Arrangers: Dominic Frontiere; Rich Tufo; Michael Masser.
This CD gathers 1974's CLAUDINE and 1976's PIPE DREAMS, two film soundtracks from the heyday of the blaxploitation era that are less well known than Curtis Mayfield's SUPERFLY or Isaac Hayes' SHAFT but equally evocative of their time and place. In fact, Mayfield wrote and produced CLAUDINE for Gladys Knight and the Pips, whose sophisticated soul is the perfect foil for Mayfield's impassioned, gospel-tinged songs, including the number one hit "On and On." PIPE DREAMS, two years later, shows an increased influence from the then-ascendant Philadelphia International sound, with its swirling orchestrations and lush arrangements, best heard on the hit single "So Sad The Song." This Shout! Factory reissue features remastered sound and informative liner notes.