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Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby GoogaMooga » 31 May 2019, 04:12

Picked up a Stax CD comp, "Instrumentals", by the great Isaac Hayes. But what's this? An instro comp of Ike's with no "Theme from Shaft"? The instro with the wicked wah wah guitar riff that netted him an Oscar? When I was a little boy, I went electric when I heard that one. But it ain't on here. And you know what? It doesn't matter. For Ike was a genius. He took symphonic soul to new levels. Simply sublime orchestration, where only Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra got anywhere close. And what we have here is a baker's dozen of these instros, masterful grooves like the opener, "Hung Up on My Baby", with the coolest bass run I have ever heard. So strident, so loping, so... masterful. Isaac Hayes and his band Hot Buttered Soul were like nothing that had gone before. Take an established idea like orchestral soul - think Drifters' "There Goes My Baby" - and then expand on that idea with the most mind-blowing results. Fertile ground, the first half of the 1970s.



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Re: Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 31 May 2019, 10:28

You shouldn't have to get this. Marketing ploy.

What you should do is buy all his regular albums.

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Re: Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby GoogaMooga » 31 May 2019, 11:17

Walk In My Shadow wrote:You shouldn't have to get this. Marketing ploy.

What you should do is buy all his regular albums.

Genius.


I disagree. There are two exclusives on this one for the completists, and moreover, there is something to be said for having so many great instros on one album.
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Postby Jeemo » 31 May 2019, 11:46

Theme from Shaft isn't an instrumental. Hence its non appearance on a compilation of instrumentals.
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Re: Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby GoogaMooga » 31 May 2019, 18:37

Jeemo wrote:Theme from Shaft isn't an instrumental. Hence its non appearance on a compilation of instrumentals.


You're right, don't know what I was thinking there. Actually, there is at least one instro on the CD with some backing vocals only.
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Postby Muskrat » 31 May 2019, 23:34

Jeemo wrote:Theme from Shaft isn't an instrumental. Hence its non appearance on a compilation of instrumentals.


Pedant! :lol:
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Re: Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby Jeemo » 31 May 2019, 23:38

Muskrat wrote:
Jeemo wrote:Theme from Shaft isn't an instrumental. Hence its non appearance on a compilation of instrumentals.


Pedant! :lol:


I think you'll find that Isaac preferred very large pendant decorative style adornments. Oh right.....
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Re: Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby Muskrat » 01 Jun 2019, 02:14

Jeemo wrote:
I think you'll find that Isaac preferred very large pendant decorative style adornments. Oh right.....


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Re: Isaac Hayes' symphonic soul

Postby GoogaMooga » 01 Jun 2019, 03:35

So I made a glaring mistake. Savor the moment. ;)
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