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Shaft Soundtrack, Original recording reissued, Import


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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: July 2, 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Stax
  • Run Time: 11 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000ZML
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theme From ""Shaft""
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. The End Theme (Shaft)

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Shaft by Isaac Hayes

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The "Theme from Shaft" is now so ingrained in popular consciousness as the blaxploitation-movie track that it's hard to listen to it without a faint smirk. ("Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks?"!!) But if you can get past the inadvertent humor, it's still a devilishly exciting piece of music--all hi-hat 16ths, wah-wah guitar, strings, and woodwind, like a Norman Whitfield Motown production taken to a baroque extreme. The rest of the album consists mainly of incidental mood music of no great worth: "Walk from Regio's," "Ellie's Love Theme"--you know the sort of thing. Only two other tracks feature the Black Moses pipes, while the endless "Do Your Thing" takes its place in the catalog of Hayes epics that began with Hot Buttered Soul. --Barney Hoskyns

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Took me back to a better day in time.
Norman g. Creighton
Very few artist have manage to bring together both film and sound like Isaac Hayes did with the Shaft soundtrack.
S. Howard
Some of the other songs on this album are quite good.
Matt Tawesson

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Pacelli on December 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. No other soundtrack has seemlessly tied together a storyline, mood and the time it was released. It's a lyrical painting of urban America in the 70s. And the opening cymbal/wah-wah guitar combo has NEVER been matched. Think about it. What other classic is immediately recognizable within the first five or ten seconds?? I'm a white, suburban, 42-year-old guy who grew up on great music like this. I just wish American youth (white and black) would be more exposed to guys like Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Al Green instead of the hip-hop garbage that passes today as urban/soul. They could learn a thing or two about arrangements and composition too!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eric V. Moye on June 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is hard sometimes to remember how seminal a work Shaft was, now some thirty years ago.
And the music was as groundbreaking as the movie was. There had not been very many pieces of music like it at the time. Few have been able to be this innovative since that time.
Issac Hayes had already established himself as an arranger and producer par excellence. He could twist new and different music from oft-heard classics, as was done in his first three albums like no one else, before or since. His bona fides as a writer were long established, from a ton of work for the Atlantic/Atco stable.
The guitar scratching opening of the "Theme From Shaft" has been repeated to death, and the song itself gets lots of airplay on oldies stations (and we'll probably hear this even more when the re-make comes out in a few weeks). But there was nothing like this ever heard in 1970! This album, though, has a ton of other good music, seldom heard. "Cafe Reggio" is as cool as the other side of the pillow. "Ellie's Love Theme" is soft and romantic. Those who might dis this work as being as banal as elevator music are missing something really special.
This single CD is a good place upon which to recapture Ike's creative excellence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Howard on November 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the best soundtracks to come out of the 70s, if not the best was Isaac Hayes'Shaft' soundtrack.With the academy award winning 'Theme from Shaft'.I still remember seeing him performing the song at the awards show on tv. Isaac Hayes recorded Shaft during his best creative years.So what makes Shaft so special? Well to answer wy own question.Shaft is a blend of funk,smooth jazz (before it was called smooth jazz) soul and rhythm & blues.And it all comes together to produced the Isaac Hayes sound.Very few artist have manage to bring together both film and sound like Isaac Hayes did with the Shaft soundtrack.You find yourself enjoying the music just as much as the movie.Before Shaft Isaac Hayes was best known for working his magic with other people's material like 'Buy The Time I Get To Phoenix,Our Day Will Come and The Look Of Love etc,etc,etc.But Shaft if I'm not mistaking was Isaac Hayes first whole album of his own original music.And he rose to the challenge.I think Shaft gave Mr.Hayes an opportunity to record songs that weren't a part of his normal routine.And this gave us songs like Ellie's Love Theme,Early Sunday Morning and Shaft Strikes Again.Just to name a few on this great album.So thanks to Shaft we got to hear these gems.Yes Shaft is a fantastic soundtrack it's Isaac Hayes at his best and I highly recomment it.After thirty-five years the music still sounds good.The only downside to the album to me is the length of Do Your Thing.Why so long? I don't know why Isaac Hayes made it so long.Maybe he needed to fill in some space.Well I guess I'll go and watch the movie Shaft on my DVD player now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this recording back in the '70's when it was released as a double LP. I was very pleased when I saw it on CD and was even more satisfied when I received it and played it.This is Isaac Hayes' best work as far as I'm concerned.Not only do you get the full version of the "Theme From Shaft" but you also get a good selection of soul/jazz fusion.This recording brought back some fond memories and the remastering makes it all that much more enjoyable ...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The influence of SHAFT, not only the movie but the sountrack on popular cultural is immeasurable, and I'm sure with the new Samuel L. Jackson movie, people will be renting, and hopefully buying the soundtrack once again. - - But the question is, what makes this sountrack so special that while movie scores come and go, this movie which wasn't even a musical has had such a major impact on our popular culture ? There are a lot of answers, but what made the movie stand out at the time in part was the music, which plays almost back to back through the film and performed by Issac Hayes, who back then was the soul icon and superstar. But he not only "sung" a few songs, he practically wrote and orchestrated the entire score and created a soundtrack which practically sold the movie. His fame at one point in the early '70s had him known as the Black Moses of Soul, with his shaved head, riding out on stage on a motorcycle wearing nothing but chains... this is CHEF from South Park we're talking about here. - - But it wasn't just his image that made him an icon. Issac Hayes created a form of orchestral soul which the soundtrack to Shaft epitomized. Slick, commercial arrangements with his notorious "love raps", and energetic hooks and emotions. He could be wicked, funky and nasty or slick and soulful - - and even though his songs broke the 3 minute radio airplay rule often by entire album sides, his albums sold. Sadly, the demise of Stax, which in years would go from riches to financial ruin, would lead to the downful of the Hayes and The Movement who by then was also an action film star (check out Truck Turner ! ! !) From what I understand he doesn't even get residuals on his hits, but a new generation is discovering Hayes's talent...Read more ›
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