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Shaft

Isaac Hayes

1971

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Shaft

Rating

3.2

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Oh yeah. Quick aside, if soundtracks are allowed on this list, then where's Saturday Night Fever? Because Saturday Night Fever is a 5. Also, the Spotify link here does NOT include the entire album, it only allows you to hear 4 songs from the album. If you intend to listen to Spotify, make sure you listen to the remastered Deluxe Edition, which has all 16 songs. Theme from Shaft (the song) is an all-time classic. The rest? Well, it's not Saturday Night Fever. Since I was already familiar with the theme song, the rest of it made me a bit disappointed. It's fine overall. I'm not sure it belongs on the list. It could get kicked off to make room for, gee, I don't know...Saturday Night Fever maybe?

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Je me réveillai hier matin avec la même curiosité quotidienne : qu'allait me proposer aujourd'hui ce généreux générateur ? Mon doigt tapa soudain le lien de ce dernier dans la barre de recherche et, une fois ma critique de l'album précédent rédigée ainsi que les quelques étoiles attribuées, l'album Shaft apparut au milieu de l'écran. Je cliquai sur le lien Spotify lorsque je fus pris d'effroi ; seuls trois chansons étaient disponibles. YouTube fut dès lors ma seule alternative. Après quelques minutes d'écoute, la supercherie se découvrit progressivement : il s'agissait de la bande son d'un long-metrage. Je laissai échapper un long soupir amer. C'est désemparé que je poursuivis tout de même l'écoute. "Comment as-tu trouvé la musique ?" me demanderiez-vous si j'étais en face de vous. "Pas mal" vous répondrais-je avec assurance. J'ai seulement regretté les trop nombreuses similitudes avec la bande-son du film Amélie Poulain, personnage qui intervient d'ailleurs à de nombreuses reprises dans le morceau de 19 minutes. Une belle collaboration en somme.

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Vivement les 1001 comptines à écouter avant de s'endormir

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5

Instantly a classic. Fucking phenomenal, soulful and yet the times of psychedelic rock start showing near the end.

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5

Amazing album overall can not believe it had such a cultural impact as the score for a film 4.8

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I mean, it's Shaft, right? Baby, if you can't groove on this at least a little bit, I don't know if we can jive, dig? This is prime, buttered funk. But ... well, it's a bit dated at this point, you know? For example, "Cafe Regio" sounds like it should be playing in an elevator at some resort in Miami. Still a great album filled with sick grooves, though.

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I was expecting this to be a "this is pretty good but not really my thing" type of review but I really ended up digging this. Do Your Thing is an epic jam. Most everything on here is ultra-groovy and funkalicious. 4 stars.

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This was a funky album. But also... my life doesn’t need to have shaft music in the background? I’m not a black man with an Afro wearing a purple coat and a Steve Harvey mustache...

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Ja shaftar din mamma!!

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I see no reason to listen to these songs other than if you are actually watching the movie...

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I..what..I don't understand. Maybe it was just too sexy for me.

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5

Can you dig it? Best track: Theme from Shaft

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5

Gotta be my next find at the record store.

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5

Never heard anything but the Shaft theme by Hayes. Some really good background vibing tunes.

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5

Amazingly good.

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5

Good funk, Elevator music.

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5

Knew and loved many of these tracks already. This was surprisingly fun to work to, and I expect I'll be coming back to it on occasion.

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5

You know that Shaft is one bad mother... (Shut your mouth!) But I'm just talkin' about Shaft! (We can dig it)

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5

soundtrack music is the best, why isn't there more

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5

Holy hell this album is groovy.

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Прекрасный саундтрек. Осталось посмотреть фильм.

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5

Funky, soulful and keeps it up for the whole double album (though it could be one disc if not for "Do Your Thing"). You can't go wrong with it.

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5

Spotify was missing about 9 songs from this album sadly. Still a wonderful album!

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The album that really shows the godlike genius that is Isaac Hayes. The arrangements are the equal of Per Sounds.

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only brilliant. Loved it

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Great soundtrack!

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5

Groovy as hell and smooth as a motherfucker

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5

Holy crap, Do Your Thing just GOES OFF. The rest of the album is pretty smooth and funky, but that track is GOLD.

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5

Excellent. Added to list of favorites

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5

Really fun album. Great score

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5

Awesome album. Classic for a reason.

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5

Anyone who doesn’t like this album doesn’t know 1) what great music is 2) how to have fun.

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5

Such a soulful album. The use of horns and strings alternates between peeping you up and mellowing you out, much like Shaft himself when he’s on the job. I forgot how much gospel influence there is as well. Use of vocals is smart and timely without overdoing it. I loved this album!

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5

Surprised by how much I’m enjoying these funky jams. Great music to focus on work to as well.

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5

I *love* this album. Every track. Sure, everybody knows the theme song, but the real good stuff is on the B side.

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5

Really awesome jazzy funk. Instant classic.

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5

It's amazing.

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5

Шафт!!!!!!!!

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5

Every. 👏🏼Fucking. 👏🏼 Track. 👏🏼

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5

Fun and groovy. Watch yo' mouth!

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5

Awesome soul/funk music. It’s weird to listen to Isaac Hayes because I always think of Chef from South Park, but the dude is legitimately talented. This album is a bop.

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5

A masterclass in soundtracks. Character-driven melodies and arrangements, so much pace and movement, long-form instrumentals and vocal pieces, and that chunky, solid full orchestral backing. Spot on.

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5

Every bit as cool as its reputation – and maybe even cooler. “Do Your Thing” is elevated and epic – just about as good as rock/soul/pop music can be. The title track completely unmistakable, truly one of a kind The instrumentals work every bit as well as those cuts where the nonpareil voice (casual, knowing) comes. Awesome in every way as it can be. 4.8 / 5

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Smooth

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5

Along with 1993, the 1001 randomizer has recently gifted me with soundtracks. This one I have actually heard before. It is a double album and mostly instrumental and was scored by Isaac Hayes. The album was #1 on the charts, had a #1 song on the charts and won an academy award. It incorporated using R&B and soul into a soundtrack and was highly successful. Due to this, it had a huge influence on both soundtracks and R&B music (Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye). Hayes recorded the rhythym tracks with the Stax Studio band The Bar-Kays in one day, the orchestral tracks the next day and then the vocals on the third day. The songs were later re-recorded at Stax Studios. This album is one of those added to National Recording Registry by The Library of Congress for being culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. The album starts out with iconic "Theme from Shaft". Got to love the intro with guitar and cymbals. For the next set of songs, it sounds like a soundtrack, with Hayes doing a great job combining jazzy guitar and rhythm with horns and strings to sound like a cinematic score. A great song in this set is "Cafe Regio's." The ability of Hayes to do this should come as no surprise if you've ever listen to his "Hot Buttered Soul" from 1969. The second half of this album is where it really takes off and separates itself from other soundtracks; I did think I was listening to "Hot Buttered Soul." It starts with "Soulsville" which is one the few songs with vocals. Next is "No Name Bar" with a great groove mixing in horns and strings and then "Bumpy Blues" with its piano and bluesy feel. And then...the highlight for me " Do Your Thing" which is a total R&B, soul and psychedelic jam. At 19 minutes long it didn't seem long enough. The guitar solo alone is epic, seemingly clocking in at 10 minutes. Who doesn't also love an organ solo? The song ends in like a psychedelic haze.... Amazing. The album ends with an instrumental of the "Shaft" theme. It's been awhile since I've seen the movie but after listening to this, I need to see where all these songs fit in.

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It's a little strange to see a soundtrack on this list, but fuck it starts out strong. After that it just kind of chills out and fades into the background the way a soundtrack is supposed to. It's really good though. 4/5

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Sexy, cool.

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4

Excellent example of an effective motion picture soundtrack. Cafe Regio makes me feel like I'm at a late 60s Californian pool party.

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Slaps

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hehee shaft

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Guess it would be good but album not available

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Love Stax

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soooo smooooth

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Classic

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Never listened to this whole soundtrack before. It was a nice listen! Great vibes, of the era.

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Wasn't expecting a soundtrack. They're not typically my favorite, but I thought this was still pretty groovy tho ngl

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Very cool 70's vibes, feels like this must've been what set the tone for this to be riffed off so much. Love the theme, the rest is good, but still a movie soundtrack. Bumping up to a 4 for the influence.

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Soul progresivo. Muchos temas instrumentales. Bastante bueno.

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Theme from Shaft is rad. 3 songs in and I am hooked! Great song structure, interesting motifs, and a sense of grounding and authenticity in the sound. Man what a pleasure to listen to.

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Sex

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Its a good album but odd that a movie soundtrack made this list. I think the importance of the album speaks to its high ranking. Had head Theme From Shaft before and its interesting to learn more about it. 3.5 but rounding up for influence.

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Best wel goede jazz muziek

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What a hoot. Thoroughly enjoyed this jazzy number

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Shoutout to making a soundtrack sound fun. I find that most soundtracks tend to fall into the background and have no life to them outside of the intended movie, but Hayes clearly wanted music that could be enjoyed at home as well. That kicks ass! Thank you Issac Hayes. The penultimate track Do Your Thing is also a certified 19-minute banger and deserves to be immortalized.

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4

Chef from South Park is such a smooth, sensual, caring lover. I often dress up as Shaft for children's parties. They love it. I love it.

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4

Solid vibes for a Tuesday

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Bless up.

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groovy baby

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4

Some great, original sounds + music. Encumbered by it being a film soundtrack rather than an independent work of music.

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This soundtrack is not only an eclectic collection of sound, but an evolution of feelings - the ups, the downs, the bops, the orchestra. :chef’s kiss:

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Wahnsinns Soundtrack.

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really need to watch this movie. If it's half as good as the soundtrack it's 4.5 stars easy

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Groovy as hell, most of the songs aren't available on spotify though :(

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More of a passive listen, given that it's a film soundtrack. Even so, each track is dripping with funk and evocative beats. It all feels very iconic; weirdly so given that I've never actually watched the movie all the way through.

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Jazz

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So groovy. Enjoyed it quite a bit. I can't get over the fact that chef has such a great voice, but he did have some memorable songs on the show. Smooth and easy listen.

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I enjoyed this a lot. Every song was good. I think it's really good background music and i will be revisiting a lot of the songs again. 4/5 stars.

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-Cool bass in "Walk From Regio's" -"No Name Bar" is quite grooving -"Do Your Thing" has great guitar solos and awesome guitar throughout. The lyrics are nice as an addition. It keeps my interest well for a 19 minute song -This is a great album, lots of grooves and jams. Would probably be a 5 if it had lyrics. I get that it's a soundtrack, so it's not going to have many lyrics, but I just prefer music with lyrics. -Basically all of this album is going onto my study playlist

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81. De um tarolo para um tarolo. MotA: Theme From Shaft "Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks?"

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Heel gave muziek vandaag. Je voelt de soul en als je dan Samuel L. Jackson erbij bedenkt is het plaatje compleet. Ik heb ook wel iets met filmmuziek, ten minste een groot liefhebber van Ennio Morricone. Het is gewoon geniaal als je een bepaalde sfeer in je hoofd kan visualiseren door alleen de muziek te luisteren. Beste nummer uiteraard "Theme From Shaft" zelf die de sfeer meteen goed neerzet. Binnenkort de film nog eens kijken. ****

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Very Jazzy with a bit of the Isaac Hayes flair. I liked it.

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In summary, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b2_vbou3kxE

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jamming...

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I, like much of my generation, really only knew Isaac Hayes from South Park. Glad to have gotten this and checked out the record. Tight, funky, soulful music that's engaging to listen to despite it being background music for a film score. Favorite tracks: "Ellie's Love Theme", "No Name Bar", "Do Your Thing"

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My first time listening to anything beyond the theme song. It's impossible not to like this, right? The musicianship/swagger combo is almost unparalleled. It takes its time with each song building endlessly into such a masterpiece. Layers add at the end of each bar. No tambourine yet? Just wait 16 beats, or so...

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Great movie score / funky BG music.

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Pretty great tunes actually, to have in the background. Never knew this film had this good of a soundtrack.

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4

Good album

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Occasionally very cheesy and soap opera-like, but fun and funky nonetheless.

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Of course I've heard the theme song to Shaft, but the rest of the soundtrack was new to me. It is a delight to hear a proper soundtrack and not one of those "song written for a fictitious film that does nae exist" situations. The Shaft soundtrack doesn't just feel like a movie soundtrack. There's some interesting things going on with the prog soul sound, capturing the gritty feeling of early 70s New York City, a place with a beating heart. And really, it's still worth asking and answering the most important question - who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks?

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Really good background music during my drive home. 1RS

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Not the first time I've heard this album. It is great. Every song is great. I love the progressive soul sounds! Solid 4/5.

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I have heard some of Isaac Hayes' work and at least the "Theme from Shaft" from this album, if not more. In general I think I like Hayes. With his quality of voice, I was a little surprised that there was so few vocals on this album. (At the same time, this is the soundtrack for a movie, so I shouldn't be too surprised that the music is mostly instrumental). Overall I liked listening to the album. A couple songs felt like they were straight from a TV show in the 70s. "Be Yourself", "Do Your Thing", and "No Name Bar" were the tracks I liked the most. There was enough to remember from this album that I might thing about playing it again some time.

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4

Some really fun stuff in here, only complaint is it felt kind of long but it is a soundtrack so I DUNNO

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4

pretty quirky soul music, definitely iconic for the time.

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4

Funky and smooth. I love the hi-hats, the jazz, the strings. Overall, most of the album is better suited for background listening (which makes sense given that it's a movie soundtrack), but there are a couple tracks that really make my head bop. Favourites: Theme from Shaft, Ellie's Love Theme, Do Your Thing, Soulsville

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4

This album holds up even if you haven't seen Shaft. Speaking of which, I really ought to see Shaft.

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4

Sheela had the boogie

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4

Now here is a classic album and hopefully a promising start to the week. I can dig it! One of the few albums I had already listened to prior. This theme song is iconic.

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4

i could only hear like four of the songs but we love jazz my tastes are not incredibly discerning if it's jazz i like it

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4

Classic funk album. Favorite Track: Shaft Theme Relisten: No

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4

Great soundtrack. I don't think I've listened to it beyond the Theme. Some of it sounds like it could have come from yesterday's Moon Safari.

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Taiten tehty letkeä rnb-jamittelu on mun heikko kohta, vaikkei tässä mitään mieletöntä olekaan.

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4

The intro theme song is a jam

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4

Excellent album. Super talented composer

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4

Quite enjoyable. Struggling between a 3 and a 4, but I could see myself putting this on again so I'll be nice.

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4

This was quite fun. Not for everyday, but nice enough to put on again. Also the minimal amount of vocals makes it good work background music.

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4

It's a shame not all of this is streaming on Spotify because from what I heard, this was great. Really good funk-soul, I would pick it up if I saw it at my record store.

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Cool, another hour of mostly instrumental album, but this time it's literally a movie soundtrack. I'm not familiar with the movie, "Shaft" (1971). Apparently a "blaxpoitation" film, which means that it's like poverty porn but instead of slum inhabitants, it is focused on urban African-American people. But I won't judge the movie since I haven't seen it. Nor will I judge this album as a soundtrack. After all, this project involves listening to albums, not watching some movies. This album is... great. I liked it. Perhaps because it's admittedly better than "Let's Get Killed" that I listened to yesterday. I love the chill and soulful vibes of the tracks, and I can see why it was such a successful hit. I think I'm loving soul. This one is a so-called "progressive soul". Probably, this genre is culturally tied to African-American music. Think about the kind of movie that it is based on. And if it does, then this album is definitely a culturally significant work of art.

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4

Good background music. Bluesy

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Classic funk, an old favourite

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yaaassss

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4

I like it , quite cool genre

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Classic.

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4

Superb soundtrack to a shoddy film

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Soul progresivo. Está bien, sin maravillar.

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Jammin soundtrack, makes great background music. Funky.

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Nice.Close to 5 stars.

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You know shaft is one bad mother.. Surprised to see this here. Pretty funky if a bit dated.

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This soundtrack pretty much sets the bar any soundtrack after it, and after enough listens, it's understandable why so many other movie soundtracks fail to make the cut.

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How many babies were made while this album was turning on the turntable in the early 70's? Great R&B / progressive soul album. Every song is smooth and cool. The Theme from Shaft is an absolute classic but the rest are great as well. Stand Out: Theme from Shaft. 4/5

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4

Great theme song - other instrumentals were interesting and had a good funk/soul vibe.

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4

Silky smooth.

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Great album, that brings back so many great memories of the era. Hayes is why I love Neosoul today.

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Cette musique/film a tellement défini la fierté noire du début des années 70. Avec Super fly, il défini un son pour un genre de soul funky auquel on arrête pas de faire référence depuis. Il y a des choses super inventives là dessus. L’harmonie prend souvent des directions inattendues. La flûte ajoute un petit côté cool. On se tanne un peu des brass à l’unisson à mesure que l’album avance par contre et la guitare maringouin sur « Do your thing » fini par taper sur les nerf, mais c’est quand même vraiment cool comme album.

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4

first listen fiercely groovy and funky

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Shaft is one of my favourite tunes ever so for that reason alone this album gets a 4* rating !

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Enjoyed what I heard though most tracks were not available on spotify.

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Way more chill than I was expecting. Perfect amount groovy and funky to make work fly by. Here and there it sounded a little 70's and cheesy, which was also fun. I especially liked Be Yourself and Bumpy's Blues.

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4

it was smooth and enjoyable

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I must’ve missed the track ‘Chocolate Salted Balls’, but I say each as good as the other- a great listen

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4

One of the most specific period albums of the past 50 years. When you hear it, you know exactly what year it is and what the conditions look like.

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What a sound this album has. Super sexy vibes.

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One of the few excellent movie scores that stands entirely on its own. People 3 or 4 generations removed from this film still quote and parody the title theme (I'm just talkin' 'bout Shaft!) Isaac Hayes's "Shaft" deftly blends funk/soul and orchestral themes to create 18 tracks of eclectic and beautifully-recorded music. Anyone familiar with the Stax recording studio's legacy will likely be interested to learn this was the highest-selling LP ever on a Stax label. That's no small feat. I could listen to this record just about any time.

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4

Geggjað grúv.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Theme from shaft, Soulsville

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4

Cool soundtrack

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4

Well this was a fun shakeup on this list. Loved the mostly instrumentals and the pure funkiness

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Not enough on Spotify

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3

Spotify only has three songs from this album. They were good. Listened to one of his "Greatest Hits" albums too. Really liked it. Nice and soulful.

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3

Good background music but not much more than that

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Very smooth and cool!

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Shaft!

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3

Opening banger, then the rest is too chill

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3

It was okay not a fan of mostly instrumental

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I don't know why I thought Isaac hayes sang more

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I would say a typical 70's movie soundtrack. I've enjoyed it. 3.5

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Niet het hele album staat op spotify, maar de nummers die er wel opstonden waren lekker

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3

This was a lot of fun to listen to. Never listened to the whole album. Beyond a soundtrack this was great.

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3

One long groove

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super chill, great for the rainy day

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Iconic but not really what I would listen to every day. Light jazz. Sorry.

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3

fresh 3

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JOHN SHAFT!

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3

What a fun soundtrack. Best line to any opening track on any album ever? Look no further than Theme from Shaft (you're damn right)

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Fun background album

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Feel like a black cop in one of those old movies. Kinda has a motown feel? or more accurately jazzy? Can see images in my head as soundtrack plays. Makes me wanna call someone cracka.

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3

Un tema

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3

Cool, soulful, funky. A lot of instrumental stuff. Clearly designed to be a soundtrack to a variety of moods and scenes.

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Nice easy listening - not bad!

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Música setentera, asada de moda y que ha envejecido mal, pero evoca recuerdos de esos momentos que no volverán. No carece de calidad, sino de actualidad.

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Smooth. Only heard the title track before

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I always thought of Isaac Hayes as an actor and singer, so was surprised to learn he composed, recorded and produced this. Impressive. Everyone knows the theme tune, which is a movie classic, and the 19 minute 'Do Your Thing' is ace. Otherwise, this is a good and distinctive movie soundtrack but there is too much of the score element for it to stand up as an album in its own right. It's obviously no Chocolate Salty Balls, but judging as an OST it gets a 4/5. Without the movie context it would be a 2, so overall I'll give it a 3.

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the 70s was probably the golden era of the film soundtrack.

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Cool album! I've never watched the movie, so kind of fun listening without context. Super easy listening. Love the horns. Favorite track "No Name Bar"

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Hip and funky and a fun listen - never watched the movie but might be worth it for the music alone

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3

Not something I’d listen to regularly but I’m aware it’s the soundtrack to a classic.

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I was not feeling it a couple of instrumentals in, but I came around. Cafe Regio’s, Be Yourself, Soulsville.. I enjoyed the music. Didn’t need 19 min of “Do Your Thing”

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Come on admit it, you all sang along as "SHACK" instead of "Shaft" didn't you?

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Sexy motherfucker

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Background music at hotel bar. It’s nice but forgot I was even listening to anything lol I liked it

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Not Isaac's greatest film soundtrack, but it had me boppin and groovin

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This album sounds great, the recording is crystal clear. Isaac Hayes us a great composer/arranger. “No Name Bar” has some killer solos. “Do Your Thang” is an instrumental banger, they get elbow deep in the groove on that track. However, this album is more of a score than its cousin/competitor Superfly which is more of a soundtrack. It pales in comparison to Superfly, “Soulsville” is a bad imitation of Superfly. That being said, this album does just what it promises as a score, great mood music, a funky background to shady. And very solid. Just a B for me though. 3.

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Relajante. Sólo pude oir 3 canciones en Spotify., el resto en YouTube

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i haven't seen shaft, but i have seen black dynamite. I spent most of the album randomly shouting 'Cream Corn you jiiiive motherfucker' and it fit with absolutely every track. thats a good thing.

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It started amazing but pretty much slowed down, still pretty fine

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Funky and stylish

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Bei Spotify nicht vollständig verfügbar, soweit zu hören gut aber Not for me...

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Funkier than a mosquito's tweeter. He has better albums though.

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The tracks that are actually songs (with lyrics and singing) such as everyone's favourite 'Theme From Shaft' and 'Soulsville' are great. 'Do Your Thing' bangs but it's almost 20-minute length is too long. It runs out of steam long before the end. A lot of the rest of this album comes across as background music (it is a soundtrack album after all). It's largely enjoyable and funky, but still background music nonetheless.

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Shaft is a fuckin vibe.

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Unfortunately spotify doesn't have the entire album. The 3 songs I did get to listen to were great.

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funky. slightly repetitive.

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Enjoyed more than expected for a soundtrack. Very cool.

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Pretty good. A little repetitive. Opens with a bang and kind of lulls you to sleep from there

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Solid. Great funk. Really dig it and want to start saying things like Honkey and Jive Turkey.

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Good vibes, I would love more vocals though. 3

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Gillar albumet. Svårt att hitta på Spotify dock.. Perfekt när man ska jobba. 3,5/5 Bästa låtar: Soulsville Café Regio's Ellie's Love Theme

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3.5

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Fun album and all new to me excluding the Shaft theme song.

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Good but some songs made me sleepy

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Although all good and with some standout pieces, most of this to me sounded like just what it was - incidental music for a movie soundtrack. As opposed to, say, Superfly, it didn’t quite hold up as a stand-alone album.

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Some funky guitar and bass here, and I'm loving that. The theme song is great too and the jamming on Do Your Thing was good too. The only thing is as its a soundtrack, the songs kind of repeat themselves and theres little variety to warrant a double album. Overall it's not as good as Hot Buttered Soul, the other Issac Hayes entry in this generator. Listening to a few songs at a time would be my go to when I feel like some funk. Summary, funky but too long to like the album as a whole.

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Funky and fun.

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It was a fun listen.

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funky

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Probably a good soundtrack, a bit boring to listen on its own. The main theme is a cultural icon.

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Sorry only 3 tracks on Spotify

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hoe rate ik dit er zijn maar 3 nummers... wil de film wel al lang zien !

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This album is good, it’s just a little too long and instrumental focused to be an attention-grabbing album to me. Totally understandable as a movie soundtrack, and still pretty enjoyable

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6/10

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Cool when he's actually on the tracks. Too much background listening.

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Second half was very enjoyable. But wouldn't listen again.

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I would enjoy this more if I was hearing it whilst watching Shaft.

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Some great songs and a great sound, but it's pretty same-y all the way through and drags on a little.

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6/10

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Literally only 6 of 15 songs on the album were available to listen to, but the theme song alone puts this to 3 stars. Come on, it's Shaft!

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Whoa, second Isaac Hayes album and it's a classic soundtrack! Still haven't seen the movie, which would probably make this better for me. But the theme is undeniably cool. I actually have this one on vinyl too, but listening to it all the way through isn't as exciting as I'd hoped. Lots of great background music though. I wonder if we'll have any other soundtracks on this list? Favorite tracks: Theme from Shaft/End Theme, Walk from Regio's, Ellie's Love Theme. Album art: Love, love, love this style. Defined an era of blaxploitation films that will live forever. I also think it's great that they included a picture of Isaac Hayes, you don't see that very often with a film score! 3.5/5

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Big fan during high school days….. really enjoyed all albums that had soundtracks from movies we’d see. You could go home and play the album and think ur still in theater

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Much more MOR than I expected.

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Not all tracks available on Spotify. Of the 4 that were, they were funky fun times

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Maanantaiaamun kävelyihin asennetta. Ilmeisesti aloitti 70-luvun funk-leffasoundtrack-manian. Pääteema on tykki joka kerta.

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Ihan letkeetä funkkimeininkiä. Ei tunnaribiisin lisäks mitään erityisen mieleenpainuvaa, mutta voisin kyllä lisätä mun sample-kokoelmaan.

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Groovy

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SHAFT

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So much better than inches of snow

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Shaft fucks.

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Was not impressed

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The Shaft theme itself is a killer track. I know it more so as a pervasive pop culture reference than a song. But it slaps. The rest of the album is fine. It’s fine.

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Incredible theme song, there's no denying. Most of the rest of the score instrumentals lack the theme's punch and pizzazz. We finally wake up the pulse again with "No Name Bar" and "Do Your Thing" (supremely smooth but honestly long and repetitive at over 19 minutes). Curtis Mayfield did it better with "Superfly".

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This is a lot of fun

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01/19/2022

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A little cheesy for me, but I can appreciate it. Do Your Thing is the best track, by far, IMHO with all of the funk jamming.

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Musical. Agradable. Normal.

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2.5 really , cool baselines and is pretty funky, nothing too substantial here to dig into here, will need to check out the film this is scored to for more context.

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Three cracking singles, one of which is just amazing. The soundtrack itself, revolutionary at the time, is a series of funky and slow jams, great to work to and great in a movie, but not a compelling listen.

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Cool chill album

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Only a few songs were available to listen to. That shaft theme is iconic. I miss the big horns in more recent music.

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Verbazend genoeg herkende ik de themesong. Het was wel eens leuk om dit te luisteren

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Tiene cosas buenas, sí… Pero no tengo idea de por qué está en la lista. ¿Neta no puedes morir sin haber escuchado el soundtrack de Shaft setentero? Dejando de lado si tiene sentido o no, la neta es que tiene buenos momentos como de soul/latin jazz/funk, como un rollo de Santana pero con harta más melanina. En fin, lo podría conservar como referencia a cuando haga mi seria de detectives o algo.

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Buen disco

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It's cool but more like background music. I liked the vibes though

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This album was alright. Not my favorite but a decent listen

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Nice vibes

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Sounds like a soundtrack- for good reason! Lots of instrumental tracks, or ones with only a few lyrics. Title track is obviously well known and an all time classic, but most of the others are pretty forgettable. Decent background music for doing something else, I guess.

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Shaft by Isaac Hayes (1971) This motion picture soundtrack album provides high quality mood music for the marginally memorable 1971 MGM blaxploitation film Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree. The movie, indeed, was instrumental in establishing the ‘blaxploitation’ genre and the coining (in 1972) of the negatively critical term ‘blaxploitation’. Is this nostalgia or would it be better to forget? I’ll have to ask my CRT facilitator. The highlight of the album, is, of course, the opening track “Theme from Shaft”, which captured everyone’s attention upon its release, and won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Original Song. (Check out the YouTube video of Isaac Hayes performing it at the ceremony. It’s breathtaking.) This song is remarkable for its innovative use of (very!) steady high hat rhythm and percussive use of electric guitar wah pedal. Lyrically it sets up the film’s protagonist with a touch of humanity (and even the humorous spice of street profanity at 3:22, apocopated by the female backup singers’ “Shut yo mouth!”). For those who have never heard it, it’s definitely worth listening to just this one 4:39 track. For those of you who (like me) primarily listened to this song on (mono) AM radio, put on the stereo headphones, crank it up, and be prepared for a real treat from 4:02 to the end. The rest of the double LP (running a total of one hour and 10 minutes) is, well, soundtrack. It is mostly instrumental, and obviously topical, filled with nice soul grooves and copious, exuberant orchestrations, but it is limited to supporting the artistic impetus of individual scenes in the film, albeit with good texture and drama. Without the ‘movie’, it doesn’t really work as an ‘album’. Great music in the motion picture soundtrack genre. 3/5

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RIP Chef

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Un peu longuet mais sympathique La bass et le drum sonnent en ta! Les arrangements de brass sont cool aussi. C'est psychotronique sur les bords mais j'aime bien. Étant un fan d'instrumental les soundtracks me plaisent habituellement et celui ci s'écoute particulièrement bien

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Cool stuff, but a bit long to listen through.

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I can see how the Shaft Soundtrack went onto influence future movie soundtracks - especially those with a predominantly black cast. It's a very catchy offering, provides some good background music, coupled with some funky items that will no doubt get you into the feel of the movie itself. Best: Theme From Shaft Worst: No Name Bar

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Not bad - long though. 97% instrumental, and that vibe is so specific.

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I'd heard of but still have not seen the film, and the only song from this album with which I was vaguely familiar is the theme song. There are some really solid tracks on this album; I'm drawn particularly to the funk/R&B grooves. Some of the tracks sound a bit like, well, what they needed to be for what this is: a soundtrack for an early 70s movie. Overall, good stuff. I love that it was super-popular in its time. Very cool.

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Ok this was a cool little disco romp. Never seen the movie. 3/5.

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Wasn’t focused on this too much, good background music.

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A lot of songs not available. But some nice 70's funk, a lot of duff dated stuff now though.

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2 stars.

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It's like listening to a 70s TV show theme song for an hour

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Just not into instrumentals and this was very long.

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Little boring

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Indeed it is a soundtrack from the 70's. Theme from Shaft is the most entertaining... both lyrics and background vocals that chant "SHAFT!"

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Int så bängeri Bra soul, men kanske lite ensidigt

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Not on Spotify. Title track is a banger though.

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uhh, its shaft. its basically a porn soundtrack from 70s malaise movie era

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Wah wah madness

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Cool ass grocery store music. Mervins music. Grand Theft Auto music. Felt great walking around LQA with this in my ears. Cold sunshine. Got a sandwich from a deli. Bought some cottage cheese. Ate the cottage cheese. C+

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Rien que le thème de Shaft justifie un album

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Upbeat, largely instrumental music. "Groovy"! Theme from Shaft was my favorite.

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A little too slow for me. Easy listening but nothing memorable.

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weird that a soundtrack made it on here

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No esperaba encontrar una BSO en la lista. Algunos temas míticos y otros que se me han hecho largos.

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well, it's a soundtrack. Needs the show to shine.

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Not my cup of tea.

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Love that tune. Good soundtrack. Stops there.

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No Chocolate Salty Balls? Bummer. This music is awesome - a nice jazz/funk blend and great arrangements. The whole thing is varying shades of sexy (from corny to porny). I recommend not listening to is while you drop your kid off at the bus stop if you don't want to get weird, judgmental looks for the "good" parents. I could rate this album as high as a 4, but I won't on principle. It's a theatrical score and was never meant to be listened to as an album. As great as the music is, it was created as one piece of a larger puzzle, meant to be enjoyed in the context of the film. No one should have to listen to this album before they die - they should watch the movie with the sound all the way up.

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Mostly instrumental

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I like a bit of soul but this is a bit TOO much soul for me

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Для фона сойдёт

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Elevator music

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alright, but besides the shaft theme song lets a bit down on the other ends

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meh

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The main theme is a classic. The rest of it is as 70s as it gets. But without context, most soundtrack music doesn't really work as listening material. A soundtrack that consists of actual songs (Almost Famous, Saturday Night Fever) would have been a better suggestion from this site.

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first song is the only good one, couldn't finish

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It was pretty good, but everything sounded the same after a while.

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It is exactly as it says it is... a soundtrack, and a very good one at that... but I don't want to sit at home and listen to background music.

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Shafted

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funk

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Good album

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Not all songs were available in Italy

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Schwachsinnige Idee, Filmmusik in solch eine Liste aufzunehmen, noch dazu, wenn es sich um Instrumentalmusik handelt: wie soll das funktionieren, wenn man den Film nicht kennt? Gefällig, aber keine 3 Sterne

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Track 01 - 2.75/5 Track 02 - 2.5/5 Track 03 - 1.5/5 Track 04 - 2.5/5 Track 05 - 2.5/5 Track 06 - 2/5 Track 07 - 2.5/5 Track 08 - 2.25/5 Track 09 - 2.25/5 Track 10 - 2.75/5 Track 11 - 2.5/5 Track 12 - 2.25/5 Track 13 - 2/5 Track 14 - 2.25/5 Track 15 - 2/5 Overall: 2.25/5 Album Art: 3.75/5

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Not bad, but I didn’t really enjoy it.

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Damn, I’m not familiar with this kind of music except for the parody usage we are used to by now… to me sounds dated AF even if I can recognize the talent and creativity. Couldn’t finish it. Not my jam.

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Meh

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he did better things than this

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It was really good but surprisingly long. "Do Your Thing" is 19:27. WTF! Plus it starts to sound like one continuous album of like 30 musicians who got together and jammed. That may not be a bad thing if you are into 1hr 10 minutes (roughly) of that jam. I wasn't and could think of many more Movie albums that belong on this list then Shaft. Finally Isaac Hayes has much better records out where he actually sings on more then two of the songs.

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Wow, this one was really really lame. I understand that this soundtrack is historically relevant in terms of what movie soundtracks can be. But I really don't care for listening to nearly any soundtrack as an album. The point of a soundtrack is to accompany something. Without the accompanying something you're just left with context-free yet context-specific background sound. I liked Soulsville. It was one of the only tracks with lyrics and to me the only track that could stand on its own (apart from Do Your Thing if it were 6 instead of 19 minutes). The guy has a nice voice, so I'm all for a proper album by Isaac Hayes. But please no more soundtracks.

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That main theme sure is a classic. The rest is not great. It's not super terrible but I'd be lying if I didn't think of elevator or hold music while portions of this album played. I get that it's a soundtrack so there's a reason for so many instrumentals but Isaac Hayes had such a cool voice and I wish it had been used here more often. Come for the main theme and check out after. The movie is pretty good too.

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There is no way this album should be on this list to me. It’s not because I hate the music. The music is fine…for a soundtrack. You know…where there is a visual presentation ongoing simultaneously. This album is devoid of much meaning on its own. Admittedly, I’ve never seen Shaft. So maybe the album would feel more tactile if I had the memory of the action to harken back to while listening. From the sound, I can tell that songs like Ellie’s Love Theme and Early Sunday Morning fit the mood the song title implies. To me, an album shouldn’t be on this list if it is only impactful when paired with its movie. This album would be better fit for a list of movies with great soundtracks you must see/hear before you die, assuming it fits that mold. I’ve definitely had a vastly more profound negative visceral reaction to some other albums on the list (The Cramps, System of a Down I’m thinking of you), but at least I can understand how someone can get into them. This album it’s hard for me to understand how this is a go to listen for someone without the movie. And it does not do anything to make me want to see the movie either. I don’t get it.

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I feel bad giving this a 2 considering the cultural significance and the fact that the sound is perfectly pleasant. The problem for me lies in the fact that it was designed to be background to what was happening on screen. It is not designed or intended to be digested on it's own.

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Shaft was a bad mother (shut your mouth), but you wouldn't know if just from listening to Isaac Hayes' soundtrack. This album felt like chillin' in the jazz club, not chasing down some mobsters or risking his neck for his brother man. There were some cool guitar elements on "Cafe Regio's," but overall I was surprised by the lack of excitement, pace, and action implied in most of these instrumentals, you dig? Does most of the movie "Shaft" involve scenes of Shaft lying in bed relaxing with a good book or a post-coital cigarette? Or walking through the park on a sunny day? The energy finally picks up at the end of "No Name Bar," and "Do Your Thing" does a lot of different things, some of which are pretty great.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkfLKiYIfL4

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I mean the music was fine... good even. Maybe I'd like it more if I'd watched the film but it didn't really seem to be a cohesive thing.

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Its not bad but its far from great.

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Was pretty good. It was interesting hearing the wah pedal on an earlier piece of music than I'm used to hearing. The songs probably worked better as a part of the movie though, some songs were a bit too repetitive for casual listening.

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Unfortunately, this doesn't do much for me.

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Good vibes. Once a year listen.

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It feels like I was watching a bad porno... It's a miracle I went through the whole album to be honest...

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He wasn't able to get my shaft hard, sorry Isaac.

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Wasn’t on Spotify

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Not for me.

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This had a hit song and then a bunch of forgettable filler.

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„Dir ne Feder in den Arsch zu stecken, macht dich lange nicht zum Huhn!“ Ein Soundtrack ist kein Album. Als würde ich mit geschlossenen Augen fernsehen. Verfehlte 1.0

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Not really my kind of music. Super repetitive.

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I'll make sure to listen to this one when I feel like hating myself

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Nothing special. Soundtrack album that’s mostly funk instrumentals. 2.3/10

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Can appreciate it sonically, but did not enjoy listening to it.

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Not great.

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other than the title track this one is pretty dull

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If all the songs where audible on Spotify I could have rated this album 😉

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Terrible, only decent track was the shaft theme

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Pronounced “meh.”

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Je comprends que la chanson Shaft est une grosse chanson importante de film et que c’est une chanson importante pour Isaac Hayes, mais écouter un soundtrack, c’est long et plate. Probablement que ça fonctionne super bien dans le film, mais je ne réécouterai pas cet album.

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1/5 hated the movies/series and what it represents.

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- Started out with an orchestral piece, but then jumped into Dance or Die which is a boppin piece. - 1/3 of the way through, sounds like a dance pop album? - "a soaring orchestral trip enlivened with blockbuster vocals, mysterious imagery and notes of Sixties pop and jazz"

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