani' being the big draw. Machine-gun percussion, jazzy breaks, sound effects, soaring horns and strings - it's awesome! 'Hawa Se Halki' comes a close second.
As often with EPs though, the songs are edited... one reason why I'm keeping an eye out for the LP of this.
Track listing, 'Des Pardes':
1. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Yeh Des Pardes
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Aap Kahen
3. Kishore Kumar: Too Pee Aur Jee
4. Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar: Jaisa Des Vaisa Bhes
Track listing, 'Vishwanath':
1. Asha Bhosle: Bibasha-Aaj Karegi Man Mani
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Jab Jab, Jo jo Hona Hai
3. Manna Dey: Hai Jindri
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Hawa Se Halki