Manas Mukherjee was one of the most talented music directors of the late 1970s who never got to make it big. Shaayad is his best work in Hindi (I know he did a lot of work for Bhojpuri music and also Bangla). Mohd Rafi's "khushboo hoon main" must rank as one of the master's best songs of that decade. Nid Fazli's soul-stirring lyrics and Mukherjee's soothing tune create a masterpiece. In fact, little Sagarika (Mukherjee's daughter and Shaan's sister) also gets to sing the starting lines. I love the words: "jab bhi meri yaad sataye phool khilati rehna; mere geet sahara denge inko gaati rehna"; what a tribute to the dying man!
Among the other songs, the fast duet "mausam aayega jaayega" is hugely helped by Manna Dey and Asha Bhosle's chemistry. This one was an instant hit and was aired regularly on Vividh Bharati. The philosophically romantic "main sooraj ki roshni" is another favorite. Rafi and Asha are in top form there as well.
Manna Dey comes back with a classic in "din bhar dhoop ka parvat...." Excellent Hindi poetry, set to a classy tune, and rendered beautifully: a winner. Why don't we have such lyrics any more? The only number that falls short of being in the same class as the others is the Preeti Sagar-Nitin Mukesh song. This one doesn't seem to have the spirit that was required and appears cold.
I give the album 3.5 on 5; it could well have been 4-4.5 but for that one blemish.