Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?

Isaac Hayes

Ultimate Isaac Hayes Can You Dig It
  • CAT # 3SCD-88043-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. Theme From "Shaft" 3:15
    2. Precious, Precious 2:44
    3. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic 9:36
    4. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) 4:22
    5. Never Can Say Goodbye 3:36
    6. By The Time I Get To Phoenix 6:45
    7. Soulsville 3:47
    8. Wonderful 3:37
    9. Help Me Love 5:21
    10. Need To Belong To Someone 5:15
    11. Good Love 5:15
    12. The Look Of Love 3:20
    13. Do Your Thing 3:19
    14. For The Good Times 5:20
    15. I Stand Accused 6:50
    DISC TWO  
    1. Walk On By 12:02
    2. Joy (Part 1) 4:41
    3. His Eye Is On The Sparrow 4:20
    4. Brand New Me 8:36
    5. If Loving You Is Wrong (i Don’t Want To Be Right) 4:45
    6. Someone Made You For Me 4:05
    7. Baby I'm-A Want You 4:42
    8. Let's Stay Together (Instrumental) 3:35
    9. Theme From "The Men" (Instrumental) 4:00
    10. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) 4:22
    11. Title Theme "Three Tough Guys" 2:32
    12. Run Faye Run 2:45
    13. Chocolate Chip 3:46
    14. Come Live With Me 3:30
    15. Disco Connection 3:38
    16. Rock Me Easy Baby (Pt. 1) 3:31
    17. By The Time I Get To Phoenix/ I Say A Little Prayer 4:35

Isaac Hayes' 1969 solo debut Hot Buttered Soul set a soulful tone for the decade that followed, influencing innumerable artists and turning on a more conventional audience to the genre. Therefore it comes as no surprise that three quarters of that record are included on this compilation from his 1968-‘77 Stax Records resume (though they are heavily edited to fit the 32-song, two-CD format). Renowned as one of his generation's greatest songwriters and arrangers, Hayes punctuates his creations with hints of r&b, funk, jazz and soul. Examples here include the indelible "Theme From Shaft," a funked-up cover of Burt Bacharach's and Hal David's "The Look of Love," the slow-grooving "Do Your Thing" and a previously unreleased gospel standard, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." The inspired packaging includes a four-track DVD that features a trio of Hayes' performances from the 1972 WATTSTAX Festival at the Los Angeles Coliseum--providing as much evidence of the magnitude of Hayes' esteem as this starter set for anyone seeking an introduction to a legendary artist. --Scott Holter

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