1971 was not only the year I graduated from River Rouge High School in River Rouge Michigan, it was the year of the release of "Shaft," a motion picture directed by Gordon Parks. The movie feature a character played by actor Richard Roundtree, whos character was a "black private detective that was a sex machine to all the chicks." At the same time of the release, the sound track to the movie was released. The double album set was an incredibly phenomenal piece of work by the unforgettable Mr. ISSAC HAYES.
JAMES BROWN'S "Hot Pants" appeared on the charts that year and we were all doing the penguin in our forty inch bells and platforms on Western Michigan University's campus, and I'm sure, on college campuses all over the country. But the Theme From Shaft offthe motion picture sound track albumechoed through every "box" owned by those that embraced R&B. The discs bared many selections that were hits.
Since then, there were sound tracks for many motion pictures that were/are spectacular works of art. The more recent one that comes to my mind is the sound track for the movie "Mo Better Blues," written by the incredible trumpeter/composer Terrance Blanchard. The movie, written by and staring Spike Lee as well as Dezsel Hayes Washington, who's character is a noted professional jazz trumpeter, is full of Terrances' incredible trumpet work.
However, I don't know if it's because the sound track from SHAFT by Isaac Hayes was among, if not the first to receive notoriety, but it has to be one of the best , if not THE Best ever sound track!!
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