Black Moses [Deluxe Edition]

Black Moses [Deluxe Edition]

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by Isaac Hayes
     
 

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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<See more details below

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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:
02/24/2009
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0888072312388
catalogNumber:
31238

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Never Can Say Goodbye  - Isaac Hayes
  2. (They Long to Be) Close to You  - Isaac Hayes
  3. Nothing Takes the Place of You  - Isaac Hayes
  4. Man's Temptation  - Isaac Hayes
  5. Part-Time Love  - Isaac Hayes
  6. Medley: Ike's Rap IV/Brand New Me  - Isaac Hayes
  7. Going in Circles  - Isaac Hayes

Disc 2

  1. Never Gonna Give You Up  - Isaac Hayes
  2. Medley: Ike's Rap II/Help Me Love  - Isaac Hayes
  3. Need to Belong to Someone  - Isaac Hayes
  4. Good Love  - Isaac Hayes
  5. Medley: Ike's Rap III/Your Love Is So Doggone Good  - Isaac Hayes
  6. For the Good Times  - Isaac Hayes
  7. I'll Never Fall in Love Again  - Isaac Hayes

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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
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
Kenny Gamble   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
Gorden Brent Ingram   Composer
David Krieger   Art Direction
Hoffman   Composer
Carl G. Lampl   Composer
Toni Cottura   Composer
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
Baylor   Composer
Kesselbauer   Composer
Henry Bush   Engineer

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