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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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Hot Buttered Soul (Remastered) by Isaac Hayes

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By 1969, black artists were following rock's lead and recording extended epics. At the forefront of such experimentation was big bad Isaac Hayes, coauthor of countless Stax classics and an artist in his own right. On this, his second album, Hayes takes two MOR-pop benchmarks, Burt Bacharach's "Walk On By" and Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and spins them out into slow-building sermons lasting 12 and 18.5 minutes apiece. Heavily romantic, they predate by two years Barry White's symphonic adventures in the same style, revolutionizing soul music in the process. Meanwhile, on the album's third epic, the 10-minute "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic," Hayes and his backing band the Bar-Kays wind up sounding, bizarrely, like a black Crazy Horse. --Barney Hoskyns

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"By the Time I Get to Phoenix"--wow!
John Calvin Hughes
Isaac Hayes' album is the very definition of Hot Buttered Soul.
F. Williams
This is one of the greatest soul albums of all time.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on July 12, 2010
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The memories for me associated with this classic album! (-:
It brings back my childhood watching my parents and older cousins
"do their thing" at the house parties, card parties, BBQ's/Fish-Fries, etc.
that they would throw in my family back then when they were all young
and many who are gone now were still around.

Issac Hayes served notice to the musical world of 1969
that HIS MOMENT had indeed ARRIVED and he was so much more
than just being part of the great Stax Records songwriting/producing
team of Hayes & Porter, who had given the label it's core sound
during the mid 60's with classics performed by Sam & Dave, Otis Redding
and others. This was a MAJOR DEPARTURE from the standard STAX sound
and a glimpse into the bright & funky future of the 1970's and beyond!
I always say that Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Issac Hayes, Stevie Wonder
and Marvin Gaye did more to establish that black music was so much more
sophisticated than it's simple gut-bucket beginnings than any other artists
of their generation. They were the forerunners for Barry White, P-Funk,
The Isley Brothers 70's T-Neck Years, and many others that came after them.

From the opening notes of Issac Hayes' classic sleek, seductive and
infinitely funky re-working of the Burt Bachrach/Hal David via Dionne Warwick
1964 pop classic "WALK ON BY", you just know that this is something very special!
The sweeping orchestration is epic!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on October 21, 2002
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...but, oh, how lovely it is to travel. Isaac Hayes went into the recording studio back in 1969 with his the Bar-Kays as his backing band and created something magical and timeless that is beyond comparison from anything else I've ever heard. With only four numbers present here, it'd be easy to second-guess picking this up, but if you do you are a sucker, because you just don't understand how strong and potent this album is. It's almost ridiculous how many rappers have sampled this material, and how many times they've done it at that, but none of 'em, NONE OF 'EM could amass the emotion and skill that Brother Ike amassed into these four incredible numbers. The opener 'Walk on By' is not to be messed with for nothin'. The intro is hypnotic and intoxicating, stretching on for over two minutes before Brother Ike's mournful and dour voice comes in to sing his frustration and sadness away. Is' a rough number if you lived through it, but it's good fa' the soul. What follows is jus' somethin' funky, fa'real, an' I'm'a try an' spell it all out fa' you. 'Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic' is down-and-dirty gut-bucket funktified soul. Rhodes electric piano, classic guitar riffs, and that repetitive piano that Public Enemy jus' loves to sample. Oh, what a classic piece 'a work. I'm surprised lotsa these reviews don't seem to think too highly of 'One Woman' 'cause I can't get enough of that number. It's sweeter and more easy-going than the other three, but it's no less strong. I first tooke heavy notice of it while I was stuck in traffic on the highway on my way to my girl's house an' I heard Brother Ike say "I fight my way through the five o'clock rush hour, as daylight slowly leaves the sky..." That stuff gave me chills, fa'real.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mediaagent on August 19, 2003
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Let me just start off by saying I was 3yrs old when this "Album" came out. And I remember that every one of my relatives had this album (including my mom and grandparents). Everyone would be partying and playing this album. (Ours is worn out....believe me).
You know how a song can trigger a memory? Well, I saw movie "Dead Presidents" (great soundtrack CD), and Issac's "Walk on By" is included in movie (where they count the money). All of a sudden, I remembered this cut! I heard it so many times in my childhood. So I had to see if HOT BUTTERED SOUL was released on CD.
Thank god it is! Honey, this is soul music at its finest. Issac Hayes does not get the credit he deserves in music history. Forget Dionne Warwick's version, Issac Hayes is the BEST version I've ever heard. The horns, the violins, the melody, the man is BAD! This has got to be the best musical introduction I have ever heard in my life!
Then you get to "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedelamystic"...I have NO IDEA what the hell this means, but I feel the smoke, the sweat, the sex, the incense, the energy of this cut. I tell you, they just don't make them like this anymore.
You want some soul, get HOT BUTTERED SOUL. Issac may be "Chef" on SOUTH PARK now, but he's a musician always. In heart and soul.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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This album is a musical masterpiece !!! Ike transmits his emotions through his sublime voice and his fantastic music. When I hear the nearly 20 minute ``By the time I get to Phoenix ``, I never get bored by the 7 minute intro. You can't skip his rap cause you'll miss part of the message that Black Moses is delivering to you. Walk on by is charged with so much sadness that you can relate easily to what he's going through. Hyperbolic... is pure funk pleasure. One woman is a sweet ballad filled with incredible background vocals. Hot buttered soul is one of the key albums that popularized album concepts and proved that M.Hayes is a musical genius.
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Isaac Hayes was the first artist I know of that put strings into soul and rhythm and blues songs that were made to be listened to, not danced to. I'll bet there were a lot of beautiful babies made out there to the music of Isaac Hayes! I'll miss him forever.
Aug 18, 2008 by Glowski |  See all 3 posts
What R & B, soul, or funk song has the best rhythm?
I really dig Curtis Mayfield's score for Superfly; and, the track 'Nicky Barnes' on the American Gangster Soundtrack is really cool (the whole soundtrack is actually pretty good, just make sure you get the soundtrack and not the Jay-Z album). I would also recommend anything by Sly and the Family... Read More
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