Soul legends The O’Jays and ex-Tavares singer Butch Tavares have contributed their talents to the soundtrack to Brawl in Cell Block 99, a new action thriller starring Vince Vaughn that gets its theatrical premiere on Friday, October 6. The album, which features seven original compositions that pay homage to classic early-’70s soul, will be released on October 13.
You can listen to “Buddy’s Business,” one of two songs from the soundtrack on which The O’Jays appear, now on Yahoo Music. All tracks on the album were co-written by the movie’s director, S. Craig Zahler.
“I chose to compose soul songs for the film because no other type of music can rival the great works of soul in terms of spirit and emotive expressiveness,” says Zahler. “Styling these original soundtrack songs in the fashion of those written in the seventies was not just because I relish the heart and lush instrumentation of that era, but also because the lead character does not quite belong in a soft and synthetic modern-day world.”
Zahler cites as some of his inspirations for the film’s music The Spinners, The Dells, The Stylistics, The Dramatics, The Delfonics, The Chi-Lites, The Isley Brothers and Bobby Womack, as well as The O’Jays and Tavares.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 tells the story of a former boxer, played by Vaughn, who is imprisoned after a drug deal goes wrong and must fight to remain alive and protect his loved ones. The movie also features Dexter actress Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson.
Here is the full track list to the Brawl in Cell Block 99 soundtrack:
“Give Her a Ride” — Butch Tavares
“The Letter That Won’t Ever Be Sent” — Butch Tavares
“You Are Yesterday” — Butch Tavares
“Trumpets of Heaven” — Adi Armour
“This Lovely Park” — Adi Armour
“God Bless My Mama” — The O’Jays Featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams
“Buddy’s Business” — The O’Jays Featuring Eddie Levert and Walter Williams
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