I miss Isaac Hayes. He made outstanding contributions to soul music. He first achieved success as songwriting partner with David Porter and as record producer of several of Sam & Dave’s big hits, “Hold On I’m Comin“, “Soul Man”, and “I Thank You” on Stax Records. He is well-known for his musical score for the film Shaft (1971). For the “Theme from Shaft“, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972.
My favorite solo album by Isaac Hayes is Hot Buttered Soul. This album is straight ahead soul delivery. What I love about the album is that it is complementary . By this I mean that Isaac Hayes a great songwriter in his own right pays tribute to the songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David with the extended “Walk On By”. Then he ends the recording with an 18+ minute rendition of Jimmy Webb‘s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”. We so love Jimmy Webb’s songs.
Check out the superb groove that Isaac Hayes on piano establishes with The Bar-Kays on “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”. Tasty Wah-Wah playing going on. You will not be able to sit still for that one trust me. 😉
Hot Buttered Soul is a landmark soul gem that you must listen to in its entirety to gain the full appreciation.
God bless you Isaac Hayes you make the music of our heart soulfully complete 🙂
- Side One
- “Walk On By” (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 12:03
- “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic” (Isaac Hayes, Alvertis Isbell) – 9:38
- Side Two
- “One Woman” (Charles Chalmers, Sandra Rhodes) – 5:10
- “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (Jimmy Webb) – 18:42
- Isaac Hayes: Walk On By (anothersicknote.com)