All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. DAARAC.org makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.
Search DAARAC.org

Thursday, February 11, 2016

J.J. Johnson - Top of the Heap (1972)


J.J. Johnson has delivered his share of Blaxploitation of music during the era, but the "Top of the Heap" soundtrack is definitely one of his best performances. "Top of the Heap" never had an official soundtrack, so we at Blax Pride have delivered yet another gem of music for the people. Code Red DVD has released a beautifully remastered version of the film in which much of the sound quality was improved. This film has a good amount of stage screen sounds with a couple of funk nuggets to get your feet going. "Top of the Heap" was released the same year as "Across 110th Street", so J.J. Johnson was a busy guy. In fact, you can hear very similar styles of his producing in each film. Even the "Parade" track on "Top of the Heap" soundtrack very similar to the one on the "Willie Dynamite" soundtrack. Enjoy the soundtrack and head over to Code Red DVD and grab this film. It's very worth it!





Tracklist
01. Main Title Theme
02. Valerie's Growing
03. Sorry For What!
04. Fried Chicken and Blow
05. Nigga Cop
06. Patrolling Through D.C. (Part I)
07. Open the Goddamn Door (Vocals by Paula Kelly)
08. George's Lament
09. I Dream of Black Chick
10. Patrolling Through D.C. (Part II)
11. Valerie's Interlude
12. Patrolling Through D.C. [The Stakeout] (Part III)
13. Nurse Swenson
14. Trippin' With Black Chick
15. I Walked on the Moon
16. George's Dreams
17. Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man (Vocals by Paula Kelly)
18. George and Black Chick Escape
19. Parade
20. Top of the Heap

3 comments:

King Tubby said...

Across 110th Street is one killer movie and the intro by JJ Johnson is right up there. The first fifteen minutes before the introductory blood splatter has some of the best editing that captures the small rituals of the mob in their everyday rounds. Burt Young turns in another great performance. Im sure Coppola pilfered a few ideas from the first fifteen minutes.

And Anthony Franciosa excels in the psychopath department.

I may be wrong, but Richard Davis?? who plays the gravel voiced Black mob boss also did the voice bit on Miles Davis' Tribute to Jack Johnson.

Simon666 said...

Thanks so much for this!

Dizzle Man said...

You're welcome!

Visit Blaxploitation Jive for biographies on Legendary Artist and discography information.