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5.0 out of 5 stars Compilation of the Year par excellance, 13 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Soul Jazz Records Presents Can You Dig It? The Music And Politics Of Black Action Films 1969-75 (Audio CD)
The brilliant 96 page pocket book that accompanies this double CD fills you in with the political backdrop of late sixties America... the stereotyping of black actors into pimps, prostitutes and hustlers, stories of those who bucked the trend.
Having only seen two of the featured films (Shaft and Superfly,) I was expressly interested in the musical content of Soul Jazz Record's latest release. So what do you get? This is music of unstinting quality - thudding basslines pulsating around bursts of flighty strings.
Buoyed and beefed-up by the extra cash from film studio budgets several of black music's legends can be found on here, Roy Ayers - with two typically groovy tracks from Coffy, Issac Hayes with classics from the Shaft films, Will Hutch, Marvin Gaye and James Brown just to name a few. Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman," a personal favourite of mine appears on the second CD.
As ever with Soul Jazz compilations there is something you haven't come across before. I was new to the muted trumpet of The Blackbyrds "Wilfred's Gone" and the flute loop of Don Julian's "Lay it on your head."
The first CD concentrates a bit more on the stonewall classics whereas the second offers something for someone with a slightly broader musical pallet. And this is where Can you Dig It? really succeeds - classics and new delights together in one spellbinding package. Make this one of your essential purchases this Autumn.
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