Shaft [Music from the Soundtrack]

Shaft [Music from the Soundtrack]

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by Isaac Hayes
     
 

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Of the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status; therefore, his being chosen to score such a high

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Of the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status; therefore, his being chosen to score such a high-profile major-studio film shouldn't seem like a surprise. And with "Theme from Shaft," he delivered an anthem just as ambitious and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously popular hit at the time of its release. Besides this song, though, there aren't too many more radio-targeted moments here. "Soulsville" operates effectively as the sort of downtempo ballad Hayes was most known for, just as the almost 20-minute "Do Your Thing" showcased just how impressive the Bar-Kays had become, stretching the song to unseen limits with their inventive, funky jamming. For the most part, though, this double-LP features nothing but cinematic moments of instrumentation, composed and produced by Hayes while being performed by the Bar-Kays -- some downtempo, others quite jazzy, nothing too funky, though. Even if it's not quite as enjoyable as Curtis Mayfield's Superfly due to its emphasis on instrumentals, Shaft still remains a powerful record; one of Hayes' pinnacle moments for sure.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/1994
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0025218880220
catalogNumber:
5003042
Rank:
30106

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isaac Hayes   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Bar-Kays   Rhythm Section
Willie Hall   Drums,Tambourine
Ronald Hudson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gary Jones   Bongos,Conga
Sidney Kirk   Piano
Lester Snell   Synthesizer,Electric Piano
Michael Toles   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
James Alexander   Bass,Bass Guitar
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Allen   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ron Capone   Remixing
Isaac Hayes   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
J. Alan Johnson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bobby Manuel   Engineer
Dave Purple   Engineer,Remixing
William "Billy" Brown   Engineer
Henry Bush   Engineer

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Shaft 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can u dig it??? The most well known track is obviously the definitive 1970's movie theme of &quot Shaft&quot But what most people don't realize about the rest of the album is that it has some great instrumental tracks that are greatly sequenced and work to perfection. It still sounds fresh and vital, and that is saying alot about 70's soundtrack albums. Along with 1977's Saturday Night Fever, this is one movie soundtrack that stands the test of time.
HammerCastle More than 1 year ago
When You think of the Blaxploitation genre...You think SHAFT.
It wasn't the first Film of it's kind but upon it's release it became the standard.The perfect mix of character, story and music.
Isaac Hayes theme music set to Richard Roundtree's walking among the NYC traffic set the tone of the Film & genre to follow.
Hayes' voice , used sparingly ,in the theme & in Soulsville oozes soul.
No Name Bar track is one of the greatest instrumental jazz tracks of all time {in My opinion}.
Hayes' Theme From Shaft won the Academy Award for best song for 1971.Rightfully so.