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Hot Buttered Soul

Isaac Hayes Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B00005JAWY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk on by
2. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
3. One woman
4. By the time I get to Phoenix

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ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul (2001 German pressed 4-track digitally remastered [in 24bit technology] CD album - Originally released in 1969 Isaacs second studio album is rightly recognized as a landmark in soul music and includes a cover version of Walk On By and an extended reinterpretation of Jimmy Webbs By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Housed in a glossy digipak picture sleeve with a fold-out inlay containing comprehensive liner notes SCD244114-2)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing like this !! 23 Sep 2006
By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I can remember well the first time I heard this album. Used to a diet of Soul from the more commercial end of the spectrum, this was the album that sent me on a journey to discover Soul and Funk in all its forms - and what an album!!

I cannot hear Ike's version of "Walk on By" without marvelling at the sheer audacity of the man - but I love it, the strings, the guitars, the slow build up (will he ever sing?) and then the gravelly vocal - epic stuff.

There' more - "...Phoenix" is the same but more so, and while "One Woman" is almost standard fare, Hyper..." was the forerunner of the funk workouts Ike would become famous for on "Shaft".

No. this is not for everyone, and there are better albums but Soul music would not be the same without it and I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes 30 July 2009
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Funky, soulful, romantic, groundbreaking and a very good listen. Just a few of the hyperbolic adjectives that spring to mind when thinking about this superb album.

This is an album of deeply funky soul. With the extended cuts and luscious orchestration, mixed with Hayes unique soulful vocals it feels like Stax soul meets prog rock. The 10-20 minute tracks never outstay their welcome though.

The standout is the opening 'Walk on by', a 12 minute epic that slowly builds annd builds, with Hayes almost teasing you as whether or not he's going to sing. The other tracks follow in a similar vein, long, laid back grooves.

Very much an album to played late at night, alone with that special someone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mastering problem - beware 5 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic landmark album, just read the other reviews on the previous CD editions to get more about the great music on this CD.

If you already have this album on a previous CD, you will want to know about the remastering - on the whole it's pretty good although this version is way more hissy than the previous CD I owned, it does have a much more upfront in-your-face sound and the drumkit is especially way clearer than before. However the track "hyperbolic....." has for some reason almost all been stuffed into the right channel (totally unlike this track on the original CD, or the other tracks on this remaster), the left channel is muffled to near-silence, and this sounds particularly bad through headphones. Something has gone badly wrong and I suggest you avoid this reissue until they fix the problem.

Big shame - the music is sensational but a big black mark against Stax's quality control for this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurd, yet indespensible 11 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
This really is a landmark album in black music, whereby taking white MOR tunes and covering it for the soul movement was something that had never been done before. It also blazed a trail for the lush 70's soul movement that this album undoubtedly influenced. You'll probably be aware of the opening of Walk on By from the Wu Tang sample, but the epic, drawn out melodrama is nothing like Burt Bacharach intended. Hyperbolic... has the most lasciviously funky riff that no white person could ever pull off convincingly, while it's safe to say that during the 18 minutes of By the Time I Get To Phoenix, the couple could have patched up their differences, renewed their marriage vows and booked a dirty weekend with minutes to spare. A preposterously overblown epic, this is Isaac Hayes at his most wonderfully and excessive and every home should have a copy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was forty years ago ????? 4 Jun 2009
By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I can remember well the first time I heard this album. Used to a diet of Soul from the more commercial end of the spectrum, this was the album that sent me on a journey to discover Soul and Funk in all its forms - and I never got to thank him!!

You have to remember that, 40 years ago, Soul albums to this point had usually consisted of 2 or 3 hit singles and a few other tracks that weren't considered commercial enough for single release. Ike changed all that with this, his second album for Stax, released as part of a 27 album blitz, designed to put Stax back on top after the death of Otis, and the loss of the back catalogue to Atlantic (both in '68).

The track selection probably didn't take too long, there are only 4 tracks after all, and the format had been established by Ike in his live shows, as he stretched out standards with raps and instrumental breaks, to take Soul places it had never been before. It was all a long way away from the gritty, sweaty Southern Soul Hayes had written with David Porter for Sam & Dave, among others, and which had earned him the right to do things his way.

I cannot hear Ike's version of "Walk on By" without marvelling at the sheer audacity of the man - but I love it, the strings, the guitars, the slow build up (will he ever sing?) and then the gravelly vocal - epic stuff. There's more - "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" is the same, but more so, and while "One Woman" is almost standard fare, Hyper..." was the forerunner of the funk workouts for which Ike would become famous on later albums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Originally unique. 14 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Isaac Hayes' treatment of sixties standards on this album must have been a real door opener for the soul music genre. Long before Prog Rockers bored people to death with their quiet 20 minute mumblings, Hayes gives a heart rendering performance of 'By the time I get to Phoenix', that in terms of audible pain is right up there with the clear torment heard on Elvis' late sixties classics, 'If I can dream' and 'Suspicious Minds.' Hayes' version of 'By the time I get to Phoenix' is the best part of the album, but his styling of 'Walk On By' removes the track from it's easy listening roots. The album seeps of originality and new direction. This certainly was the beginning of the deep Soul roots that would follow into the seventies, as other bands, (particularly Motown faves such as Stevie Wonder and the Temptations) followed Isaac Hayes' mind blowing lead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This Cd would of been better if it had more tracks on it. I got it for my dad, he likes it but doesn't really play it anymore so I guess it's not an album that you get much... Read more
Published 10 months ago by NSGS
5.0 out of 5 stars Isaac Hayes
Was into Isaac Hayes way before Shaft and this album was so brilliant I had friends drop by just to listen to it when it first came out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by frank worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Man
A wonderful album! Anyone who's got an interest in music give Isaac a try, the vocal performance and keyboard playing from Isaac is superb and the backing from the Bar Kays is out... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JAL 117
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
There is nothing wrong with his voice, which lives up to the title of the album, I would have liked a few more songs on it and felt there just wasn't enough to listen to.
Published 15 months ago by Jane Caruana
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Item of Study
Along with seminal albums of the era by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and Al Green, this prime slice of Funk'd up SoulJazz by Isaac is an essential part of any study... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marc Griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Have to dissent slightly from the very favourable reviews
This isn't a bad album, but to be honest, other than the two versions of 'Walk on By' which are worth the price alone, it is patchy and won't be to everyone's taste. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars As tasty as the title suggests
And as smooth. Before Barry White and before chef from South Park, we had this. This is the sound that inspired every deep voiced soul man of the seventies, be they good bad or... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Clem Feeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Size does matter
Thought I could get by with a couple of single edits on a Stax compilation but, no, only the full length versions of Walk on By and By the Time I Get to Phoenix, in particular,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars A different level!
I always wanted to own this album. I didn't realise why until I received it today and I just haven't stopped playing it. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Desi
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!
This album is one of the best albums I have heard in ages. From the three ballads on the album to the more upbeat "Hyperbolicssyllabicsesquedalymistic", this album is flawless. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by The reveiws of David
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