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Shaft Enhanced, Original recording remastered, 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 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
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Joe Tarantino's remaster has also been issued on Stax/Universal (No. 0025218880220) with Do Your Thing in its entirety, but a direct A:B comparison with the ZYX edition reveals the sound quality of the former to be slightly inferior, in part due to the music having been encoded at a lower level.
So, to get the best of this wonderful album, you really need both the ZYX and Stax reissues (the latter seemingly not available via amazon).