Wednesday 19 December 2018

O.P. Nayyar: Mere Sanam (1965)

Mere Sanam

Here's a somewhat unobtrusive yet rather wonderful soundtrack from the mid-1960s. O.P. Nayyar's work often seemed to be influenced by sounds and rhythms (in particular) from across the musical spectrum, which in the case of 'Mere Sanam' [review] results in quite a varied collection of songs. Opener 'Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera' is a gorgeous bossa-tinged ballad, while waltz-timed 'Yeh Ab Aap Sochiye' has a lullaby-like quality. 'Pukarta Chala Hoon Main' has a nice folky twang, and 'Jaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge' verges on country. Cabaret number 'Humdum Mere Maan Bhi Jao' comes with a Latin twist; 'Bhalla Mano Bura Mano' has a slight tropical/Hawaiian vibe. And so on... I'm actually finding it hard to pick highlights, but only because I love them all. That's pretty rare. It's performed in its entirety by Asha Bhosle and/or Mohd. Rafi; despite liking variety that's not a combo I'm liable to complain about.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera
2. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Yeh Ab Aap Sochiye
3. Mohd. Rafi: Pukarta Chala Hoon Main
4. Asha Bhosle: Jaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge
5. Mohd. Rafi: Humdum Mere Maan Bhi Jao
6. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Roka Kai Bar Main Ne
7. Mohd. Rafi: Tukde Hain Mere Dilke
8. Mohd. Rafi: Bhalla Mano Bura Mano
9. Asha Bhosle, Mohd. Rafi & Chorus: Haji Haji Haji Are Haji Baba

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  1. Outstanding share .Thank you very much .

  2. Thanks for sharing! This is a great album, my dad owned this LP and I grew up listening to it often. Pukarta Chala Hoon Main might be one of the greatest Bollywood road songs ever. R.D. Burman must have been inspired by Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera when channeling O.P. Nayyar in one of his late 70s songs - - which was picturized on Helen!

    1. Yeah I hear that. And that's a great clip, thanks for pointing it out.

  3. Thank you very much, PC for this wonderful share.