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Isaac Hayes

Black Moses

Double 180 gram vinyl with download. Double reissue of Black Moses, the fifth studio album by American soul musician Isaac Hayes. Isaac Hayes is nothing if not ambitious, and this double album collection is a case in point. Released the same year as the breakthrough Shaft soundtrack, 1971's Black Moses' melds Hayes's superior skills as an architect of progressive soul sounds with his talent as a song interpreter. Except for his smooth, boudoir-savvy Raps - there are three within the set, acting as intros to songs about love and devotion - Hayes's own songwriting energies take a backseat to tunes by some of the preeminent pop songwriters of the '70s. Clifton Davis's magnificent Never Can Say Goodbye is given loving - and arguably definitive - treatment here. in its rich majesty, Hayes's reading of Kris Kristofferson's For the Good Times provides an intriguing counterpart to Al Green's spare 1972 version of the same tune. Two Bacharach-David songs, I'll Never Fall in Love Again and Close to You, sound not at all misplaced beside two Curtis Mayfield numbers. that's because Hayes (and his collaborator Johnny Allen) re-imagined the songs into new versions via lush, orchestral charts, so that each tune bears the team's stamp indelibly. though full of covers, Black Moses is an Isaac Hayes record through and through, and in its continuity and smarts, one of his finest.

  • 1. Never Can Say Goodbye
    2. They Long To Be) Close To You
    3. Nothing Takes The Place Of You
    4. Man's Temptation
    5. Part-Time Love
    6. Medley: Ike's Rap IV/A Brand New Me
    7. Going In Circles

    Disc 2
    1. Never Gonna Give You Up
    2. Medley: Ike's Rap II/Help Me Love
    3. Need To Belong To Someone
    4. Good Love
    5. Medley: Ike's Rap III/Your Love Is So Doggone
    6. For The Good Times
    7. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

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