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Black Caesar Soundtrack

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It's the classic 1973 blaxploitation film featuring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into 'The Family,' he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war. It's a great film for constructive anger release! If you're all worked up, just watch Black Caesar and keep yourself from life imprisonment!
  • Actors: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, D'Urville Martin, Julius Harris
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • DVD Features:
  • Available Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
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  • Size: 7 1/2" x 5 1/4"
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: February 7, 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Polydor
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001DZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on July 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to stand up for this album. Sure, it wasn't the strongest soundtrack made in the "blaxploitation" genre - - in fact, one might even argue that Edwin Starr outfunked the Godfather in the follow up to it "Hell Up in Harlem", but still there's some pretty bad tracks, and also, you can always go to the video rental shop (or order the film on Amazon) to decide if you want it. - - The film itself was pretty baaaaaaaad (as in Good)... it starred Fred Williams in the tale of the rise and fall of a Black Mobster, who takes on the cop and the mob. Its very interesting to hear JB funking up DOWN AND OUT IN NEW YORK CITY, which I believe originally came from the country genre. - - JB did one other sountrack by the way... The slightly more action packed and funkier Slaughter's Big Rip Off, featuring Jim Brown. (The song "The Payback" I believe was a reject from one of these films - - it was supposed to be the theme, and was rejected as not funky enough.) Overall, for some reason a lot of die hard JB fans aren't crazy about this album, but I think it was a nice showcase for both JB and Fred Wesley. In fact, a lot of JBs albums featured one or two hard hitting tracks, and a bunch of corn... its the compilations that give you the impression that he was pure funk. This album, compared to some others then, is actually relatively hard hitting. On the other hand, if you haven't dug the James Brown FUNKY PEOPLE compilations... and are really looking for some heavy funk... GO THERE !
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I am a 59 year young white guy. I have listened to and grown more attracted to good music. Good music does exist. While growing up I heard a lot of great music coming over from Britain, then the US response, the 80's, the 90's and so on. My appreciation of African American music began with soul, went to jazz, and lately has steered toward Funk. Yes,say it again, FUNK. OK, I admit that I'm late. Ok, I'm stupid, and it took me longer, but low and behold it has finally happened. Soul went into funk. And I have to say that I also missed a lot of good music. Thank God that I saw "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" because the song, "The Boss" is where I heard it for the first time. "Paid The Cost to Be the Boss" , that's jazz and soul. Those horns are so true. James Brown can write a song. James Brown wrote many. To me, the time from 70 to 74 is meaningful. Early hits had a more grinding sound, but Ceasar is funk and some great song writing from James Brown. I would put his song writing up there with any Dylan, Hendrix, Nyro, or Lennon/McCartney. Seriously. I just never heard it on my white stations. Hey, its my fault. I could have changed the channel. I did change the channel! Get Black Ceasar. Great songwriting. Powerful concept through whole album. Its a concept album. It is the cream of funk from the Godfather of Soul. Yes, it is a SOUND TRACK ALBUM, but ITS REALLY A GREAT James Brown album. Wow. '73 was such a good year for him.........
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According to JB's front man Fred Wesley, James's attitude towards soundtracks was to simply empty the vaults of unreleased material. Some of these substandard tracks surface on "Black Caesar", but fortunately some real classics do, as well. "Down and Out in New York City" and "The Boss" rank with some of Brown's greatest 70's work. Another major problem is that this album is WAY too short (an insulting 36 minutes). Neophytes to Brown are better off with "The Payback" or the "Make it Funky" anthology. Harcore fans will find enough to satisfy.
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If you are at all impressed with Mayfield's Superfly, give Black Caesar a listen. This album has it all- heavy hitting chunks of funk like Down and Out in New York City to the laid back pimpin' sounds of Blind Man Can See It. Keep in mind that this album was released within months of the ground breaking Big Payback. Buy this album, then buy Slaughter's Big Rip Off. You won't be disappointed.
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BLACK CAESAR (originally Polydor PD-6014) James Brown's 1973 soundtrack to the Fred Williamson "blaxsploitation" film of the same name, was released in a gate-fold jacket. It was preceded by GET ON THE GOOD FOOT and followed by his second blaxploitation soundtrack, SLAUGHTER'S BIG RIP-OFF. According to the liner notes and other sources, when Brown was offered the chance to contribute his first film soundtrack, he jumped at the chance. The only trouble was that James thought he could just fill the film with his previously recorded hits. Unfortunately film producer Larry Cohen expected a specially written score, like Issac Hayes' for SHAFT or Curtis Mayfield's SUPERFLY. It fell upon the current leader and arranger of The J.B.'s, Fred Wesley to finesse Brown's reluctance. Wesley's diplomacy paid off, and while not in the same league, Brown and Wesley's work on BLACK CAESAR is definitely worth an occasional spin. Especially notable is the inclusion of Lyn Collin's terrific "Mama Feelgood" and James' best performance here, "Down And Out In New York City." It's hard to believe that the original version of this track, the only non-J.B.Read more ›
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