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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.

"Watermelon Man" courtesy of Rocket From Mars Vinyl Adventures!
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