Presenting Isaac Hayes

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Presenting Isaac Hayes
Studio album by Isaac Hayes
Released 1968
Recorded Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, January 15–17, 1968
Genre Soul/jazz
Length 33:25
Label Enterprise/Atlantic
S 13-100
Producer Alvertis Isbell
Al Jackson, Jr.
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Isaac Hayes chronology
Presenting Isaac Hayes
Hot Buttered Soul
Reissue cover
Atlantic reissued Presenting Isaac Hayes as In the Beginning in 1972.
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Presenting Isaac Hayes was Soul musician Isaac Hayes' debut album, issued in 1968. The LP was the first release on Stax Records' Enterprise label; Hayes had for several years served as one of Stax's key songwriters, producers, and studio musicians.

Recorded to appease Stax vice president Alvertis Isbell (Al Bell),[2] Presenting features Hayes recording with Booker T. & the MGs members Al Jackson, Jr. and Donald "Duck" Dunn as a jazz trio. No material was prepared for the sessions, so the three musicians improvised an album's worth of material.[2]

"Precious, Precious", recorded as an eighteen-minute jazz piece, was edited to under three minutes for release as a single. Both the 45 and the album underperformed, and Hayes would only continue his recording career after Stax lost its entire backlog to Atlantic Records during the process of breaking away from Atlantic. The lack of material necessitated all Stax artists - Hayes included - to record albums for release, resulting in Hayes' successful and groundbreaking Hot Buttered Soul.[2]

Following Hayes' success with Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, and the Shaft soundtrack, Atlantic reissued Presenting Isaac Hayes under the title In the Beginning.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Precious, Precious" (Isaac Hayes) - 2:45
  2. "When I Fall in Love" (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) - 3:28
  3. Medley: "I Just Want to Make Love to You" / "Rock Me Baby" (Willie Dixon, Joe Josea, Carole King) - 9:04

Side two[edit]

  1. Medley: "I'm Going to Chicago Blues" / "Misty" (Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke) - 6:45
  2. "You Don't Know Like I Know" (Hayes, David Porter) - 8:30

1995 CD reissue bonus track[edit]

  1. "Precious, Precious" [Long Version] - 19:07



  1. ^ Presenting Isaac Hayes at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c "Ultimate Isaac Hayes (Can You Dig It?), Audio". Retrieved March 15, 2008.