"Theme from Shaft", written and recorded by Isaac Hayes in 1971, is the soul-funk styled theme song to the Merto-Goldwyn-Mayer film, Shaft. The theme was released as a single (shortened and edited from the longer album version) two months after the movie's soundtrack by Stax Records' Enterprise label. "Theme from Shaft" went to #2 on the Billboard soul singles chart, and #1 on Billboard's hot 100 in the United States in November 1971. The song was also well received by adult audiences, reaching number six on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.
The following year, "Theme from Shaft" won the Academy award for Best original song, with Hayes becoming the first African American to win that honor (or any Academy award in a non-acting category), as well as the first recipient of the award to both write and perform the winning song. The song was not intended to be a single, but the success of the film and the popularity of the track in nightclubs led to a 45r.p.m. single record of the theme being released on Enterprise Records two months after the soundtrack. Within two months, it hit #1 on the Billboard hot 100 and stayed there for a second week. Abroad it peaked at #4 in the UK singles chart. When John Singleton directed an updated version of Shaft, starring Samuel L. Jackson, in 2000, Hayes re-recorded the theme for the new film.
Isaac Hayes - Theme From "Shaft" / Cafe Regio's
U.K. Stax 2025-069 (1971).
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.
The record centre hole displays no signs of spindle wear.
The record comes with a company paper sleeve.