You know when you hear a song, or a part of a song and you're certain you've heard it before somewhere? That obviously happens a lot with Bollywood music, but the sense of familiarity I got when first hearing 'Yaad Kiya Dil Ne' was stronger than usual; it really annoyed me that I couldn't place it. ItwoFS, the site dedicated to listing the "inspirations of Indian film music composers" proved unhelpful for once, and it took a sudden vague recollection of this for me to finally figure out the song is based on (or at least bears a striking resemblance to) the Bob Russell/Carl Sigman tune 'Ballerina', once popularized by (among others) Bing Crosby. Unsurprisingly then, the Hindi version is delightful.
And the same can be said for pretty much all of 'Patita', an early score from Shankar Jaikishan. If not entirely traditional (there are quite a few Latin flourishes to be found), this is strictly old-school; melodious songs verging between happy and melancholy, all evocative of times, simpler ones perhaps, long passed. While there's nary a dull moment on this LP, I might pick the breezy, cheerful 'Andhe Jahan Ke Andhe Raaste' as my favourite.
1. Lata Mangeshkar: Kisine Apna Bana Ke Mujhko
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar: Yaad Kiya Dil Ne
3. Talat Mahmood: Andhe Jahan Ke Andhe Raaste
4. Talat Mahmood: Tujhe Apne Paas Bulati Hai
5. Lata Mangeshkar: Mitti Se Khelte Ho
6. Talat Mahmood: Hai Sabse Maghur Woh Geet