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Australian 24-bit digitally remastered edition features a CD-ROM video with biography and pictures.

The title track's perennially recognizable hi-hat and wah-wah guitar intro, interlocking horn/string parts, and smooth, proto-rap verses conjure the name SHAFT as surely as a snake-charmer's incantation. It also conjures the name of Isaac Hayes--the songwriter, arranger, musician, and producer responsible for the phenomenally successful soundtrack to the landmark 1971 Blaxploitation film. Hayes's status as a key player in the Stax/Volt soul empire, and as a solo artist of considerable renown, went through the roof with this double-LP (now compiled on a 70-minute CD).

Hayes's lush, ambitious arrangements are performed by the Bar-Kays, one of Stax's premier house bands, along with guest string and horn players. Aside from the highbrow funk of the title track and two other vocal cuts (Hayes's ballad "Soulsville" and the near-20-minute midtempo funk of "Do Your Thing"), this is an instrumental set with a strong "cinematic" feel. Jazz, lounge, R&B, and atmospheric interludes are blended to give ample evidence of Hayes's brilliance as a composer and arranger. SHAFT was a commercial zenith for Hayes, and made his name as a giant of soul.

What the critics say...

Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.36) - Ranked #40 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...A funkafied mama jama..."
Q (10/00, pp.142-4) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It single-handedly enhanced the reputation of a stylish but dull feature, and helped give rise to an entire movie genre. The potency of that track...highlights Hayes; top-flight skills as a composer....its lasting impact is more obvious..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.66) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks".
Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.132) - "...boasting Issac Hayes' brilliant score. The main theme proved unstoppable, an award-winner that resulted in countless similar funk fiestas..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Theme From Shaft
  2. Bumpys Lament
  3. Walk From Regios
  4. Ellies Love Theme
  5. Shafts Cab Ride
  6. Cafe Regios
  7. Early Sunday Morning
  8. Be Yourself
  9. Friends Place, A
  10. Soulsville
  11. No Name Bar
  12. Bumpys Blues
  13. Shaft Strikes Again
  14. Do Your Thing
  15. End Theme, The
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2007
Festival Records (Australia)
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