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Monday, January 17, 2011

100 Records That Shook The World, # 52

Hot Buttered Soul (LP)

Isaac Hayes

An album that is unique for many reasons, not least of which the fact that it only contained four songs, the shortest of which clocks in at 5 minutes and 10 seconds.

In 1968 Isaac Hayes was about to return to his day job as a producer and songwriter for Stax Records after his debut LP Presenting Isaac Hayes  failed to sell well. In May of that year Stax split with Atlantic and suddenly found themselves without a back catalog. Head honcho Al Bell issued a directive to his stable of artists that they all needed to get in the studio and record new material for release. Isaac Hayes, who was undoubtedly ticked off about the poor sales of his first LP, told Bell he wouldn't record a second LP unless he got complete creative control. Bell was in no position to refuse, and so Hot Buttered Soul was born. Hayes, along with the venerable Bar-Kays, hit the studio and recorded an album unlike any other at that point in time.

The album has been a major influence on funk, soul and hip-hop artists. Walk On By and Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic have been sampled extensively by artists such as Public Enemy, Hooverphonic, Wu-Tang Clan and 3rd Bass. Henry Rollins has frequently said that Hot Buttered Soul  is one of his all-time favourite albums, and he also interviewed Hayes for his book Do I Come Here Often?

Enjoy the man himself.

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