Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
The appeal of Isaac Hayes spans the generations: To some, he's the voice behind Jerome "Chef" McElroy on the raucous animated series South Park, while to others, he's a songwriter who helped pen many '60s Memphis soul classics and later developed the alter ego "Black Moses of Soul," whose musical flights of fancy influenced both the blaxploitation film explosion and the funk and hip-hop that would follow. Comprising two CDs and a DVD, Ultimate Isaac Hayes surveys his musical contributions from 1968-78 -- and then some. The set kicks off with his breakthrough signature song, "Theme from Shaft," and the remaining 31 cuts showcase the man's skills during his Stax/Volt...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
The appeal of Isaac Hayes spans the generations: To some, he's the voice behind Jerome "Chef" McElroy on the raucous animated series South Park, while to others, he's a songwriter who helped pen many '60s Memphis soul classics and later developed the alter ego "Black Moses of Soul," whose musical flights of fancy influenced both the blaxploitation film explosion and the funk and hip-hop that would follow. Comprising two CDs and a DVD, Ultimate Isaac Hayes surveys his musical contributions from 1968-78 -- and then some. The set kicks off with his breakthrough signature song, "Theme from Shaft," and the remaining 31 cuts showcase the man's skills during his Stax/Volt tenure, as an artist who boasted an ear for tasteful orchestral arrangements, a distinct, romantic growl, and a masterful ability to interpret the songs of others. Who else could take the Bacharach/David classic "Walk On By" and stretch it out to more than ten minutes while infusing it with psychedelic fuzz guitar, darting strings, and organ vamps -- and still convey a spot-on mix of remorse and heartbreak? And if some Hayes originals, such as the instrumental "Disco Connection," sound somewhat dated, there's no denying that he knows how to sustain a serious funk groove. The DVD completes the portrait by offering a sense of his imposing visual presence. Three of the four clips on the bonus DVD are taken from Hayes's appearance at the seminal 1972 Watts Stax concert, and the fourth is an animated video of the novelty cut "Chocolate Salty Balls," which he wrote for South Park. Can You Dig It? underscores the timeless charm of Isaac Hayes.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
One of the better and more thoughtful Isaac Hayes compilations, Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It? is a three-disc (two CDs and one DVD) set that covers his years on Stax. There's a wide range of material here, from singles to deep album cuts, that provide a very representative look at these years, and Stax is even wise enough to include "I Stand Accused" and "Walk on By" in their full 12-minute versions. Only minor quibbles could be made with the selections. The third disc, a DVD, contains three songs performed by Hayes at Wattstax. And then there's the cherry -- er, some other spherical object -- on top: Hayes' performance of Chef's "Chocolate Salty Balls."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218884327
  • Catalog Number: 88043
  • Sales rank: 28,636

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Isaac Hayes Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Xylophone, Vibes
Bill Easley Horn
Emerson Able Horn
Harold Beane Guitar
Ben Cauley Horn
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Jack Hale Horn
Willie Hall Drums, Tambourine
Ronald Hudson Bass
Wayne Jackson Horn
Gary Jones Bongos, Conga
Sidney Kirk Piano, Keyboards
Andrew Love Horn
Floyd Newman Horn
David Porter Vocals
Anthony Shinault Guitar
Lester Snell Keyboards, Electric Piano
Erroll Thomas Bass
Marvell Thomas Keyboards
Michael Toles Guitar
Tommy Lee Williams Horn
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
James Alexander Bass
Kevin Bennett Horn
Mickey Gregory Horn
Billy Cauley Horn
William Murphy Bass
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Clifton Davis Composer
Dionne Warwick Producer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Al Bell Producer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Producer
Henry Glover Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer, Producer
Pat Lewis Arranger
David Porter Producer
Marvell Thomas Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Allen Jones Producer
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