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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Al Kooper - The Landlord (1970)

1. Brand New Day
2. The Landlord
3. Car Commercial
4. Walter G's Boogaloo
5. Croquet Game
6. Let Me Love You
7. Lainie's Theme
8. Rent Party
9. Elgar's Fantasy
10. Love Theme
11. Soul Hoedown
12. Doin' Me Dirty
13. Brand New Day
14. The Axe
15. God Bless The Children
Al Kooper plays guitar and organ on this rocky score. Other musicians of note include bassman Chuck Rainey and Steve Cropper. There's a small-group funk studio band who play three great, tight, brass-heavy tracks that are worth the price of the LP. The theme is excellent, dancefloor-friendly funk.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Osibisa - Superfly T.N.T (1973)

1. T.N.T.
2. Superfly Man
3. Prophets
4. The Vicarage
5. Oye Mama
6. Brotherhood
7. Come Closer (if you're a man)
8. Kelele
9. La Ila I La La
An interesting but not entirely satisfying album from Osibisa, a surprise choice to score the second Superfly film. The sound is African in influence with hints of funk.

Soul Sisters - X Rated Blaxploitation

1. Some jive ass wasting my time
2. Theme song from _The turtle
3. Oh my, no white boy ever done me like that before
4. Theme from _Chocolate Cherry
5. Music from _Copper Cuties
6. Samantha's song
7. Jam back at the ho' house

Awesome soundtrack. Blaxploitation porn Music.

Johnny Pate - Shaft In Africa (1973)

1. You can't even walk in the park (opening theme)
2. Are you man enough (main title)
3. Aleme finds Shaft
4. Shaft in Africa (Addis)
5. Headman
6. El Jardia
7. Are you man enough
8. Jazar's theme
9. Truck stop
10. Aleme's reprise
11. El Jardia (reprise)
12. Are you man enough (end title)
One of the undisputed classics of the blaxploitation soundtrack. The weak tracks, of which there are few, are massively outweighed by the sheer exuberance of the great funk material on the album. A guaranteed dance-floor monster, featuring a superb vocal number by The Four Tops at their peak, and simply magnificent keyboard-driven big band funk from Johnny Pate. An essential album.