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Shaft - Expanded Edition [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Isaac Hayes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B002QJ51U2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Walk From Regio's (Album - Remastered) 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Early Sunday Morning (Album - Remastered) 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. A Friend's Place (Album - Remastered) 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Soulsville (Album - Remastered) 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. No Name Bar (Album - Remastered) 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bumpy's Blues (Album - Remastered) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Shaft Strikes Again (Album - Remastered) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Do Your Thing (Album - Remastered)19:27Album Only
Listen15. The End Theme (Album - Remastered) 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Theme From Shaft (2009 Mix) 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

There are few films that are defined almost entirely by their soundtrack. Shaft, the 1971 Gordon Parks-directed detective drama, is one of them. Its name will always be inextricably linked to Isaac Hayes, who put together its jazzy, funky score. More than that, its reputation is down to one tune alone, the film’s opening theme.

Theme From Shaft is one of those indestructible songs that age cannot wither. It brought together the best of John Barry’s James Bond soundtracks with something a little greasy from the American south. It is gorgeous, orchestrated soul, slow to reveal its charms with the nagging groove of Willie Hall’s hi-hat and the much loved wah-wah guitar of Charles Pitts. It is still a surprise when Hayes’ vocal comes in after two-and-a-half minutes. The call-and-response between Hayes and the backing vocalists, led by Telma Hopkins, tells of the film’s hero, John Shaft. He is the “black private dick, who’s a sex machine to all the chicks”, which amplified machismo and reinforced stereotypes in the same breath. And just as you are really getting used to it, the song has gone, vanished after just four-and-a-half minutes.

The rest of Shaft is what it is: instrumental soundtrack music. You get a little of Hayes’s keening Hammond on Bumpy’s Lament; the guitar lick in Walk From Regio’s has been sampled myriad times, most notably by the Beastie Boys on The Sounds of Science. Of the two other vocal tracks, Soulsville is a bittersweet catalogue of ghetto life, featuring Hayes at his most doleful. The 19 minutes of Do Your Thing dissolve into something like an alt-rock jam, with The Bar-Kays, Hayes’s backing band, wigging out. There is no other expression for it.

The album became a US number one and won Hayes an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe. It guaranteed him the venerated status he enjoyed all the way to his death in 2008. The only small disappointment on this expanded edition is that, for all its liner notes and remastered sound, it has but one bonus track, a new mix of the evergreen Theme. --Daryl Easlea

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame, Shame, Shame ! 14 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Length: 4:35 Mins


I agree with the latest comment. All the Isaac Hayes recent reissues by Bob Fisher have been a disaster, ans this one is probably the worst remaster in the series. The left and right channels have been inverted. How come such a poor amateur work is possible ? The mix is unbalanced and lacks bottom.

Avoid this edition ! Avoid the previous Zyx edition in digipack. The SACD version remains the best reissue but it's rare and expensive. The SHM-CD is OK, but expensive. You should favor the first CD pressings, not overcompressed and with a balanced mix. And cheap !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not sure how this release justifies the 'Deluxe Edition' description.
Yes, 'Do Your Thing' is now back at it's full 19 minute length unlike some previous releases. However, this release suffers from a woefully poor re-master. The Bass seems to have completely disappeared, it's a complete disaster and I can't understand how this so called 'Deluxe Edition' ever saw the light of day. Whilst the booklet is interesting, the addition of one track (a pointless 2009 remix) and a really poor re-master makes this release completely redundant. If I were you I'd wait for the 'Definitive Edition', assuming that it's properly mastered that is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Premier Blaxploitation soundtrack? 3 April 2010
By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Not the first blaxploitation soundtrack, (that was Melvin van Peebles with Sweet Sweetback's Baaadaass Song, according to experts), but the Daddy of them all, from before the genre had been named, and mined to extinction.

Isaac Hayes previous included a songwritng partnership with David Porter at Stax, where they gave Sam and Dave a string of hits, a distinctive live show, and a couple of solo albums, the second of which, "Hot Buttered Soul", catapulted him to the top of the Soul tree. When Gordon Parks wanted a soundtrack for his "black private dick" movie, he knew where to go, and Hayes didn't disappoint.

From those opening hihats to that funk/rock workout which closes "Do Your Thing", there's everything from Jazz to the Blues, languid instrumentals to Rock solos, and a dose of social comment. If Hayes had helped rewrite the Soul album format, then here he throws in the kitchen sink to create the album soundtrack that would win an Oscar. The title track remains one of the most instantly recognisable around and the rest of the album is a snapshot of the state of Black music as the 70's kicked in.

To be fair, there's a couple of unremarkable tracks - this is a soundtrack after all - but other than the tital track, stand-outs include; Cafe Regio's a jazzy mid tempo instrumental, Soulsville, Isaac Hayes bitter commentary on ghettto life and "Do Your Thing", which kicks off on a sensuous groove, which builds and builds over nearly 20 minutes, with the aformentioned kitchen sink appearing about half way through !!.

All in all, a very significant album, not least because of it's place in the domination that Black music achieved in the early/mid 70's, and one which no self respecting Soul music fan should be without
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Fantastic reminder of childhood!!! The sound quality is fantastic. Buy a copy now everybody and you will not be disappointed
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe? Concord exploiting the Stax catalog - again 21 Nov 2009
By Luigi Facotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The stars are for Isaac Hayes - this needless reissue gets NONE! Nothing here that has not been available many times before - the Japanese SHM-CD re-release earlier this year had better sound than this (although it was released as a facsimile of the UK Stax release not the US Enterprise original for some reason) and the re-mix of the title song was totally unnecessary - unless of course you - like Concord - are desperately trying to exploit the Stax catalog.
There is nothing remotely of interest on this CD - but if you are a diehard Black Moses fan - seek out the Shaft Anthology on FSM (Vol 11 #8) for the actual MGM soundtrack that was recorded ahead of the Enterprise hit version. And for a remaster that is spine tingling - totally comparable to the Beatles Remasters program- go to Barry White's "Unlimited" box set on Hip O - well worth the investment!!
When Concord acquired Fantasy and the Stax catalog a few years back they made a lot of noise how they were going to respect and promote the Memphis Sound and honor its legacy. The Stax website folded a year or so ago and the stuff that Concord has released has been less than notable - "Stax does Motown", "Stax does the Beatles" - hey how about "Stax does TARP?" Two lackluster "new" CDs from Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper just about sum it up. When one looks back fondly to the Atlantic Box set, the two Fantasy box sets and the numerous Ace UK Stax re-releases - one can only conclude that no-one at Concord - not even Bill Belmont if he is stlll there- cares for anything but the money and they won't earn it with thoughtless re-issues like this.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastered classic soul soundtrack with a bonus 3 Nov 2009
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Isaac Hayes' classic soundtrack to Shaft hasn't exactly been hard to find. The original double-album topped the Billboard chart, spun off a #1 Grammy- and Oscar-winning single, and ended up the biggest seller in Stax history. It's been reissued more than a half-dozen times on CD, and more recently it's been available for electronic download. So why another reissue, why now? Primarily because the Stax catalog has come under the control of Concord Records, and the label is, understandably, producing a new round of reissues. Reissues create buzz, press coverage and garner retail space, all of which helps keep catalog evergreens in the green, and keep royalties flowing to artists and their estates.

Reissues also provide a chance to run a classic through updated technology, as is the case with this Bob Fisher full re-master from original analog sources. In addition, Fisher has produced a bonus mix of the title song. The new mix opens with a drumstick click track that was edited from the original, moves Charles Pitts' wah-wah guitar from right to center and deepens the tone (or simply increases the relative volume) of Willie Hall's high-hat riff. Is it a must-have? Not really, given the iconic nature of the original. The new mix is just different enough to make you wonder if something's off, but not different enough to give it a life of its own. A more compelling bonus for collectors would have been the edited, single version of the title song. Audiophiles with an earlier CD of the soundtrack may find Fisher's re-master an improvement, but casual listeners likely don't need to update.

Those who've never heard the full album should give it a spin. Though the score doesn't measure up to the hook-filled catchiness of the single, it wasn't meant to. The soundtrack was written as incidental music in support of the film's action, while the theme was an expositional introduction to the film's main character. The bulk of the score is, as with most film soundtracks, instrumental texture and emotional underlining. Aside from the title theme, the only vocal tracks are "Soulville" and "Do Your Thing," and the latter quickly evolves into a terrific 19-1/2 minute soul jam. The instrumentals create mood that often transcends the moving images for which they were written. "Ellie's Love Theme" is a tender mix of vibes and horns, "Café Regio's" sports a breezy West Coast Jazz feel, and "Be Yourself" has a strong, funky party beat. The score is music worth hearing apart from its role within the film.

Hayes brought his musical ethos to the project, but didn't set out to record the sort of genre-busting explorations of Hot Buttered Soul. The longer tracks find compelling funk and soul grooves, but weren't meant to push directly into the spotlight. Those looking for an album full of "Theme from Shaft" radio hits will be disappointed, but those seeking a helping of Hayes' genius as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, band leader and conductor will enjoy the soundtrack presented here. Even better, Hayes recorded the film soundtrack at MGM in Los Angeles and then re-recorded the soundtrack album at Stax in Memphis for better sound. Other great blaxploitation soundtracks would follow, including Superfly and Across 110th Street, but Shaft remains a primal inspiration. A 20-page booklet filled with photos, credits and new liner notes by Ashley Kahn rounds out this reissue. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
4.0 out of 5 stars SO MANY MEMORIES!!! 25 Feb 2013
By BLOSSOM - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember sitting in the theatre watching this movie back in the day. the music was good then as it is now. the song "Ellie's Love Theme is mow my ring tone it is soooooo mellow. Isaac Hayes was 28!!!!!!!!! wow. the case was cracked when I got it is my only complaint, but not worth sending back. if you were a child of the 70's you will "dig it "
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic sounds from the past. Shut your mouth. 12 Aug 2012
By Philip Sterk - Published on Amazon.com
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Shaft, you a bad --------, shut your mouth. What's not to like about Isaac Hayes and this iconic sound track. 130% satified. Pop this in your CD player and walk with Shaft in the dangerous zone. I give it 5 stars *****.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 8 Oct 2013
By Elvee M. OKelley - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD brought back great memories. I still watch the movie and the soundtrack is one of the best ever.
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