CD BEST OF Vol. 1 STAX US FCD 60-001
1986 7 TRK Collection (70’s recordings)
CD HOT BUTTERED SOUL UNIVERSAL JPN UCCO-9511
1969 4 TRKS kami sleeve (’08 issue) SHM-CD
CD SHAFT (O.S.T.) STAX US SCD 88002.2
1971? 15 TRKS
LPx2 SHAFT (O.S.T.) ENTERPRISE US ENS-2-5002
1971? 15 TRKS
I have my older brother to thank for hipping me to Isaac Hayes, as a solo artist. I am certain he brought home an LP of “Hot Buttered Soul” and played it for me. How must’ve “Hyperblicsyllabicsesquedalamystic” sounded to my 11 year old ears? FYI, I spelled that from memory, I did not look it up – so maybe it’s not spelled 100% accurately.
Just about everybody in the pool room heard Hayes’ masterwork, “(Theme from) Shaft”; it’s insistent orchestration and R&B groove is not in dispute. Time for the leather pants, jacket and hat. Don’t forget the large gold chains. Oh, and take your shirt off.
I think at some point, Isaac got a little bit ahead of himself. We are all familiar with his masterful songwriting capability – on stuff like several of the big Sam & Dave hits. In the “Rock Music” world, Hayes is a bit of a one-hit wonder with “(Theme from) Shaft” – how many remember “Black Moses”? Or Hayes’ concert film? (I remember that at the end of the film, it says “The Beginning” instead of “The End”!
All is not lost – anybody who makes an album as good as “Hot Buttered Soul” is always welcome around here. I went for a new mastering of “HBS” in ’08, when it was re-mastered in Japan for SHM-CD – probably right around the time he passed away – the obi for “HBS” says (in English) “Mourn For Isaac Hayes”!
To get myself up to speed, I come to find that Isaac Hayes has some SA-CD titles! I’ve seen an SA-CD for the “Shaft” soundtrack, but it was ‘spensive! An Out-of-print collectible, in a glass case on the wall, back in the jazz room @ Amoeba Hollywood – for something like $60! I can find an SA-CD for “The Isaac Hayes Movement” on eBay for under $20 – in the door – but so far, I can’t tell if it’s multi-channel or not. And I guess I just plain old ‘missed’ the SA-CD of “HBS” – I’ve never seen a copy of it for sale.
I would say that to absolutely have your “70’s funk on” totally together, you need both “HBS” and the soundtrack to “Shaft”. Just to make sure I had all the bases covered, I also went for a CD of “The Best Of, Vol. 1” – I don’t want to be caught short, when it comes to Isaac Hayes – at any party I would DJ at.
Maybe I’ll get lucky one day with the Isaac Hayes SA-CD’s, and a high price will be justified (to me) by the presence of a sticker proclaiming “Multi-Channel” (hybrid SA-CD). But I’m not sure if such an animal actually exists!