JAMES BROWN Black Caesar & Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973)

Black Caesar (1973)
Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973)

Blaxploitation soundtracks were all the rage in the early 70s, and James Brown jumped head first into the fray with 1973’s Black Caesar and Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. He would quickly follow these two (only occasionally funky) soundtracks with the double LP, The Payback, music originally slated for the film, Hell Up In Harlem (the sequel to Black Caesar), which was – unbelievably – rejected by the film’s director. These two are not on par with the blaxploitation torch bearers of the day (Superfly, Shaft), but Brown’s mix of instrumentals, jams and vocal selections are worthy, if not terribly exciting. Being soundtracks, Brown’s funk attack is less showy (and, less powerful), as the music serves a different master here, leaving behind jazzy jams, bubbling instrumentals and watered-down variations on JB’s patented style(s). Not great, not bad, some good tracks, some not. Get Black Caesar and Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off @ Amazon. We’ve also got our archived JB re-upped, so grab some of these; The Payback, Soul Pride: The Instrumentals 1960-1969Dead On The Heavy Funk 1975-1983.

Down And Out In New York City
Blind Man Can See It
Sportin’ Life
Dirty Harri
The Boss
Make It Good To Yourself
Mama Feelgood (Lyn Collins)
Mama’s Dead
White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine)
Like It Is, Like It Was

Slaughter Theme
Tryin’ To Get Over
Happy For The Poor
Brother Rap
Big Strong
Really, Really, Really
Sexy, Sexy, Sexy
To My Brother
How Long Can I Keep It Up
People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul
King Slaughter
Straight Ahead


  • Willard
    August 16, 2012 - 11:10 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Duncan Walls
    August 16, 2012 - 11:37 | Permalink

    You picked the right tune to show off where James Brown was right then. I Had ‘Down and Out In New York City’ on a 45 and played the shit out of it for years…almost Punk-Funk as it were. The movie itself is classic Black Eploitation fare. I’ve forgotten …is ‘Slaughter’s Theme the same tune that Billy Preston did about the same time? Well, I’m getting them both and thank you. There IS a LONG version of ‘Down and Out In New York City’, but then outside of my 45 edit (which is still in my go-to 45 box) that’s all I’ve heard of this LP since I gave it up amongst the motherlode collection I sold in 1993. All I know is 40 years later ‘The Godfather’ still moves it for me. One of my all time favorite JB tracks.

  • Willard
    August 16, 2012 - 11:44 | Permalink

    This version is 4:43. Is the longer version from one of the Mercury re-issue compilations?

  • Duncan Walls
    August 16, 2012 - 11:55 | Permalink

    Okay, so it IS the long version. I thought it was funkier after the breakdown, but it DID get rathermovie-thematic jazzy. I though I recalled a longer FUNKIER version…probably wrong. Well, the 45 edit ends just as he’s howling before the more subdued final two minutes ensue.

  • JM
    August 19, 2012 - 12:52 | Permalink

    “Down and Out in NYC” is one of my favorite tracks of all time. People who think Brown doesn’t have a great traditional singing voice need to listen to that jam!

  • mufdivr
    December 27, 2015 - 19:05 | Permalink

    Thank you, Willard!

  • Leave a Reply