Shaft [Music from the Soundtrack]

Shaft [Music from the Soundtrack]

by Isaac HayesIsaac 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-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: 06/14/2019
Label: Craft Recordings
UPC: 0888072099005
catalogNumber: 215
Rank: 40275


Disc 1

  1. Shaft (Theme)
  2. Bumpy's Lament
  3. Walk From Regio's
  4. Ellie's Love Theme
  5. Shaft's Cab Ride
  6. Cafe Regio's
  7. Early Sunday Morning
  8. Be Yourself
  9. A Friend's Place
  10. Soulsville
  11. No Name Bar
  12. Bumpy's Blues
  13. Shaft Strikes Again
  14. Do Your Thing
  15. Shaft/The End (Theme)

Disc 2

  1. Shaft (Theme)
  2. Shaft's First Fight
  3. Reel 2, Pt. 2/Cat Oughta Be Here
  4. Bumpy's Lament
  5. Soulsville
  6. Ellie's Love Theme
  7. Shaft's Cab Ride /Shaft Enters Building
  8. I Can't Get Over Losin' You
  9. Reel 4, Pt. 6
  10. Reel 5, Pt. 1
  11. A Friend's Place
  12. Bumpy's Blues
  13. Bumpy's Lament (Reprise)
  14. Early Sunday Morning
  15. Do Your Thing
  16. Be Yourself
  17. No Name Bar
  18. Shaft Strikes Again /Return of Shaft
  19. Cafe Regio's
  20. Walk From Regio's
  21. Shaft's Pain
  22. Rescue/The End (Theme)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isaac Hayes   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Vibes
Movement   Rhythm Section
Johnny Allen   Strings,Horn
Bar-Kays   Rhythm Section
Willie Hall   Drums,Tambourine
Ronald Hudson   Bass Guitar
Gary Jones   Bongos,Conga
Sidney Kirk   Piano
Lester Snell   Electric Piano
Michael Toles   Rhythm Guitar
James Alexander   Bass Guitar
Charles Pitts   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Mason Williams   Producer
Johnny Allen   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
William Brown   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
J.J. Johnson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bobby Manuel   Engineer
Dave Purple   Engineer
Graffiteria   Art Direction
Tony Seiniger   Cover Design
Ahmir Thompson   Liner Notes
Cary Mansfield   Producer
Henry Bush   Engineer

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