Just getting around to listening to this. first impression: In some ways I prefer the sound to the MFSL Hot Buttered Soul. This is a bit warmer, darker, slower compared to the MoFi clinically revealing every problem with the source tapes. The massed strings I preferred on the MFSL, but then again my system isn't totally warmed up and I'm missing the P600 and Electra Glide cords from my system. Maybe I ought to get Shaft to go after Scott Hall who may be hanging out on the Mars probe with my money and Fat Mans judging by the way my emails are going ignored.
Yes, the Shaft SACD brings back some great memories. A lot of fun !
I hope Fantasy/OJC releases a Stax title or two in all its SACD batches. Speaking of which, do you know whether a third batch is planned at this time?
I had a handful at Media Play, and it was getting silly, so I put that one back.
I looked at the back of the SACD and realised I did not know any of the songs/tracks - save the first of course. This is the music from the film, right? Aside from the title track, almost worth getting for that alone, the other ones are music for scenes within the film, no? Are there any other vocals?
I decided that this did not offer enough for me. I have "Hot Buttered Soul" and it's short, sounds just fine, but the style is a little over the top for my taste. I like it when he sings on "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", but the long monologue drives me to distraction. I'd be embarassed to play that in company.
If you like early '70s instrumentals almost like a cross between Crusaders and BookerT and the MGs, this is great stuff. There are only vocals on three tracks--all tasteful, I think. I wouldn't play it at a cocktail party attended by uppity folks, but overall it dates a little better than hot buttered soul, except for "Do Your Thing", a 19-min (!) track that features chanting of the tune's namesake and meltsdown into psychedelia like a lot of music from that era (and that rally by Dean the other day). But not before a whole lot of grooviness, IMHO. Most of the other tunes are more straight ahead instrumentals that feature massed strings, guitar, horns, flute and vibraphone, layered with fun polyrhythms and funky beats.
I have the original Shaft Theme Short play 45 rpm vinyl (Cafe Regios on Side B) but it is a bit rough after many decades of play, so I am looking for the SACD.
Is this SACD made at the Crest Plant? If not, I want to get it.
I also saw the Bill Evans Portrait of Jazz SACD (Fantasy.) Is it made by Crest too? Thanks!
No, it was made by Sony.
I don't believe any of the Fantasy/OJC SACDs were made at Crest. I couldn't find "Crest" printed on my Portrait in Jazz, which I just looked at (admittedly my eyes are not what they once were). In any case I own almost all of OJC's first two SACD batches and not one has shown any problems. I have seen little cracks in my Blue Train and DSotM spindle hole area.
Don't wait! Grab the Bill Evans and the Shaft and the many other incredible titles from these first two batches. Let's hope many more are to come.
My Shaft SACD is not a Crest pressed disc, it appears to be pressed by Sony.
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