Monday 4 May 2020

Laxmikant Pyarelal: Night In London (1967)

Night In London

For reasons now forgotten it took me a long time to decide 'Night In London' would be a worthwhile soundtrack to acquire, and subsequently an even longer time to actually locate a copy. The cost of dithering; man, some of these original pressings are pricey. I had to make do with one of somewhat dubious origin.

It's a wonderful score from Laxmikant Pyarelal though, from its exuberant, catchy title tune, through to the final rock'n'roll infused song to a dog (beginning with a bark) 'O Mere Yaar Tomi'. In between we're treated to a sweet, jazzy stroll through the English capital (and beyond) in 'Nazar Na Lag Jaye' before heading to Hong Kong for the rather dreamy 'Ba Hosh-O-Hawas'. And to top it all, the dazzling, emotion-charged, super-seductive cabaret number 'Mera Naam Hai Jameela'. Starring Helen. That riff from 1:45 onwards really gets stuck in your head, doesn't it?

Helen.... swoon.

Track listing:
1. Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Night In London
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus: Mera Naam Hai Jameela
3. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi: Baagh Men Phool
4. Mohd. Rafi: Nazar Na Lag Jaye
5. Mohd. Rafi: Ba Hosh-O-Hawas
6. Mahendra Kapoor & Lata Mangeshkar: Sun Ai Bahar-E-Husn
7. Mohd. Rafi: O Mere Yaar Tomi

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    no reups

  2. nazr na lag jaaye is an all time favorite,,.. Thanks

  3. Superb Stuff. Mera naam hai jameela was repurposed for a song in Dharma (only the picturised version), which on the vinyl e.p. is called Are Saqi jo kal ki hai. Not sure what or why that happened, but i always associate it with that, even though it's a completely different music direction team (Sonik Omi) on the latter song. Speaking of Fharma, I've yet to see (or hear) an LP version of that.

    1. I'm aware of the Dharma connection - and pleased to report that the soundtrack from it (as you say, EP only) will be posted here in the not too distant future.

  4. BrilliantPC. I'll meet you for a beer London tomorrow.

  5. Thank you, pc!! I think all of the 1966 travel films - including "Love in Tokyo" - are critical viewing and listening.

  6. Thank you So Much PC for Awesome Share.

  7. Looks like this particular release? Please confirm?
    Roma Records ‎- R.M. 103, Netehrlands, Vinyl, LP, Repress, Unofficial Release


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