Monday 26 March 2018

Shankar Jaikishan: Sachaai (1969)


More Shankar Jaikishan, and more good songs to savour. Unsurprisingly it's the cabaret numbers that initially stand out on 'Sachaai': 'Ae Dist Mere' is archetypal Mohd. Rafi sung rock 'n' roll (duetting with Manna Dey on this occasion), catchy as ever and containing some very trippy sitar breaks. And 'Kabse Dhari Hai', while pretty great in its own right, becomes downright stunning when matched with its visuals; Helen trapped in a whisky decanter on a technicolor set reminiscent of something Busby Berkely might have dreamed up.

Elsewhere, opener 'Mere Gunah Maaf Kar' is a dramatic (and pained) sounding waltz with a memorable melody, and conversely, closer 'Sau Baraski Zindagi Se' is a sweet, groovy, fireworks-filled pop tune.

Track listing:
1. Mohd. Rafi: Mere Gunah Maaf Kar
2. Asha Bhosle: Beet Chali Haae Ram
3. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Kabse Dhari Hai
4. Mohd. Rafi & Manna Dey: Ae Dost Mere
5. Asha Bhosle: O! More Saiyan
6. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Sau Baraski Zindagi Se

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