The Isaac Hayes Movement

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The Isaac Hayes Movement
Isaac Hayes, The Isaac Hayes Movement Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1970
ProducerIsaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes chronology
Hot Buttered Soul
The Isaac Hayes Movement
...To Be Continued

The Isaac Hayes Movement is the third studio album by the American soul musician Isaac Hayes. Released in 1970, it was the follow-up to Hot Buttered Soul, Hayes' landmark 1969 album. Marvell Thomas had come up with "The Isaac Hayes Movement" as a name for Hayes' backup ensemble. He modeled the name after the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Similar in structure to Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement features only four long tracks, all with meticulous, complex and heavily orchestrated arrangements. However, unlike the previous album, this time all four songs are reworked covers of others' material. This includes Jerry Butler's "I Stand Accused", which features a nearly five-minute long spoken intro that precedes the actual song, and The Beatles' "Something", which features violin soloing by John Blair. The other two songs included on the album were the Bacharach-David song, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" and Chalmers and Rhodes' "One Big Unhappy Family".

Released in November 1970, The Isaac Hayes Movement spent a total of seven weeks at #1 on Billboard's Soul Albums chart and remained in the top ten until the last week of November in that year. The album also reached #1 on the Jazz Albums chart and spent 75 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at #8. An edited version of "I Stand Accused" was released as a single in July 1970. It reached #23 on the Soul Singles chart and #42 on the Pop chart.

Stax Records reissued The Isaac Hayes Movement in SACD format in 2004.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."I Stand Accused"Jerry Butler, William Butler11:39
2."One Big Unhappy Family"Charles Chalmers, Sandra Rhodes5:54
Side two
3."I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself"Burt Bacharach, Hal David7:05
4."Something"George Harrison11:45


  • Isaac Hayes – Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
  • The Bar-Kays – Rhythm Section
  • Joel Brodsky – Photography
  • Henry Bush – Engineer
  • Ron Capone – Engineer, Remixing, Remix Engineer
  • George Horn – Mastering
  • Herb Kole – Art Supervisor
  • David Krieger – Art Direction
  • Pat Lewis – Vocal Arrangement
  • Joe Tarantino – Mastering
  • Dale Warren – Arranger
  • Ed Wolfrum – Engineer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lindsay Planer. "The Isaac Hayes Movement – Isaac Hayes | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: H". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 312.