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Shaft (Music From The Soundtrack)
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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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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.