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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Various Artists - Nothing But A Man OST (1965)


1. "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" - Martha & The Vandellas
2. "Fingertips (Pt. II)" - Little Stevie Wonder
3. "That's the Way I Feel" - The Miracles
4. "Come on Home" - Holland & Dozier
5. "This Is When I Need You Most" - Martha & The Vandellas
6. "I'll Try Something New" - The Miracles
7. "Way Over There" - The Marvelettes
8. "Mickey's Monkey" - The Miracles
9. "You Beat Me to the Punch" - Mary Wells
10. "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" (live) - The Miracles
11. "Bye Bye Baby" (live) - Mary Wells
This 1996 CD reissue was a surprise, since the 1965 film to which it was attached is has only a cult following. Much of the music (Martha & the Vandellas' "Heat Wave," Mary Wells' "You Beat Me to the Punch," the Miracles' "Mickey's Monkey") is available elsewhere, although the producers have used the original master tapes as sources for the CD, so the sound is first rate. And there are two jewels here that have not appeared elsewhere on CD: "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" by the Miracles from their 1963 live album, and "Bye Bye Baby" by Mary Wells from her live album of the same era. The recording on the Miracles live cut leaves something to be desired, but listening to Smokey play the crowd, and the rapture of the audience as the group delivers an impassioned rendition of the song (with a brief foray into Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me"), all imperfections are forgiven; and the group sounds in great form. Mary Wells' performance is one of her best on record, a simmering piece of passionate, romantic soul music that rises magnificently to full boil. So why not put both live albums on one CD? ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Provided by Isbum over @ The Great Filmscorium

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Michael Roemer - Nothing But A Man (1964)

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Mark of the Hawk (1957)


The man called Obam struggles with the increasingly hostile forces facing each other in a colonial African country. The African natives want their land and lives back from the British colonists. Obam's motives are questioned by his own people, in particular his brother Kanda. With the help of his wife Renee and missionary Bruce Craig, will he be able to get things under control before the country self-destructs?

A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)



Dope. Smack. Junk. Heroin. No matter what you call it, you can't change the fact that 13-year-old Benjie is on it. Oh no ... he's not hooked, though. He could stop anytime ... really. But why is a young kid like Benjie using at all? Originally published in 1973, Alice Childress's novel remains one of the most profound explorations of an addict's world ever written. What makes this novel different is that Childress points no fingers and offers no easy answers. Her characters' moods and motivations are complex, fresh, unexpected, and courageously real. Woven into Benjie's own ramblings about his situation are the thoughts of those involved by association--his mother, stepfather, friends, the pusher, and teachers at his school. This narrative technique creates a rich, heroic portrait of the social and psychological circumstances of addiction, love, and family.

Link to Soundtrack review
Hubert Laws - A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich (1978)

Taj Mahal - Sounder OST (1972)

1. Needed Time 2:52
2. Sounder Chase A Coon 3:19
3. Needed Time (Hummin' And Pickin') 1:24
4. Morning Work / N' Meat's On The Stove 1:43
5. I'm Running And I'm Happy 0:55
6. Speedball 1:38
7. Goin' To The Country / Critters In the Woods 1:45
8. Motherless Children 1:18
9. Jailhouse Blues 3:53
10. Just Workin' 0:32
11. Harriet's Dance Song 0:31
12. Two Spirits Reunited 1:54
13. David Runs Again 0:27
14. Curiosity Blues 0:59
15. Someday Be A Change 1:02
16. Horseshoes 1:59
17. Cheraw 2:21
18. David's Dream 1:01
19. Needed Time (Guitar) 2:26
20. Needed Time (Banjo And Hand Clapping) 2:22

Total Album Time: 34:21
There is no real review of this anywhere on the net. But it was nominated for a grammy at the time and it features great rootsy blues music. The theme song Needed Time is sung by Lightnin' Hopkins.

Provided by Tony and Isbum over @ I Luv My Turntable.

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Martin Ritt - Sounder (1972)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sounder (1972)

  • Cicely Tyson
  • Paul Winfield
  • Kevin Hooks
  • Carmen Mathews
  • Taj Mahal
  • James Best
  • Eric Hooks
  • Yvonne Jarrell
  • Sylvia Kuumba Williams
The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, the wife and mother, Rebecca Morgan, sends the oldest son, who is about 11 years old, to visit his father at the camp. The trip becomes something of an odyssey for the boy. During the journey he stays a little while with a dedicated Black schoolteacher.
Sounder is an admirable family film that honors its source material while reasonably portraying race sensitive material. It's 1933 and the Great Depression has taken its toll on the Deep South. Nathan Morgan is busting his ass to keep his family afloat. But, crippling conditions are pushing his family to starvation. So, he steals a pig off a local landowner's farm. When he's caught, Nathan has to go to jail. What will the Morgan family and their dog do to get by?Sounder is a unique film that challenged the likes of The Godfather and Cabaret at the 1972 Academy Awards. The young David Morgan and his dog headline a story that's as simple as it is complex. Never does the story drift into familiar boy and his dog territory. Hell, the dog is incidental character for half of the picture. The dog's more of a symbol of the family's integrity.Sounder enters into this weird territory that draws comparisons to a modern film like George Washington. It's a rare look at the dynamics of being poor in America. David Morgan spends most of the film trying to make sense of the events taking place. There's no big schemes to save the day or rescue his father. It's a kid that just wants to know what the hell is going on. When push comes to shove, he always ends up retreating back to his dog.Director Martin Ritt does an amazing job creating a realistic world for a kid friendly movie. Adults don't have all the answers and the good guys don't win at the end of the day. When the local sheriff turns away from the Morgans or talks down to them, even small children know what's going on. It's a realistic portrayal of second class citizenship in the land of the free. These clever suggestions in the performances help score the quiet nuances that populate this film.
Sounder has found a special place as one of the most underrated films of the 1970s. One part children's film and one part meditation on race relations, Sounder never pulls back. Through the children that populate this film, you get a harrowing look at being powerless in America. The color line is a noose that tightens around information and feelings of security. By the end of the film, you know what it is to be helpless before a power that you can't understand.The positive side to all of this is that the film retains hope. In spite of its rather soft depictions of violence against African Americans, the film is still incredibly realistic. What makes it more impressive is that the film's main funding came from the Mattel Corporation. Name a toymaker today that would be willing to fund a two hour dialogue driven film about race. This is an important movie and it demands a rental.

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Link to Soundtrack review
Taj Mahal - Sounder (1972)

The Richard Pryor Show [1977] + Extras

Richard Pryor
Allegra Allison
Jeff Corey
Robin Williams
Sandra Bernhard
Vic Dunlop
Edie McClurg
Tim Reid
John Witherspoon
Marlene Clark
Argus Hamilton
Jimmy Martinez
Paul Mooney
Controversy and censorship forced Richard Pryor's variety show to be canceled after four

Special. Season 1 – Aired: 5/5/1977
The Richard Pryor Special?

'The Galley' sketch, featuring John Belushi - 'The Reverend James L. White' sketch - 'The Pips Without Gladys Knight' sketch - 'Booster Johnson' sketch - 'Rebuttal' sketch, with Pryor as Idi Amin - 'Harlem Sweeties' presentation - Pryor plays off himself in 'Shoe Shine' sketch - 'Willie The Drunk' sketch, featuring a soliloquy by Maya Angelou - Children sing 'This World Was Made For All Men' - 'Richard Meets With His Writers' sketch - Richard closes with a rendition of 'There's No Business Like Show Business'.

Season 1, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/13/1977
Episode 1

'Star Wars Bar' sketch, with Pryor as bartender - 'Western' sketch, with Pryor as a poncho-clad, stogie-smoking 'Man With No Name'-type gunslinger - Musical guests, The O'Jays, perform 'Work On Me' - 'Presidential Press Conference' sketch, with Pryor as the first Black President - 'Mojo healer' sketch, with Richard as the mojo - 'Club Harlem' sketch, featuring a song and dance number by Paula Kelly.

Season 1, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/20/1977
Episode 2

'Samurai' sketch, with Pryor as a Samurai Warrior defending a young Geisha - 'Trial' sketch, with Pryor as a white Prosecutor, out to convict a young Black man, accused of attacking a white woman, in 1920s Mississippi. - 'Egypt 1909' sketch, with Richard as part of a team of Archaeologists who discover 'The Fountain Of Knowledge' - 'Mr. Come-From Man' sketch, with Pryor as a traditional African, out to make a buck. - 'Heavy Metal' sketch, with Richard as the lead singer/guitarist of a shock band called 'Black Death'.

Season 1, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/27/1977
Episode 3

Richard begins with a very angry speech, which is interrupted by some 'audio difficulties'. - 'Restaurant' sketch, with Pryor and an attractive lady making eyes at one another, in a classy restaurant. - Richard does a brief stand-up act. - 'Caveman' sketch, with Pryor as a prehistoric man who discovers fire. - 'Mr. Fixit' sketch, with Richard as a bumbling repairman - 'The Junkyard Circus', with Pryor as a raggedy Ringmaster. - Richard introduces all of his supporting players, then closes the show with several improvised sketches, involving the various performers.

Season 1, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/20/1977
Episode 4

'Shower' sketch, with Pryor and Allegra Allison parodying Hitchcock's 'Psycho' - 'Jekyll and Hyde' sketch, with Richard and Jimmy Martinez - 'Roast' sequence, with several members of the supporting cast, throwing verbal punches at their employer - 'Titanic' sketch, with Pryor rescuing several bigoted passengers of the doomed liner - 'Rebuttal' sketch, with Richard as a disgruntled Santa Claus - Pryor closes with a sincere 'Thank You' to his fans and cast.

Extras include:
The Mudbone Monologue
The Richard Pryor Roast
The Richard Pryor Special

Provided by TVVault Team member dijedil thru Funkback

Shaft (TV Series - The Executioners) OST - Johnny Pate (1974)

Frayker, Frayker, Frayker!!!

Funkbacks comment
I've scoured the net for any info on this episode of the TV-series. I've reached the conclusion that It must be the first episode called the Enforcers that's somehow changed it's name in the process, and maybe place to be broadcast. There was no episode called the Executioners broadcast, but the plot in the Enforcers makes a good case for such a title.

Link to TV-series review
John Llewellyn Moxey - Shaft TV-series Episode 1 The Enforcers (1973)

Shaft (TV Series - The Kidnapping) OST - Johnny Pate

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