The 12″ Extended Version was remixed by Steve Thompson and features a great extended intro which was a really useful tool when DJing at the time, enabling it to be faded in with the previous track without loss of beat. Remember, this was in the days before digital samplers were freely available.
One of the reasons that the “Theme from Shaft” has endured as a classic piece of music is its ability to capture the essence of the era in which it was created. The 1970s was a time of great social and cultural change in the United States, marked by the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the rise of funk and soul music.
A true Mastermix Masterclass by Les “Mastermix” Adams.
Level 42 were starting to be well known (The Sun Goes Down was a particular favourite), Shep Pettibone was making his mark as a remixer of talent, and the production work of Wally Badarou made this an unmissable 12″ for me.
Let’s face it, if you’re here looking at this list with any passing interest this track needs no introducton really. Recorded by Paul Hardcastle having been influenced by watching a late night documentary about the Vietnam war, and what we know as “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. Ironically the “19” figure for the age of the soliders is now heavily disputed, but we won’t go there…
The particular mix I have chosen might be a bit controversial, but it was a definite floor filler in the 80s/90s when I was rocking the decks.