Isaac Hayes

Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes

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Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes provides an overview of Hayes' solo Stax recordings. Prior to honing his own sound, Hayes and partner David Porter were collectively responsible for well over 200 songs, including the genre-defining "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," "Soul Man," "B-A-B-Y," "Hold On, I'm Comin'," and "I Had a Dream." Hayes then redefined the role of the long-player with his inimitably smooth narrative style of covering classic pop and R&B tracks, many of which would spiral for well over ten minutes. Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes includes several of those sidelong platters such as "Walk On By" and "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and the heart-wrenching reading of Jerry Butler's "I Stand Accused." Other seminal tracks from Hayes' dozen solo platters include a fair sampling from his seminal Blaxploitation soundtrack to Shaft (1971) such as the irrepressible film's main theme as well as the semibiographical and sociological "Soulsville." The choices of "Joy, Pt. 1" and "Do Your Thing" are also worthy of mention, as they give additional dimension to Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes apart from strictly a by-the-books best-of -- which in all honesty would hardly do justice to the only man fit to be called the "Black Moses of Soul." Those who feel that this single-disc compilation from the U.K.-based Ace Records reissue label leaves out a personal favorite or two may best be served by the decidedly more comprehensive two-CD collection Man!: The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969-1977, which provides nearly twice as much material, including the latter-era funkified disco of "Chocolate Chip" as well as a few rarities, including the theme from the short-lived television drama The Men and a even a radio advert for the Black Moses long-player. Those minor complaints aside, anyone looking for Hayes' key cuts will be well served by Isaac's Moods: The Best of Isaac Hayes.

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