Isaac Hayes

Soul Six Pack

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In 2009, Universal Music Group devised Soul Six Pack, a digital-download-only series of bite-size samplers that cover a handful of well-known Stax label artists. With identikit artwork and semi-arbitrary track selections that included some -- but never all -- of a given artist's major hits, the series seemed more like an experiment than a service to casual listeners. Isaac Hayes' Soul Six Pack contains single edits of "Do Your Thing" and "Joy," as well as the "Theme from 'Shaft'" and a handful of his best covers, yet it barely scratches the surface. Nothing here comes from Hot Buttered Soul, a masterpiece.

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