Presenting Isaac Hayes

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Presenting Isaac Hayes
Studio album by Isaac Hayes
Released February 1968
Recorded January 15-17, 1968
Studio Stax Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Soul, jazz
Length 33:25
Label Enterprise, Atlantic
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Presenting Isaac Hayes is the debut studio album by American soul musician Isaac Hayes. The album was released in 1968, by Enterprise and Atlantic Records. 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
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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, Riley B. King, Joe Josea 9:04
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Medley: "I'm Going to Chicago Blues" / "Misty" Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke 6:45
5. "You Don't Know Like I Know" Hayes, David Porter 8:30
1995 CD reissue bonus track
No. Title Length
6. "Precious, Precious" Long version" 19:07




  1. ^ Lindsay Planer. "Presenting Isaac Hayes - Isaac Hayes | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Isaac Hayes | Ultimate Isaac Hayes (Can You Dig It?)". Retrieved 2015-08-27.