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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This single-CD reissue pairs two blaxploitation soundtracks by different artists: 1975's Cornbread, Earl and Me, composed by Donald Byrd and performed by the Blackbyrds, and 1973's The Dynamite Brothers, composed and performed by Charles Earland. Cornbread, Earl and Me, which featured the movie debut of Larry Fishburne, is serviceable, routine soul-jazz background film music, varying between funk-jazz-rock vamps such as the Sly Stone-styled instrumental workout "The One-Eye Two-Step", snazzy jazzy bits for action scenes, and sentimental orchestrated interludes. There are also occasional vocal numbers in a pedestrian mid-'70s soul-jazz-rock mode, such as "The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This single-CD reissue pairs two blaxploitation soundtracks by different artists: 1975's Cornbread, Earl and Me, composed by Donald Byrd and performed by the Blackbyrds, and 1973's The Dynamite Brothers, composed and performed by Charles Earland. Cornbread, Earl and Me, which featured the movie debut of Larry Fishburne, is serviceable, routine soul-jazz background film music, varying between funk-jazz-rock vamps such as the Sly Stone-styled instrumental workout "The One-Eye Two-Step", snazzy jazzy bits for action scenes, and sentimental orchestrated interludes. There are also occasional vocal numbers in a pedestrian mid-'70s soul-jazz-rock mode, such as "The Cornbread Theme." It's an incidental addition to the Blackbyrds catalog. The Dynamite Brothers was one of the most obscure blaxploitation movies. Although there were some soul-jazz elements in the score, it also reflected the move among many musicians from that background into funk, fusion, and rock territory in the early- to mid-'70s, particularly in the synthesizers by Patrick Gleeson. It often sounds like the kind of music you might have heard from a band warming up a crowd for a Miles Davis concert of the time. It's suitably slightly spaced soul-funk-fusion, atmospheric but not too heavy on remarkable compositional ideas. Gleeson does come up with some eerie wavering, high-pitched effects and squiggles on his ARP 2600 and Pro Soloist synths, and Earland gets down with some real earthy, extended bluesy soloing on "Shanty Blues." Earland switches from organ to soprano sax on the most avant-garde and dissonant outing, the eight-minute "Snake."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218525527
  • Catalog Number: 24255

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cornbread (3:11)
  2. 2 The One-Eye Two-Step (3:20)
  3. 3 Mother/Son Theme (1:25)
  4. 4 A Heavy Town (3:01)
  5. 5 One Gun Salute (1:59)
  6. 6 The Gym Fight (1:53)
  7. 7 Riot (3:22)
  8. 8 Soulful Source (3:50)
  9. 9 Mother/Son Talk (1:06)
  10. 10 At the Carnival (2:51)
  11. 11 Candy Store Dilemma (1:36)
  12. 12 Wilford's Gone (2:20)
  13. 13 Mother/Son Bedroom Talk (2:03)
  14. 14 Courtroom Emotions (1:48)
  15. 15 Cornbread (3:28)
  16. 16 Betty's Theme - The Dynamite Brothers (5:05)
  17. 17 Never Ending Melody - The Dynamite Brothers (5:23)
  18. 18 Grasshopper - The Dynamite Brothers (2:51)
  19. 19 Shanty Blues - The Dynamite Brothers (4:11)
  20. 20 Weedhopper - The Dynamite Brothers (3:34)
  21. 21 Razor J. - The Dynamite Brothers (2:29)
  22. 22 Snake - The Dynamite Brothers (8:39)
  23. 23 Kungfusion - The Dynamite Brothers (3:42)
  24. 24 Incense of Essence - The Dynamite Brothers (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blackbyrds Primary Artist
Charles Earland Organ, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Soprano Saxophone
Billy Hart Drums
Wayne Andre Trombone
Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer
Lawrence Killian Percussion
Darryl Washington Drums, Timpani
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Conductor
Technical Credits
Charles Earland Producer, Remixing
Eddie Harris Remixing
Mitch Farber Arranger
Donald Byrd Producer
Elvin Campbell Engineer
Val Garay Engineer
David Hassinger Engineer
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Orrin Keepnews Remixing
Joe Tarantino Remastering
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