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Shaft – Soul Mann & The Brothers

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Aug 20th, 2018. Artwork published in .
    The image shows the back cover of the French release on Musidisc.
    Source: https://www.cdandlp.com Luckystar (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.

    The image shows the back cover of the French release on Musidisc.

    The cover of the official soundtrack to Shaft uses Pioneer. So does the movie poster. The record covers depicted here feature Pioneer, too — but it’s a completely different typeface. Designed by Francisco Gonzales, it was shown in PLINC’s Alphabet Yearbook 1969. A year later, ITC released an unrelated (albeit also shaded all-caps) typeface designed by Tom Carnase and Ronné Bonder under the same name. While ITC Pioneer is still around, the earlier Gonzales Pioneer is largely forgotten. I wonder if its appearance here is just a coincidence, or if it was picked by mistake, due to a name mix-up.

    Music from the movie Shaft, arranged by Sy Mann, composed by Isaac Hayes, and performed by Soul Mann & The Brothers. Originally released in 1971 by Pickwick Records, with a cover design by David Lartaud and Frank Daniel [Discogs] that was used in similar form for other editions, too.

    Cover adaptation as used for the UK release on Hallmark Records, among others. Mack Browne & The Brothers is an alias of Soul Mann & The Brothers.
    Source: https://open.spotify.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Cover adaptation as used for the UK release on Hallmark Records, among others. Mack Browne & The Brothers is an alias of Soul Mann & The Brothers.

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    • Gonzales Pioneer
    • Futura
    • Clarendon

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