*I Got Soul - Blaxploitation Mood* - Is the first Soul Music compilation from Playoff Records. Inspired by the Blaxploitation movies, the aim is to showcase tracks taken from these films, as well as other lesser known ones that could easily feature in any movie soundtrack. The 70s follow the troubled period of the civil rights movement and the struggle against segregation. The Afro-American community is searching for new heroes, some they found in music and cinema. The vinyl LP comes with downloadcode included.
Musically we enter a crossroads period, where the vintage R&B sound is gradually replaced by more sophisticated productions (Johnnie Taylor, David Porter…). Artistic creativity is freer and more diverse, this is apparent on these two covers. By using the group 'Undisputed Truth', the producer Norman Whitfield regenerates a piece by British group 'Hot Chocolate'. The addition of wah wah guitars from the version by 'Creative Source' takes this Bill Wither's song to another level. Artists like the "Godfather" James Brown explore a new groove, introducing a drum kick that will become the essence of funk and go on to influence others like 'Sweet' Charles Sherrel & Sir Joe Quaterman. Millie Jackson perpetuates the southern mood in this song, the profound lyrics address social issues . Whereas the Jackson Sisters gave birth to what some consider as one of the first ever Disco cuts. Willie Hutch and Bobby Womack remind us that a song can be both groovy and melodic. Curtis Mayfield brings this selection to an end with his influence as producer with the group 'The Notations', songwriter of this punchy cover version from the 'Sisters Love' and finally performing his all time classic 'Superfly'. (added: 2015-11-17 17:07:33 )