...To Be Continued

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Released in late 1970 on the heels of two chart-topping albums, Hot Buttered Soul 1969 and The Isaac Hayes Movement also 1970, Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays retain their successful approach on those landmark albums for To Be Continued, another number one album. Again, the album features four songs that span far beyond traditional radio-friendly length, featuring important mood-establishing instrumental segments just as emotive and striking as Hayes' crooning. Nothing here is quite as perfect as "Walk on By," and the album feels a bit churned out, but To Be Continued no doubt has its share of highlights, the most notable being "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Released in late 1970 on the heels of two chart-topping albums, Hot Buttered Soul 1969 and The Isaac Hayes Movement also 1970, Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays retain their successful approach on those landmark albums for To Be Continued, another number one album. Again, the album features four songs that span far beyond traditional radio-friendly length, featuring important mood-establishing instrumental segments just as emotive and striking as Hayes' crooning. Nothing here is quite as perfect as "Walk on By," and the album feels a bit churned out, but To Be Continued no doubt has its share of highlights, the most notable being "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." The album's most epic moment opens with light strings and horns, vamping poetically for several minutes before Hayes even utters a breath; then, once the singer delivers the song's orchestral chorus, the album hits its sentimental peak -- Hayes elevating a common standard to heavenly heights once again. Elsewhere, "Our Day Will Come" features a nice concluding instrumental segment driven by a proto-hip-hop beat that proves just how ahead of his time Hayes was during his early-'70s cycle of Enterprise albums. It's tempting to slight this album when holding it up against Hayes' best albums from this same era, but a comparison such as this is unfair. Even if Ike isn't doing anything here that he didn't do on his two preceding albums -- Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement -- and isn't quite as daring as he is on his two successive albums -- Black Moses, Shaft -- To Be Continued still topples any Hayes album that came after 1971. It didn't top the R&B album chart for 11 weeks on accident -- this is quintessential early-'70s Isaac Hayes, and that alone makes it a classic soul album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/1991
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218413329
  • Catalog Number: 4133
  • Sales rank: 13,146

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isaac Hayes Primary Artist, Piano, Bongos, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Timpani, Vibes
Barbara Thompson Cello
Johnny Scat Davis Trumpet
Cliff Acred Bass
Bill Bell Trombone
Ernie Bernhardt Trumpet
Richard Dolph French Horn
Noel Gilbert Violin
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited Background Vocals
Edwin Hubbard Flute
Pat Lewis Background Vocals
Robert Snyder Violin
Ann Spurbeck Violin
James Terry Flute
Nick Vergos English Horn, Oboe
John Wehlan Violin
Vincent de Frank Cello
Joe De'Gerolamo French Horn
Ed Freudberg Violin
Gloria Hendricks Violin
Nino Ravarino Viola
Hal Saunders Violin
Jackie Thomas Trombone
Joan Gilbert Violin
John Davis Trumpet
Jack Fonville Flute
D'Gerolamo French Horn
Technical Credits
The Memphis Horns Contributor
The Bar-Kays Contributor
William Brown Engineer
Ron Capone Engineer
Isaac Hayes Arranger, Producer
Pat Lewis Arranger
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Dale Warren Arranger
Joe Tarantino Mastering
David Krieger Art Direction
Henry Bush Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Piece of Music

    In what I consider to be the Isaac Hayes trilogy (HBS, Movement and ...to be continued), I consider this to be the true stand out. It has a wonderful collection of 5 long tracks, 4 of which were solid hits by other artists and tastefully and soulfully done by Mr. Hayes. What has always amazed me about his music, in particular the three mentioned albums, are the orchestrations. The lush use of strings and horns add depth and at the same time a sparce sound to each piece; it is a strange mix and it works so well, especially on "to be continued". The Look of Love and (You've lost that) Lovin' Fellin' are the two stand outs. I have always loved Chef Hayes, and this album, out of all of them, I think is the best.

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