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A decade after Hayes’ Death, the ubiquitous ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ is reissued!

A decade after Hayes’ Death, the ubiquitous ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ is reissued!
Isaac Hayes in 1972
(Photograph: Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Isaac Hayes created history by his 1969 release “Hot Buttered Soul” in which he mixed soul with psychedelia in the first full-length album. Breakiong numerous rules for black people to create music, like singles-only mandate, the album consisted of four full length tracks and inspired many artists for decades like Tupac, Biggie Smalls and Wu-Tang Clan. This album was released by Stax Records, who faced a disaster after the death of its star singer Redding in a plane crash. Sometimes after, Stax canceled its distribution ties with Atlantic Records and lost its back catalogues.

To revive, Al Bell, the label chief instructed all singers to record solo albums.  Hayes took this opportunity to create his new album. “I didn’t give a damn it if didn’t sell; I was going for the true, artistic side,” Hayes told Rob Bowman, the author of “Soulsville USA: The Story of Stax Records.” “I had the opportunity to express myself, no holds barred. What I had to say there couldn’t be said in two minutes and 30 seconds.”

The songs on “Hot Buttered Soul” included a 19-minute song; Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” a 12-minute Bacharach-David hit “Walk on By,” and a 10-minute original piece, “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic.” Hayes shocked the tunes with the psychedelic guitar distortions of a then teenaged Michael Toles. Craft Recordings has reissued the album on February 23 along with some other tracks of Hayes, as reported by The Guardian.