Black Moses [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The sheer tenacity -- albeit undeniably fitting -- of this double-disc set has made Black Moses 1971 one of Isaac Hayes' most revered and best-known works. The multi-instrumental singer/songwriter and producer had been a central figure in the Memphis soul music revolution of the mid-1960s. Along with Booker T. and The MG's, Hayes' wrote and performed on more Stax sides than any other single artist. By the time of this release -- his fifth overall, and first two-record set -- Hayes had firmly established himself as a progressive soul artist. His stretched out and well-developed R&B jams, as well as his husky-voiced sexy spoken "raps" became key components in his ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The sheer tenacity -- albeit undeniably fitting -- of this double-disc set has made Black Moses 1971 one of Isaac Hayes' most revered and best-known works. The multi-instrumental singer/songwriter and producer had been a central figure in the Memphis soul music revolution of the mid-1960s. Along with Booker T. and The MG's, Hayes' wrote and performed on more Stax sides than any other single artist. By the time of this release -- his fifth overall, and first two-record set -- Hayes had firmly established himself as a progressive soul artist. His stretched out and well-developed R&B jams, as well as his husky-voiced sexy spoken "raps" became key components in his signature sound. Black Moses not only incorporates those leitmotifs, but also reaffirms Hayes abilities as an unmistakably original arranger. Although a majority of the album consists of cover material, all the scores have been reconfigured and adapted in such a fundamental way that, for some listeners, these renditions serve as definitive. This is certainly true of the extended reworkings of Jerry Butler's "Brand New Me," or Esther Phillips' "You're Love Is So Doggone Good" -- both of which are prefaced by the spoken prelude to coitus found in each respective installment of "Ike's Rap." The pair of Curtis Mayfield tunes -- "Man's Temptation" and "Need to Belong to Someone" -- are also worth noting for the layers of tastefully scored orchestration -- from both Hayes and his long-time associate Johnny Allen. The pair's efforts remain fresh and discerning, rather than the dated ersatz strings and horn sections that imitators were glutting the soul and pop charts and airwaves with in the mid-1970s. Hayes' own composition, "Good Love," recalls the upbeat and jive talkin' "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" from Hot Buttered Soul 1969, adding some spicy and sexy double-entendre in the chorus. Wisely, the CD reissue also reproduced Chester Higgins' original tongue-in-cheek liner note essay giving the history and mythology of the Black Moses persona. [Stax issued a Deluxe Edition in 2009. It contained no bonus tracks but did have expanded packaging and newly remastered sound.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072312388
  • Catalog Number: 31238
  • Sales rank: 13,180

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isaac Hayes Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vibes
Willie Hall Drums, Tambourine
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited Background Vocals
Ronald Hudson Bass, Bass Guitar
Gary Jones Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Sidney Kirk Piano
Lester Snell Keyboards, Electric Piano
Charlie Spitts Guitar
Michael Toles Guitar
The Isaac Hayes Movement Rhythm
Charles "Skip" Pitts Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Lonnie Donegan Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Johnny Allen Arranger
William Brown Engineer
Ron Capone Engineer, Remixing
Jim Currie Composer
Isaac Hayes Arranger, Producer, Remixing
Pat Lewis Vocal Arrangements
Jerry Livingston Composer
Dave Purple Engineer, Remixing
Dale Warren Arranger
Daryl Williams Engineer
Eddie Marion Engineer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Ingram Composer
David Krieger Art Direction
Al Hoffman Composer
Carl G. Lampl Composer
Toni Cottura Composer
The Graffiteria Art Direction
Chester Higgins Liner Notes
Chris Clough Reissue Producer
Aris Composer
William "Billy" Brown Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Mccall Composer
Chester Higgins Liner Notes
Robby Krieger Composer
Peters Composer
Gamble Composer
Baylor Composer
Kesselbauer Composer
Henry Bush Engineer
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