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This review is from: Joy (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.