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Shaft: Original Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Shaft (Related Recordings), Isaac Hayes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000026EVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,642 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

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Amazon.co.uk Review

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 humour, 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 catalogue of Hayes epics that began with Hot Buttered Soul. --Barney Hoskyns

Product Description

Medium 1
  1. Theme From Shaft (vocal)
  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 (vocal)
  11. No Name Bar
  12. Bumpy's Blues
  13. Shaft Strikes Again
  14. Do Your Thing (vocal)
  15. The End Theme

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great soundtrack 16 Jun 2008
By Cosmic
Format:Audio CD
My dad was a big fan of Isaac Hayes and indeed a lot of the other Stax artists, as a result, I grew up listening to a lot of music from the Stax label.

So far as Isaac Hayes is concerned and film soundtracks, this really is worth buying. Isaac Hayes shows the depth of his creativity by producing an original soundtrack that has everything in it...vocals, instrumentals, lots of strings, horns, excellant rhythym section etc.etc.

Most people will be aware of the 1st track 'The Theme from Shaft' but all the others are great as well. My particular faves include 'Soulsville', 'No Name Bar' and 'Bumpy's Lament' which specifically has been sampled/copied by numerous other rnb and rap artists.

Overall, it's a masterpiece and thoroughly deserving of its Oscar. As for the film........well the less said about that the better!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get! 5 Aug 2010
By Dave H
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the 'Expanded Edition' of this brilliant soundtrack but as another reviewer said there was virtually no bass on it so I returned it. I bought this one instead and to me it sounds great, just as it should. I'd recommend buying this one and avoiding the 'Expanded Edition. Incidentally, 'Do Your Thing' on this release is the full 19 minute version so it's all good (and you get spared the pointless 2009 remix as well).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasted on the movie 12 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
One of my most listened to albums and still absolutely ace after all these years. It's miles better than the dull, dated and cliché-riddled movie for which it was written and was, apparently, the first soundtrack album to be more successful than the movie. The title track features that widely-known definitive wucka wucka electric guitar, with a fab recording too, at Stax Studios down in Memphis, and all written when he was only 28. Tracks such as Soulsville are just absolutely dripping with cool (man), whilst Cafe Regio's is an utter classic of its genre.

Mr Hayes produced and arranged everything (brilliantly), whilst the guest musicians include Lester Snell (electric piano), James Alexander (electric bass), Michael Toles and Charles Pitts (guitars ~ and many of the guitar passages are absolutely masterful), Willie Hall (drums & tamborine) and Gary Jones (bongos and congas). The brass section on a few tracks is ace as well, though who the musicians were isn't credited.

Side 4's 19'38" Do Your Thing wasn't in the movie at all, but somehow it's still an essential element of the album, criminally cut to a quarter of its original length for the otherwise excellent 24 bit DR edition on the Zyx label, almost certainly to accommodate the multi-media photos, artist info and video track stuck on at the end ~ which are okay, but certainly not worth what had to be sacrificed to make way for them.

The sound quality of the 2010 "expanded" edition, including Do Your Thing in its entirety, is a different remaster and the worst I've ever heard, so don't even consider buying that one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not many soundtracks come hotter than this! 27 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Isaac Hayes once again works his musical genious to produce a soundtrack that is second to none. The best known track is the "theme from shaft", but the others are all equally enjoyable. Definitly money well spent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no one quite like him 4 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Isaac Hayes delivers everything I could ever ask for in music. His combination of sultry soul, slick jazz sounds, cool husky voice transport me to another realm of being. I have every intention of collecting all the albums. The "Shaft" is one of his best. My favourite track is 'Soulsville', though all the others are close to perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shafted 4 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Anyone over 40 years old will just adore this music as it brings back memories of ones youth.
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