Not especially cheap, unfortunately, but this is a really excellent Isaac Hayes album. It was almost certainly his best release in about twenty years, and is far superior to the "Raw And Refined" album which came out at about the same time. Once again, ignore this at your peril!
After some of the rather desultory output of the late seventies and early eighties, this was a welcome return to form. It showed that Isaac Hayes remained capable of making some majestic arrangements. "Branded" draws in a few cover versions and also updates some of his classic Stax tracks. Things start off with a cover of Sting's "Fragile", which is transformed into a magnificent near fourteen-minute suite. He then does a really good cover of "Summer In The City", before slipping into "lover man mode" for the pretty "Let Me Love You". "I'll Do Anything" is the one slight disappointment on the album, but "Thanks To The Fool" gets things going again. The latter represents the next chapter of his earlier "I Stand Accused". The title track is a nice uptempo number with a good horn arrangement and funky groove. "Soulsville" is a decent update of the track on the "Shaft" soundtrack, and the album comes to a close with a worthwhile rap-driven version of "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic". (Guest appearance by Chuck D. of Public Enemy.)
All in all, a really great Isaac Hayes release which deserves to be discovered. Surprise yourself!