2-13-09 Isaac Hayes (1942 – 2008)
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we discuss Isaac Hayes? His bald head? “Hot Buttered Soul”? “Shaft”? I first encountered his work at the suggestion of my older brother. He told me that “Hot Buttered Soul” was ‘the stuff’ – and he played me “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedelamystic” – I hope I spelled that correctly – I’m doing it from memory, and the spell-checker is of no help!
If that’s all he had ever done, it would be enough for me to remember him by – I absolutely love the format of “Hot Buttered Soul” – l-o-n-g songs, and amazing performances by the Bar-Kays. And the aforementioned song with an amusing made-up title.
Of course, lots of people saw the film “Shaft” – and even more people bought it’s soundtrack. I remember when PBS here in
Mind you, there’s a whole lot more to this fine singer than just some 70’s funk records. He also worked with Sam & Dave in the 60’s, and many people know him as the voice of “Chef” on the dreaded “
I think it’s the super-long “It’s Your Thing” (or thereabouts) on his “Shaft” O.S.T. that I once ran into in a dream I had (I probably fell asleep listening to late night FM radio with the headphones on!) – I was desperately trying to figure out what it was – my poor little 70’s teenaged brain thought it was ‘rock music’ (and not R&B)!
I recently sought illumination on “Hot Buttered Soul” by ordering a Japanese re-issue CD of it as a paper sleeve (kami sleeve) CD. I wanted to hear some ’00 mastering on this R&B classic. Like a fool, I sold my original UK LP of “HBS” long ago – and the Fantasy US CD of it had…er, late 80’s mastering. No punch. Not much in the guts department. But the Japanese know what they’re doing – even if it does cost a fortune these days (I paid $43 for the recently re-issued “HBS” kami sleeve CD!). I think I paid $2.98 for my original LP…
My humble Isaac Hayes collection:
BEST OF Vol. 1 STAX
1986 7 TRK Collection (70's recordings)
HOT BUTTERED SOUL STAX
1969 4 TRKS
SHAFT (O.S.T.) STAX
1971 15 TRKS
Thanks for the music, sir!
(back on Tues. 2/17)
Labels: Isaac Hayes