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The Mack  - Willie Hutch - 1973
Label: Motown (USA)
Format: CD
From: USA
My rating: 6/10

Entered: 03/05/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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This is one of a growing number of high quality 'blaxploitation' soundtracks that I've picked up at my favorite CD store used for very little (in this case, $7).

This soundtrack isn't exactly mind-blowing, but it has great atmosphere. The opening track, 'Vampin', has that superb echoey tabla sound used to such great effect on Roy Budd's 'Get Carter' score. Mack's Stroll/The Getaway is also very cool - changing mood to become a tight funk track midway through. As it turns out, many of the other tracks are soul vocal numbers, which, while good, are slightly less to my taste. That said 'Slick' is really very cool, with sparkly sounds, harp, and doo doo doo vocals. The final track, 'Brother's gonna work it out', is another highlight, with a slow, quiet opening featuring snippets of film dialogue, and then a groovy funk sequence. All in all, it's not something I'm going to listen to every day, but it's nice to have.

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