Take a look at the above cover. View it in full size, and tell me what the hell is going on in that picture, because based on it, 'Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli' looks like one bizarre, demented film. A woman dressed as a cobra, a menacing looking guy in a devil cap, another sporting a swan wig and peacock feathers, and chorus girls in... what, anti-radiation helmets? All painted in a palette of lurid colours. Chances are, I want to see this.
And Laxmikant Pyarelal's score only strengthens the feeling; it's one of their best. While rooted in traditional Indian music (very few typically western elements, no funk, no Asha, no Rafi), it really is something else. Sparse, percussive, weird... and beautiful. Picking album highlights usually isn't a problem, but this particular soundtrack might be best listened to as a whole.
However, if I must... 'Jal Bin Machhli' and 'Kajra Laga Ke Bindiya Saja Ke'; two gorgeous Lata Mangeshkar songs, sprinkled with weird sound effects and interludes. 'Jo Main Chali Phir Na Miloongi'; dramatic, urgent, and featuring an ominous sounding male chorus. 'O Mitwa Yeh Duniya To Kya Hai'; the last part consists of stunning, over-the-top orchestral experimentation. And there actually is a western element, spaghetti to be precise; I think most of you will recognize the famous Morricone leitmotif put to excellent use on 'Taron Men Sajke Apne Suraj Se'. Fantastic stuff.
Parts of this sounds like a horror music suite. IMDB has the film listed as "romance". Maybe I shouldn't watch it after all...
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Jal Bin Machhli
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh: Baat Hai Ek Boond Si Dil Ke Pyale Men
3. Lata Mangeshkar: Kajra Laga Ke Bindiya Saja Ke
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Jo Main Chali Phir Na Miloongi
5. Mukesh: Taron Men Sajke Apne Suraj Se
6. Lata Mangeshkar: O Mitwa Yeh Duniya To Kya Hai
7. Mukesh & Lata Mangeshkar: Jhoomke Gaye Dil