The Staple Singers

Let's Do It Again

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Curtis Mayfield had gold and platinum success with the movie soundtracks of Superfly and Claudine. Because of this, his service was tapped to write and produce the soundtrack of the Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby/Jimmie Walker/John Amos movie comedy Let's Do It Again. He gave the singer/songwriter/producer a chance to work with his fellow Chicagoans the Staple Singers, whom he'd lost in a contract contest with Warner Bros. Records. It sort of worked out anyway, with Mayfield's Curtom label being distributed by Warner Bros. and him having the opportunity to produce what would turn out to be one of their biggest and most enduring hits. The session for the movie's title track was recorded in Chicago at Mayfield's Curtom studios on the city's north side with guitarists Phil Upchurch and Gary Thompson, bassist Joseph Scott, drummer Quinton Joseph, keyboardist Floyd Morris, and Mayfield and Pops Staples on guitar. The arrangements were done by Gil Askey and Curtom A&R director Rich Tufo. The million-selling "Let's Do It Again" went to number one R&B for two weeks and number one pop in the fall of 1975. The Let's Do It Again soundtrack stayed at number one R&B for two weeks, peaked at number 20 pop, and included the follow-up single, "New Orleans." During the '90s, several rap/hip-hop acts used samples from "Let's Do It Again."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let's Do It Again 1975 Spy Records 4:53
Sounds of the Seventies: 1975 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:27
Only Dance: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:28
Deep Soul, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 0:00
The Curtom Story [Charly] 1996
Various Artists
Charly Records 4:53
Old School Mega Mix, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:27
Funk on Film 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 4:52
Free Soul Heaven 1998
Various Artists
Curtom 4:50
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1975 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28
Express Yourself: The Best of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 3:29
Smooth Grooves: Cruisin' Classics 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Chilled/Soul 2002
Various Artists
Smart 3:29
Chilled Moods [Smart] 2003
Various Artists
Smart 3:29
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:29
Soul Sensations [Ripete] 2004
Various Artists
Ripete Records 5:04
Body + Soul: The '70s 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:30
70's Soul Sessions 2004
Various Artists
Sessions Records 4:51
The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 2004 Kent / Ace 3:53
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 3:27
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:29
The Greatest Soul Music Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976 2015 Stax 4:50
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 15
Various Artists
Rhino 3:28