Early 1970s RD Burman soundtracks tend to be easy to like, but I must admit it has taking longer than expected to get properly into 'Mela'. It's a fairly pleasant one to listen to, yet there seems to be something lacking; hooks maybe, both melody-wise and in terms of the arrangements. Songs such as 'Dekho Re Hua', 'Kya Soch Raha Re' and 'Meri Sakhiyo Bolo' are all quite good (and each have their moments of nice instrumental details); they're just not great. The closest to that is probably the droney, psychedelic sounding 'Rut Hai Milan Ki'. The thing is, that after playing this album I don't feel any particular need to do so again, and that's always a worrying sign. Maybe it'll grow on me more if I persevere? Or maybe I'm just so used to Burman being almost consistantly brilliant that anything less that breathtaking from him throws me.
1. Manna Dey: Dekho Re Hua
2. Lata Mangeshkar: Kya Soch Raha Re
3. Asha Bhosle, Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Meri Sakhiyo Bolo
4. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Rut Hai Milan Ki
5. Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Gori Ke Haath Men
6. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Ek Bar Rakh De Qadam Zara Jhoom Ke