ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul (1969) – 40th Anniversary Edition

Hot Buttered Soul (YEAR)
40th Anniversary Of An Influential Soul Classic

Here’s an uploaded post with no text to go along with it. The 40th Anniversary Edition of Hot Buttered Soul, though… the bonus tracks are skimpy – two single/radio edits. But the LP, a slow, cinematic re-envisioning of the possibilities of soul music – with a 12m “Walk On By” an 18m “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” – is a unique beast. The amazing Bar-Kays provide the background for Hayes’ expanded workouts. AMG gives it 5 stars. Cheap at Amazon, HERE.

Walk On By (12:01)
Hyperbolicsyllablecsesquedalymistic (9:37)
One Woman (5:10)
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (18:41)
Walk On By (Single Edit) (4:26) – Bonus Track
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Single Edit) (6:46) – Bonus Track


  • Willard
    December 6, 2011 - 11:42 | Permalink

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  • G
    December 6, 2011 - 15:13 | Permalink

    Issac Hayes – – knew of his name – knew he co-wrote more than a good many of the great Stax hits that I grew up listening to – – Sam & Dave, to state one of the many performers who made Porter-Hayes a name to remember. Then – and I hate to admit it was, ouch, let’s say a while ago heard him covering “,,,Phoenix” and thought that was something he’s covering this song – – and, naturally, purchased the album – and that made me cognizant of the fact that “Ike” was covering another song-writer – so, in addition to this recording, this album was one that started me searching for Jimmy Webb recordings. After “Hot Buttered Soul” – there were a few more releases – I think Haye’s “Ellie’s Love Theme” from “Shaft” is well worth a listen – and if you don’t like it…, well you can just “Shut Your Mouth”. I thought it said a lot that a well known songwriter was doing covers – and doing them his way.
    Thanks – Willard – as always for your suggestions.
    All the best

    • Willard
      December 6, 2011 - 15:37 | Permalink

      Thanks for the assessment. Nearly twenty minute tracks were not the norm for anybody, much less soul artists. Ike had some balls, that’s for sure.

  • snakeboy
    December 6, 2011 - 18:45 | Permalink

    Thank you Willard. This is indeed a five star record.

  • Dave
    December 6, 2011 - 20:06 | Permalink

    Thanks for this one. I had the LP way back in the day – it was one of the coolest soul records around.
    Regards, Dave.

  • Eric
    December 7, 2011 - 15:42 | Permalink

    I pressed play – and immediately recognized “Walk On By” as the sample used by Hooverphonic in “2 Wicky”, the lead track on the “Stealing Beauty” soundtrack.

    Always fun when that happens.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Willard
      December 7, 2011 - 16:31 | Permalink

      Didn’t think of that one.

  • mauijim
    May 24, 2014 - 11:30 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. I consider this the greatest soul album after What’s Goin On and only docked a notch due to the use of cover songs over orignals and of course the message on WGO.

  • Visions
    May 24, 2014 - 18:41 | Permalink

    The Isaac Hayes story is beautifully told in Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, by Robert Gordon. Terrific read. Hayes’s move from a songwriter for Stax (with David Porter) to a recording star in his own right basically saved the label from bankruptcy after it was raped by Jerry Wexler and Atlantic Records. But eventually Stax (and I think Hayes) went broke anyway. Tough business, the music industry.

  • Anonymous
    May 25, 2014 - 01:33 | Permalink

    Yes, I agree about this being one of the greatest soul records. I remember the first time I heard his version of By the Time I get to Phoenix, I was just floored.

  • zappahead
    May 26, 2014 - 09:53 | Permalink

    I have to admit not being a big soul fan….I like Curtis Mayfield and various others of that ilk but….I’ve heard a lot about this album and now I see you are suggesting it….I’ll take a listen…thanks Willard… your word is king….cheers.

    • Willard
      May 26, 2014 - 12:03 | Permalink

      Thanks, but there’s no telling what’s going to float someone’s boat. I also like out and out noisemakers, too, with little redeeming social value. But, as you say, it’s worth a listen if nothing else.

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