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Format: CD
Sku: 60135753
UPC: 724383243822
UPC 14: 00724383243822
Release Date: 9/26/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. If You Want Me To Stay - Sly & The Family Stone ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Walk On By - Isaac Hayes ~ Original Soundtrack
3. Payback, The - James Brown ~ Original Soundtrack
4. I'll Be Around - The Spinners ~ Original Soundtrack
5. Never Gonna Give You Up - Barry White ~ Original Soundtrack
6. I Miss You - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes ~ Original Soundtrack
7. Get Up & Get Down - The Dramatics ~ Original Soundtrack
8. If There's Hell Below - Curtis Mayfield ~ Original Soundtrack
9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Where Is The Love - Jesse & Trina ~ Original Soundtrack
11. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green ~ Original Soundtrack
12. Love Train - The O'Jays ~ Original Soundtrack
13. Look Of Love, The - Isaac Hayes ~ Original Soundtrack
14. Dead Presidents Theme - Danny Elfman ~ Original Soundtrack

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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").
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Steve Grisette; Maxx Frank

Associated Artists and Works

California Dreams
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/26/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 32438
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724383243822

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..."

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