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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gordon Staples & The String Thing - Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)




1. Strung Out
2. Toonie
3 From A Heart That's True To Only One
4. Hustle
5. Love Theme
6. If Your Love Were Mine
7. Get Down
8. Sound of Zodiac
9. It's Got To Be Alright
10. Strung Out (Reprise 1)
11. I'm Back
12. Strung Out (Reprise 2)
13. Who Knows Better
14. Dialog 2 & 3

Blaxploitaton.com
Fred Williamson certainly managed to pick some superb music for his films. Here, parts of an old Motown album (Strung Out by Gordon Staples) are reused to great effect in Mean Johnny Barrows, a Williamson classic. The main theme is the 'Strung Out' track on this 45, while the flip side is used as incidental music in several places in the film. The original Strung Out LP also includes another track from the movie (a ballad), but it's not the same mix that appears in the film, so we've highlighted the 45 instead. The music is excellent: a head-nodding midtempo funky groover with nice atmospheric choppy wah, tight drums and a killer funky strings line - quite a rarity, too.

Thanks Soulfingahttp://soulfingas-crate.blogspot.com/

4 comments:

R Boogz said...

Great post

Funkback said...

Yeah, but blaxploitation.com seems unaware that an OST-LP was released. Great work Soulfinga & Selfscience! I've had the Strung Out track for awhile from the Pulp Fusion series. I wasn't aware it was featured in the Mean Johnny Barrows movie. If someone has The Gordon Staples LP I wouldn't say no to that either.

Simon666 said...

Good stuff!
just found a $2 DVD bootleg of this today. The music is by Paul Riser and Coleridge Taylor-Perkins.

Taylor-Perkins would be best known for his great soundtrack on "The Education of Sonny Carson", featuring Leon Ware.

Riser is one of the main Motown arrangers : Among Riser's biggest hits as an arranger are, "My Girl" (The Temptations), "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (The Temptations), for which he won a Grammy Award, both versions of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye)(Gladys Knight & The Pips), "My Cherie Amour," (Stevie Wonder), both versions of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Diana Ross) (Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell), "If I Were Your Woman" (Gladys Knight & The Pips) and "Tears of A Clown" (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles). He is also composer of "What Becomes of The Brokenhearted" (Jimmy Ruffin)

Coach K said...

thanks for this!!!
so wonderful!

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