Stax Records: Songs From Scandal: Music For Gladiators – The Soundtrack


Who hasn’t fallen in love with the ABC hit television drama Scandal starring the lovely Kerry Washington as the Washington, D.C. crisis manager Olivia Pope?  I think we have all been on the edge of our seats, biting our nails, screaming at our TV sets, tweeting our emotionally charged opinions, feelings and couch analysis every Thursday night for the past two seasons. We also paid special attention to the hand picked selection of soul music dropped smack dab in the middle of every episode. I would always challenge myself by trying to guess what songs the producers would use every week. I often thought and still think that Quincy Jones’ “Stuff Like That” will one day make the cut. Still holding out hope!

Well, while we eagerly await the premiere of the third season of Scandal on October 3rd, we can move and groove to the music featured in seasons 1 and 2. The good folks at Stax Records have partnered with ABC studios to release Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators on September 3rd. The 12-track CD features some of black music’s most treasured soul classics from the 1970s. Show creator Shonda Rhimes contributed to the album’s extensive liner notes, stating:

“During those four days [of writing the ‘Scandal’ pilot], the soundtrack of my writing was the funky, delicious music of the 1970s […] It’s the music that came after they killed Jack and Bobby and Martin and Malcolm […] t’s the music after Nixon disappointed a nation, it’s the music of the sexual revolution and the feminist movement.” 

Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators track list:

1. War – Edwin Starr
2. Green Onions – Booker T. & The MG’s
3. Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
4. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
5. Tell Me Something Good – Rufus and Chaka Khan
6. Get Down Tonight – KC and The Sunshine Band
7. I Believe in You (You Believe in Me) – Johnnie Taylor
8. Respect Yourself (RAC Remix) – The Staple Singers
9. Crazy – Bettye LaVette
10. You’re All I Need to Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
11. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Nina Simone
12. The Light – The Album Leaf

And while you Gladiators are grabbing Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators on September 3rd be sure to pick up the DVD of Scandal Season 2 also being released on September 3rd.

Reissue Alert: Nancy Wilson – Music On My Mind and Life, Love & Harmony


The latest in the series of great reissues by SoulMusic Records of the late ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s of Capitol Records’ albums by the legendary Nancy Wilson, the 2-CD combining 1978’s MUSIC ON MY MIND and the 1979 follow-up LIFE, LOVE & HARMONY is not only a welcome addition but finally brings to compact disc two albums that Nancy’s fans worldwide have long been requesting for reissue. Visit to listen and read more.