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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2008
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shaft is a bad mother,you dig ? a great soundtrack. very emotional for me. i was a teenager at that time. the greatest times of my life. disco was about to hit the waves, great stars, great everything. i've met isaac hayes twice. a cool, great guy. i saw shaft in the movies at that time at times square for $ 1.25 including another movie with pam grier( my big crush). everyone, enjoy. ****
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I won't lie. It is not that Shaft is the only great Blaxploitation film score. It is not even the sole owner of the king spot. Curtis Mayfield's Superfly equals the scales, for musical reasons different than Shaft. In the early 1970s, just as there was Ali/Frazer, there was Shaft/Superfly. There is, in fact, tons of great music from black films of the early 1970s, but you have to start with these two.

But if Shaft must share the crown with Fly, what a co-champ. Who is big enough a musical personality to make his soundtrack debut a double album. Shut your mouth--it is not Shaft, but Issac Hayes. This is a guy who made ANOTHER double album around the same time, Black Moses. Any questions?

Double albums were big in the early 70s, but not for soundtracks. Leave it to Black Moses to make a quality one to line your house wall to wall with purple velvet shag. The "Theme From Shaft" alone was big enough to become the example people use for wha wha guitars, and lined TV as background music in the days when TV stations were local.

The only drawback about the theme is that it is so big, it may draw your attention from the rest of this soundtrack, which. if it came unmarked, would have qualified as a double album masterpiece for Hayes. Never before had Moses showed that he was so capable of so much.

"Cafe' Regio" works as straight jazz, "Do Your Thing," hard funk. Even that weird beeping in "Walk From Regio's," shows you how detailed Hayes' experimenting was here, how wide the scope was of what he was trying, and what he made work. Even the lovemaking music here set the tone for the lusher soul landscapes that built through the 1970s.

Superfly may shimmer in its beauty, there may be tons of underplayed music that reaches top Blaxploitation quality. But for massive ambition and scope, Shaft will not be defeated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
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Another all time favorit cd. I have rediscovered Isaac's music and just compare it to today's sounds and there is absolutley no comparison! Isaac Hayes music and songs are composed of live instruments and an orchestra. There is no match, ever!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2000
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not only is the theme one of the best wah -wah songs ever-but the nearly 20 minutes of do your thing is my most favorite jam ever-i wonder if the new soundtrack will compete-probably not since the 70's are over and you cant duplicate that era
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2002
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I love this whole cd a classic and love the movie as well the highlight is the 19 minute version of do your thing where the barkays switch from the regular formula to some funkadelic...man dude on guitar thinks he's maggot brain 4real.
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1971 was definitely the year for black matinee idols, and both "Shaft" and "Superfly" were the movies to see back then. One of my uncles had this soundtrack (original label Enterprise), and I was convinced this was THE soundtrack. The late Isaac Hayes was at his best, winning an Academy Award for the title theme. Hayes would record five or six more Enterprise albums (other recommendations "Black Moses" and "Hot Buttered Soul", with the long version of Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", a guaranteed heart-wrencher). I don't really have any recommended tunes on this album because the whole soundtrack itself is entirely good (coming from me). Hayes would succceed in acting in movies like Truck Turner, Three Tough Guys, and Escape From New York (with Kurt Russell), and TV appearances in the popular NBC series The A-Team (with the late George Peppard and Mr. T) and voiced the funny and sex-obsessed "Chef" on the Comedy Central series "South Park". Hayes wrote most of the hits for Sam and Dave and collaborated on various other for the Stax label (the original House Of Funk). Hayes lost his life to heart failure on August 11, 2008. Comedian Bernie Mac lost his life on August 10th. Both collaborated on their last movie "Soul Men". Hayes's last recording in the 80's was "Don't Let Go" for Polydor Records (title no longer available). (Stax Records)
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on December 11, 2013
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This is an overlooked soundtrack cd by the late great isaac hayes this double cd stands up to other double cds such as , miles davis bitche's brew, jimi hendrix electric lady land and stevie wonder songs in the key of life. Isaac hayes experiments with all his creative skills on this soundtrack theres more to this cd than just the theme from shaft, "elles love theme" which is an instumental will have you thinking and feeling you're listening to a burt bachrach song with out the lyrics, and if you want to get a little bluesy and jazzy theres "bumpy's blues" , even "shafts cab ride" have a upbeat to it even-though it's a short little diddy, and then there's that harlem gospel called " soulsville" and then you got "cafe regios" which is a nice kick back instrumental , but if you want to get inspired and funky theres "do your thang" which is the longest track on the cd album with some great drum and guitar work oh, and while I'm speaking on that , isaac hayes is backed by the barkays rhythym section . Isaac hayes gets really versetile on this album ,the whole album is awesome I highly recommend it. And if you want more of isaac hayes in the soundtrack phase I also recommend "Truck turner" and "three tough guys", amazon will hook you up.
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I got the original LP back in the late 70's, when I fabricated quite a few Speaker Systems during my university years, it was both a passion and some means to get some money. That LP set (two discs) was so good that I kept listening and listening to it, and ended using it to evaluate speakers and whole sound systems, and I used it so much that I had to buy another as the first one was wearing thin and full of tics and pops. I kept the second LP set with utmost care, so to be able to show the speakers to the client during final demo and delivery, it was that great. Years later I bought the CD version issued by Stax/Fantasy, and even when the CD is from the first generation of discs, it sounds quite good, demonstrating that the quality was planted firm during the original recording and mastering (AAD). On the musical merits, most of the 5-star reviews have already stated the merits, I could add very little, and agree this is fine music that has resisted the time and still sounds fresh and timeless. The fact that the album was recorded in three days is a testimony of the huge capacity of the people involved, and specially, Mr Hayes genius. This album is already a true classic and every music collector should have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2009
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the music sounds like it was just release!!! it deserves a oscar for best movie soundtrack!!! a musical genius!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
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It really brought back the vibe of the 70s; now I have an instant mood changer. Now I too, can be John Shaft!
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