My copy of 'Nadaan' [review] is a Dutch reissue of unknown date and possibly dubious legality. But then I only paid $10 for it, considerably less than the 3-digit sums collectors have been known to fork out for Indian originals. Is it that good then? Well, one song is.
'Naach Ae Dil' is Shankar Jaikishan doing big band rock 'n' roll dance as only Shankar Jaikishan could. Surf rock guitar riffs, train siren horns, high-octane drumming... think 'Jan Pahechan Ho' and 'Kiss Kiss' and you'll get the idea. OK, it doesn't have Rafi on vocals, but we get a fired up Asha instead (plus Helen) so who's complaining?
There's a lot of percussive action on the rest of the album as well, albeit of a more traditional nature. I'm quite fond of 'Bol Nadaan Dil' and 'Jeevan Bhar', and 'Ae Baadal Jhoom Ke Chal' has a drum pattern that curiously brings the samba-reggae style of Brazilian Olodum to mind; surely a coincidental resemblance. Good stuff all of them, but inevitably it's the awesome dance number I keep returning to.
1. Asha Bhosle: Bol Nadaan Dil
2. Mukesh: Ae Baadal Jhoom Ke Chal
3. Mukesh & Chorus: Mehnat Hamara Jeevan
4. Mukesh: Jeevan Bhar
5. Asha Bhosle: Chubh Gai Karejwa Men Nainwa Ki Sui
6. Asha Bhosle: Naach Ae Dil