- 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)
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Hot Buttered Soul
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I want to write a detailed review but I don't think I can say anything original when it comes to this album. It's just classic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Josh W
Unfortunatel the CD is spoilt by one track (self indulgent drivel) but still worth the price just for Walk on by.Published 16 months ago by Stoney
Cd does not have the bonus tracks included I FEEL VIOLATED,send me the cd that includes the bonus tracks THANK YOUPublished 20 months ago by a gordon
Bought this one for my youngest daughter.
She loves Soul !!
Thought this recording would add some sound to her joy in Soulmusic. Read more