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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000000ZJ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Joy
2. I Love You That's All
3. A Man Will Be A Man
4. The Feeling Keeps On Coming
5. I'm Gonna Make It (Without You)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
I think of this as an Isaac Hayes fights back at Barry White album. Aside from the film soundtracks, Hayes was mostly covering other people’s material at the time. Then along came Barry White who wrote virtually everything he sang. And so, hot on the heels of White’s cracking ‘I’ve Got So Much To Give’ album, we have Joy.
This is a good album, with a truly great opening track. The orchestration on Joy is simply wonderful. Pounding rhythm, hard hitting brass and strings that feel like a more accomplished version of what Hayes did on Walk On By on the Hot Buttered Soul album. And if you like long tracks, this one goes on for a good 15 minutes (although the song is pretty much finished after the first eight minutes).
What was side two on the original vinyl release comprises three pretty good ballads that seem to reveal more each time you listen. But these are very different from the upbeat extended title track.
Finally there is A Man Will Be A Man. I not sure how comical this sounded in 1973, but it sure feels cringe-making now. Of course, it might just be me – other people might like to hear a studio ‘recreation’ of Hayes sweet-talking his lady. Listen out for the creaking leather sofa and popping Champaign cork! I might have given this album 5 stars if it weren’t this one.
If you like any other Isaac Hayes album, you’ll probably like this one. And if you like sitting through a whole Barry White album from the same period, you’ll probably enjoy Joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scorpion on 16 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard 'Joy' way back in 1973, I had to buy the LP. Isaac Hayes' voice is like chocolate!! Since purchasing this album again, I did not move from the chair, and this brought back such amazing memories! An absolute "joy" to listen to!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Aldrich on 15 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am a big big big fan of Isaac Hayes, the orchestration to be found on Hot Buttered Soul and Isaac Hayes Movement is other wordly. He is a genius at combining elements of sound and building emotions, real emotions, emotions that get you waving your arms around. at times Motown, at times Hendrix, at times Massive Attack!!.... Timeless and beautifull. Raw and soulful, with more rift and tempo changes than you can shake a Led Zeplin at! Its a shame that the other review here is for Hot Buttered Soul and not for Joy which is what i was looking at. Oh Well. If its half as good as Black Moses or live at the Sahara its CLASS
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Christopher Frank on 3 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
Isaac Hayes has a unique place in Soul music. His career has being going from the late sixties to the present day. Hot Buttered Soul his second album for the brilliant Stax label, is his finest body of work. It was seen at the time as commercial suicide, though the piece only contains 4 songs it ran out at over 45 minutes.
What makes the album so special is the way the tracks are built up. Take the first track - Walk on by - everyone knows the Dionne Warwick version of this Bacharach classic. A two minute plus song. Isaac's version weighs in at 12 plus minutes. The wall of sounds created throughout this song is simply genius. From the slow build up with the wailing voices to the heart felt delivery mid way through to screaching guitar finish it's simply class.
Hyperbollicsyllabicsesquedalymistric, gathers pace through out, the drums getting more energetic as the track progresses. Isaac shows of his piano skills in a style reminiscent of a rock 'n' roll player. Real soul emotion can be felt oozing from your speakers.
One Woman, showcases Isaac's sensitive side, as he opens his heart about his love for 2 women. A classic soul song where he puts his feelings on the line. Doing what all great soul songs have done, he is exploring relationships. With fantastic female backing in the chorus this song has all the operatics soul fans love.
By the time I get to Phoenix, is another song about love. Here Isaac asks the listener, to join him on a journey. As with most soul songs the song is about lost love. The feelings sung about are feelings we have all felt. The Isaac Hayes Orchestra provides a sonic soundscape with the piercing horns just adding to the Memphis soul stew brought by the strings and percussion sections. The song rises towards the end matching the emotion of the song!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Current R & B artists, take note! 12 Jan 2006
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cut #3 says it all: "A Man will be a Man". Isaac Hayes, like contemporary Barry White, has the bass pipes to seduce the heartiest of women. Hayes is the master technician of romance on a disc that is expertly balanced with a powerful party jam (the fifteen-minute-plus title cut) and the remainder of the album, a collection of "bedroom ballads" that will more than likely get the female listener's attention in the most arousing of ways.

The "boys" that are populating today's R & B/hip-hop charts need to learn from one that knows exactly what women want and can convey his desires in a most passionate of musical wizardry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The "JOY" That Is Isaac Hayes 22 Aug 2007
By Mercedes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i just got my copy of this album.....YIKES!

the opening track.....nothing short of a 15- minute SEDUCTION!

i suggest thee get it.......NOW!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT AND A HALF 21 Sep 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It really pissed me off when people told me "Chef" from Southpark died in August 2008. That fun little askerist being what Isaac Hayes-Black Moses-is most known for shows you the unfunky state of American cultural literacy.

Speaking of American culture, the contribution Hayes made was huge. If he wrote only his 1960s Stax songs for Sam and Dave and Carla and Rufus Thomas, his name would be cemented. Even if he had just written Sam and Dave's "Soul Man," the sound image we think of when we imagine a hip soul singer, he would be an icon. Half of John Baluchi and Dan Akroid's career-The Blues Brothers-- came from the imagination of the bald Black Moses you see above.

But in 1969, Hayes, along with Barry White, expanded the entire genre of soul: turning it from a singles medium to an ambitious, progressive orchestral template. For the reinvention of this music, check out Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul.

Joy is Hayes continuing his greatness: the long title track here is both raw and orchestrated, muscular and elegant. Big as any 1973 art rock. The remainder of joy is Master Moses continuing his expansion of the music he sat on the mountaintop of. Hear the deep and sweet arrangements, the 1970s Purple Velvet of Hayes' work

Not chef. Master Chef.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pure vintage Isaac Hayes. 13 Aug 2009
By Justo Roteta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This classic album should be considered a 1970s R&B essential. The chugging, bubbly, sensual mid-tempo title track remains one of Isaac's most compelling ballads and also foreshadows the Disco style which would take the world by storm just a few years later. "A Man Will Be A Man" and "I'm Gonna Make It Without You" were not released as singles but are pure vintage Hayes and are high points of this classic album. Nearly 40 years after its original release this album remains a true "Joy" to listen to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's a Joy to hear the raw power of IKE ! 11 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Issac Hayes has been in my EARS for YEARS & now the simplicity and durability of CD's has made my ownership of Ike's music that much more portable I am introducing Ike to all sorts of folk. This album is a superb example of the power of words when sung & spoken with feeling Long Live IKe
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