"Soul Men" Soundtrack
Authentic soul music and superstar musical performances are the consistent theme and backdrop for the side-splitting comedic movie Soul Men, starring entertainment icons including the late Bernie Mac, who passed away on August 9, and award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson. The film also includes a cameo appearance by the late Isaac Hayes, who coincidentally died the day after Mac in unrelated circumstances.
Soul Men, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Undercover Brother, Roll, Bounce) will be released November 7, 2008. The amazing soundtrack will be available November 4, 2008.
More than providing the musical narrative for the upcoming movie, the soundtrack for Soul Men stands alone as a solid album that faithfully recreates the legendary sound and flavor associated with Stax Records at the height of its popularity in the late ‘60s through the mid-‘70s. Music naturally plays an integral part of Soul Men, particularly poignant with the appearance of Stax legend Isaac Hayes, while Bernie Mac is at his comedic best playing opposite Samuel Jackson in this non-stop tale of rivalry and competition.
Key cuts on the Soul Men soundtrack include: An infectious cover of the James & Bobby Purify 1966 hypnotic classic “I’m Your Puppet” by superstar John Legend with Mac and Jackson, with production by Raymond Jones (whose credits include Patti LaBelle, Chic and Stephanie Mills); “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In),” a new take on a rare tune originally cut by Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, reinterpreted by the inimitable Sharon Jones and produced by Dap Kings’ member Bosco Mann; and the rousing opening cut of Frank Fitzpatrick’s “Soul Music,” performed by Anthony Hamilton and The Bo-Keys, produced by group member Scott Bomar and recorded at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis.
A slew of top notch musicians are heard throughout Soul Men: Ben Cauley of The Bar-Kays, L.A. session fixture bassist Freddie Washington, keyboardist extraordinaire Patrice Rushen and drummer James Gadson are among the participating players on the project which also includes original material from Me’shell NdegeOcello (the mellow “Water,” on which she also plays bass).
With hysterically funny scenes, including a car chase in a vehicle suitably known as ‘Muthaship’, a salacious encounter between the two men and a groupie mother/daughter duo, and a cameo appearance by soul star/comedienne Millie Jackson, Soul Men recreates a golden era in R&B and popular music while providing audiences with an enjoyable experience, thanks to Jackson and both Mac and Hayes.
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