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Shaft Anthology: His Big Score & More

Shaft Anthology: His Big Score & More

Limited Edition of 3,000 Copies
Film Score Monthly (Vol. 11, No. 8)

Release Date: August 2008

Format: CD

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Track Listing

Disc 1: Shaft / Bonus Track / Shaf'ts Big Score!
1. Theme From Shaft 4:36
2. Shaft's First Fight 1:48
3. Reel 2 Part 2 / Cat Oughta Be Here 1:45
4. Bumpy's Theme (Bumpy's Lament) 1:46
5. Harlem Montage (Soulsville) 3:34
6. Love Scene Ellie (Ellie's Love Theme) 1:46
7. Shaft's Cab Ride / Shaft Enters Building 1:40
8. I Can't Get Over Losing You 2:08
9. Reel 4 Part 6 1:39
10. Reel 5 Part 1 1:37
11. Reel 5 Part 2 (A Friend's Place) 1:47
12. Source No. 1 - 6m1a (Bumpy's Blues) 3:07
13. Source No. 1 - 6m1b (Bumpy's Lament) 1:35
14. Source No. 1 - 6m1c (Early Sunday Morning) 3:07
15. Source No. 2 - 7m1a (Do Your Thang) 3:24
16. Source No. 2 - 7m1b (Be Yourself) 1:56
17. Source No. 2 - 7m1c (No Name Bar) 2:29
18. Shaft Strikes Again / Return Of Shaft 1:38
19. Source No. 3 (Caffe Reggio) 4:25
20. Shaft's Walk To Hideout (Walk From Reggio) 2:29
21. Shaft's Pain 3:05
22. Rescue / Roll Up 10:51
23. BONUS TRACK: Theme From The Men 4:11
24. SHAFT'S BIG SCORE!: Type Thing 3:54
  Disc Time: 70:17

Disc 2: Shaft's Big Score! / Shaft TV Series
1. SHAFT'S BIG SCORE!: Blowin' Your Mind (Main Title) 3:32
2. The Other Side 1:50
3. Smart Money 2:12
4. The Search / Sad Circles 2:33
5. Asby-Kelly Man 1:47
6. First Meeting 1:59
7. Don't Misunderstand 1:49
8. Fight Scene 1:08
9. Ike's Place 4:11
10. Move On In 3:40
11. 8m1 / 8m2 1:27
12. Funeral Home 4:03
13. Don't Misunderstand (Instrumental) 1:55
14. 9M3 0:46
15. Symphony For Shafted Souls (Take Off / Dance Of The Cars / Water Ballet / Call And Response / The Last Amen) 14:07
16. End Title 1:23
17. Don't Misunderstand - Demo 2:06
18. TV SERIES - THE EXECUTIONERS: Courtroom / Leaving Court 2:38
19. Dawson's Trial 2:00
20. Shaft Leaves Barbara / East River / He's Dead, Barb / Cunningham's Breakfast 2:00
21. Visiting Jane / Act End / Jury Meets 2:02
22. Cars And Bridge 2:45
23. Leaving Airfield / Shaft Checks Hospital 2:24
24. Shaft Gets Shot / Shaft In Car 1:31
25. Night Blues 1:05
26. Day Blues 1:07
27. Pimp Gets Shot 3:00
28. Handle It / Follow Cunningham 3:31
29. Shaft Escapes / Stalking Menace 2:45
30. End Theme 0:30
  Disc Time: 77:46

Disc 3: Shaft TV Series
1. TV SERIES - THE KILLING: Opening 2:34
2. Diana In Hospital 2:39
3. Window Shop / Leaving Hospital / Ciao 1:29
4. Restaurant Scene / Punchin' Sonny 2:54
5. Hotel Room 3:07
6. Diana Splits / Booking Shaft 1:33
7. Shaft Gets Sprung / Searchin' 2:11
8. Pimps / Lick Her Store / Wettin' His Hand / Diana Ducks Out 2:14
9. Juke Box / Hands In The Box 2:33
10. Shaft 2:54
11. Iggie's Tail 2:23
12. Kyle Goes Down / Case Dismissed 1:24
13. TV SERIES - HIT-RUN: Opening 1:59
14. He's The Best / Reenact / Good Day 2:40
15. Travel Shaft 0:44
16. Coffin Time 1:36
17. To The Club 1:24
18. Ann Appears / Shaft Gets It 2:16
19. Jacquard 2:32
20. Dart Board / Kissin' Time 3:11
21. Omelette 1:58
22. Cheek Pat / Don't Shoot / Shaft's Move 1:07
23. Funny Time 1:00
24. At The Club 2:14
25. Ending 1:54
26. TV SERIES - THE KIDNAPPING: Chasin' Shaft 3:01
27. Sleep, Dog, Sleep 1:39
28. Here Comes The Fuzz 2:13
29. I Said Goodnight / Walkie Talkie 3:48
30. Shoot Out 2:39
31. TV SERIES - THE COP KILLERS: Rossi Gets It / Hospital / Who The Hell Are You 2:07
32. Honky Horn 1:24
33. Sleeping Pigs 1:37
34. Splash Time 1:33
35. Shaft Gets It 1:50
36. Vacate The Van 1:42
37. Fork Lift 2:11
38. Shaft Theme (End Credit Version) 0:31
  Disc Time: 78:45
  Total Album Time: 226:48

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From the Manufacturer

"They say that cat is a bad mother–"

Yes, they're talking about Shaft! On the famous record album, the lyric is "that cat Shaft is a bad mother–." However, the name "Shaft" is omitted above because this is the film version of the legendary score–not the familiar record album–and this is one of many differences, both subtle and large, in the two versions of Isaac Hayes's seminal work. This pioneering 3CD set features the previously unreleased original soundtrack to the 1971 Shaft along with music from the sequel, Shaft's Big Score!, and 1973-74 TV series.

The original 1971 Shaft was one of the seminal films of "blaxploitation" movement, as Shaft gets involved in the Harlem rescue effort of a gangster's kidnapped daughter. The score by Isaac Hayes not only set trends in film music but pop and R&B, with its spoken/sung lyrics, disco-era wah-wah guitar and high-hat cymbals, and lush, soulful orchestrations. The soundtrack was widely distributed on a 2LP set (later a CD) by Enterprise (Hayes's personal label on Stax Records) but that was a re-recording done in Memphis.

For the first time, this CD presents the original Hollywood-recorded film score featuring primordial versions of the source cues as well as all of the dramatic underscoring (little of which was adapted for the LP). It is a fascinating glimpse into Hayes's creativity and an important archiving of this legendary work. As a bonus, disc one of this collection adds Hayes's two singles released in 1972 related to M-G-M productions: "Theme From The Men" (a TV theme) and "Type Thang" (used in Shaft's Big Score!).

The second Shaft film, Shaft's Big Score! (1972), was scored by the director of the first two installments, Gordon Parks, when Hayes was unavailable. Parks was a multitalented musician, poet, author and photographer, in addition to filmmaker, who had scored his directorial debut, 1969's The Learning Tree, and was technically assisted on his film scores (as was Hayes on Shaft) by Tom McIntosh. The Shaft's Big Score! soundtrack called upon an earlier, Duke Ellington-style of sophisticated jazz compared to Hayes's Memphis-style R&B, with a bravura climactic chase ("Symphony for Shafted Souls") that has long made the soundtrack LP a treasured collectible. The complete soundtrack is presented here.

The third Shaft film, Shaft in Africa (1973), is not presented here for licensing reasons (though most of it was included on a 1999 compilation, The Best of Shaft). That film's composer, Johnny Pate–the brilliant arranger for Curtis Mayfield on Super Fly and other projects–returned for the short-lived Shaft TV series in 1973-74 (starring Roundtree), which had seven 90-minute episodes produced for CBS. Pate provided inventive adaptation of Hayes's "Theme From Shaft" as well as his own groovy and suspenseful scoring–from an era in which most TV crime music sounded like Shaft, this is, delightfully, the real thing. Pate provided three full scores and two partial scores for the Shaft series (with the rest tracked with earlier cues), almost–but not all–of which are presented at the end of disc two and all of disc three of this set.

This entire collection is in excellent stereo sound, meticulously remixed from the first-generation M-G-M session masters. There are lots of afros in Joe Sikoryak's art direction. The comprehensive liner notes are by Lukas Kendall.

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