Greatest Hit Singles CD (1994)

Artist: Isaac Hayes

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Product Overview


Label Fantasy/stax
SKU 60070430
UPC 025218851527
UPC 14 00025218851527
Format CD
Release Date 11/8/1994
Author Isaac Hayes
Associated Artist/Work D'Agos
Associated Artist/Work El Michels Affair
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Millie
Associated Artist/Work Jesse & Trina
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Warwick, Dionne
Associated Artist/Work White, Barry
Artist Influence Big Joe Turner
Artist Influence Fats Domino
Artist Influence James Brown
Artist Influence Jerry Butler
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Otis Redding
Artist Influence Percy Mayfield
Artist Influence Sam Cooke
Artist Contemporary 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)
Artist Contemporary Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Barry White
Artist Contemporary Bill Withers
Artist Contemporary Black Nasty (Funk)
Artist Contemporary Bobby Womack
Artist Contemporary Booker T. & the MG's
Artist Contemporary Carla Thomas
Artist Contemporary Curtis Mayfield
Artist Contemporary David Axelrod (Producer/Arranger)
Artist Contemporary David Porter
Artist Contemporary David Ruffin
Artist Contemporary Don Covay
Artist Contemporary Jerry Butler
Artist Contemporary Joe Tex
Artist Contemporary Johnnie Taylor
Artist Contemporary Kenny Gamble
Artist Contemporary Marvin Gaye
Artist Contemporary Melvin Van Peebles
Artist Contemporary Millie Jackson
Artist Contemporary Otis Clay
Artist Contemporary Otis Redding
Artist Contemporary Percy Sledge
Artist Contemporary Rufus Thomas
Artist Contemporary Sam & Dave
Artist Contemporary Solomon Burke
Artist Contemporary Steve Cropper
Artist Contemporary Stevie Wonder
Artist Contemporary Terry Callier
Artist Contemporary The Dells
Artist Contemporary The Emotions
Artist Contemporary The Mar-Keys
Artist Contemporary The Staple Singers
Artist Contemporary William Bell
Artist Contemporary William S. Fischer
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Technical Info
CatalogID SCD-8515-2
Lable Name Stax (USA)
Released 07/26/1991
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 1
Length 50m : 8s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00025218851527
Musical Guests
David Porter
Album Notes and Credits
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
All selections are previously released and appear in their original single versions.
Personnel: Isaac Hayes (vocals, piano, keyboards).
Unknown Contributor Role: David Porter.
One of the best-available Isaac Hayes compilation, Greatest Hit Singles bypasses a couple of his later disco hits, but the result is a more unified sound that helps illustrate why Hayes was so important to the development of '70s soul. Of course, a major part of his legacy consists of the epic-length suites that helped usher R&B into the album age, and that facet of his work is necessarily underrepresented here. But as a concise, easily digestible introduction to Hayes' work, Greatest Hit Singles is indispensable. Hayes may have been a master of mood and flow when he crafted his albums, but his innovative, slow-building style also lent itself to indulgence. Greatest Hit Singles presents just what the title suggests -- the single versions of these songs, which prune away Hayes' excesses and boil his core sound down to the bare essentials. Even if this doesn't capture the full scope of his talents, it still gives a sense of Hayes' genius as an arranger and the groundwork he laid for the R&B love-man archetype. There's only one of his trademark "raps" here, on "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," which is slimmed down to seven minutes. Everything else clocks in under five, which usually involves heavy editing. Oddly, for one of the most accomplished soul songwriters of the '60s, Hayes' solo hits tended to be covers; only four of the 12 tracks here are Hayes originals, and two of those were movie themes. His vision as a solo artist lay more in the elaborate presentation and, often, reimagination of his repertoire. If you want to experience the full-length versions, see Stax's two volumes of The Best of Isaac Hayes, or buy the original albums. But for a more concentrated dose of Hayes at his best, Greatest Hit Singles is hard to beat. ~ Steve Huey
Artist Overview
Isaac Hayes is considered by many to be soul's voice of love. His landmark 1969 album, HOT BUTTERED SOUL, inspired other R&B artists (especially Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder) to broaden their musical horizons, while his early-'70s soundtrack work proved just as influential. His epic-length tracks, lush arrangements, and radical soul reinvention of familiar pop songs made him a unique figure in R&B, and his soundtrack for the film SHAFT cemented his iconic status. In the '90s, he experienced another wave of popularity as the voice of Chef in the animated series SOUTH PARK, a role tailor-made for him, until the show's constant jibes at his religion of Scientology drove him to quit. The consummate soul man died in 2008 at age 65.
Disc 1
1 By The Time I Get To Phoenix
2 Walk On By
3 I Stand Accused
4 Look Of Love, The
5 Never Can Say Goodbye
6 Theme From Shaft
7 Do Your Thing
8 Let's Stay Together
9 Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - (with David Porter)
10 Theme From The Men
11 I Don't Want To Be Right, (If Loving You Is Wrong)
12 Joy - (part 1)

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