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Black Caesar
Fred Wesley, James Brown
Black Caesar
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks
 
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It's the classic 1973 blaxploitation film featuring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Fred Wesley, James Brown
Title: Black Caesar
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polydor / Umgd
Original Release Date: 2/7/1973
Re-Release Date: 9/22/1992
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks
Styles: Classic R&B, Funk, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731451713521, 0731451713521, 731451713545

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It's the classic 1973 blaxploitation film featuring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in Harlem, New York. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into 'The Family,' he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war. It's a great film for constructive anger release! If you're all worked up, just watch Black Caesar and keep yourself from life imprisonment!
Actors: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, D'Urville Martin, Julius HarrisDirectors: Larry Cohen Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 1 Rating Studio: MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001 Run Time: 92 minutes DVD Features: Available Subtitles: Spanish, French Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0) Audio CommentarySize: 7 1/2" x 5 1/4"

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James Brown Meets The Godfather
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 07/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm going to stand up for this album. Sure, it wasn't the strongest soundtrack made in the "blaxploitation" genre - - in fact, one might even argue that Edwin Starr outfunked the Godfather in the follow up to it "Hell Up in Harlem", but still there's some pretty bad tracks, and also, you can always go to the video rental shop (or order the film on Amazon) to decide if you want it. - - The film itself was pretty baaaaaaaad (as in Good)... it starred Fred Williams in the tale of the rise and fall of a Black Mobster, who takes on the cop and the mob. Its very interesting to hear JB funking up DOWN AND OUT IN NEW YORK CITY, which I believe originally came from the country genre. - - JB did one other sountrack by the way... The slightly more action packed and funkier Slaughter's Big Rip Off, featuring Jim Brown. (The song "The Payback" I believe was a reject from one of these films - - it was supposed to be the theme, and was rejected as not funky enough.) Overall, for some reason a lot of die hard JB fans aren't crazy about this album, but I think it was a nice showcase for both JB and Fred Wesley. In fact, a lot of JBs albums featured one or two hard hitting tracks, and a bunch of corn... its the compilations that give you the impression that he was pure funk. This album, compared to some others then, is actually relatively hard hitting. On the other hand, if you haven't dug the James Brown FUNKY PEOPLE compilations... and are really looking for some heavy funk... GO THERE !"
The Godfather's first soundtrack recording is hit and miss
Eddie Landsberg | 07/21/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"According to JB's front man Fred Wesley, James's attitude towards soundtracks was to simply empty the vaults of unreleased material. Some of these substandard tracks surface on "Black Caesar", but fortunately some real classics do, as well. "Down and Out in New York City" and "The Boss" rank with some of Brown's greatest 70's work. Another major problem is that this album is WAY too short (an insulting 36 minutes). Neophytes to Brown are better off with "The Payback" or the "Make it Funky" anthology. Harcore fans will find enough to satisfy."
PAY THE COST FOR THE BOSS!
Chad A. Timm | 08/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Typical hardcore "commin at ya" James Brown & Fred Wesley! It's got the classic JB's sound and funk beat! For the record, this cd doesn't have the version of "Down and Out in NY City" that has the vocal at the begining. Don't let that stop you though. Not as strong as "Slaughter's Big Rip-off" but excellent! If you love "blaxploitation" soundtracks or just James Brown, this is essential."