One of the most well-known, most culturally-pervasive movie themes of all time, Isaac Hayes‘ theme for the 1971 blaxploitation movie Shaft has received near-constant homage in other media from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Channel 4’s Father Ted. I mean, it’s up there in ‘Theme from Rocky (Gonna’ Fly Now)’ territory.
Here we have old-school rocksteady/ska singer (and sometime x-rated lyricist) Lloyd Charmers‘ 1971 almost immediate re-release of the film original and you know what? It’s pretty dope. The fast urban pace reflected in the original is kind of existentially at odds with the deliberate mogel-inducing rhythms of rocksteady yet Lloyd completes the transformation into a groovy thing of excellence. Definitely worth a listen.
Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” was released in 1973 to instant critical acclaim, followed by an era of serious American investigation into the making of sweet, sweet love to its ever-smooth melodies, the title track becoming the metronomic groove-finder for couples coming together anywhere there was a hi-fi. Lloyd Charmers –a veteran ska & reggae singer from Trench Town– recorded this trippy, ethereal, groove-heavy cover in 1974.
If you believe in love, let’s get it on…