As a lover of all things Blaxploitation, in addition to reading Blaxploitation novels, I also get into the music of the era, specifically funk and soul. I’ve created a series of playlists over at 8tracks.com under the moniker, Pimpalicious Blaxploitation Soul.
Here’s a description and track listing for volume 1:
This is some of that laid back, pimped out funk and soul from the 1970s. Some of the cuts are from Blaxploitation movies, others just sound like they could be the soundtrack/theme song for one.
Either way, throw on your platform shoes and bell bottoms, grab your afro pick and bump this one in your deuce and a quarter.
Precious, Precious by Jackie Moore (1973) – Jackie Moore (born 1946, Jacksonville, Florida) is an American R&B singer. She is most well known for her gold single 1970 song “Precious, Precious,” which reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1971. This disc sold over one million copies, and received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in March 1971.
Every Nigger is a Star by Boris Gardiner (1973) – Boris Gardiner was contracted to do the soundtrack of the 1973 movie Every Nigger is a Star. Along with his brother, Barrington Gardiner, he wrote a song of the same name to head the soundtrack, which he created for the flick.
Long to Be Back Home (Theme from Emma Mae) by Keisa Brown (1975) – The theme song from Emma Mae aka Black Sister’s Revenge, Keisa Brown delivers a soul stirring funky classic.
Jump by Aretha Franklin (1976) – The Sparkle Soundtrack was the twenty-fourth studio album by Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, the soundtrack feature the instrumental tracks and backing vocals from the film versions, with Franklin’s voice taking the place of the original lead vocalists.
Brotherman by The Final Solution (2008) – Brotherman is an album recorded by The Final Solution in the 1970s, for an incomplete and unreleased Blaxploitation film of the same name. The album was not released until 2008, when it appeared on the Numero Group label. The title track is just thrilling, with a nervous energy to it, and if the film had ever been made, we might be talking about it in the same breath as “Bucktown” and “Superfly”.
The Joneses, Pt. 1 by S.O.U.L. (1974) – Cleveland’s Sounds of Unity and Love were an experienced four piece who, in 1970, won a deal with Musicor Records in a battle of the bands contest.
Thinking Black by Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm (1969) – Funky soul instrumental released by Pompeii Records in 1969.
Brand New Man with the Master Plan, Pt. 1 by Prince Geno and the Tailor Mades (1974) – Prince Geno wrote this song while standing in a downtown Washington unemployment line in 1974. He and his band were first known as Robbie and the Knockouts, then Prince Geno and the Pharaohs, before settling on Prince Geno and the Tailor Mades.
40 Acres and a Mule by Sound Experience (1973) – From the rare 1973 LP ‘Live at Glenn Mills Reform School for Boys’, this is a heavy and highly indignant jam first released on Stan Watson’s Soulville imprint out of Philadelphia.
Pursuit of the Pimpmobile by Isaac Hayes (1974) – The soundtrack for Truck Turner was composed by Isaac Hayes. Although many regard it as Shaft’s equal composition-wise, the soundtrack never managed to reach the mass popularity of the Shaft soundtrack. This particular song is a 9 minute instrumental that’ll take you through the ups and downs of thrilling car chase.
Listen to the entire playlist here.