- Audio Cassette (15 Nov. 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Fantasy/Stax
- ASIN: B000000ZMM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Shaft [CASSETTE] Import
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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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This soundtrack album (to my knowledge) is the only available cd source for the 19 minute full version of 'Do your thing'.Published 9 months ago by paul manc
Have the original vinyl. Bought it because of the great memories of the time.Published 14 months ago by I. Drysdale
Excellent just how I remembered it. Issac Hayes does the theme justice.Published 19 months ago by Ann Clarke