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Sunday, February 14, 2010

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

Shaft (TV Series - Hit-Run) OST - Johnny Pate (1973)

Yet another banging Frayker maker!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Quincy Jones - The Split OST (1968)

1. Main Title (03:03) (Sung by Billy Preston)
2. It’s Just A Game, Love (04:33) (Sung by Arthur Prysock)
3. Funny Money/What The Hell (04:38)
4. Kifka Car Caper (03:02)
5. A Good Woman’s Love (02:44) (Sung by Sheb Wooley)
6. Pussy Safe Negli/Half A Million Dollars/It’s Just A Game, Love (05:47) (Sung by Clydie King and Billy Preston)
7. Kifka, My Driver (01:43)
8. Night Headlights (02:25)
9. Hot Meter (03:50)
10. Eleven O’Clock Time/Q.J. March/Frantic Fans/Let’s Go (11:19)
11. Clinger’s Waiting (00:58)
12. Celebration (01:31) (Sung by John Wesley)
13. Two People, Two Rents (01:06)
14. Drawer Fulla Money (01:12)
15. Fine Dead Lady (03:10)
16. Pull The String/Drag Him Over, Escape (05:47)
17. Shook Up Fuzz/Mac Let’s Talk (06:11)
18. It’s Over/Airport/End Title Card (03:23)

Bonus Tracks:
19. Main Title (alternate) (02:18) (Sung by Arthur Prysock)
20. End Title (alternate) (00:52) (Sung by Arthur Prysock)
Film Score Monthly, Intrada, Varese Sarabande, La-la Land Records and a host of other specialty labels - what would soundtrack lovers do without them? This time around, FSM does the honors by releasing Quincy Jones' The Split, a heist movie. Jones was a bona fide genius in his early years. His jazz albums were one of a kind, bringing new grooves to that genre. And when he moved to film, Jones took his jazz background with him and energized film scoring with a funky sound. Q's style.

The Split has several songs in it. Let's get them out of the way first. This is one of those rare times that I did appreciate the songs and the score together. They suited each other. They are sung very well by the likes of Billy Preston and John Wesley. There is even a country song written by ... Jones. All the songs are pleasant and soulful.

The score is urban in nature. Using jazz and funk for his score, Jones composes a superior, kick-ass score. It changes gears every now and then - from tense to lively - so seamlessly that you hardly notice the change until it is way into the track. Kifka Car Caper is a funky track that has nice bass lines and guitar riffs. Speaking of bass, the bass riffs are fantastic, a voice of their own.

The dark and tense tracks are edgy, with some cool brass to heighten the tension. The brass also delivers on the action, brassy and funky, nice sax playing and that bass again.

The sound is remarkable. On my sound system, the bass just booms out of the speakers, and the music is crisp and clear. FSM has done a superb job bringing this score to us, and, this being their first Quincy Jones, I hope more are in the works. Jones' early works are rare - the LPs are long gone except in some collector's home, and the CDs are just as rare or expensive.

Anyway, The Split is a joy to the ears and a must have. Highly Recommended.

Another great review can be found @ Doug Payne's blog

Provided by Isbum over @ Frankly Yes thru Funkback

Link to movie review
Gordon Flemyng - The Split (1968)

Elmer Bernstein - The Liberation Of L.B. Jones OST (1969)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones - Elmer Bernstein Cinema Records LP-8009, 1969

Track 01
Track 02
Track 03
Track 04
Track 05
Track 06
Track 07
Track 08
Track 09
Track 10
Track 11
Track 12
Only released on the infamous Cinema label, Bernstein's excellent funky jazz soundtrack for obscure blaxploitation film 'The Liberation of L.B. Jones' takes up an entire side of an LP otherwise devoted to a typical genre soundtrack to Paul Newman's hit movie 'From The Terrace'. The music for LB Jones is a revelation - tight, brassy, bright and groovy, it's up there with Bullitt in feel and pace. Sometimes using organ, sometimes sax, but always groovy, this is a release not to be missed although the LP is now hard to find. The persistent rumour about this release is that the master tapes were 'borrowed' by Bernstein's tennis trainer!

Funkbacks commentThis rip omits the music From The Terrace, but like that release has no names for the tracks which leads me to conclude that It's a vinyl rip. I've scoured the internet for any info but there doesn't seem to be any. If there surfaces new info or word of a CD pressing please post it here. This music is Baaadassss!!! The beautiful coverpic was made over at the blog Frankly Yes aka Isbumsplace that's dedicated to resurrect the lost and rare to the public. Great chums w. attention to detail!

Provided by Dusty over @ Frankly Yes through Funkback

Link to movie review

William Wyler - The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lloyd Price - The Legend Of Nigger Charley OST 45 (1972) Blaxploitation Pride Exlusive!

The Legend Of Nigger Charley, Lloyd Price Paramount PAA-0168, 1972
Here's one that most blaxploitation collectors aren't aware of - the original theme tune to the original Nigger Charley movie. Never released on LP, this 45 includes a religious gospel tune (presumably from the film), and the downtempo funky main theme. It's a good one - plenty of wah, a good chant (although dubious non-PC lyric) and even a good break with strong big band funky horns. Well worth a dig.

The donor wishes to remain anonymous. But show some appreciation all the same!

Link to movie reviewMartin Goldman - Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)

Hubert Laws - A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich (1978)

1. School's Out [Benji's Theme] 2 I'm Your Fool [Butler's Theme]
3. Tiger's Pad
4. Trackin'
5. Rehabilitation
6. Drop and Pop
7. Somebody Right Now
8. Something to Feel Good
9. I Can't Leave You, Sweets
10. I'm Your Fool (Butler's Theme - Reprise)
Hubert Laws is best known for his small group dinner jazz-style material. It's a sound that can easily become background music and is too smooth for modern tastes. This album is features one notable exception, the great late 70s funk instrumental 'School's Out (Benji's Theme)' and is worth its bargain-bin price tag for that track alone. The film starred Paul 'Gordon's War' Winfield and Cicely Tyson and was based on the novel by Alice Childress.

Movie Review
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich (1978)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Carl Douglas - Somebody Stop This Madness (From The Embassy) OST 45 (1972)

Somebody Stop This Madness Carl Douglas Blue Mountain BM 1007, 1972
What the hell is this?! A new blaxploitation soundtrack discovery? Yes, and thanks to top Norwegian beat bigger and DJ Teddy Rosso, we can all hear the incredible funk of Carl Douglas before he sank into cod Kung Fu disco with his later 1970s hits. This one's a super-tight wah-wah funker (yes, it really is) and is taken from the obscure Richard Roundtree blaxploitation thriller 'The Embassy', produced in the UK in 1971, fact fans. Highly recommended - you won't believe your ears!

And he didn't hesitate to let us hear the goodness either, enjoy!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Various Artists – Pimps, Players & Private Eyes (1991)
Compilation album featuring songs from ’70s blaxploitation movies. It features ten funky songs from such cult cinematic “masterpieces” as Trouble Man, The Mack and Foxy Brown. The songs are performed by soul legends like The Impressions, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield and Willie Hutch. This was one of the first blaxploitation Audio CD compilations – released in 1991 and was produced by famous rapper Ice-T. The release was dedicated to the recovery of Curtis Mayfield (he became paralyzed from the neck down when a lighting rig fell on top of him at a concert in Brooklyn, NY, On August 14, 1990).
1. Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack/Peace [Across 110th Street]
2. Make A Resolution – The Impressions [Three The Hard Way]
3. Are You Man Enough – Four Tops [Shaft In Africa]
4. Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye [Trouble Man]
5. Theme From ‘Shaft’ – Isaac Hayes [Shaft]
6. Love Doctor – Millie Jackson [Cleopatra Jones]
7. I Choose You – Willie Hutch [The Mack]
8. Blowin’ Your Mind – O.C. Smith [Shaft's Big Score]
9. Theme Of Foxy Brown – Willie Hutch [Foxy Brown]
10. Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield [Superfly]

Various Artists
Album: Pimps, Players & Private Eyes
Label : Sire Records # 9 26624-2
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Funk, Soul, Blaxploitation

Funkbacks comment
Thanks to MusicDawn for this find of a representative of the spirit of this blog. Ice-T most definatley knows his Robert Beck aka Iceberg Slim check Soul on Ice if You doubt me. If this album had dropped in '95 instead of '91 it could easily had beed the soundtrack to this:

Link to Documentary review
Ice-T - Kiss My Baadassss his Guide to Blaxploitation Cinema (1994)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Les Stances A Sophie OST [Nessa] ‘1970 + Bonus Videos From The Movie
This quite extraordinary cosmic jazz score was recorded in France by Lester Bowie and Art Ensemble of Chicago in July 1970. The album features vocals by the excellent singer Fontella Bass, who also plays piano. As you might expect from the name of the group, this is advanced (and for the most part, very experimental and free) jazz, so won’t appeal to all. The sheer power and audacity of the music stills holds the listener spellbound during many of the tracks, the best of which is the stunning ‘Theme de Yoyo’. Very hard to find on original vinyl, this album has since been reissued and the best track was also showcased on a Universal Sounds compilation a few years back. Don’t miss it if you’re open-minded and like a leftfield approach to your music.
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Les Stances A Sophie OST
Label : Nessa # N-4
Recordered: 1970
Genre: Soundtrack, Jazz-funk, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

1. Theme de Yo-Yo – 9:10
2. Theme de Celine – 3:04
3. Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi I – 3:02
4. Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi II – 1:50
5. Proverbes I – 2:38
6. Theme Amour Universal – 3:51
7. Theme Libre – 8:49
8. Proverbes II – 1:22
Group members
Lester Bowie – Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joseph Jarman – Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Roscoe Mitchell – Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Clarinet (Bass), Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Sax (Bass), Sax (Soprano)
Malachi Favors – Bass, Percussion, Bass (Electric), Bass (Acoustic)
Fontella Bass – Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Famoudou Don Moye – Drums

And as a little blaxy bonus – MusicDawn has added a couple of episodes from the movie, plus an interview with Joseph Jarman.

A huge thanx to MusicDawn for this great piece of Blaxploitation history!

I actually had the fortune of meeting Mr. Lester Bowie way back in '95, before his passing, for a brief interview when they were playing my hometown in the north of Sweden. They were as fun to watch as they are interesting to listen to.

Link to movie review
Moshe Mizrahi - Les Stances A Sophie (1970)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Various Artist - Black Belt Jones II [A.K.A. Tattoo Connection] (1978)

A1. Time Keeper
A2. witchdoctor
A3. Only 16's
A4. Tsuioku No Skat
A5. all the king's horses
B1. Invocation to the gods
B2. Love Chaiser
B3. Revelation
B4. Battle
B5. Watching and waiting

World Premier Of The Soundtrack to The Jim Kelly Flick "The Tattoo Connection also known as "Black Belt Jones 2" /
Music Sourced By The Fraykers Revenge Team" Kicking of With a Dynamite Kung Fu track called "Time Keeper" used throughout the Flick

Movie Review
Black Belt Jones II: The Tattoo Connection (1978)

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Black Connection (1974)


Las Vegas drug dealer is in deep with the Italian mob over a large amount of missing cocaine. He must get creative to get out from under the mob before they take the ultimate course of action.