Isaac Hayes Hits From Shaft on 180g 45RPM LP
Three Remastered Hits, Cut at 45 on 180g Vinyl
"Theme From Shaft" (Side 1)
The undisputed anthem for what would be called Blaxploitation, "Theme From Shaft" is as popular and well-known as the movie it supported. The song opens with the ever-recognizable wah-wah, funked-up guitar chords, and we're quickly treated to Isaac Hayes' soul-drenched lyrics convincing anyone that this guy Shaft is one "bad mother…shut your mouth." The song oozes with the cool confidence that made the character Shaft one of the relative first black film heroes. "Theme From Shaft" earned Hayes his only #1 pop single in late 1971, winning an Oscar for Best Song, and helping him become the first Black composer to win an Oscar for Best Score.
"Soulsville" (Side 1)
Another one of Isaac Hayes' biggest hits, "Soulsville" provides the contrast of a down-tempo ballad outlining the plight of life in the ghetto. It's an emotional tale of poverty, drugs, desperation and faith.
"Do Your Thing" (Side 2)
Pure funk. This nearly 20-minute jam demonstrates just how potent the Stax houseband, The Bar-Kays, could be. They establish a groove in which you can comfortably loose yourself. After "Theme From Shaft," this was the most popular hit from the Shaft movie soundtrack. It climbed to #3 on the Billboard chart, a remarkable feat for such a long, mostly-instrumental song.
Isaac Hayes Hits From Shaft Track Listing:
1. Theme From Shaft
3. Do Your Thing