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Hot Buttered Soul

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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 of this world (don't take my word for it though try it yourself and discover something you probably didn't give much thought)
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brilliant
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2015
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In many ways an album just as ground-breaking as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Sly Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On (and, indeed, pre-dating these albums by two years) Stax writer-producer legend, Isaac Hayes’ 1969 recording Hot Buttered Soul has lost none of its hypnotic power and sublime soulfulness over the intervening years. Up to this point, soul albums tended to be mere 'showcases’ for hit singles (albums being customarily padded out with inferior material), but with 'Soul’ Hayes threw this template out of the window, instead giving us a 40-minute recording comprising a mere four songs, including the stunningly original extended versions of Bacharach & David’s Walk On By and Jimmy Webb’s By The Time I Get To Phoenix (the latter running to over 18 minutes and having been previously a hit for Glen Campbell!). An integral part of the album’s reputation rests also with its production, courtesy of Al Bell, (band member) Marvell Thomas and Allen Jones, plus Motown arranger Johnny Alllen, whose sweeping string and horn orchestrations on 'Walk’ and 'Phoenix’ are a key part of what makes the album so iconic.

More akin to a Sly Stone composition, Hayes’ own (curiously titled and misspelled for the album cover!) Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic is another highlight, a hard-driving piece of funk and providing an ironic take on verbal pomposity (where else have you heard 'medulla oblongata’ in a song lyric?). The album’s most 'conventional’ (and shortest) song is undoubtedly songwriter-saxophonist Charlie Chalmers and singer Sandra Rhodes’ soul ballad One Woman – nevertheless it makes for pleasant (if unspectacular) listening.
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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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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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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2009
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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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