Ganja & Hess(Original 1973 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Format: LP, Vinyl
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*****RECORD STORE DAY TITLE AVAILABLE IN STORE from 8am SATURDAY 21ST APRIL 2018. Limited to one per customer. Will be available to buy on-line from Saturday 28th April 2018, if still in stock.*****
Strange Disc Records proudly presents the original soundtrack to one of THE groundbreaking films of African American cinema, Ganja and Hess (1973). Ganja and Hess is a seminal work of African American cinema, flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Starring Duane Jones (Night Of The Living Dead) and Marlene Clark (Midnight Cowboy, Enter The Dragon) as the leading roles. Ganja and Hess was honoured as one of the ten best American films of its decade by the Cannes Film Festival but was barely distributed to American audiences.
The soundtrack to this exceptional film was composed Sam Waymon, a creative legend who has contributed to local, national and world culture. Born in North Carolina, Sam Waymon began his musical odyssey playing along with his sister, Eunice. His sister left North Carolina in the ’50s and traveled north to pursue her career. Along the way she dropped her given name and became one of music’s most influential and independent musicians, known as Nina Simone. Sam performed with and wrote music for his sister for over ten years but finally broke away to develop a style of his own that combines gospel, R&B, blues and jazz. Sam went on to record for record labels like: RCA, Polygram, and his own label Resolution records. He has worked side by side with legendary artists such as Miles Davis, Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack, The 5th dimension, and the list goes on and on. Even more haunting than the film is its music, Sam Waymon created an innovative, ahead- of-its-time mixture of soul, tribal chants, gospel and trippy, dissonant experimental cues that makes for the strangest score for a vampire film. Now, for the first time on vinyl (or on any format) Strange Disc records proudly presents a deluxe colour vinyl edition exclusively for Record Store Day 2018. Curated and supervised by composer Sam Waymon himself, this release is strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide.