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Monday, July 28, 2008

Frayker Breaks Exclusive: Music From Shaw Brothers Movies

01. Ennio Morricone - Monody For Guitar Version III (Savage 5)
02. Pierre Arvay - Ice Floe 9 (Five Deadly Venoms)
03. P. Knight - Mystery Place No4 (10 Tigers of Kwangtung)
04. Reg Tilsley - Counterspy (Dirty Ho)
05. John Saunders - Hot Stuff (Ode to Gallantry)
06. Reg Tilsley - Tension Trip (Kid With The Golden Arm)
07. Bruno Nicolai - Variabile (Men From the Monastery)
08. Alan Parker - Rumpus (Magnificent Ruffians)
09. Simon Park - Corn Exchange (Invincible Shaolin)
10. Gianni Ferrio - Step by Step (Disciples of Shaolin)
11. Gianni Ferrio - Anonima Assassini 2 (Disciples of Shaolin)
12. Basil Kirchin - Where the Action is (Avenging Eagle)
13. Derek Scott - Mystery Place No1 (10 Tigers of Kwangtung)
14 . Derek Scott - Two Minutes Precisely (10 Tigers of Kwangtung)
15. Ian Slaney - Mob Violence (8 Diagram Polefighter)
16. Johnny Hawksworth - Space Stinger No5 (Five Deadly Venoms)
17. Piero Piccioni - Identikit 2 (5 Shaolin Masters)
18. R. Walter - Comic Caper 5 (Flag of Iron)
19. Reg Tilsley - Crime Club (Magnificent Ruffians)
21. Ennio Morricone - The Disguise (Savage 5)
22. J. Trombey - Barrage (Shaolin Mantis)

Provided By Frayker Breaks

Jack Conrad - Monkey Hustle (1976)

1. Block Party
2. D to School
3. Foxxister Transistor
4. Goldie and Long Green
5. Killer Express Freeway
6. Leon Ambushed
7. Monkey Hustle Main Theme
8. Rubbish Truck
9. Switch

review from imdb: ...No, the most important element "Car Wash" had that "Monkey Hustle" lacked was a really great soundtrack of classic tunes to tie things together. "Monkey Hustle" is noticeably music-lite for its genre. There is one decent tune--the title track--and it gets played a lot. But lots of scenes cry out for music, and the ones that get it have to make due with endless variations of this same theme. I predict that if AIP had sprung for a funky soundtrack like the producers of Car Wash did, and the filmmakers had come up with even five or seven more minutes of action to explain the ending, "Monkey Hustle" would be seen as a minor classic of the 70's black film era. It never would have been a "Cooley High," but it could have at least been a little brother to "Car Wash" (and it is a HELL of a lot better than "Thank God It's Friday").
I like the Monkey Hustle!, 5 November 2007
Author: curtis martin from Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain

Provided by Frayker Breaks
An old vinyl rip he had lying around. Those looking to hear the OST in better quality should pass on this and instead go for the Monkey Hustle / Black Mama White Mama CD rip provided by dtect.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Melvin Van Peebles - The Watermelon Man (1970) & Various Artist - The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

"Watermelon Man" 197
by Melvin Van Peebles

Beverly Hills BHS 26, 1970

1. Love, That's America
2. Great Guy
3. Eviction Scene
4. Soul'd On You
5. Where Are The Children
6. Erica's Theme
7. Fugue 1
8. Fugue 2
9. Fugue 3
This soundtrack is taken from the film that established Van Peebles' Hollywood career. A white bigot wakes up one day to discover he is black and experiences life in America in the late 1960s from a black perspective. The music mixes jazz and soul with a heavy hint of funk. Check out 'Love, That's America' for a nice example of a brass-heavy loose boogie.

This is a funny movie! for those who would like to watch it, it's up over at

As a bonus, included in this file is music from and inspired by "The Thing With Two Heads". Lp 1972

1. A Prayer (Jerry Butler)
2. Dip, Dip,
3. Got My Hands Full (Billy Butler & Infinity)
4. Bongolia (Incredible Bongo Band)
5. Here I Am Again (Ollie Nightingale)
6. Fool's Paradise (The Sylvers)
7. May The Best Man Win (Ollie Nightingale)
8. I'm Truly Happy (The Sylvers)
9. Bongo Rock '72 (Incredible Bongo Band)
10. Take My Hand (Sammy Davis Jnr)
11. Oh Happy Day (Mike Curb Congregation)
This LP features music alledgedly 'inspired by' one of the most offensive movies of all time. The Thing With Two Heads was a man with one white head and one black head. Needless to say, the movie was released through American International. However, the soundtrack contains tracks culled from the MGM/Pride catalog and appears to be effectively a compilation of tracks from other Pride LPs. It does feature two great instrumentals by The Incredible Bongo Band, 'Bongo Rock 72' and 'Bongolia', very hard to find elsewhere. The rest of the album is a mix of seventies soul and vocal numbers. Quite easy to find and usually fairly cheap.

Speaking of funny offensive movies need I say where You can find this?

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Feel free to split these to your liking. I have included a variety of covers and poster art if needed.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Piero Piccioni - Lucky Luciano (1973)

1. Underground Sketches
2. Magic of New York
3. In point of love
4. Conjectures
5. Red Shift
6. Moonlight Serenade
7. Love comes round again
8. Sad tales
9. Red Shift N.2
10. Love Again
11. Burning Point
Of Piccioni's 1970s material, this is one of our favourite albums. It mixes his trademark loungey jazz style with an updated, tight 70s jazz-funk backbone. There are two outstanding tunes on here, the lovely downtempo mellow funker 'Conjectures' and the jazz-funk groover 'Magic Of New York'. Either way, it's a strong album and well worth finding.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds - The Black Motion Picture Experience (1973)

1. ACROSS 110th STREET (B.Womack-J.J.Johnson)
2. SLAUGHTER (Billy Preston)
3. BEN (W.Scharf-D.Black)
5. SUPERFLY (C.Mayfield) Curtom
7. SHAFT (Isaac Hayes)
9. FREDDIE'S DEAD (C.Mayfield)

Another gift from MusicDawn. Thanks again!

Various Artist - Baadasssss! (2003)

1. Dialogue - No Crew Has Ever Looked Like This
2. Score - Main Title
3. Dialogue – Breaking the Rules
4. King Floyd - Groove Me
5. War - Get Down
6. Score - It’s About A Brotha...
7. Miriam Makeba - La Mumba
8. Pete Rock feat. Pharoahe Monch - Just Do It
9. Black Panther Fugitives - Gettin’ the Man’s Foot...
10. Dialogue - Back Up...
11. Zap Mama - Cou Cou
12. Antibalas - Che Che Cole Makossa
13. Dialogue - ...Jeanie, It’s Mel
14. Zuco 103 - I Came, But...
15. Donn Thompson - Love
16. Dialogue - How Much?
17. Melvin Van Pebbles – Sweetback’s Theme
18. Eric Roberson – Lil’ Money
19. Roy Ayers - Green and Gold
20. Dialogue - I’ll Make You a Bet…
21. Score - Father and Son
22. Immortal Technique - Can’t Knock the Hustle
23. Soul Brothers - Soul Brothers
23. Jean Grae - Look Around
24. Score - Inspirational Walk

You can find this soundtrack at MusicDawn.

Thanks MusicDawn.

Movie Review 
Baadasssss! (2003)

Various Artist - The Return Of Superfly (1990)

1. Superfly 1990
2. Eazy Street
3. Cheeba Cheeba
4. Funky In The Joint
5. On The Real Tip
6. Showdown
7. Forbidden
8. Take You Home
9. There's A Riot Jumpin' Off
10. Somethin' Like This
11. Superfly 1990 (instrumental)
12. For The Love Of You

Kind of hard to find a review on this soundtrack, but considering some of the Hip-Hop artist featured with Curtis Mayfield I sure this will not be a disappointment.

Thanks Flashlight

Monday, July 14, 2008

Legend: Jerry Butler "The Ice Man"

Jerry Butler (born Jerry Butler Jr., December 8, 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American soul singer and songwriter also known as "The Ice Man" because of his cool demeanour while singing often intensely emotional lyrics. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the legendary R&B vocal group, The Impressions, as well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

The mid-1950s had a profound impact on Butler’s life. He grew up poor, having lived in Chicago’s rough Cabrini Green housing complex. Music and the church provided solace from a city that was as segregated as those in the Deep South. He performed in a church choir with Curtis Mayfield. As a teenager, Butler sang in a gospel quartet called Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers, along with Mayfield. Mayfield, a guitar player, became the lone instrumentalist for the six-member Roosters group, which later became The Impressions. Inspired by music icons Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, and the Pilgrim Travelers, getting into the music industry seemed inevitable.

Butler's younger brother, Billy Butler, also had a career in the music industry.

At age 18, Butler wrote the song "For Your Precious Love" and wanted to record a disc. Looking for recording studios, The Impressions auditioned for Chess Records and VeeJay Records. The group eventually signed with Vee-Jay, where they released "For Your Precious Love" in 1958, which became The Impressions' first hit and gold record. Due to conflicts between the group and Vee-Jay, which wanted to bill the group as "Jerry Butler and The Impressions," which neither Butler nor the other group members wanted, he left the group shortly thereafter.

Butler was dubbed the "Iceman" by WDAS Philadelphia disc jockey, Georgie Woods, while performing in a Philadelphia theater. When the sound system went out, Butler continued singing.

He co-wrote, with Otis Redding, the song "I've Been Loving You Too Long" in 1965. Butler’s solo career had a string of hits, including the Top 10 successes "He Will Break Your Heart", "Find Another Girl", "I'm A-Telling You" (all written by fellow Impression Curtis Mayfield and featuring Mayfield as harmony vocal), "Only the Strong Survive," "Moon River," "Need To Belong" (recorded with the Impressions after he went solo), "Make It Easy On Yourself," "Let It Be Me" (with Betty Everett), "Brand New Me," "Ain’t Understanding Mellow" (with Brenda Lee Eager), "Hey, Western Union Man," and "Never Gonna Give You Up." Butler released two successful albums, The Ice Man Cometh (1968) and Ice On Ice (1970). The Iceman Cometh garnered Butler three Grammy nominations. He collaborated on many of his successful recordings with the Philadelphia-based songwriting team, Gamble and Huff.

Tony Orlando and Dawn revived "He Will Break Your Heart" in 1975, with a new title, "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," and it was even more successful than Butler's original, going to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Butler continues to perform while serving as a Cook County Board Commissioner since the 1980s. In recent years, he has served as host of PBS TV music specials, such as Doo Wop 50 and 51, Rock Rhythm and Doo Wop, and Soul Spectacular: 40 years of R&B, among others. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1991, Butler was inducted, along with the other original members of the Impressions, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Fred Cash, and Arthur and Richard Brooks, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Annette. He has two sons, Randy and Tony, and a grandson.


Jerry Butler Esquire (Abner 1959)
He Will Break Your Heart (Vee Jay 1960)
Love Me (Vee Jay 1961)
Aware Of Love (Vee Jay 1961)
Moon River (Vee Jay 1962)
Folk Songs (Vee Jay 1963)
Need To Belong (Vee Jay 1964)
with Betty Everett: Delicious Together (Vee Jay 1964)
Soul Artistry (Mercury 1967)
Mr Dream Merchant (Mercury 1967)
Jerry Butler's Golden Hits Live (Mercury 1968)
Just Beautiful (Mercury 1968)
The Soul Goes On (Mercury 1968)
The Ice Man Cometh (Mercury 1968)
Ice On Ice (Mercury 1969)
You & Me (Mercury 1970)
Special Memory (Mercury 1970)
Jerry Butler Sings Assorted Sounds By Assorted Friends And Relatives (Mercury 1971)
with Gene Chandler Gene & Jerry - One & One (Mercury 1971)
The Sagittarius Movement (Mercury 1971)
The Spice Of Life (Mercury 1972)
Melinda (Mercury 1972)
Introducing The Ice Man Band (Mercury 1972)
with Brenda Lee Eager: The Love We Have, The Love We Had (Mercury 1973)
The Power Of Love (Mercury 1973)
Sweet Sixteen (Mercury 1974)
Love's On The Menu (Motown 1976)
Make It Easy On Yourself (Motown 1976)
Suite For The Single Girl (Motown 1977)
with Thelma Houston: Thelma And Jerry (Motown 1977)
with Houston: Two To One (Motown 1978)
It All Comes Out In My Song (Motown 1978)
Nothing Says I Love You Like I Love You (Philadelphia International 1978)
Best Love I Ever Had (Philadelphia International 1981)
Ice 'N Hot (Fountain 1982)
Time & Faith (1993)
Simply Beautiful (Valley Vue 1994)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Various Artist - Black Samurai (1978)

1. Alan Hawkshaw - Flashback
2. Fernando Pearson - Mellow Dancer
3. Keith Mansfield - Love Poem
4. Walter Murphy - Dangerous Curves
5. Keith Mansfeild - Aggressive Jazz Theme
6. Alan Parker - Soul Slap (Instrumental)
7. Madeline Bell - Soul Slap (Vocal)
8. Frank McDonald - Super Kool
9. Johnny Pearson - The Big Fuzz
10. Walter Murphy - Emergency
11. Walter Murphy - Back Streets
12. Walter Murphy - Time Runs Out
13. Syd Dale - Walk in a Nightmare
14. Syd Dale - Piece Worker
15. Frank McDonald - Prowl
16. Walter Murphy - Night Stalker
17. Walter Murphy - Emergency
18. Walter Murphy - Creepy Street
19. Walter Murphy - Lurking Shadows
20. Walter Murphy - Insomnia
21. Military Percussion Two (bonus)

An unofficial release compiled by Blaxploitation Pride's friend Frakyer. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Alan Silvestri - The Mack & His Pack (1983)

1. In The Beginning
2. Cruisin'
3. Planetarium
4. Kill Fats Here Today
5. Here Today
6. Party Time
7. We Can Beat This
8. Play Ball
9. Slim
Despite the cover, this soundtrack is actually taken from a 1983 sequel to black action classic The Mack. The movie is very obscure and is not referenced in many of the standard video handbooks. One alternative title is 'The Mack And His Pack'. The movie disappeared straight to video and is hard to find, as is the soundtrack LP on the obscure ALA label. The music, by Alan Silvestri, has a tight 1980s sound and is reminiscent of Three Days Of The Condor in places. The vocal tracks feature the great Gene McDaniels (of ultra-rare funk LP classic 'Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse' fame). The whole album is tight, funky and sparse in sound; slap bass, soprano sax and toppy guitar predominate. Recommended but very hard to find. Absolutely at the opposite end of the funk spectrum from the original Willie Hutch score. Check out 'Party Time' and 'Here Today'.
This is the alternative soundtrack to the classic 70s blaxploitation movie The Mack starring Max Julien, Don Gordon and Richard Pryor.

The movie was originally released in 1973 with a great soundtrack by Willie Hutch. In 1983 and 1985 it was rereleased in cinemas to capitalize on the popularity of Richard Pryor and Roger E. Mosely, who were by now household names.
This LP contains the soundtrack for the reissued movie.
It's a great soundtrack with a top-notch, quality 80s soul and funk vibe - whilst also giving a nod to the classic 70s blaxploitation sound.
Composed by Alan Silvestri, The Mack features vocal performances from the great Gene McDaniels (of funk LP classic 'Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse' fame).
Thanks Frayker Breaks

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Legendary Group: The Impressions

Formed in Chicago in 1957 and originally known as the Roosters, this group comprised:

Jerry Butler (b. 8th December 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi, U.S.A.)

Curtis Mayfield (b. 3rd June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)

Sam Gooden (b. 2nd September 1939, Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.),

and brothers Richard Brooks and Arthur Brooks (both born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.).


The Impressions are an American music group from Chicago that formed in 1958. Their repertoire includes doo-wop, gospel, soul, and R&B.

The group was founded as The Roosters by Chattanooga, Tennessee natives Sam Gooden, Richard Brooks, and Arthur Brooks, who moved to Chicago and added Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield to their line-up to become Jerry Butler & the Impressions. By 1962, Butler and the Brookses had departed, and after switching to ABC-Paramount Records, Mayfield, Gooden, and new Impression Fred Cash collectively became a top-selling soul act. Mayfield left the group for a solo career in 1970; Leroy Hutson, Ralph Johnson, Reggie Torian, and Nate Evans were among the replacements who joined Gooden and Cash. Inductees into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Impressions are best known for their 1960s string of hits, many of which were heavily influenced by gospel music and served as inspirational anthems for the Civil Rights Movement.

Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield met while singing in the same Chicago church choir. After singing in a number of local gospel groups, the two of them joined a doo-wop group called "The Roosters" in 1957, whose members included Chattanooga, Tennessee natives Sam Gooden, Richard Brooks, and his brother Arthur. By 1958, The Roosters had a new manager in Eddie Thomas, a record deal with Vee-Jay Records, and a new name: "Jerry Butler & the Impressions".

The group's first hit single was 1958's "For Your Precious Love", which hit #11 on the US pop charts and #3 on the R&B charts. However, soon after the release of the R&B Top 30 hit "Come Back My Love", Butler left the group to go on to a successful solo career. After briefly touring with the now-solo Butler as his guitarist, Curtis Mayfield became the group's new lead singer and songwriter, and Fred Cash, a returning original Roosters member, was appointed as the new fifth member.

Mayfield wrote a number of Butler's early solo hits, and used the money to get The Impressions to move to Chicago, Illinois. There, they got a new deal with ABC-Paramount Records in 1961, and released their first post-Butler single. That single, "Gypsy Woman", was their biggest single to date, hitting #2 on the R&B charts and #20 on the pop chart. Successive singles failed to match "Gypsy Woman"'s success, and Richard and Arthur Brooks ended up leaving the group in 1962.

The Impressions returned to Chicago as a trio, and soon aligned themselves with producer Johnny Pate, who helped to update their sound and create a more lush soul sound for the group. The result was "It's All Right", a 1963 gold single that topped the R&B charts and made it to #4 on the pop charts, and became one of the group's signature songs. "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman" were the anchors of The Impressions' first LP, 1963's The Impressions.

1964 brought the first of Mayfield's Black pride anthem compositions, "Keep on Pushing", which became a Top 10 smash on both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.It was the title cut from the album of the same name ,Keep On Pushing, which also reached the Top 10 on both charts. Future Mayfield compositions would feature more and more of a social and political awareness, including the following year's major hit and the group's best-known song, the gospel-influenced "People Get Ready", which hit #3 on the R&B charts and #14 on the pop charts.

n the mid-1960s, The Impressions, were compared with Motown acts such as The Temptations,The Miracles, and The Four Tops. After 1965's "Woman's Got Soul", and the #7 pop hit "Amen", The Impressions reach the R&B Top Ten for three more years, finally scoring in 1968 with the #9 "I Loved and Lost". "We're a Winner", which hit #1 on the R&B charts that same year, represented a new level of social awareness in Mayfield's music. Mayfield created his own label, Curtom, and moved The Impressions to the label. Over the next two years, more Impressions message tracks, including the #1 R&B hit "Choice of Colors" (1969) and the #3 "Check Out Your Mind" (1970), became big hits for the group.

After the release of the Check Out Your Mind LP in 1970, Mayfield left the group and began a successful solo career, the highlight of which was writing and producing the Super Fly soundtrack. He continued to write and produce for The Impressions, who remained on Curtom. Leroy Hutson was the first new lead singer for the group following Mayfield's departure, but success eluded The Impressions, and Hutson left the group in 1973. New members Ralph Johnson and Reggie Torian replaced Hutson, and The Impressions had three R&B Top 5 singles in 1974–1975: the #1 "Finally Got Myself Together (I'm a Changed Man)" (which also reached the Pop top 20 ) , and the #3 singles "Same Thing it Took" and "Sooner or Later". In 1976, The Impressions left Curtom and Mayfield behind for Cotillion Records, and had their final major hit with "Loving Power". The same year, Ralph Johnson was replaced with Nate Evans, who remained in the group for three years, during which time The Impressions switched to 20th Century Records. Singles and albums sales continued to slip, and Evans left in 1979, reducing the group to a trio. Their final album, Fan the Flames, was released in 1981, and Reggie Torian, Fred Cash, and Sam Gooden (who remained in the group throughout its entire existence) disbanded two years later. Ralph Johnson rejoined the group in 1983 and was with them until 2000 at that time the group consisted of Fred Cash,Sam Gooden,Vandy Hampton,and Ralph Johnson and these four guys recorded with Eric Clapton on his "Reptile" album.There is also a new album that was recently released called a tribute to the memory of Curtis Mayfield that these four guys are singing all the songs. Since the early-1980s, The Impressions periodically rebanded in various formats, usually recreating the classic line-up of Mayfield, Gooden, and Cash, and sometimes including Jerry Butler in the line-up. On August 14, 1990, Mayfield was severely injured when lighting equipment fell on him during an on-stage performance. Paralyzed from the neck down, he could no longer play and could barely sing. He eventually was able to make a brief, well-received, comeback in 1997 with his New World Order album, and he died in Roswell, Georgia, on December 26, 1999 at the age of 57.

The Impressions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. The members who got to take part in this honor, as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, were Sam Gooden, Jerry Butler, Richard Brooks , Curtis Mayfield. Arthur Brooks, and Fred Cash.

The group performs today, with Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, and Reggie Torian. In 2008,Universal Music & Hip O Records released "Movin' On Up"- the first- ever video compilation of The Impressions , featuring brand new interviews with original Impressions members Sam Gooden and Fred Cash,along with taped interviews with the late Curtis Mayfield,and video performances of the group's greatest hits and several of Mayfield's solo hits.


The Impressions (ABC Paramount 1963)
The Never Ending Impressions (ABC Paramount 1964)
Keep On Pushing (ABC Paramount 1964)
People Get Ready (ABC Paramount 1965)
One By One (ABC-Paramount 1965)
Ridin' High (ABC Paramount 1966)
The Fabulous Impressions (ABC 1967)
We're A Winner (ABC 1968)
This Is My Country (ABC 1968)
The Versatile Impressions (1969)
The Young Mod's Forgotten Story (Curtom 1969)
Check Out Your Mind (Curtom 1970)
Times Have Changed (Curtom 1972)
Preacher Man (Curtom 1973)
Finally Got Myself Together (Curtom 1974)
Three The Hard Way (1974)
First Impressions (Curtom 1975)
It's About Time (Cotillion 1976)
Loving Power (Curtom 1976)
Come To My Party (1979)
Fan The Fire (20th Century 1981)

Friday, July 4, 2008

H.B. Barnum - Five On The Black Hand Side (1973)

01. Five On The Black Hand Side (Performed by Keisa Brown & Prime Cut)
02. Kung Fu John Henry
03. Freedom (Performed by H. Barnum)
04. Tell Me You Love Me
05. They Keep Comin
06. Gideon & Morn
07. Black Star Barber Shop
08. Sweet Meat
09. Stormy & Gladys
10. Playin' Numbers
11. Temperance Woman
12. Roof Top Fight
13. Fun Lovin' Rap
14. Mama On The Roof, Gail Reads Demands
15. Fun Lovin' Arrives
16. Reception Line Dance
17. They Keep Comin'
18. I'll Give You Love (Performed by H. Barnum)

Review by The Doctor
This is a soundtrack that was never released on vinyl (Except for a hard to find 45' containing the theme song with Keisa Brown). Any way it has recently been released. For the most part, the music contained is a bunch of 1 to 2 minute musical stings, but I would consider it a pretty solid Blaxploitation album. It contains all the typical instrumentation you'd find in a Blaxploitation soundtrack; rhodes keys, wah guitar, funky beats, etc. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Legend: Bobby Womack

b. Bobby Dwayne Womack, 4th March 1944, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bobby Womack comes from a large family.

Various family members have been successful in their own right (Womack & Womack etc.)

He was one of the founding members of the Valentino's and was part of the late Sam Cooke's band as a gutiarist.

Bobby was later to cause a little scandal by marrying Sam's ex-widow, Barbara Campbell.

The Valentino's were, originally, formed in the early 1950's and also featured Bobby's brother Cecil within the line-up.

Bobby's early solo recordings included, 'Nothing You Can Do' and 'I Found A True Love'.

Following the demise of the Valentino's, Bobby reverted to session recordings.

He worked with the late Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke as mentioned.

Bobby was a regular visitor to Chips Moman's American Recording Studio.

He, also, worked with Wilson Pickett on 'I'm In Love' and 'I'm A Midnight Mover' which are two of the 17 Womack songs that particular artist would record.

His solo activities resumed with singles on Keymen and Atlantic Records.

Bobby then relocated to the Minit imprint, recording several R & B hits, including 'It's Gonna Rain', 'How I Miss You Baby', in 1969, and 'More Than I Can Stand', in 1970.

His early albums included 'Fly Me To The Moon', on Minit 1968, 'My Prescription' on Minit in 1969 and 'The Womack Live' for the Liberty imprint in 1970.

'There's A Riot Going On', Sly Stone's 1971 collection, Bobby played guitar.

Bobby relocated to United Artists and released 'Communication', the title track to Womack's first album for the label.

'Understanding', followed and contained the songs 'That's The Way I Feel About Cha' (number 2 R & B), 'Woman's Gotta Have It' (number 1 R & B) and 'Harry Hippie' (number 8 R & B).

Successive albums, 'Facts Of Life' (1973), 'Looking For A Love Again' (1974), 'Across 110th Street', 'B W Goes C & W' (1976) and 'I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To', followed and were highly popular.

'BW Goes C & W' closed his United Artists contract.

n 1979, Bobby recorded the album 'Roads Of Life' for the Arista imprint.

That set included the hugely popular song 'How Could You Break My Heart' and saw a collaboration with the late Patrick Moten, who had recorded successful material with Anita Baker and Rosie Gaines.

In 1980, Bobby collaborated with the Crusader, Wilton Felder, on the song 'Inherit The Wind', a tune destined to become a Soul classic.

In 1981, Bobby signed with Beverly Glen, a small Los Angeles independent, where he recorded 'The Poet', which featured the songs 'So Many Sides Of You' and 'Where Do We Go From Here?'.

This excellent set furthered his career, while a single, 'If You Think You're Lonely Now', reached number 3 on the R & B chart.

The 'Poet II' in 1984 featured three duets with Patti LaBelle, one of which, 'Love Has Finally Come At Last', was another hit single.

That set also featured the songs 'Tell My Why', 'Surprise, Surprise' and 'It Takes A Lot Of Strength To Say Goodbye'.

Beverly Glen released a final LP culled from Womack's previous sessions, 'Someday We'll All Be Free', in 1985.

He then relocated to MCA Records in 1985, debuting with 'So Many Rivers'.

By 1989, Bobby recorded at the Solar imprint, releasing 'Save The Children'.

He also recorded on the Japanese release with the guitarist June Yamagishi, re-recording his song 'Trust Your Heart', the tune running for nearly 12 minutes!

1994's album 'Resurrection' saw Bobby's take on the Winston's song 'Color Him Father' and the anti war diatribe 'Cousin Henry' featuring a certain Stevie Wonder.

Bobby's more recent work proclaims him as 'the last Soul singer'.

In late 2000, he collaborated with U.K. artists Rae & Christian releasing, amongst others, 'Get It Right'. A fine outing.

An album entitled 'Left Handed, Upside Down', was released in 2001.

A fine soul singer, whose best work stands amongst those of Black music's singer / songwriters.


Fly Me To The Moon (Minit 1968)
My Prescription (Minit 1969)
The Womack Live (Liberty 1970)
Communication (United Artists 1971)
Understanding (United Artists 1972)
Across 110th Street film soundtrack (United Artists 1972)
Facts Of Life (United Artists 1973)
Looking For A Love Again (United Artists 1974)
I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To (United Artists 1975)
Safety Zone (United Artists 1976)
BW Goes C & W (United Artists 1976)
Home Is Where The Heart Is (Columbia 1976)
Pieces (Columbia 1977)
Roads Of Life (Arista 1979)
The Poet (Beverly Glen 1981)
The Poet II (Beverly Glen 1984)
Someday Well All Be Free (Beverly Glen 1985)
So Many Rivers (MCA 1985)
Womagic: (MCA 1986)
The Last Soul Man (MCA 1987)
Resurrection (MCA 1994)
Back To My Roots (1999)
Left Handed, Upside Down (2001)

Legend: Willie Hutch

b. Willie McKinley Hutchison, 6th December 1944, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

d. 19th September 2005, Duncanville, Texas, U.S.A.


Willie Hutch grew up in Dallas where he sang with The Ambassadors.

He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas.

He first came to the attention of the music business in 1964 when his debut single 'Love Has Put Me Down' was released by the Soul City Records label.

His songs attracted the attention of The Fifth Dimension who recorded a number of them.

Willie himself recorded with Venture prior to two albums in the early 70's with RCA (including 'Let's Try It Over').

In 1970, he received a phone call from producer Hal Davis who urgently needed a song written to a backing track he had entitled 'I'll Be There'.

By 8 am the next morning, The Jackson 5 were in the studio recording it.

Willie later co-arranged vocals on 'Got To Be There' and 'Never Can Say Goodbye' for the group, impressing Berry Gordy who employed him at Motown on a more permanent basis.

Willie produced the first Smokey Robinson album without The Miracles, and when Sisters Love had a cameo role in 'The Mack', the group's manager suggested Willie record the soundtrack.

The result was 'The Mack', including 'Brother's Gonna Work It Out' and 'Slick', Willie's first album for Motown in 1973. (Willie also worked with Sisters Love on 'Mr Fix-it Man'.)

His other albums at the label included 'The Mark Of The Beast' (1975); 'Concert In Blues' (1976), including 'Party Down'; 'Color Her Sunshine' (1976), including 'I Like Everything About You', 'Havin' A House Party' and 'Fully Exposed' before he joined the Whitfield label for two albums, 'In Tune (1978), including 'Easy Does It', and 'Midnight Dancer'.

In 1982, he wrote 'Keep The Fire Burning' for Gwen McCrae and returned to Motown for three collaborations with Berry Gordy.

The first was a duet for The Four Tops and Aretha Franklin 'What Have We Got To Lose' (1983), the second a song / production for Sammy Davis Jnr, 'Hello Detroit' (1984), and the third a soundtrack album for Berry's film 'The Last Dragon' (1985).

This soundtrack included a Willie Hutch single 'The Glow'.

During this period at Motown he wrote/produced 'Sexy Ways' for The Four Tops and released two albums, 'In And Out' (1985) and 'Making A Game Of Love' (1985), including 'Keep On Jammin'.

Willie has also written and / or produced for The Miracles, The Main Ingredient ('California My Way'), Junior Walker, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, among others.

Willie released two albums in the Nineties. 'From The Heart' and 'The Mack Is Back'.

Both sets were well received.

Willie Hutch, sadly passed away on the 19th of September 2005. He was 60.

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Soul Portrait (RCA 1969)
Seasons For Love (RCA 1970)
The Mack (Motown 1973)
Fully Exposed (Motown 1973)
Foxy Brown (Motown 1975)
Mark of the Beast (Motown 1975)
Ode to My Lady (Motown 1975)
Concert in Blues [live] (Motown 1976)
Colour Her Sunshine (Motown 1976)
Havin' a House Party (Motown 1977)
In Tune (Whitfield 1979)
Midnight Dancer (Whitfield 1980)
In & Out (Motown 1983)
Making A Game Of Love (Motown 1985)
From the Heart (GGIT 1994)
The Mack is Back (Midwest 1996)
Sexalicious (Midwest 2002)