My favourite Shankar Jaikishan albums tend to feature their trademark blending of traditional Indian sounds and imported music styles, most of them from the latter half of the 1960s. But seeds were being sown earlier, plainly heard on these two wonderful scores from 1962.
Stylistically and in terms of quality there's not a lot to separate the pair. The award winning soundtrack for 'Professor' [review] contains 'Khuli Palak Me Jhuta Gussa', a superb Mohd. Rafi track with a catchy melody and a great Latin beat. The delightful duet 'Main Chali Main Chali' is similarly irresistible. Sunny sounding 'Hamre Gaon Koi Aayega' and the more melancholy 'Aawaz Deke' invoke tradition; both are fantastic.
And the songs on 'Asli Naqli' follow suit. 'Kal Ki Daulat Aaj Ki Khushiyan' and 'Gori Zara Hans De Too' are zesty and cheerful and contain hints of the exuberant rock 'n' roll numbers that would come a few years down the line. 'Lakh Chhupao' and 'Tera Mera Pyar Amar' are appealing Lata Mangeshkar showcases, the first playful and flirtatious, the second an atmospheric mid-tempo ballad with a French tinge.
Track listing 'Professor':
1. Mohd. Rafi: O! Gulbadan
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Asha Bhosle: Hamre Gaon Koi Aayega
3. Mohd. Rafi: Khuli Palak Me Jhuta Gussa
4. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Main Chali Main Chali
5. Mohd. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar: Aawaz Deke
6. Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar: Yeh Umar Hai Kya Rangeeli
Track listing 'Asli Naqli':
7. Mohd. Rafi: Kal Ki Daulat Aaj Ki Khushiyan
8. Lata Mangeshkar: Lakh Chhupao
9. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se
10. Mohd. Rafi: Pyar Ka Saaz Bhi Hai
11. Lata Mangeshkar: Tera Mera Pyar Amar
12. Mohd. Rafi: Gori Zara Hans De Too