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on 1 August 2010
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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on 14 August 2010


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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VINE VOICEon 3 April 2010
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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on 28 June 2015
A fantastic album, it really sets the scene of the 70s style TV music. It's quite an atmospheric and instrumental album. Isaac Hayes is a legend and not only that but the title song on this album is up there as one of those all time great songs.
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on 18 August 2015
I loved the film and bought the soundtrack on vinyl! Great to here it again after all these years!
I think that it is his most consistent album and even better, no syrup!!!
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on 30 October 2013
Fantastic reminder of childhood!!! The sound quality is fantastic. Buy a copy now everybody and you will not be disappointed
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on 9 September 2015
happy with this purchase
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on 18 April 2015
Fantastic
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