Massive Shaft Soundtrack Deluxe Reissue Is Coming




The story of a black detective hired in Harlem to recover the kidnapped daughter of a mafia leader was the Big Bang of African-American cinema. His name was Shaft . And his massive luxury re-release of Grammy Award-winning album by Isaac Hayes is back.

Craft Recordings set the date June 14 at the release of the Shaft soundtrack and limited the output to 5,000 copies worldwide. The two-CD collection will feature the recently remastered classical soundtrack, released in 1971, as well as all the original music from the film, which did not appear on the best-selling CD. Detailed notes on the liner of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson complete the set. A single-disc version composed only of the remastered soundtrack will also be available.

Unbeknownst to many, the music of the album Shaft and the movie were actually not the same. When Isaac Hayes was hired to mark the film's music, he was at the pinnacle of his success as a solo artist, after years as a successful composer and producer at Stax. Hayes composed for the action film directed by Gordon Parks a set of funky and morose arrangements that told the story of a Harlem black detective hired to recover the daughter of a kidnapped mafia leader. For two months, between two tour dates, the musician recorded the iconic "Theme from Shaft ," "Do Your Thing" and a multitude of instruments at the MGM studios in Culver City, CALIFORNIA. Hayes then returned to Memphis and the confines of Stax Studios to re-record much of the film's music for the album. It is these last recordings that will be released in 1971 under the name of Music From The Soundtrack. The music heard in the film will not see the light of day in any form until 2008, year of its release in a limited edition box. It took almost 50 years, but finally, the music of the film and the now classic recordings of the soundtrack can be heard together for the first time. Questlove praises the following: "Hayes was a specialist in ambient music, in the sense that he knew how to use orchestration and tempo to arouse emotions in his audience." Bumpy's "Lament" is sad and contemplative.Gunn's gangster worried about his daughter's fate Walk to Regio's apparent downtown energy with a powerful bass and a chirping guitar which opens in a fully orchestrated section.Do Do Thing is another simple, coppery and sensual song. "

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A commercial and critical success, . ] – Music From The Soundtrack remains the best-known and best-selling album of Isaac Hayes. The groundbreaking title – which, when released, already set a record as the first double album of an R & B artist's original studio material – was an instant hit. Shaft spent 60 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, with a peak at number one, while "Theme from Shaft "became the number one on the Hot 100 singles chart. Hayes won three Grammy Awards for the album and his songs in 1972, as well as an Academy Award for "Best Original Song" for "Theme From Shaft ", thus becoming the first African-American to win an Oscar in a non-temporary category. In 2014, Shaft – Music from the soundtrack was inducted into the National Register of Recordings by the Library of Congress for its "cultural, historical or aesthetic significance".

Singer, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Hayes revolutionized soul music by taking it out of the three-minute single era and transforming it into a new cosmic territory. Born outside of Memphis, Hayes began his career in the mid-1960s as a keyboardist at Stax, where he worked with some of the biggest names in R & B at the time, such as Otis Redding and Booker T . & the MG & # 39; s at the Bar. -Kays and Rufus Thomas. Hayes will soon turn to songwriting and production, where he will write about 200 songs with David Porter, including hits by Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas and, perhaps more famously, by Sam & Dave. With songs such as "Soul Man" and "Hold On! I'm Comin", Hayes and Porter would help shape the "Memphis Sound" that made Stax a powerful center of soul.

Hayes' career as a solo artist took off in 1969 with his second album, Hot Buttered Soul. The record was different from anything fans of the genre had heard before; with the husky rapper, the baritone and the singer's intimate crooning, which unfold on a background of strings and horns of the Memphis symphony and on a solid base punctuated by the Bar-Kays. The titles included an almost 19-minute performance of Jim Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and a 12-minute rendition of Burt Bacharach / Hal David's classic "Walk On By". He will follow with the movement Isaac Hayes and … To follow in 1970, and Black Moses in 1971. At the time when Shaft had already left the cinemas, Hayes was established as a revolutionary musical force. Throughout the '70s and' 80s, the artist would continue to be prolific in the studio, while regularly performing in film and television roles. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hayes died in 2008.

As Hollywood prepares for a restart of Shaft in June, the legacy of the original film still remains. In his accompanying notes, Questlove states that the film "was the Big Bang of African-American cinema … It was the year zero for the movement [Blaxploitation]." the center of the blast ". While Shaft was revolutionary in itself, the compositions of Isaac Hayes for Shaft helped pave the way for d & Countless scores. Questlove states that " Shaft did a lot of things, and what he did was to cement the relationship between African-American films and African-American music. All the Blaxploitation films that followed then were C – was a crime story, a feminist rewrite, a comedy or even a horror film, accompanied by an original soundtrack of an artist who was trying to put the black experience to the wax. "

  • Shaft Disc 1 – Soundtrack:
  • 1 Theme of Shaft (4:40)
  • 2. Bumpy & # 39; s Lament (1:49)
  • 3. Walk from the region (2:22)
  • 4. The theme of the love of Ellie (3:15)
  • 5. Shaft & # 39; s Cab in the car (1:07)
  • 6. Cafe Regio & # 39; s (6:09)
  • 7. Early Sunday morning (3:47)
  • 8. Be yourself (4: 27)
  • 9. The place of a friend (3:21)
  • 10. Soulsville (3:47)
  • 11. No Name Bar (6 : 09)
  • 12. Bumpy's Blues (4:01)
  • 13. Shaft Again strike (3: 04)
  • 14. Do your thing (19:31)
  • 15. The theme of the end (1:56)

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