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Shaft [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Track]

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Isaac Hayes 11/3/2009

Review

Of the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status; therefore, his being chosen to score such a high-profile major-studio film shouldn't seem like a surprise. And with "Theme from Shaft," he delivered an anthem just as ambitious and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously popular hit at the time of its release. Besides this song, though, there aren't too many more radio-targeted moments here. "Soulsville" operates effectively as the sort of downtempo ballad Hayes was most known for, just as the almost 20-minute "Do Your Thing" showcased just how impressive the Bar-Kays had become, stretching the song to unseen limits with their inventive, funky jamming. For the most part, though, this double-LP features nothing but cinematic moments of instrumentation, composed and produced by Hayes while being performed by the Bar-Kays -- some downtempo, others quite jazzy, nothing too funky, though. Even if it's not quite as enjoyable as Curtis Mayfield's Superfly due to its emphasis on instrumentals, Shaft still remains a powerful record; one of Hayes' pinnacle moments for sure. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes 4:38
  3. 2 Bumpy's Lament Isaac Hayes 1:52
  4. 3 Walk from Regio's Isaac Hayes 2:19
  5. 4 Ellie's Love Theme Isaac Hayes 3:18
  6. 5 Shaft's Cab Ride Isaac Hayes 1:8
  7. 6 Cafe Regio's Isaac Hayes 6:8
  8. 7 Early Sunday Morning Isaac Hayes 3:45
  9. 8 Be Yourself Isaac Hayes 4:31
  10. 9 A Friend's Place Isaac Hayes 3:21
  11. 10 Soulsville Isaac Hayes 3:48
  12. 11 No Name Bar Isaac Hayes 6:9
  13. 12 Bumpy's Blues Isaac Hayes 4:4
  14. 13 Shaft Strikes Again Isaac Hayes 3:3
  15. 14 Do Your Thing Isaac Hayes 19:24
  16. 15 The End Theme Isaac Hayes 1:57
  17. 16 Theme from Shaft [Remix] Isaac Hayes 4:43

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