I mentioned a short while back that Madan Mohan made one of my favourite Bollywood albums. Here it is; not the most consistent soundtrack I own, but featuring two tracks that both fall into the 'stop whatever you're doing' category.
Mohd. Rafi's 'Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho' is a stunning, psychedelic marvel of a song. Weird, shifting melodies, swirling violins, tight drums, thunder crashes and frenzied interludes are all contained within its 8 minutes of magic, with a picturization that makes 'Hanste Zakhm' look like a luridly coloured nouvelle vague film (Hindi style). Which I'm pretty sure it's not, but I do for once want to see it. Fantastic stuff... yet arguably eclipsed by the second highlight of this score, 'Aaj Socha To Ansoo Bhar Aaye'. I can't even begin to describe it... slow burning, haunting, stirring, mind-bending, a thing of otherworldly beauty... Lata Mangeshkar's trippiest, and certainly among my 2-3 favourite Bollywood songs.
The rest are essentially also-rans... not bad, but nothing much in comparison. Doesn't matter. These two tracks more than make 'Hanste Zakhm' an indispensable album.
Classy artwork as well.
1. Mohd. Rafi: Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho
2. Mohd. Rafi, Balbir & Chorus: Han Yeh Mana Meri Jan Mohabbat Saza Hai
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj Socha To Ansoo Bhar Aaye
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Betab Dil Ki Tamanna Yahi Hai
5. Asha Bhosle: Gali Gali Men Kiya Re Badnam
PS. 'Hanste Zakhm' is apparently arranged by organist and frequent RD Burman collaborator Kersi Lord. Is anyone able to supply me background info (or anything) on him? There's virtually nothing on the Internet...