Joy

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
With seven massive number one records trailing in his wake, Isaac Hayes donned his stylin', funky gold-chain link vest once again and capped 1973 with Joy, a set which might have proven the lucky-streak breaker -- it missed the top spot by one place -- but still waded into gold-record waters with ease. "Joy" itself, of course, was the album's crowning glory, a gargantuan 15-minute piece which essentially devoured side one of the album the accompanying "I Love You That's All" is merely an afterthought. Heady, smoky, ubiquitous -- an instrumental and vocal foray into the land of good grooves -- it was sexy and sassy, with strings and innuendo stripped bare and smoothly built ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
With seven massive number one records trailing in his wake, Isaac Hayes donned his stylin', funky gold-chain link vest once again and capped 1973 with Joy, a set which might have proven the lucky-streak breaker -- it missed the top spot by one place -- but still waded into gold-record waters with ease. "Joy" itself, of course, was the album's crowning glory, a gargantuan 15-minute piece which essentially devoured side one of the album the accompanying "I Love You That's All" is merely an afterthought. Heady, smoky, ubiquitous -- an instrumental and vocal foray into the land of good grooves -- it was sexy and sassy, with strings and innuendo stripped bare and smoothly built to lead anyone within earshot toward a classic climax. The song continued to impact via sampled revitalization from as far afield as TLC, Massive Attack, Eric B. & Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane. But don't forget that Joy is an entire album, with Hayes continuing his silky vocal assault across a further three slow, simmering songs. The best, and perhaps most interesting, is the closing "I'm Gonna Make It Without You." Markedly un-steamy, the song finds Hayes trading in his come-ons, choosing instead to open up and lay himself down in the wake of a broken romance. It's Joy's most touching moment, equally on par with the opener. Indeed, with those two glorious bookends, this album becomes a must-have for any '70s soul aficionado.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1991
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218853026
  • Catalog Number: 8530
  • Sales rank: 52,599

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isaac Hayes Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited Background Vocals
The Isaac Hayes Movement Rhythm
Technical Credits
Johnny Allen Arranger
William Brown Engineer
Willie Brown Engineer
Isaac Hayes Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Willie Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pat Lewis Vocal Arrangements
Joe Tarantino Remixing
Ron Gorden Art Direction
Henry Bush Engineer, Remixing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's great

    This is Ike at his best.This is one to buy

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