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Baadasssss!
     

Baadasssss!

 
Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, was a movie that worked on two very different levels -- as a down-and-dirty blend of action, style, and sex, it created the template for the blaxpolitation wave that would dominate grindhouses for the next decade, but at the same time it was a bold polemic that examined social,

Overview

Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, was a movie that worked on two very different levels -- as a down-and-dirty blend of action, style, and sex, it created the template for the blaxpolitation wave that would dominate grindhouses for the next decade, but at the same time it was a bold polemic that examined social, racial, and economic inequality with a stark, unblinking vision that demanded the audience rise up against oppression. Similarly, Baadasssss!, a film about the making of Sweet Sweetback written and directed by Mario Van Peebles (Melvin's son), at once tells the story of a man struggling against all odds to make a low-budget film on his own terms while offering a potent reminder of the revolutionary political and creative climate of the era in which it was made. It stands to reason that the soundtrack album to Baadasssss! would strive to be as provocative as the movie itself, and if it falls a bit short of that goal, it's not by much. Baadasssss! spins a mix of Latin and Afrocentric groove jazz sounds, canny re-creations of vintage blaxploitation-era soundtrack music, some re-recorded excerpts from the original Sweet Sweetback score (with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, who performed on the original soundtrack, returning for a second go-round), some old-school funk from King Floyd and War, and plenty of conscious rap that offers a post-millennial spin on Van Peebles' revolutionary agenda. Baadasssss! is more ambitious than the average motion picture soundtrack album, and while it isn't an unqualified success -- the frequent leaps from one mood and genre to another make for a rather disjointed album by the time the 25th track comes to a close -- there's plenty of exciting, provocative music here, and it offers as fascinating a perspective on black music as Sweetback presented on black cinema -- and just as importantly, you can dance to it.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
Label:
Bbe
UPC:
0801647134628
catalogNumber:
46

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maurice White   Kalimba,Group Member
Roy Ayers   Vibes
Bruce Carter   Drums
Melvin Van Peebles   Interviewee
Nathaniel Philips   Bass
Joey Waronker   Drums,Group Member
Dan Morris   Conga,Group Member
Tyler Bates   Guitar,Group Member
Alex Locascio   Percussion,Group Member
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass,Group Member
Roger Manning   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Group Member
Wolfgang Matthes   Piano,Group Member
Bobby Liles   Piano
Greg Ellis   Percussion,Group Member

Technical Credits

Willie Colón   Composer
Miriam Makeba   Composer
Roy Ayers   Composer,Producer
Lee Oskar   Composer
Ossie Davis   Author
George Butcher   Arranger
James Calhoun   Composer,Producer
Marie Daulne   Composer,Producer
Lewis Merenstein   Producer
Charlie Wilson   Producer
Melvin Van Peebles   Composer,Author
Charles Miller   Composer
Pete Rock   Producer
Tyler Bates   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Victor Axelrod   Producer
Jurgen Rogiers   Composer
Anthony Tidd   Producer
Mario Van Peebles   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Author,Interviewer
Heavyweight   Illustrations
Bosco Mann   Producer
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Eric Roberson   Composer,Producer
Sylvester Allen   Composer
King Floyd   Composer
Zuco 103   Producer
Jean Grae   Composer,Producer
B.E. Mann   Composer
Thomas Cryer   Producer
Pete The Flute Player   Instrumentation
Tayyib Smith   Marketing

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