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by C. Andrew Hovan
Last fall, Craft Recordings issued a four CD compilation focusing on Isaac Hayes and his recordings for Stax, Volt, and Enterprise. Spanning the years 1962 to 1976, the set cut a wide swathe of Southern soul and managed to put into perspective the importance of Hayes' impressive oeuvre. Now, Craft turns its attention to upscale vinyl reissues of Hayes' most important recordings, namely Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft , and Black Moses. With new remastering undertaken by Dave Cooley at Elysian ...read more
by Trevor MacLaren
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
by Jim Santella
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
by C. Michael Bailey
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