Jennifer Hudson? John Legend? Earth, Wind & Fire? Keri Hilson? Luther Vandross? It’s an all-star roster of some of the greatest voices in R&B working today. Hopefully, “Think Like a Man” will join the ranks of some of those other classic urban-oriented soundtracks, the ones that also rank as among the greatest albums of all time. Here are our picks for the best film soundtracks ever; let us know if you agree or disagree.
· PULP FICTION – No American director (yes, not even you, Mr. Scorsese) uses music as much or as well as Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing soundtrack to his 1994 masterpiece is no exception. There’s the dirty funk of Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the silky-smooth tones of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Chuck Berry’s lively “You Never Can Tell,” just for starters; that’s not even mentioning the masterpieces from Dusty Springfield, Dick Dale and his Del-Tones and Ricky Nelson that dot the rest of the soundtrack. Like the movie, an absolute classic. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjFt18yXg98)
· PURPLE RAIN – Of course – one of the greatest albums of the 1980s deserves a spot high up on this list. The entire album is superb – from the rocking “Let’s Go Crazy” and the scandalous “Darling Nikki” to the soaring title track and fantastic “When Doves Cry.” The crowning achievement from one of music’s true legends (and the movie holds up well, too). (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI_aJ8kz9TI)
· SUPER FLY – A much better soundtrack than a movie, Curtis Mayfield’s masterwork remains one of the greatest soul albums of all time – a super-funky and super-intelligent discourse against drug culture, with classic songs like “Freddie’s Dead,” “Pusherman” and “Superfly” becoming legend. Listening to the album today just reminds us how much we lost when Mayfield had his terrible accident (http://www.spinner.com/2009/09/25/twisted-tales-curtis-mayfields-body-is-paralyzed-but-not-his-g/).
· SHAFT – Go ahead. Try not to groove to “Theme from Shaft.” Forty years later, and nothing’s has been or ever will be this cool. Sadly, this brings another R.I.P. for Isaac Hayes. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2cHkMwzOiM)
· ABOVE THE RIM – Stuffed to the brim with some of the greatest early-1990s rap artists ever – including Warren G and 2Pac – with Suge Knight and Dr. Dre producing. A worthy soundtrack to a very underrated film. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etBTX4vdTiQ)