Friday, June 10, 2011


Track 1 - Shaft / Isaac Hayes
Track 2 - Pusherman / Curtis Mayfield
Track 3 - Theme From Cleopatra Jones / Joe Simon
Track 4 - You Can't Even Walk In The Park / Johnny Pate
Track 5 - Sweetback's Theme / Brer Soul & Earth, Wind And Fire
Track 6 - Make It Good To Yourself / James Brown
Track 7 - Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile / Isaac Hayes
Track 8 - Travelling To Get The Doc / Grant Green
Track 9 - Time Is Tight / Booker T & The MG's
Track 10 - Aragon / Roy Ayers
Track 11 - Easin' In / Edwin Starr
Track 12 - Strung Out / Gordon Staples
Track 13 - Zombie March / Nat Dove & The Devils
Track 14 - Make A Resolution / The Impressions
Track 15 - The Bus / Solomon Burke & Gene Page
Track 16 - Las Vegas Strut / Jack Ashford
Track 17 - Lay It On Your Head / Don Julian
Track 18 - Ed And Digger / Galt MacDermot

Arguably even better than the first installment, disk 2 of "Can You Dig It?" contains 18 more tracks of blaxploitation perfection courtesy of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and others. Starting off with the classics "Shaft" and "Pusherman" that are known the world over, things continue to get better as the organ and sax groove of "Sweetback's Theme" kicks in. Not to be outdone, James Brown throws down a typically hard and tight funker before Isaac Hayes let's fly with 9 minutes of quintessential blaxploitation music on the wonderfully titled "Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile".

I could go on and list the entire contents of the CD because each track is noteworthy in it's own way. Some of the music comes from famous movies such as "Shaft", "Black Caesar" and "Superfly" while others have been sourced from more obscure titles like "Cotton Comes To Harlem", "Cool Breeze", "Blackjack" and "Petey Wheatstraw". For anyone who is looking for the perfect introduction to this genre then "Can You Dig It?" fits the bill and for avid collectors there may well be a few gems that have previously passed you by. Enjoy!

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