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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Sounder' (OST)
Artist - Taj Mahal

'Sounder' is the 1972 Grammy-nominated soundtrack composed and performed by Taj Mahal, one of the most accomplished blues singers and multi-instrumentalists of our time.

He also co-starred in the film as “Ike,” friend and neighbor of the Morgan family. Taj Mahal is a three time Grammy winner for Best Blues Album, including this year for Tajmo, his latest release.

With the CD having been out of print since 1997, Varese Sarabande have now brought it back to life in remarkable fashion here.

The Morgans, a family of poor black sharecroppers in the Depression-plagued South, struggle to find enough to eat despite the help their hunting dog, Sounder.

When father Nathan (Paul Winfield) resorts to stealing food, he is captured by police and sent to prison, and his wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson), is left to care for their son, David (Kevin Hooks).

Though Sounder has run away, David never gives up hope that his dog will return, just as he believes that he will see his father again someday.

On his first film score, Sounder, Taj Mahal mixes a handful of originals with fragmented sound effects and incidental passages. Certainly not an easy listen, this is one of his more indulgent studies from the great man.

Then again, the entire album was patterned after a field recording so we get a suite/montage/succession of hums, moans, claps, and plucked fragments, all keyed to Lightnin' Hopkins's gorgeous gospel blues "Needed Time," as an example.

Regarded, by many, as Taj's most eloquent music, again, it's not as free flowing as you would have imagined from Taj, but then again, it was never created to be. For purists only.

1. Needed Time (Performed by Lightnin’ Hopkins) (2:53) 2. Sounder Chase A Coon (3:24) 3. Needed Time (Hummin’ and Pickin’) (1:26) 4. Morning Work / N’ Meat’s On The Stove (1:45) 5. I’m Running and I’m Happy (:57) 6. Speedball (1:42) 7. Goin’ To the Country / Critters In The Woods (1:48) 8. Motherless Children (Hummin’) (Traditional Black Spiritual) (1:21) 9. Jailhouse Blues (4:00) 10. Just Workin’ (:35) 11. Harriet’s Dance Song (:33) 12. Two Spirits Reunited (1:54) 13. David Runs Again (:29) 14. Curiosity Blues (1:01) 15. Someday Be A Change (1:02) 16. Horseshoes (1:59) 17. Cheraw (2:22) 18. David’s Dream (1:02) 19. Needed Time (Guitar) (2:29) 20. Needed Time (Banjo and Hand Clapping) (2:21)

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