Isaac Hayes RIP


The Master, Isaac Hayes

Listen – Isaac Hayes – Walk On By – MP3″

Greetings all.

I come to you bearing some sad news (and a previously unscheduled post).
The mighty Isaac Hayes has passed away.
Known to most for his Oscar winning ‘Theme from Shaft’, Hayes was a major cog in the Stax soul music machine in the 60’s.
Along with his partner David Porter, Hayes wrote a grip of amazing songs for Sam & Dave, including ‘Soul Man’, ‘Hold On I’m Comin’, ‘You Don’t Know Like I Know’, ‘I Thank You’ (that’s Hayes on the clavinet-y keyboard line) as well as ‘B-A-B-Y- for Carla Thomas and one of my all time favorite 45s ‘Your Good Thing (Is About To End) by Mable John (and later by Lou Rawls).
Hayes later stepped out from behind the scenes for a very successful solo career, at one point his releases pulling the very overextended Stax organization from the brink of insolvency.
The peak of this period was 1969s ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ and its epic reworking of the Bacharach/David classic ‘Walk On By’. Abetted by the Bar-Kays, Hayes removes the song from the elegant pathos of the Dionne Warwick version, drenches it in a quiet storm of strings and tasteful horns, all set against a tripped out fuzz guitar motif*. Hayes’ ‘Walk on By’ is one of the finest soul records of all time, period (as well as the definitive recording of the song). It was a Top 20 hit in the Fall of 1969, his biggest hit until ‘Shaft’ in 1971.
He will be missed.
See you on Tuesday for Vinyl Record Day.

*Haye’s version of ‘Walk On By’ was sampled many, MANY times…

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7 Responses to “Isaac Hayes RIP”

  1. Todd Lucas Says:

    Very nicely done. A big loss, indeed.

  2. GG_Allin Says:

    Nice I’d almost give this spaced out jam Iron Leg approval too man 😀

    Love the flutes and righteous organ work. Solid, solid drumming. Isaac’s livin it up on The Far Side Im sure. Soul like that never dies!

  3. Pete Gloria Says:

    I don’t know that it needs to be the definitive recording of the song, but it’s a monster-muncher version. Now that God has him ensconced in his celestial lounge he can pin Isaac to do a cover of His song, peace to him.

  4. themusicologist Says:

    love this version..only a master like Mr Hayes could have pulled it off.

  5. Patrick Cooper: Greetings from Evanston, Ill. » Blog Archive » Issac Hayes through YouTube Says:

    […] There's lot of material on the service this week, but a few should top your playlist: a live 1973 cover of Never Can Say Goodbye (remember when I had that same shirt?), Stormy Monday from the same benefit concert (apparently Marvin and others also surface in amazing fashion, where can I find the full thing on the Web?), the studio take of A Few More Kisses to Go that's a traditional slow jam in about a million ways — a lyrics poster can't help but put a smiley at the end — but whose chorus phrasing makes it awesome,  and the time Will and Lisa almost got married on the Fresh Prince. Plus: Walk On By mp3. […]

  6. Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) « Taubenkotalarm Says:

    […] ich hier keine mp3s veröffentlichen, aber auf funky 16 corners steht momentan sein Meisterwerk Walk On By zum Download bereit. Essentiell! Posted in musik […]

  7. The Vitalian Stallion Says:

    My favorite artist EVER. Hands down. Black Moses you will live forever.

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