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Dead Presidents, Vol. 2
     

Dead Presidents, Vol. 2

 
The soundtrack to Dead Presidents was an unexpected chart hit, mainly because it served as a superb one-stop sampler of classic '70s funk, soul and R&B, albeit with a darker, harsher edge. Dead Presidents Vol. 2 follows in the same vein. It may be hard to remember when (or even if) these songs actually appear in the film, but there's no question that the

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The soundtrack to Dead Presidents was an unexpected chart hit, mainly because it served as a superb one-stop sampler of classic '70s funk, soul and R&B, albeit with a darker, harsher edge. Dead Presidents Vol. 2 follows in the same vein. It may be hard to remember when (or even if) these songs actually appear in the film, but there's no question that the selections are clearly selected by knowledgeable fans (namely, the film's directors, Allen and Albert Hughes). Curtis Mayfield, in particular, is well represented. Of all the '70s soul singers, he was always one to face down the demons of the era, and by selecting some of his more obscure, though equally extraordinary songs (no "Freddie's Dead" here), the producers have done a great job of fitting the atmosphere established with the previous collection. Similarly, credit is due for unearthing some less famous tunes from the era, such as the Undisputed Truth and Intruders songs, which fit both thematically and musically. As on the last set, the compilers lighten the mood with more romantic songs, which in this case means with the sweet beauty of the Temptations and Sam & Dave tracks, but even those are far more bittersweet than hopeful. Dead Presidents Vol. 2 may not be necessary for die-hard soul fans, since they're sure to already have most if not all of these cuts, but for neophytes looking to discover some lost classics from the era, this is as good a place as any to start.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/1996
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724383581849
catalogNumber:
35818

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Performance Credits

James Brown   Track Performer
Jerry Butler   Track Performer
Impressions   Track Performer
Intruders   Track Performer
Curtis Mayfield   Track Performer
Sam & Dave   Track Performer
Temptations   Track Performer
Undisputed Truth   Track Performer
Stevie Wonder   Track Performer

Technical Credits

James Brown   Contributor
Jerry Butler   Contributor
Impressions   Contributor
Intruders   Contributor
Curtis Mayfield   Contributor
Sam & Dave   Contributor
Temptations   Contributor
Undisputed Truth   Contributor
Stevie Wonder   Contributor
Jeffery Fey   Art Direction
Bonnie Greenberg   Executive Producer
Albert Hughes   Producer,Executive Producer
Allen Hughes   Producer,Executive Producer

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