Dead Presidents CD (1995)

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Label Emd/capitol
SKU 60135753
UPC 724383243822
UPC 14 00724383243822
Format CD
Release Date 9/26/1995
Author Vol. 1-Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer Steve Grisette; Maxx Frank
CatalogID 32438
Lable Name Capitol
Released 09/26/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724383243822
Album Notes and Credits
Albert and Allen Hughes' DEAD PRESIDENTS takes place in the early 1970s, the nation's supposed time of recovery from the social upheaval of the '60s. At the time, musicians--particularly soul artists--were edgier, more likely to create music that addressed previously ignored societal ills; even the love songs of the era were daring in their structure and sound. The music found on the soundtrack of the gritty film falls directly into the period spanning 1967 to 1974, when R&B was experiencing this radical phase prior to the arrival of disco.
The artists the Hughes brothers chose include many trailblazers who took black music to the "next level." Sly & The Family Stone, who check in with "If You Want Me To Stay," were forefathers of funk who fused the positive messages of the love generation with an amalgam of soul, gospel and jazz. Elsewhere, Curtis Mayfield's grim depiction of ghetto life ("If There's A Hell Below") is balanced by the O'Jays' message of hope and brotherhood ("Love Train").
Love songs also went from innocent platitudes to a more aggressive style, soaked in desperation and desire. Some artists went the way of lengthy orations (Isaac Hayes' covers of "Walk On By" and "The Look Of Love"), while others coupled smooth funk with lush orchestration (Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up") to deliver messages that reeked of champagne and silk sheets.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (9/29/95, p.63) - "...provides a refreshing reminder that there are still plenty of great songs from soul's heyday that haven't become familiar as background music from Tarantino films." - Rating: A
Q (10/96, p.162) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "It's 1972....Dramatic, sophisticated soul and R&B from the period..."
Vibe (12/95-1/96, p.148) - "...the collection is part Motown, part Stax; part light, part darkness....grouped here, [these songs] have all the passion of a biblical drama."
Melody Maker (6/1/96, p.46) - "...the best primer I've heard of the best music that has ever existed..."
Disc 1
1 If You Want Me To Stay - Sly & The Family Stone
2 Walk On By - Isaac Hayes
3 Payback, The - James Brown
4 I'll Be Around - The Spinners
5 Never Gonna Give You Up - Barry White
6 I Miss You - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
7 Get Up & Get Down - The Dramatics
8 If There's Hell Below - Curtis Mayfield
9 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin
10 Where Is The Love - Jesse & Trina
11 Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
12 Love Train - The O'Jays
13 Look Of Love, The - Isaac Hayes
14 Dead Presidents Theme - Danny Elfman

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