Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sonik Omi: Doctor X (1971)

Doctor X

The intriguingly titled 'Doctor X' is a soundtrack that, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't turn up very often. The same thing goes for the film I think; I can't even find an entry on IMDb, never mind locating clips on YouTube. But it happens to be my favourite Sonik Omi score (admittedly I've only heard a few), featuring a couple of really cool tracks.

The overall vibe is upbeat and fun. 'Sukh Dukh Men Rahenge Saath', 'Badi Khuski Hui Aap Se Mil Kar' and 'Roop Ki Woh Taksal' are essentially traditionally instrumented, but with a nice poppy feel. And the two cabaret-type tracks are wonderful. 'Ye Raat Bhi Jawan' has a wild jazz intro and seductive melody (reminsicent of Laxmikant Pyarelal's 'Aa Jane Jaan'), and 'Luk Chhup Jana' is soul-jazz, light funk and breezy mod-pop rolled into one.

Perhaps Sonik Omi weren't the most original of Bollywood music directors; much of what I've heard by them sounds as if it could have been written by higher profiled ones. But to paraphrase a recently submitted comment, a few posts down: Who cares who wrote it, I'm just glad I can listen to it.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor: Sukh Dukh Men Rahenge Saath
2. Asha Bhosle: Ye Raat Bhi Jawan
3. Asha Bhosle: Luk Chhup Jana
4. Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi: Badi Khuski Hui Aap Se Mil Kar
5. Kishore Kumar: Roop Ki Woh Taksal
6. Mahendra Kapoor: Khada Hua Hai Ashiq Tera

(The next post won't be for a couple of weeks; I'm off on holiday.)

16 comments:

  1. Have a great holiday PC , meanwhile thanks for the wonderfully titled Doctor X

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  2. Thanks Reza. And yeah, I hear you litlgrey - bummer about there not being any clips.

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  3. Awesome and very rare album...Long Live PC...great and awesome find of Helen film..can you please tell that which of the songs are pictured on Helen...? Please inform...

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  4. Haven't seen the film so I don't really know - I'd imagine track 2 though.

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  5. Thanks PC for Doctor X !.

    I'm so happy you managed to get a hold of "THE TRAIN". I know you had this album on your wish list. It's one of RD's best 70's soundtracks, very fresh and rocking.

    Also "CHHOTI SI MULAQAT" is another winner from S-J !.

    Looking forward to these two great albums when you get back.

    Enjoy your vacation :)

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  6. Thanks PC and enjoy your hols. Catch you when you get back.

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  7. never heard of this one.. hope that it's good!

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  8. Must.find.movie....

    thank and happy vacation PC :)

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  9. Thanx PC.
    Btw: I saw a ebay store which has quite a few rare LP's. Thought you might be interested.

    http://stores.ebay.com/musickhazana

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  10. this is a great post PC. this is one of the rarest LPs now. overall an OK album..have a nice holiday.. thanks very much for ur generous upload.

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  11. Thanks for the upload PC. Have a nice break.

    Regds / Babu

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  12. Thanks for such a rare album that's graced with an even rarer Helen cover. You're going on vacation on a high note. Have a great time!

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  13. Thanks for this one. Gonna try it now. Sonik-Omi were not too big on the Hindi Cinema music scene but had some few but good songs. I like couple of tracks on the "Umar Qaid" album and also the "Yeh Jawani Hai Meri Jaan" from "Heeron Ka Chor" is my all time favorite. I used to listen to it in loop till my sister actually sat down to have a conversation with me to make sure things were alright with me. But that story for some other time.....*Hastily downloads* Thanks!

    Harshi :)

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