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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Various Artist - Honey Baby, Honey Baby (1975)


1. Titles And Openings (feat. Weldon Irvine)
2. Honey Baby Theme (Friends Of Distinction)
3. (A Song For Diana) Hey, Hey Star (vocals by Zulema and Friends Of Distinction)
4. Just Can't Say Goodbye (vocals by Zulema)
5. Salt Chase
6. Baalbeck
7. Nowhere (feat. Nat Adderley Jr., Friends Of Distinction and Tender Loving Care)
8. Honey Baby Theme (instr.)

Blaxploitation.com
This soundtrack features Friends of Distinction and Weldon Irvine. It's a good album, full of clean mid 70's funk instrumentals and strong vocal numbers. It's a lush, full orchestral sound, clean but featuring big beats. "Title Theme and Openings" starts the LP in strong funk style.

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come (1972)





1. You Can Get It If You Really Want
2. Draw Your Breaks - Scotty
3. Rivers Of Babylon - The Melodians
4. Many Rivers To Cross
5. Sweet And Dandy - The Maytals
6. The Harder They Come
7. Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers
8. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker
10. Sitting In Limbo
11. You Can Get It If You Really Want
12. The Harder They Come

Artistdirect.com
In 1973, when the movie The Harder They Come was released, reggae was not on the radar screen of American pop culture. The soundtrack went a ways toward changing that situation. It is a collection of consistently excellent early reggae songs by artists who went on to thrive with reggae's increased popularity and others for whom this is the most well-known vehicle. Jimmy Cliff is both the star of the movie and the headliner on the soundtrack. He contributes three excellent songs: the hymnal "Many Rivers to Cross," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "The Harder They Come" (the latter two are repeated at the end of the album, but you probably wanted to hear them again anyway). Interestingly, the better production values of his songs actually seems to detract from them when compared to the rougher, but less sanitized, mixes of the other tracks. All the songs on this collection are excellent, but some truly stand out. Toots & the Maytals deliver two high-energy songs with "Sweet and Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" (covered by the Clash among others). Scotty develops a mellow, loping groove on "Stop That Train" (not the same as the Wailers' song by the same name) and the Slickers prove on "Johnny Too Bad" that you don't have to spout profanity or graphic violence to convey danger. The Harder They Come is strongly recommended both for the casual listener interested in getting a sense of reggae music and the more serious enthusiast. Collections don't come much better than this.

Francis Lai - La Babysitter (1975)

1. La baby-sitter
2. Generique
3. L'enfant
4. Theme d'ann
5. Agresion
6. La baby-sitter
7. L'enfant et la peur
8. La baby-sitter

Blaxploitation.com
Here's an obscure French tip that few people know about. A hard-to-find Francis Lai score from a mid-70s thriller, this album finds Lai moving away from his lush arrangements into a small group, sparse setting in keeping with the film's sinister subject matter. Francophile music fans will start to sweat when they see the small session band lineup and recording studio: yes, it's Studios Davout, source of many killer French funk LPs. And as for the studio band, how about the superb bass player Jannick Top (ex-Magma) and incredible drummer Andre Ceccarelli (ex-Miles Davis)? Superlatives aside, there's a fantastic funk tune on here called 'Theme D'Ann' that is quite simply breathtaking. BUY THIS RECORD.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Quincy Jones - In The Heat Of The Night (1967)


 
01 - Ray Charles , In the Heat of the Night.mp3
02 - Peep-Freak Patrol Car.mp3
03 - Cotton curtain.mp3
04 - Where Whitey Ain't Around.mp3
05 - Whipping Boy.mp3
06 - No You Won't.mp3
07 - (Movie Dialogue) , Keep Cool.mp3
08 - Nitty Gritty Time.mp3
09 - Gil Bernal , It Sure Is Groovy!.mp3
10 - Glen Campbell , Bowlegged Polly.mp3
11 - (Movie Dialogue) , That's Enough for Me.mp3
12 - Shag Bag, Hounds & Harvey.mp3
13 - Chief's Drive to Mayor.mp3
14 - Give Me Until Morning.mp3
15 - (Movie Dialogue) , The Wrong Man.mp3
16 - On Your Feet, Boy!.mp3
17 - Blood & Roots.mp3
18 - Ray Charles , Mama Caleba's Blues.mp3
19 - Boomer & Travis , Foul Owl.mp3

Amazon.com
Composer, arranger, and producer Quincy Jones was a youthful veteran of pop, jazz, and r&b when he began creating film and television music in the late '60s, and he brought those lessons to bear on vivid, contemporary music that broke from Hollywood's dependence on conventional orchestration. Although not the first film composer to lean heavily on jazz, Jones was unusually versatile in effectively coupling jazz, blues, and soul accents as he did in the brooding, bluesy score for 1968's In The Heat Of The Night [...] — noteworthy for a terrific main title song featuring Ray Charles. [...] --Sam Sutherland

[...] The funky, southern soul of In The Heat Of The Night features Glen Campbell on banjo, Billy Preston on Organ, Ray Brown on bass, Rahsaan Roland Kirk on flute, and the Raelettes

Francis Lai - La Lecon Particuliere (1968)

1. Theme De La Lecon Particuliere
2. Rencontre Sur La Neige
3. Melancolie D'Olivier
4. Theme De La Lecon Particuliere
5. Rencontre et La Gare
6. Rupture
7. Le Telephone
8. La Lettre et La Promenade
9. Generique
10. Bossa Nova pour Christine
11. I Don't Know Why
Performed by Nicole Croisille
12. Theme D'Olivier
13. La Lecon Particuliere
14. Bar D'Avoriaz
15. Night In Avoriaz
16. Where Did Our Summers Go



Blaxploitation.com
Who cares if this is a car boot sale or thrift store dig in France? It's completely brilliant. Superb, superb, superb. Two killer 60s groovy French funk tunes on one EP - you can't go wrong! The best vocal French funy soundtrack cut is on here, plus a very tasty 'jerk', so you simply cannot go wrong. 'I don't know why' is just incredible, a wonderful and infectious dancefloor smutty French pop groover. Excellent! Buy it now!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Smokey Robinson - Big Time (1977)




1. Theme From 'Big Time'
2. J.J's Theme
3. He Is The Light Of The World
4. So Nice To Be With U
5. Shana's Theme
6. Hip Trip
7. If We're Gonna Act Like Lovers
8. The Agony & The Ecstacy
9. Theme From 'Big Time' (Reprise)

Blaxploitation.com
A late entry into the flagging blaxploitation genre, this 1977 effort by Smokey Robinson sees him adopt typical blaxploitation instrumentation and feel while retaining some sweeter soul moments too. The best funk moments are the great theme and its reprise - both nice dancefloor chunky groovers in a late 70s straight feel (kind of Car Wash style) with good guitar, Rhodes and synth bass work. The other cuts on the album are a little too smooth and over-produced, but for a cheap and easy to find album, it's a steal.

Movie review
Big Time (1977)


Various Artist - The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)




1. A Theme For L.A.'s Team
2. Magic Mona
3. Mighty Mighty Pisces
4. (Do it, Do it) No One Does It Better
5. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
6. Moses Theme
7. Chance Of A Lifetime
8. Follow Every Dream
9. Ragtime
10. It Is Love, Must Be Love

Artistdirect.com
Appearing on many writers' Top Ten worst sports movies of all time, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh might have been an air ball at the box office, but the music for the movie is nothing but net. This fairly obscure album features music arranged and conducted by Thom Bell, with many guests appearing throughout. Fans of the Spinners, the Sylvers, and the Four Tops are treated to deep, rich, textured vocals as well as full funky instrumentation. "Moses Theme," sung by Frankie Bleu, showcases a laid-back '70s groove with an emotional string arrangement coupled with strong bass and percussion. The Four Tops' instantly singable "Chance of a Lifetime" features catchy lyrics that pop over a funk string hook and infectious rhythm. William Hart's falsetto vocals on "Follow Every Dream" serve as a smooth ride over more outstanding arrangements reminiscent of Bell's work with the Spinners. Other standout tracks include "(Do It, Do It) No One Does It Better," "Mighty Mighty Pisces," and the title song. It's a shame that only a limited quantity of "promotional only" records made it to stores in 1979, probably due to the poor attendance at movie theaters. This soundtrack is overlooked as a fitting addition to the soul masterpieces of the '70s, filled with hope, hard work, and dreams


Thanks Big Speech

Gordon Parks - Shaft's Big Score (1972)




1. Blowin´ Your Mind (Vocal : O.C. Smith)
2. The Other Side
3. Smart Money
4. First Meeting
5. Asby-Kelly Man
6. Don´t Misunderstand (Vocal : O.C. Smith)
7. Move On In (Vocal : O.C. Smith)
8. Symphony For Shafted Souls

Thanks Simon666

Screenarchives.com
Hayes’s two singles released in 1972 related to M-G-M productions:
“Theme From The Men” (a TV theme) and “Type Thang” (used in Shaft’s
Big Score!). The second Shaft film, Shaft’s Big Score! (1972), was
scored by the director of the first two installments, Gordon Parks,
when Hayes was unavailable. Parks was a multitalented musician, poet,
author and photographer, in addition to filmmaker, who had scored his
directorial debut, 1969’s The Learning Tree, and was technically
assisted on his film scores (as was Hayes on Shaft) by Tom McIntosh.
The Shaft’s Big Score! soundtrack called upon an earlier, Duke
Ellington-style of sophisticated jazz compared to Hayes’s Memphis-style
R&B, with a bravura climactic chase (“Symphony for Shafted Souls”)
that has long made the soundtrack LP a treasured collectible. The
complete soundtrack is presented here.

'Shaft's Big Score' - Gordon Parks (1972) from the Shaft Anthology: His Big Score and More! (1971-1974)

01 Blowin´ Your Mind (Vocal : O.C. Smith)
02 The Other Side
03 Smart Money
04 The Search;Sad Circles
05 Asby-Kelly Man
06 First Meeting
07 Don´t Misunderstand (Vocal : O.C. Smith)
08 Fight Scene
09 Ike's Place
10 Move On It (Vocal : O.C. Smith)
11 8M1; 8M2
12 Funeral Home
13 Don´t Misunderstand (Instrumental)
14 9M3
15 Symphony For Shafted Souls (The Big Chase) Take Off / Dance of the Cars / Water Ballet (Part I) / Water Ballet (Part II) / Call and Response / The Last Amen.
16 End Title
17 Don´t Misunderstand (Demo)
18 Type Thang (Instrumental)

Composer - Gordon Parks
Producer - Tom McIntosh
Engineer - Aaron Rochin
Conducted by Dick Hazard (great name!)
Orchestrations by Dick Hazard, Tom McIntosh, Jimmy Jones, Dale Oehler.
Trumpet - Freddie Hubbard
Guitar - Joe Pass
Alto Sax - Marshal Royal
Vocals - O.C. Smith
Except Type Thang: By The Isaac Hayes Movement, Produced by Isaac Hayes.

Funkback's comment
For Your listening pleasure I would warmly recommend the soundtrack
from the 3CD set that collects the MGM masters. Truly mind-blowing stuff.
It includes the vocal version of Isaac Hayes Type Thang that's featured
in the dancing sequence in the movie. I've found the instrumental
version in The Isaac Hayes instrumentals collection issued on Stax.

Link to movie review:Gordon Parks - Shaft's Big Score (1972)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Roy Budd - Paper Tiger (1975)


1. MAIN THEME FROM 'PAPER TIGER' (OPENING TITLES)
2. TEACHER AND PUPIL
3. OUT OF CONTROL
4. BRITISH TO THE CORPS
5. UNDER SUSPICION
6. KIDNAPPED
7. WHO KNOWS THE ANSWERS?
8. THE CABLE CAR
9. ESCAPE
10. THE RECEPTION
11. FACING THE TRUTH
12. RANSOM NOTE
13. DIPLOMATIC DANCE
14. MY LITTLE FRIEND (END TITLES)
15. MAIN THEME FROM 'PAPER TIGER'
16. MAIN THEME FROM 'PAPER TIGER' (VOCAL VERSION)

Amazon.com
Roy Budd's score to this 1974 drama starring David Niven, Toshiro Mifune & Ronald Fraser. 16 tracks, including contributions from the Ray Conniff Singers, with a danceable jazz feel throughout, as well as a touch of the Orient. All tracks are remastered & the last two are bonus remixes of 'Main Theme From 'Paper Tiger'' (Instrumental & Vocal Version). 1999 Castle release.

Teddy Randazzo - The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (1966)

1. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
2. Shall We Gather At The Boat Dock
3. Out Of The Frying Pan
4. April
5. Mother Muffin
6. Movin' On
7. The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
8. Sneaky Search
9. Somewhere In Greece
10. The Countess
11. Bomb Scare
12. Follow The T.H.R.U.S.H.

Blaxploitation.com
Without a doubt the finest version of the "Man From U.N.C.L.E." theme is featured on this mixed album from Jerry Goldsmith and Terry Randazzo. One side of the album comprises Latin-flavoured tracks from the 'Girl From U.N.C.L.E.' series, while the other is a mix of incidental music from both shows. A strong mix of 60's pop and Latin influences with a hint of jazz.

Kenyon Hopkins - Mr. Buddwing (1966)


1. The bridge
2. Hard latin
3. Lunch room
4. Main title
5. Memory montage
6. Fiddler's walk
7. Mister bee
8. West side radio
9. Headache montage
10. R and B 12 (blues)
11. Mirror
12. 12/8 theme

Blaxploitation.com
Superb, swinging groovy jazz arrangements predominate on this Creed Taylor-produced soundtrack. Kenyon Hopkins obviously hit a streak of form with this one - the music sparkles and has real 'zip', the band is tight, you get everything from mellow loungecore female wordless vocal cuts to jazz waltzes to a lovely Jimmy Smith-style organ and trumpet groover. Top stuff and definitely not to be missed, daddio.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Georges Garvarentz - They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1969)


1. Inspector Douglas' Trick
2. Last Trip Of The Truck
3. Attack Of The Truck
4. End Of The Attack
5. Effervescence
6. The Wordless Song
7. View On San Francisco
8. Chase In San Francisco
9. 'Cosa Nostra' From Mexico
10. In The Streets Of Las Vegas
11. Las Vegas Can Can
12. Ann And Tony

Blaxploitation.com
This cult soundtrack was only issued in the UK and features Georges Garvarentz on great groovy form. Very hard to find, but extremely rewarding. The film may have been a turkey but the album certainly isn't, fusing jazz and funk with a lush orchestral sound and a pop edge. The album contains two great funky numbers, "Attack Of The Truck" and the organ-driven "End Of The Truck".

Roy Budd - The Final Option (1982)



1. Welsh Mountains
2. Jenny's Theme
3. The Final Option
4. SAS Or Nothing
5. American Mutiny
6. Hi-Jack, Part II
7. A Smile You Can't Resist
8. Right On Time
9. Hi-Jack, Part I
10. Jenny's Theme, Part II
11. Catch Or Be Caught
12. Nature Of The Beast
13. Reds Under The Beds

Blaxploitation.com
This soundtrack to the cult British film 'Who Dares Wins' was only issued in the USA and Italy (as 'Commando - Who Dares Wins'). The film's opening sequence is a memorable one - helicopters, The Professionals' Lewis Collins, S.A.S. troops - and the music complements this perfectly. Strong, gritty and driving, with the distinctive Budd use of very deep electric bass notes. The majority of the soundtrack is less than interesting.

Dominic Frontiere - On Any Sunday (1971)


1. On Any Sunday
2. The End Of Love
3. Stretchin' Out
4. On Any Sunday
5. Sunday Drivin'
6. I Believed
7. Hindsight
8. Messin' Around
9. Theme For The Champions
10. Cross Country
11. Widow Maker
12. On Any Sunday



Blaxploitation.com
One of several notable late 1960s motorsports-related soundtracks, On Any Sunday featured Steve McQueen in a documentary-style movie about motorcycling. The score reflects the subject matter - it's strong and powerful with a heavy beat. The band sports Tom Scott on great form, and the instrumentation is perfect for tight, big band funk. Check out 'Sunday Drivin' for a lesson in how to play funk that way - the bassline is superb. A great album.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

J.J. Johnson - Man & Boy (1971)




1. Theme From "Man And Boy" - "Better Days" (sung by Bill Withers)
2. Slo-Mo
3. Emancipation Procrastination
4. Pull, Jubal, Pull
5. Mand And Boy (Main Title From Picture)
6. Theme From "Man And Boy" - "Better Days"
7. Country Soul
8. Rosita
9. Trekkin'
10. Hard Times. Mister (Lee Christmas Theme)
11. Man And Boy (End Title)

Blaxploitation.com
This soundtrack is one of several early 70s albums containing music 'composed and arranged by J.J. Johnson' with 'musical supervision by Quincy Jones'. A strong album from a Western film starring Bill Cosby, this LP features a great theme from Bill Withers and some good breakbeat funk cuts. 'Pull, Jubal, pull' features some fine funk drumming and harmonica.

Grant Green - The Final Comedown (1972)

1. Past, Present And Future
2. The Final Comedown
3. Father's Lament
4. Fountain Scene
5. Soul Food - African Shop
6. Slight Fear And Terror
7. Afro Party
8. Luanna's Theme
9. Battle Scene
10. Traveling To Get To Doc
11. One Second After Death


Blaxploitation.com
The jazz label Blue Note issued this one and only soundtrack from Grant Green in 1972 to accompany an obscure blaxploitation movie. The soundtrack sees Green obviously out of place trying to solo over the top of genre blaxploitation funk. One of the lesser known blaxploitation LPs, not easy to find, but worth considering for "The Battle".

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sun Ra - Space Is The Place (1974)





1. Space Is The Place
2. Images
3. Discipline
4. Sea Of Sounds
5. Rocket Number Nine

Amazon.com
Space Is The Place opens with its title track, a twenty-minute freeform freak-jazz-psychedelic-soul-funk meltdown, a thundering acid-bop meltdown full of squirming melodies, dramatically repurposed instruments, head-splittingly chaotic vocals, solos that seem to spin off in multiple directions at once, and layers of percussion that'll make you dance and have a seizure at the same time. It sounds primitive and futuristic and progressive and playful and high-minded and juvenile and logical and psychotic all at once, and it's a masterpiece. And that's just the first song on the album.

Flip the record over, and you've got four more gems. "Images" is the sound of post-bop teetering on the edge of free jazz. Led by Sun Ra's oceanic piano, the song swerves from a gorgeous theme into regions of near atonality before spiraling back into beauty again, with the kind of high-minded grace reserved for geniuses. "Discipline" is a rolling, apocalyptic drone, and "Sea Of Sounds" is sheer scorched earth freeform noise. "Rocket Number Nine" is willfully cheesy, utterly irresistible space-age jazz pop.

Classic freak jazz. Get it.

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