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Both a commercial and critical success, it remains Isaac Hayes’ best-known and best-selling LP released by Stax Records, winning Hayes multiple Grammy® Awards in 1972 and an Oscar® for “Best Original Song.” The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and spent 60 weeks on the chart. In 2014, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2014 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The album contains the ubiquitous #1 chart-topping hit “Theme From Shaft” and top-40 smash, “Do Your Thing.” This new 2-LP reissue from Craft Recordings showcases newly remastered audio cut at Elysian Masters under the supervision of Dave Cooley and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

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Side A Theme from Shaft Bumpy’s Lament Walk from Regio’s Ellie’s Love Theme Shaft’s Cab Ride Side B Cafe Regio’s Early Sunday Morning Be Yourself A Friend’s Place

Side C
No Name Bar
Bumpy’s Blues
Shaft Strikes Again

Side D
Do Your Thing” (Vocal Version)
The End Theme


Lead vocals (tracks A1, C1, D1), keyboards (All tracks), and lyrics (A1, C1, D1) : Isaac Hayes
Rhythm, Horns and Strings arranged by Johnny Allen (tracks A1-A2, A4-D2), J. J. Johnson (A3), and Isaac Hayes (All tracks)
Backing vocals by Pat Lewis, Rose Williams, and Telma Hopkins (tracks A1, C1, D1)
Instrumentation by The Bar-Kays and The Isaac Hayes Movement
Electric piano by Lester Snell
Bass guitar by James Alexander
Guitar by Charles Pitts
Guitar by Michael Toles
Drums by Willie Hall
Conga, and Bongo drums by Gary Jones
Lead Trumpet by Richard “Johnny” Davis
Flute by John Fonville

Released: August 1971
Recorded: 1971
Studio: Stax Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Producer: Isaac Hayes