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Enduring Soul Music

24 AUG 10 DAVID NATHAN

Isaac Hayes may be known to a whole generation as the voice of Chef on South Park, but he left an indelible imprint as a peerless soul music icon. With his distinctive bass-baritone, Hayes was a commanding figure onstage and off, an artist who pioneered a whole new approach to recording. As an introduction to his iconic sound, look no further than Soul Six Pack, part of the Six Pack series.

It features a fine sampling of Hayes' artistry. In addition to his Oscar-winning classic "Theme From 'Shaft'," the choices reflect the multi-faceted aspects of his music. A rare instrumental of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" is included along with the single version of "The Look Of Love" from the 1970 best seller ...To Be Continued.

Before he stepped out front, Hayes and longtime musical partner David Porter produced a truckload of hits on Stax artists including Johnnie Taylor, whose version of "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)" predates the up-tempo treatment given the song by Hayes and Porter in rare recorded duet included on Six Pack.

Other cuts are equally worthy of inclusion, including "Joy," the title track of Hayes' 1973 LP and the unforgettable slow jam, "Do Your Thing" from the triple-Grammy-winning, chart-topping Shaft soundtrack, fine examples of the work of a musical legend.