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Sunday, August 31, 2008

V.A. - Funky Soundtracks Vol.3



A nice soundtrack compilation that is definitely groovy. You can find this at Soulfing's Crate.


Thanks Soulfinga

The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973)





























Starring:
  • Fred Williamson
  • D'Urville Martin
  • Denise Nicholas


IMDb.com
This sequel to "Legend of N. Charley" is a step in the right direction for whoever decided to make a franchise out of character with such a tasteless name. Charley finds his legend has spread and he is now a well-known folk hero that children worship and fawn over. Film is tonally imbalanced in a 1970's way that seems to straddle grim nihilism and do-gooder adventure simultaneously. Film seems firmly set in "PG" territory until a downer montage showing lots of characters' bloody deaths pops up in the third act. Fred Williamson tries to express emotions such as laughter and sadness as opposed to just 'looking bad and looking cool' and the results are debatable at best.


Link to soundtrack review
Don Costa - The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973)

The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)


































Starring:
  • Fred Williamson
  • D'Urville Martin
  • Don Pedro Colley



IMDb.com
Even though this is one blaxploitation film that does have no redeeming value since for all the violence that it endures throughout,and the use of the "N" word along with the stereotyping of minorities and excessive scenes, I never could understand why this film ended up with a "PG" rating at the time of its release,which came out in 1972. The film stars former NFL great/blaxploitation cinema king Fred "Hammer" Williamson as the title character of Charley,a slave who gets beaten too many times by his sadistic master who escapes,and becomes a violent wild west outlaw,and gunslinger,who is feared and despised by every white man in his path. And why not? Once he is loose and on the warpath, Charley gets his revenge on every white man who is out to get him. Once Charley has the upper hand and his revenge,he proves to be just as psychotic,sadistic, and down-right brutal as was his former masters. Even towards the end of the film, Charley gets even with his former master,who was out to killed him,but does Charley gets his freedom? Like hell he does. It may have been outdated now,but this movie pervaded of lot of African-Americans when it came out,especially when it appeals to let's get even in 1.5 hours for 400 years of depression. Hence the title of the movie.

Link to soundtrack-45 review
Lloyd Price - Legend of Nigger Charley Theme (1972)

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