Artist: The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds
Album: The Black Motion Picture Experience
Original Released: 1973
Album info from www.blaxploitation.com
You might be tempted to pass up on this one because of the NASTY cover. Don't make that mistake. Buy this album. It's an instrumental reworking of all the major pre-1974 black action themes, and features the likes of Randy Brecker in a killer studio band. The album contains one of the few versions of the 'Slaughter' theme committed to vinyl.
Cecil Holmes was an executive at Buddah Records as well as a recording artist himself. This was one of his solo releases. It was aimed at capitalizing on the huge popularity of Blaxploitatin movies during the time. Many of the songs seemed shortened, but still keep to the original arrangements. Holmes included most of the well known hits like Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly and Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man/T Stands For Trouble. Also Sprach Zarathursta (2001) has a short but sweet open drum break.
A1. ACROSS 110th STREET (B.Womack-J.J.Johnson)
A2. SLAUGHTER (Billy Preston)
A3. BEN (W.Scharf-D.Black)
A4. ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTA (2001)
A5. SUPERFLY (C.Mayfield) Curtom
B1. TROUBLE MAN/T STANDS FOR TROUBLE (M.Gaye)
B2. SHAFT (Isaac Hayes)
B3. LOVE THEME FROM LADY SING THE BLUES
B4. FREDDIE'S DEAD (C.Mayfield)