Cut in Memphis at Ardent Studios! Pressed at Memphis Record Pressing!
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was a 1971 thriller film written, produced, scored, edited, directed by and starring Melvin Van Peebles. This was the ultimate independent film as no studio would finance the film, therefore Van Peebles partially funded the film himself (later borrowing money from Bill Cosby to complete the project). The actor performed his own stunts.
The film tells a story of a poor black man on his flight from the white authority and was censored in some markets. The musical score was performed by Earth Wind & Fire.
"Circa 1970, playwright, poet and radical raconteur Melvin Van Peebles was finishing work on his low-budget film Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song. The filmmaker still needed a soundtrack and his assistant happened to be dating a young Chicago transplant to Los Angeles, Maurice White, whose band Earth, Wind & Fire was still shopping their demos. As Peebles told Wax Poetics, "they were all starving to death on Hollywood Boulevard" but he enlisted their help in concocting a set of greasy funk and jazz loops that Peebles himself warbled and screeched over. The album and movie unexpectedly became runaway successes and EWF became the first musical stars of the blaxploitation era, paving the way for Isaac Hayes's Shaft and Curtis Mayfield's Superfly." - rollingstone.com
180g Vinyl LP
Original cast soundtrack album
Cut in Memphis at Ardent Studios
Pressed at Memphis Record Pressing
New in-depth liner notes by author and music writer Jeff Weiss
Commentary from acclaimed director Mario Van Peebles
1. Sweetback Losing His Cherry
2. Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels in Heaven Turn Around
3. Come On Feet
4. Sweetback's Theme
1. Hoppin John / Voices
2. Mojo Woman
3. Sanra Z / Voices
4. Reggins Hanging On In There As Best They Can / Voices
5. Won't Bleed Me
6. The Man Tries Running His Usual Game But Sweetback's Jones Is So Strong He Wastes The Hounds (Yeah! Yeah! And Besides That Will Be Coming Back Takin Names & Collecting Dues)