Monday, August 11, 2008

Soul Tracks

Isaac Hayes' third album was aptly titled The Isaac Hayes Movement, by the late 1960's black artists were recording extended epics and Isaac Hayes was at the forefront of the movement after following his inner voice and embarking on a solo career. Prior to releasing his debut album, Isaac Hayes along with David Porter were the architects of the gut bucket sound of Stax Records. Describing the music of Isaac Hayes as unique is an understatement. The Memphis bred soul man crafted his own brand of soul music with precise, complex and intense orchestrated arrangements with a heavy dose of organs, horns and guitars. 'Black Moses' marched to beat of his own drums, his songs stretched well over 7 minutes, a far cry from the traditional three-to-four minute industry norm. Released in 1970, The Isaac Hayes Movement is the follow up to Hayes' groundbreaking sophomore Hot Buttered Soul. Much Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement featured 4 extended epic tracks, which included renditions of George Harrison's 'Something,' Hal David and Burt Bacharach's 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' and Chamler-Rhodes 'One Big Happy Family.' Hayes reworked the Jerry Butler classic 'I Stand Accused' into a 11 minute epic chronicling Hayes' longing for his best friend's finance,which features a nearly 5 minute opening monologue full of raw anguish and agony.