ISAAC HAYES

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In the spring 2003, one year after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and a celebrated move back home to Memphis, the public persona of Isaac Hayes is surging forward with a momentum usually associated with teen popstars and visiting royalty. In fact, Hayes is resident royalty for more than a decade, a coronated King of the Ada coastal district of Ghana in western Africa where he is a member of the Royal Family. Instead of a palace, he built an 8,000 square foot educational facility through his Isaac Hayes Foundation (IHF). He is most certainly the only King on earth with an Oscar, Grammy awards, #1 gold records, his voice on an animated tv series, a radio show, two restaurants, a best-selling cookbook, and top secret barbecue sauces.

In Memphis, his five-hour nightly radio shift on WRBO Soul Classics 103.5 FM is still the #1-rated show
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ISAAC HAYES Discography

ISAAC HAYES albums / top albums

ISAAC HAYES Presenting Isaac Hayes (aka In The Beginning) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Presenting Isaac Hayes (aka In The Beginning)
RnB 1967
ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul album cover 4.37 | 9 ratings
Hot Buttered Soul
RnB 1969
ISAAC HAYES To Be Continued album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
To Be Continued
RnB 1970
ISAAC HAYES The Isaac Hayes Movement  (aka Superstarshine Vol. 31) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Isaac Hayes Movement (aka Superstarshine Vol. 31)
RnB 1970
ISAAC HAYES Black Moses album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Black Moses
RnB 1971
ISAAC HAYES Shaft album cover 4.46 | 7 ratings
Shaft
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1971
ISAAC HAYES Joy album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Joy
RnB 1973
ISAAC HAYES Tough Guys album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tough Guys
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
ISAAC HAYES Truck Turner (Original Soundtrack) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Truck Turner (Original Soundtrack)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
ISAAC HAYES Use Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Use Me
RnB 1975
ISAAC HAYES Golden Record album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Record
RnB 1975
ISAAC HAYES Chocolate Chip (aka Pop Gold) album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Chocolate Chip (aka Pop Gold)
RnB 1975
ISAAC HAYES Disco Connection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Disco Connection
RnB 1975
ISAAC HAYES Groove-A-Thon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groove-A-Thon
RnB 1975
ISAAC HAYES Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)
RnB 1976
ISAAC HAYES New Horizon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Horizon
RnB 1977
ISAAC HAYES Hotbed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hotbed
RnB 1978
ISAAC HAYES For The Sake Of Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For The Sake Of Love
RnB 1978
ISAAC HAYES Don't Let Go album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Let Go
RnB 1979
ISAAC HAYES And Once Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And Once Again
RnB 1980
ISAAC HAYES Lifetime Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lifetime Thing
RnB 1981
ISAAC HAYES U-Turn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
U-Turn
RnB 1986
ISAAC HAYES Love Attack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Attack
RnB 1988
ISAAC HAYES Branded album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Branded
RnB 1995
ISAAC HAYES Raw & Refined album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raw & Refined
RnB 1995

ISAAC HAYES EPs & splits

ISAAC HAYES live albums

ISAAC HAYES Live at the Sahara Tahoe album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Sahara Tahoe
RnB 1973
ISAAC HAYES A Man And A Woman (with Dionne Warwick) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Man And A Woman (with Dionne Warwick)
RnB 1977
ISAAC HAYES Isaac Hayes at Wattstax album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isaac Hayes at Wattstax
RnB 2003

ISAAC HAYES demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ISAAC HAYES re-issues & compilations

ISAAC HAYES This Is Isaac Hayes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is Isaac Hayes
RnB 1971
ISAAC HAYES Light My Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Light My Fire
RnB 1980
ISAAC HAYES The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 1
RnB 1986
ISAAC HAYES Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes
RnB 1988
ISAAC HAYES The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Isaac Hayes, Volume 2
RnB 1989
ISAAC HAYES Greatest Hit Singles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hit Singles
RnB 1991
ISAAC HAYES The Very Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of
RnB 1993
ISAAC HAYES Wonderful album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wonderful
RnB 1994
ISAAC HAYES Ike's Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ike's Mood
RnB 1995
ISAAC HAYES The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
RnB 1995
ISAAC HAYES Ultimate Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Collection
RnB 2000
ISAAC HAYES Best of Isaac Hayes: XL album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of Isaac Hayes: XL
RnB 2000
ISAAC HAYES The Man! The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969-1977 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man! The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969-1977
RnB 2001
ISAAC HAYES Instrumentals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instrumentals
RnB 2003
ISAAC HAYES For the Sake of Love / Don't Let Go album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For the Sake of Love / Don't Let Go
RnB 2004
ISAAC HAYES Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?
RnB 2005
ISAAC HAYES The Spirit of Memphis 1962-1976 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spirit of Memphis 1962-1976
RnB 2017

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ISAAC HAYES The Isaac Hayes Movement (aka Superstarshine Vol. 31)

Album · 1970 · RnB
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“The Isaac Hayes Movement” is Isaac’s third studio album and is also the immediate predecessor to his highly acclaimed soundtrack masterpiece, “Shaft”. A lot of the diverse elements that would make “Shaft” such a powerful statement are all here, just not as fully developed yet. There are four songs on “Movement”, and each one has its own distinctive flavor. Album opener “I Stand Accused” is one of those long confessional soul ballads that opens with a detailed spoken soliloquy, a technique used by Hayes before, and also favored by artists like Barry White, James Brown and Betty Wright. In this very convincing spoken word segment, Isaac confesses to his best friend’s girlfriend that he is madly in love with her. Its all here; passion, complication, human frailty and no doubt an inevitable heartache and broken friendships. Side one ends with more modern psychological drama in the form of “One Big Unhappy Family”, a story of a ‘good’ family by all appearances who do their best to hide their emotionally bankrupt lives. This one carries its message with sublime chord progressions and subtle orchestrations, all Hayes trademarks.

Side two opens with more heartache in the form of Burt Bacharach’s “I Just don’t Know what to do with Myself”, like most Bacharach creations, this one is top notch both musically and lyrically. All three of these opening songs are great, but the real masterpiece comes with Isaac’s sprawling arrangement of George Harrison’s “Something”. Its on this track that Hayes’ shows the diversity that will go on to make “Shaft” such a success. During the 12 minute multi-movement “Something” opus, Isaac combines, psychedelic pop, classical orchestral arrangements, soul balladry, big band rave ups, progressive rock, free form jazz rock freak outs and more. It’s a very early 70s sort of creative creation as it slowly builds and finally culminates in a raging electric violin solo by John Blair. If you are looking for Isaac Hayes at his most creative, “Something” has got it.

ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul

Album · 1969 · RnB
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Infamously, Hot Buttered Soul was a rush job put together in the mad scramble to get some new product for Stax in 1969, after the split from Atlantic meant Stax lost the rights to its entire back catalogue and was left with no product. Promised the creative freedom he was denied on his debut album (Presenting...), Isaac Hayes stepped up to the challenge admirably. There's only four songs on here and there's clear attempts to pad out the running time with, for example, Isaac's epic spoken word introduction to By The Time I Get to Phoenix, but somehow the whole shambolic mess ends up working a treat.

ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul

Album · 1969 · RnB
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1967/ 1976
There are albums that can not be classified in one single movement/ music genre. Albums that are a symbol of an era, born to artists who were unaware of what they were creating. In the recent history of music, sorry to say, is sold as a novelty that novelty is not (Elivis Presley and Nirvana... Two examples, trivializing maximum). And, if you let me vent, you forget that there were artists out of at least 10 or 20 years that have not been successful. Isaac Hays was an innovator and has been successful. Why? Why? Why? Mysterious Mystery! Ok, but that does not mean, then, a band like Grave Digger Heavy Metal could not copy the Rolling Stones (in their own way) and be innovative and inventor of a new sub genre. In the case of Isaac Hayes have to emphasize everything is sacrosanct. I do not have to say. Is the story. Bastard, but true.

Basically, "Hot Buttered Soul" is a new twist on the album Funky Funky and turns it into what today we call Hip Hop! However this is significance of extreme trivialization. And a little knowledge of music, primarily. Since "Walk On By" was a hit for Dionne Warwick, wilt thou that the version of Isaac Hays was a trivial thing? Hmmm, no! And, indeed, here it is transformed into a sensual Psychedelic Power Soul. But it is not distorted. "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquendalmistic" presents one of the most beautiful moments in the history of black music, with its mix of Funky Jazz and Hip Hop becomes a prototype without being one. Psychedelic, Rock... Think of it as you want but... That is. Simply it is a song. Innovative without being innovative. "One Woman" is another cover, which is described as a traditional Memphis soul ballad. Of course, it is. But it has a power and magic that we rarely find in other compositions. The album is closed by the extraordinary "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" (a 1967 hit for Glen Campbell), famous for the long intro and hypnotic organ, vocals (one of the first example of Rap music) and drums, true and last attempt at jam sessions. And the song, then starts without noticing, as if the version of Isaac Hayes was so natural and innovative (and the magic it contains ... can not be described).

In short, "Hot Buttered Soul" is not a Soul album. Or rather, it is a Soul album. But like many similar albums can not be inserted into a specific genre. In a sense, "Hot Buttered Soul" made ​​innovation in music, randomly. Even now it is innovative and fresh sounds and powerful, magical and bastard. And few albums can be innovative and to pierce the time clapping mode. And all this by accident.

ISAAC HAYES Shaft

Album · 1971 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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“Shaft” was Isaac Hayes’ first film score and in his effort to impress, dug dip and created one of the finest soundtracks of the 70s. Before being asked to compose this score, Hayes’ career had been on a roll with albums that kept getting more and more artistic while he continued to expand the world of RnB with lush orchestrations and long songs with complex arrangements. With “Shaft”, all of his innovations came together into a sort of “Sgt Peppers” apex in his career. Hayes is not quite as smooth a composer as Mancini and Quincey Jones, and not as adventurous as Herbie Hancock, but you will hear traces of those well known crime jazz composers in Hayes’ soundtrack as well as other diverse influences from Lalo Schifrin, to the jazzy lounge pop of Burt Bacharach and the urban psychedelic rock of early Funkadelic. What Hayes does do on here that the others couldn’t is take the tough RnB funk of Memphis’ Stax label and seamlessly mix it with orchestrations and progressive arrangements that lift the music up without destroying its gritty integrity. The number of different musical styles on here is impressive and much credit should also go to Hayes’ ultra talented back-up band and longtime Stax label mate, The Bar-Kays. During the course of this soundtrack the Bar-Kays take on cool lounge vibes, up-tempo soul jazz, heavy and experimental psychedelic rock and lengthy orchestrated grooves and play every style with burning enthusiasm and instrumental virtuosity.

There are many great tracks on here, but one standout is the extra long version of “Do Your Thing”. This one opens with a delicious laid back psychedelic groove that pre-dates the trip-hop movement by twenty plus years. As the song progresses the band lays into an extended guitar solo and things get more experimental in a dark Funkadelic way. This is psychedelic rock for the urban crowd, totally devoid of any overly sweet pixie dust. As the song rambles on the band breaks into an intense chaotic double time that echoes Miles’ “Dark Magus” album. Finally the band meanders into something that sounds like a cross between free jazz and early Pink Floyd. There is no telling how long the original jam went on because the track finally abruptly ends with the sound of someone ripping a record needle off of the vinyl. Another great track is the high energy horn driven soul jazz of “Be Yourself” which may remind some of the equally infectious “Put it where You want it” by the Crusaders. Closing out the special recommendations, “Soulsville” is one of the most beautiful and moving ballads about life in the big city ever recorded.

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