Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Classic Album Revisited

By the late 1960's Black artist were recording extended epics. Isaac Hayes, Stax Records singer-songwriter, was at the forefront of the movement. His second album, Hot Buttered Soul included 4 songs and was roughly 45 minutes long. Isaac transformed two well known pop songs, Burt Bacarach's "Walk on By" and Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", into Memphis infused slow burning soul classics. Isaac is joined by the Bar-Keys on the funky ten minute"Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" turning Hot Buttered Soul into a masterpiece.