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Monday, July 28, 2008

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?

Provided by Isbum:

Here is your request filled, and a shameless plug for our blog, Franklynot. ;)

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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Keep on Pridin'!

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)