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Format: CD
Sku: 60070430
UPC: 025218851527
UPC 14: 00025218851527
Release Date: 11/8/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix ~ Isaac Hayes
2. Walk On By ~ Isaac Hayes
3. I Stand Accused ~ Isaac Hayes
4. Look Of Love, The ~ Isaac Hayes
5. Never Can Say Goodbye ~ Isaac Hayes
6. Theme From Shaft ~ Isaac Hayes
7. Do Your Thing ~ Isaac Hayes
8. Let's Stay Together ~ Isaac Hayes
9. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - (with David Porter) ~ Isaac Hayes
10. Theme From The Men ~ Isaac Hayes
11. I Don't Want To Be Right, (If Loving You Is Wrong) ~ Isaac Hayes
12. Joy - (part 1) ~ Isaac Hayes

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Muze PNote All selections are previously released and appear in their original single versions.
Muze PNote Personnel: Isaac Hayes (vocals, piano, keyboards).
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: David Porter.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist David Porter

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations It's Christmas Time Again
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-20 Top Of The Stax Grea
Muze Music Compilations Wattstax (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Dead Presidents
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Pure Funk
Muze Music Compilations Soul Classics Vol.2
Muze Music Compilations Kill Bill: Volume 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Soul Comes Home: A Celebration Of Sta
Muze Music Compilations Soul Hits Of 80s
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Muze Music Compilations Chronic Les: great Breaks From The Ch
Muze Music Compilations Stax 50th Anniversary:Best Of Stax
Muze Music Compilations Stax Does The Beatles
Muze Music Compilations Soulsville Sings Hitsville
Muze Music Compilations Soul Men
Muze Music Compilations Stax:soul Of Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Stax:soul Of Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Unlimited
Muze Music Compilations Ballads
Muze Music Compilations Anyone Who Had A Heart
Muze Music Compilations Loving Arms:soul Country Collection
Muze Music Compilations Stax No 1'S

Associated Artists and Works

Jackson, Millie
Jesse & Trina
Original Soundtrack
Shaft [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Track] ~ Original Soundtrack
Warwick, Dionne
White, Barry

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/26/1991
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1991
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SCD-8515-2
Music Label Name Label : Stax (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00025218851527

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