316 – Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft (1971)
Written by Isaac Hayes
Produced by Isaac Hayes
Label – Stax
Few movie soundtrack songs can stand alone as legitimate classics, but Hayes’ epic captures the gritty intensity of early 70s street soul and funk, and then he delivers a magnificent arrangement that conjures up mental images that transfer mythological heroes beyond the silver screen and into the listener’s imagination. You don’t need the visuals; the song creates all the images for you.