In my mind, this soundtrack always gets filed next to 'Teesri Manzil'. Maybe it's because I acquired both at around the same time; maybe it's because they're of the same (approximate) vintage and style. Or maybe it's because both are by RD Burman. Yes, Sachin Dev is the credited music director, but Pancham is all over this. And I'm not complaining; 'Jewel Thief' [review]   is a charmer from start to finish.
My favourite tracks are Asha Bhosle's classy cabaret number (and wonderful Helen showcase) 'Baithen Hain Kya Uske Pas', and the super groovy, John Barry-meets-Lalo Schifrin-in-Bombay type 'Dance Music'. That shouldn't surprise anyone. Another highlight is the trippy, tribal sounding 'Othon Men Aisi Baat', from the opening screech of a trumpet to its evocative melody. And in between there's the feelgood pop of 'Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara', 'Aasman Ke Neeche' and the gorgeous 'Raat Akeli Hai'.
(My Music, Movies & Mutterings posted this score a few weeks back; go there for another take on it. In fact, go there anyway.)
1. Kishore Kumar: Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Roola Ke Gaya Sapna Mera
3. Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar: Aasman Ke Neeche
4. Asha Bhosle: Baithen Hain Kya Uske Pas
5. Dance Music
6. Asha Bhosle: Raat Akeli Hai
7. Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupendra & Chorus: Othon Men Aisi Baat
8. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Dil Pukare