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Isaac HayesShaft

Label:Enterprise – ENS-2-5002
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Monarch Pressing; Blue Square Logo; Gatefold
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul, Stage & Screen
Style:Soul-Jazz, Soundtrack, Jazz-Funk, Soul, Funk


A1Theme From Shaft (Vocal)4:37
A2Bumpy's Lament1:49
A3Walk From Regio's2:22
A4Ellie's Love Theme3:15
A5Shaft's Cab Ride1:07
B1Cafe Regio's6:09
B2Early Sunday Morning3:47
B3Be Yourself4:27
B4A Friend's Place3:21
C1Soulsville (Vocal)3:47
C2No Name Bar6:09
C3Bumpy's Blues4:01
C4Shaft Strikes Again3:04
D1Do Your Thing (Vocal)19:38
D2The End Theme1:58

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First pressing with Enterprise blue square logo, label variation of Isaac Hayes - Shaft.
Comes in a thick cardboard gatefold sleeve.

Music from the film courtesy of MGM Record Corporation.
Enterprise Records, A Division of Stax Records, Inc.

Runout's variant w/ label variation w/ type setting.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Release date, on labels): 7-71
  • Pressing Plant ID (Stamped in a circle both sides runout): MR
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Album I side 1): ES-0297
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Album I side 2): ES-0300
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Album II side 1): ES-0298
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Album II side 2): ES-0299
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album I side 1 - variant 1): ES-0297 (2) (MR) MHC △16211
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album I side 2 - variant 1): ES-0300 (2) MJLS (MR) △16212 - X (3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album II side 1 - variant 1): ES-0298 (2) (MR) MHC △16211-X (T)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album II side 2 - variant 1): ES-0299 (2) MHC (MR) △16212
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album I side 1 - variant 2): ES-0297 (2) (MR) MHC △16211 (1) T
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album I side 2 - variant 2): ES-0300 (2) MHC (MR) △16212-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album II side 1 - variant 2): ES-0298 MHC (MR) △16211-X (5)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album II side 2 - variant 2): ES-0299 (2) MHC (MR) △16212 (1)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album I side 1 - variant 3): ES-0297 (2) (MR) MHC △16211 (1) T
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album I side 2 - variant 3): ES-0300 (2) MJLS (MR) △16212 - X (2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album II side 1 - variant 3): ES-0298 MHC (MR) △16211-X (5)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Album II side 2 - variant 3): ES-0299 (2) MHC (MR) △16212

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Shaft (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Sonic Press, Gatefold)Enterprise, EnterpriseENS-2-5002, ENS 2-5002US1971
Shaft (2×LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold, Phonodisc press)Stax, Stax2659 007, 2659-007UK1971
Shaft (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Stax2628 001Germany1971
Shaft (2×LP, Album)Stax, MGM Records2628 002France1971
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Shaft (2×LP, Album)Stax2628 002 LItaly1971


Michael_Herbert_Dorn's avatar
The soundtrack was nominated for an academy award for Best Soundtrack. AND... it won a well-deserved academy award for Best Original Song.
RoryHoy's avatar
Awesome movie soundtrack from a film I've actually never seen, performed by the guy who did the voice of Chef in 'South Park'. That theme tune alone is guaranteed to get your body moving, and even spawned a cover version from Bart and Lisa Simpson.
Trevorw24's avatar
Has anyone ever seen a PRC-5201 pressing of this from japan? It may be an unofficial release.
Gastolino's avatar
Somehow the one I got didn't come with the vocal version of the Theme song... Sad
Gang-Twanger's avatar
Regarding the vinyl versions of this, avoid the US 1st pressing. From what I have been read, it was mastered way too hot and in your face. The UK and West German 1st pressings get the most raves in terms of the original vinyl. The 2014 Stax/Concord reissue 2LP sounds great as well. That one really surprised me. I posted a separate review for that version. I also picked up the Stax/Fantasy reissue LP of "Hot Buttered Soul" (the one that sells for like $20). Great sound on that as well, especially considering the price ("Walk On By" sounds wide, airy, open, and engaging... Really draws you in... Great lead and backing vocals). I plan to get the Stax "Black Moses" reissue as well, and hopefully it's as nice as the "Shaft" set. I played both of them on an idler-driven Dual 1019 from the late '60's, and they responded nicely to it. Should do well on tube AND solid state gear. You won't find much real info about these reissues online, aside from the general stuff. No big write-up about how they were mastered or how heavy the vinyl is, but don't sweat it. Mine sound great and play quiet (The "Shaft" reissue seems like a legitimate 180g HQ release, with a nice, high-quality gatefold cover, faithful to the original in terms of its feel... The "Hot Buttered Soul" reissue has a single, non-gatefold-type cover that is more in line with its price, and the vinyl seems to have a slightly-lighter weight/feel to it, but it was well-centered and quiet. No complaints on the sound.
isaacmusicman's avatar
Edited 3 months ago
It makes no sense for an album to be this great, and if it was against the law, then Ike would have served a life sentence!! Just like Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly", "Shaft" was the bomb!! PERIOD!!! It wasns't like Ike's other albums because it was a soundtrack, but it still had that one very, very, very, very, very, very, very long song in "Do Your Thing." Coming in just under 20 minutes it is an ultimate funk workout (perfect for the road). One day I drove my kids insane playing this record. Another classic from the man in chains!!!!!!!
willetbrookes's avatar
One of the best, if not the best soundtrack albums ever!!
The man was a genius.
DJ_FLASH_2's avatar
You must Keep in mind this is a Movie Sountrack ...