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Can You Dig It ?

The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968 - 75

Soul Jazz Records

Tracklisting

1.Roy Ayers — Coffy Is The Color  Play
2.Gene Page — Blacula  Play
3.Johnny Pate — Shaft In Africa  Play
4.Willie Hutch — Brother's Gonna Work It Out  Play
5.Don Costa — Charley - Main Theme  Play
6.Marvin Gaye — 'T' Plays It Cool  Play
7.Bobby Womack — Across 110th Street  Play
8.J.J. Johnson — Willie Chase  Play
9.James Brown — Down And Out In New York City  Play
10.Quincy Jones — They Call Me MISTER Tibbs  Play
11.Martha Reeves and J.J. Johnson — Keep On Movin' On  Play
12.Dennis Coffey — Theme From Black Belt Jones  Play
13.Curtis Mayfield — Freddie's Dead  Play
14.The Blackbyrds — Wilford's Gone  Play
15.Willie Hutch — Theme Of Foxy Brown  Play
16.Isaac Hayes — Run Fay Run  Play
17.Isaac Hayes — Shaft  Play
18.Curtis Mayfield — Pusherman  Play
19.Joe Simon — Theme From Cleopatra Jones  Play
20.Johnny Pate — You Can't Even Walk In The Park  Play
21.Brer Soul and Earth, Wind and Fire — Sweetback's Theme  Play
22.James Brown — Make It Good To Yourself  Play
23.Isaac Hayes — Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile  Play
24.Grant Green — Travelling To Get To Doc  Play
25.Booker T and the MG's — Time Is Tight  Play
26.Roy Ayers — Aragon  Play
27.Edwin Starr — Easin' In  Play
28.Gordon Staples and The String Thing — Strung Out  Play
29.Nat Dove and The Devils — Zombie March  Play
30.The Impressions — Make A Resolution  Play
31.Solomon Burke and Gene Page — The Bus  Play
32.Jack Ashford — Las Vegas Strut  Play
33.Don Julian — Lay It On Your Head  Play
34.Galt MacDermot — Ed and Digger  Play

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''Can You Dig It?' is as definitive as it gets, and treats its subject seriously, lovingly and with an attention to detail that makes it a necessary purchase. An exemplary collection that is near perfect.' WIRE MAGAZINE


‘Can You Dig It?’ charts the rise of ‘Black Action Films’ from 1970-75. As well as featuring a double-CD collection of the stunning music from these films, ‘Can You Dig It?’ comes with a 100-page booklet. The vinyl is on two monster loud separate double albums (and comes with the full text).

 

The Black Action Films of the early 1970s gave the Hollywood industry its first African-American cinema – actors, directors, cameramen, editors and writers. These films discussed aspects of the African-American experience in the form of entertainment. Storylines interwove post-civil rights revolution with action stories, many involving pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers or private detectives.


The films also featured the finest funk and soul black music of the time as stars such as James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Roy Ayers produced some of their finest work, with film budgets allowing for the addition of huge orchestral arrangements by jazz legends such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate and JJ Johnson.

In the early 1970s, Black Action Films exploded into the cinema with three extremely successful films – ‘Shaft’, ‘Super Fly’ and ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song’. The most profound statement of these films was their actual existence – black actors and black directors entering the previously closed Hollywood film industry.

Black Action Films were a representation of politically everything that had gone before and stylistically of everything that was current. Civil rights, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Black Power, Black Panthers, Vietnam sit alongside the criminal worlds of policemen, private investigators, bail bondsmen and the criminals, drug dealers, pimps and hustlers that they parole.

‘Can U Dig It?’ brings you everything you always wanted to know about black action films. Aside from the amazing music (brought together for the first time ever), it also comes with a 100-page (yes, 100-page!) book in the CD featuring scores of original photographs, film posters, text and descriptions of all the films. The LP editions feature all the text.

This is an essential Soul Jazz Records release!

 

VOLUME ONE OF VINYL is TRACKS 1-16

VOLUME TWO OF VINYL is TRACKS 17-34

 

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