Hot Buttered Soul

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Hot Buttered Soul
Isaac Hayes, Hot Buttered Soul Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Isaac Hayes
Released September 1969
Recorded Spring/early summer 1969
Studio Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Tera Shirma Studios, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Soul
Length 45:24
Label Enterprise
ENS-1001
Producer Al Bell, Marvell Thomas, Allen Jones
Isaac Hayes chronology
Presenting Isaac Hayes
(1968)
Hot Buttered Soul
(1969)
The Isaac Hayes Movement
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(C)[2]
The Daily Vault(A)[3]
MusicHound5/5 stars[4]
Paste(9.7/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media(9.2/10)[6]
Rhapsody(favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
Virgin Encyclopedia4/5 stars[9]

Hot Buttered Soul is the second studio album by American soul musician Isaac Hayes. Released on September 23, 1969, it is recognized as a landmark in soul music.[1][10]

Background[edit]

Hayes' 1968 solo debut, Presenting Isaac Hayes, had been a poor seller for the record label Stax Records, and Hayes was about to return to his behind-the-scenes role as a producer and songwriter, when the label suddenly lost its entire back catalog after splitting with Atlantic Records in May 1968.[11]

Stax executive Al Bell decided to release an almost-instant back catalog of 27 albums and 30 singles at once, and ordered all of Stax's artists to record new material, encouraging some of Stax's prominent creative staff, including Hayes and guitarist Steve Cropper, to record solo albums.[11]

After feeling burned by the retail and creative flop of his first album, Hayes told Bell that he would not record a follow-up or any other album unless he was granted complete creative control. Since Bell had encouraged Hayes to record Presenting... in the first place, he readily agreed.[11]

Production[edit]

The album, Produced by Al Bell with Allen Jones and Marvell Thomas, was tracked by engineer Terry Manning at the Ardent Studios location on National Street in Memphis. The Bar-Kays were the tracking band, supplemented by pianist and co-producer Marvell Thomas (son of Rufus Thomas). Isaac Hayes played Hammond organ and sang the vocals live while conducting the tracking band at the same time. Much of the later production was done as part of the package of products brought to Detroit by producer Don Davis to expedite the production process. The strings and horns were arranged by Detroit arranger, Johnny Allen.[11] The producers were looking for a sweeping orchestral sound that would enhance the rock solid rhythm tracks. The project strings and horns were recorded at United Sound Studios by engineer Ed Wolfrum with vocals and final mix at Tera Shirma by engineer Russ Terrana.[11] The pre-delay reverberation technique, recorded in part by Terry Manning on the tracking session, had been used at Artie Fields productions in Detroit in late 1950s, and at Columbia Records; it was also used by Wolfrum and others for numerous productions and commercials previous and after the release of this project including the Marvin Gaye What's Going On project, with orchestration also recorded at United. Russ Terrana went on to the engineering staff of Motown Records and was responsible for the recording and mixing of many hits on that label.[11]

Reception[edit]

American punk icon Henry Rollins has frequently referred to Hot Buttered Soul as being one of his all-time favorite albums; Rollins would later interview Hayes for his book Do I Come Here Often?.[12] The album was released on September 23, 1969 and peaked at No.8.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Walk On By"Burt Bacharach, Hal David12:03
2."Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"Isaac Hayes, Alvertis Isbell9:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."One Woman"Charles Chalmers, Sandra Rhodes5:10
4."By the Time I Get to Phoenix"Jimmy Webb18:42

Personnel[edit]

  • Isaac Hayes – vocals, keyboards
  • Marvell Thomas – producer, keyboards
The Bar-Kays
Technical
  • Al Bell – Producer, supervising producer
  • Bill Dahl – Liner notes
  • Kate Hoddinott – Package redesign
  • Allen Jones – Producer
  • Johnny Allen - Arranger
  • Terry Manning – Engineer
  • Bob Smith – Photography
  • Joe Tarantino – Mastering
  • Russ Terrana – Remixing
  • Honeya Thompson – Art direction
  • Christopher Whorf – Cover design
  • Ed Wolfrum – Engineer, mixing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jason Birchmeier. "Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  2. ^ "CG: isaac hayes". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  3. ^ "The Daily Vault Music Reviews :". Dailyvault.com. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  4. ^ "Hot Buttered Soul". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  5. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. "Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  6. ^ "Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  7. ^ Jon Pruett (1969-01-01). "Hot Buttered Soul by Isaac Hayes". Rhapsody. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  8. ^ "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  9. ^ "Hot Buttered Soul". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  10. ^ Easlea, Daryl (2009). "Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul Review". BBC. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records - Rob Bowman - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
  12. ^ "Isaac Hayes". Wondering Sound. Retrieved 2015-08-30.