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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Shaft Anthology: His Big Score and More!
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The SHAFT Anthology is pure gold to me if only for the presence of Johnny Pate's five episode scores for the 1973-74 Shaft TV series. It's a rare treat indeed to get so much great TV music on one disc. Someday, I may even give the other two scores a listen... wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   Jörn   (Member)

Iam truly wondering that this set is not sold out until yet.
Because not only the fans of filmmusic should love it, also the fans of Isaac Hayes and of good 70s funky music should crap this box!
Maybe, they didnt know, that it exist?

How many boxes are left?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

Someday, I may even give the other two scores a listen... wink

Jim you should listen to SHAFTS BIG SCORE at least. The Gordon Parks music as conducted by TV vetteran Dick Hazard is great...I almost wore out my MGM LP playing SYMPHONY FOR SHAFTED SOULS (the whole B side) over and over!
I'm so thankful to Lukas and the boys for finally getting it onto a cd.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Someday, I may even give the other two scores a listen... wink

Jim you should listen to SHAFTS BIG SCORE at least. The Gordon Parks music as conducted by TV vetteran Dick Hazard is great...I almost wore out my MGM LP playing SYMPHONY FOR SHAFTED SOULS (the whole B side) over and over!


I enjoy Isaac Hayes' original score, there's no doubt about that--love it! And while I was aware of the classic "Theme From Shaft", I never owned the original album and so I don't have that sentimental attachment to it. I also didn't grow up when that song was played endlessly on the radio back then, either. In fact, the re-record would sound strange to me after having heard the original so many times.

I'm not surprised that many aren't into these scores, as they aren't sci-fi, not by Goldsmith or Williams, and so the lack of "name brand" doesn't appeal to them. Plus, the existence of the re-record probably has them thinking that this release is superfluous. I encourage any seventies funk fans and TV music afficionados to give the anthology a chance--there's a lot of wonderful music there.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

Yes Jim I agree the set is outstanding,in fact I'm now listening to the Johnny Pate stuff on the train home from work.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

This set has some great funky, jazzy music and of course the iconic wah-wah guitar and cymbal sound that Hayes made so famous at the time. I actually like the music to the sequel and the TV series in this set better than the original Shaft OST as I prefer the re-recording myself personally. The re-recording has quicker tempi for some tracks and a little more pizazz in the orchestration and the guitar riffs (at least in the famous title track). So for me at least, having the OST version in this set and also having the re-recording of the first film's score is a lot like a release where both are included so you can compare the differences, which are many, and have a choice of a preferred version if you so choose. No complaints whatsoever here. Great set!

Note: It would have been great to have the re-recording included as well, but since it still is in print on another label... It would also have meant one more disk and that would have increased the cost. In any case I have it already!

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

The re-recording is available in a beautifully remastered Hybrid SACD edition.

This release was nothing short of fantastic, and a compilation I made from it, the 1971 album a copy of Shaft In Africa that I put together is credited by a friend of mine for at least being partially responsible for his wife's pregnancy.

It would be nice to see a release of David Arnold's score from the 2000 version.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2009 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)



Note: It would have been great to have the re-recording included as well, but since it still is in print on another label... It would also have meant one more disk and that would have increased the cost. In any case I have it already!


Am I the only one who doesn't much care for the rerecording/original album/whatever you wanna call it, but loves FSM's version?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2009 - 3:26 AM   
 By:   jmarc   (Member)

I was really curious about this set. I love the so called "blaxploitation" soundtracks even though I wasn't around for them originally. I enjoy the Shaft re-recording & love Johnny Pate's work. His "Shaft in Africa" is great! So I was wondering if this collection is worth buying. Seems like response is positive. Is the tv stuff really that good?

Isaac Hayes also did a "disco" version of Shaft that is worth checking out. Also, if you enjoy this type of music, check out Pate's "Brother on the Run" soundtrack. Good 70s jazz / funk!

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2009 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

If you like Shaft and Shaft In Africa, then you will find much to enjoy with this set!

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2013 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I remember seeing Shaft when it opened in UK in early 1972 and loving it. Also remember listening to the album over and over with friends at University.

I recently picked up Shaft Anthology and what a tremendous listening experience it is. I just can't believe that this one didn't sell out long ago.

Here's a couple of reviews:

http://www.schlockmania.com/the-shaft-anthology/

http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=1846

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2013 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

As I've probably said before, I really like the Johnny Pate material. Issac Hayes (outside of the theme)...less so.

But I've always thought it an essential set for fans of 70's jazz n' funk smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   samlowry   (Member)

For any of you into the Blaxploitation genre, you must get the recently released "Trouble Man 40th Anniversary Edition" by Marvin Gaye, if you haven't already. It's a 2 CD set which includes the entire film score on disc 2, never released before. It's just a blast and a great remastering job they did!

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2013 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

For any of you into the Blaxploitation genre, you must get the recently released "Trouble Man 40th Anniversary Edition" by Marvin Gaye, if you haven't already. It's a 2 CD set which includes the entire film score on disc 2, never released before. It's just a blast and a great remastering job they did!

Just listened to the samples of Trouble Man, excellent stuff. Have ordered a copysmile

 
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