Isaac HayesShaftStax Records1971 Who's that black private dick who's a sex machine with all the chicks? Shaft! Damn right!... The opening lines to Isaac Hayes' score for the seminal 1971 movie, Shaft, sound like a camp put-on today--but in the early '70s they were about as camp as the Black Panthers. Black sexuality and black pride were explosive issues in an America where the hardcore, fundamentalist ...read more
The union between Concord and Fantasy Records (and now also Telarc) that resulted in the conglomerate Concord Music Group has already spawned progeny worthy of discussion. Compilations of older material are the bread and butter of vaults as large as the record companies living under the Concord corporate tent. Here are two of the most notable recent releases.
Isaac Hayes Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It? Stax 2005
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We've all been exposed to the music of Isaac Hayes. His film soundtracks and jazz-tinged funk have had their effect. Today he's also known for his role as a school cafeteria worker in the animated television series South Park. A leading romantic icon in the popular music world, he's given Stax Records a pile of great albums that blend jazz with blues and rock. Included in this two-CD set are tracks from several albums: Black Moses, Shaft, Presenting Isaac Hayes, ...read more
A Hot August Night in the Valley.
Once upon a dream, in a galaxy far, far away, Isaac Hayes stood not as the vocal track for a silly cable TV cartoon sporting human stool as a character, but as the finest singer/songwriter/musician American music had to offer. Before establishing himself as a top solo draw, Hayes was instrumental in the composition of such soul and R&B classics as "Soul Man," "Hold On, I’m Comin’," and "When Something is ...read more