Bright, breezy, frisky and fun, 'Bombay To Goa' [review]  finds Rahul Dev Burman in characteristically fine form. Perhaps not his most adventurous in terms of sonic exuberance (still a lot going on though), it is nonetheless an ace collection of really good songs.
It begins wonderfully with the cool psychedelic pop of 'Haaye Haaye Yeh Thanda Paani'. 'Dekha Na Haaye Re' and 'Dil Tera Hai Main Bhi Teri Hoon' are (slightly) more traditional sounding; percussive and infectious. De facto title tune ‘O Maheki Maheki Thandi Hawa’ is a straight-up Hindi version of ‘Help Me Rhonda’. Never my favourite Beach Boys song, however its singalong quality lends itself well to Burman's take and the scene in the film it backs. 'Tum Meri Zindagi Mein Kuch', borrowing elements from Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Limelight’ theme, is a lovely ballad, and 'Title Song' is a typically dramatic instrumental; tense and action packed.
The soundtrack's now perhaps best known track is the English language 'Listen To The Pouring Rain', a medley of international hits sung by Usha Iyer. The story goes that lyrics were altered, marginally, in order to avoid copyright hassle. It seems they got away with it. The film clip is great fun and features Usha herself.
To be honest I hadn't actually planned on getting this album. I don't usually look for reissues; however this 2012 release seems to be the first time the soundtrack has been made available in its entirety, at least on vinyl.
1. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Haaye Haaye Yeh Thanda Paani
2. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: Dekha Na Haaye Re
3. Kishore Kumar & Chorus: O Maheki Maheki Thandi Hawa
4. Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar: Tum Meri Zindagi Mein Kuch
5. Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar: Dil Tera Hai Main Bhi Teri Hoon
6. Usha Iyer: Listen To The Pouring Rain
7. Title Song