Soul Men

Soul Men

     
 

The release of the musical comedy Soul Men is a bittersweet moment in cinematic history. It marks the final film project of both Bernie Mac, one of the film's co-leads (with Samuel L. Jackson) and Isaac Hayes, who contributed a track to this soundtrack album. They both passed away within days of one another after the film wrapped. The soundtrack for Malcolm D.See more details below

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The release of the musical comedy Soul Men is a bittersweet moment in cinematic history. It marks the final film project of both Bernie Mac, one of the film's co-leads (with Samuel L. Jackson) and Isaac Hayes, who contributed a track to this soundtrack album. They both passed away within days of one another after the film wrapped. The soundtrack for Malcolm D. Lee's film is a mixed bag of newly recorded soul classics, some modern gritty funk, and a couple of neo-soul jams with a variety of vocalists with some interesting instrumental combos backing them. Look no further than John Legend with both Mac and Samuel L. Jackson performing the Dan Penn-Spooner Oldham classic "I'm Your Puppet." Despite the attempts to make it sound vintage with a slew of the industry's finest in the studio group, it still comes across as more Los Angeles than Memphis. Better is Frank Fitzpatrick's "Soul Music," featuring Anthony Hamilton fronting the Bo-Keys. The vocals were recorded in California, but the music is pure Memphis soul grit. Likewise the Booker T. Jones-William Bell cut "Private Number," performed by Chris Pearce and Leela James, where at least the instruments were recorded at Willie Mitchell's Electrophonic Studio in Memphis. Hayes' contribution, a stellar reading of Clifton Davis' "Never Can Say Goodbye," was recorded with his own band in Memphis as well. Other highlights include the loose and funky cover of Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd's "Water" by Me'Shell Ndegéocello, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' killer version of Mickey Newbury's "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," and the Sugarman 3's "You Don't Know What You Mean (To a Lover Like Me)," with Lee Fields fronting the band. The latter two selections aren't original to this soundtrack, but it doesn't matter since they work beautifully in the context of both the album and the film. The set closes with a deep funky take on Hayes' classic "Do Your Thing," with Sharon Leal, Jackson, and Mac backed by a band that includes Patrice Rushen on keyboards. It goes on too long, and neither Mac nor Jackson can sing worth a damn (though Mac is at least in key), but it hardly matters. Leal gets down and the cats don't get in the way much. Like the film, this set is very much a good-time listen that has somewhat limited musical benefit, but perhaps enough vibe and verve to get it across to those who were captivated by the movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0888072309456
catalogNumber:
30945
Rank:
149632

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Cropper   Guitar
Patrice Rushen   Keyboards
Rickey Woodard   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Arnold   Horn
Chris Bruce   Guitar
Ben Cauley   Trumpet,Horn
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
James Gadson   Drums
Isaac Hayes   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Vibes
Randy Hall   Guitar
Willie Hall   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Ronald Hudson   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Booker T. Jones   Keyboards
Gary Jones   Bongos,Conga
Raymond Jones   Piano
Sidney Kirk   Piano
Ed Logan   Horn
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Hense Powell   Keyboards
Lester Snell   Electric Piano
Archie Turner   Piano
Al Jackson   Drums
Lee Fields   Vocals
Sharon Jones   Vocals
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Ben Peeler   Pedal Steel Guitar
Beth Luscombe   Viola
Paul Turnbow   Violin
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Bosco Mann   Bass
Scott Bomar   Bass,Guitar
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
Nolan Shaheed   Trumpet
Kirk Smothers   Baritone Saxophone
Neal Sugarman   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Albin   Drums
Derrick Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Deantoni Parks   Drums
Jordan McLean   Trumpet
Louis Van Taylor   Baritone Saxophone
Leroy Powell   Guitar
Adam Scone   Organ
Binky Griptite   Guitar
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Eric Elterman   Background Vocals
Street   Guitar
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar
Marisa Polesky   Violin
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mickey Newbury   Composer
Clifton Davis   Composer
Steve Cropper   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Engineer
Dan Penn   Composer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Ron Capone   Engineer
Larry Ferguson   Engineer
Frank Fitzpatrick   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Raymond Jones   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Meshell Ndegeocello   Producer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Dave Purple   Engineer
Mack Rice   Composer
Daryl Williams   Engineer
Eddie Marion   Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Alex Steyermark   Executive Producer
Bosco Mann   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Collin Stanback   Executive Producer
Scott Bomar   Producer
Neal Sugarman   Composer
Kevin Houston   Engineer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Seth Presant   Vocal Engineer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
William "Billy" Brown   Engineer
Eric Elterman   Engineer
Henry Bush   Engineer

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