Isaac Hayes – The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976) (2017)

Isaac Hayes - The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976) (2017)
Artist: Isaac Hayes
Album: The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976)
Genre: Soul / Funk
Origin: USA
Released: 2017
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
CD 1 – Soul Songwriter, Soul Producer:
Floyd Newman – Sassy (2:10)
David Porter – Can’t See You When I Want To (Alternate Take) (2:52)
Carla Thomas – How Do You Quit (Someone You Love) (2:52)
Booker T & The Mg’s – Boot Leg (2:04)
The Astors – Candy (2:59)
Danny White – Can’t Do Nothing Without You (3:01)
Johnnie Taylor – I Had A Dream (3:02)
Sam & Dave – Hold On I’m Coming (2:34)
Ruby Johnson – I’ll Run Your Heart Away (3:07)
Carla Thomas – Let Me Be Good To You (2:41)
Mable John – Your Good Thing (Is About To End) (2:56)
Homer Banks – Fighting To Win (3:06)
Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y (2:54)
William Bell – Never Like This Before (2:59)
The Mad Lads – Patch My Heart (2:30)
Johnnie Taylor – Little Bluebird (2:54)
Charlie Rich – When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (2:45)
Charlie Rich – Love Is After Me (2:23)
Judy Clay – You Can’t Run Away From Your Heart (2:53)
Sam & Dave – Soul Man (2:37)
The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You (2:38)
Sam & Dave – I Thank You (2:43)
The Soul Children – The Sweeter He Is (6:19)
Billy Eckstine – Stormy (3:53)
David Porter – Can’t See You When I Want To (4:26)
The Emotions – Show Me How (3:05)

CD 2 – Stax Singles:
Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads – The Big Dipper (2:23)
Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads – Blue Groove (2:32)
Precious, Precious (2:41)
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (6:54)
The Mistletoe And Me (3:56)
Winter Snow (2:55)
I Stand Accused (4:03)
The Look Of Love (3:17)
Never Can Say Goodbye (3:36)
Theme From Shaft (3:15)
Do Your Thing (3:18)
Let’s Stay Together (3:46)
Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) (4:22)
Baby I’m A Want You (4:37)
Theme From “The Men” (4:00)
Rolling Down A Mountainside (4:15)
Joy (Pt. 1) (4:35)
Wonderful (3:38)
Someone Made You For Me (4:02)
Radio Spot: You Gotta Have It To Really Be In (1:00)
Radio Spot: The Rapper Is Back (0:31)

CD 3 – Cover Man:
When I Fall In Love (3:30)
Walk On By (11:57)
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (7:00)
Man’s Temptation (5:01)
Never Gonna Give You Up (5:45)
Windows Of The World (5:45)
The Ten Commandments Of Love (Live) (3:55)
Just Want To Make Love To You / Rock Me Baby (Live / Medley) (3:44)
Stormy Monday (Live) (3:12)
I Stand Accused (Live) (6:01)
If Loving You Is Wrong (Live) (4:27)
His Eye Is On The Sparrow (Live) (5:59)

CD 4 – Jam Master:
Ike’s Mood I (Edit) (6:31)
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (5:35)
Black Militant’s Place (3:34)
Ain’t No Sunshine (3:38)
Hung Up On My Baby (Extended Jam) (7:31)
Groove-A-Thon (Extended Jam) (18:47)
Do Your Thing (Extended Jam) (33:02)


One of soul music’s most important singers, songwriters and producers finally has received the proper box set treatment. The freshly minted “The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976)” chronicles Isaac Hayes rise from session musician to superstar. It’s four CDs (plus a replica 7″ vinyl single) housed in a 60-page hardcover book filled with fascinating essays and photos.

Disc one spotlights Hayes’ work as a Stax songwriter and producer. Along with David Porter, Hayes penned such classics as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m A Comin’” as well as Carla Thomas’ “B-A-B-Y.” Obscure gems include a pair of Hayes-Porter songs recorded by Charlie Rich years before “Behind Closed Doors” made him a country star. Of course, Hayes himself would also have hits with country songs — done in his own funk-soul fashion — in the years to come.

“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” the Jimmy Web-penned song that began its long life as a country hit, would be Hayes’ first Top 40 single as a solo artist and is included on disc two in its 7-minute version (for the 18-minute version, with even longer spoken word interludes, get yourself a copy of Hayes’ masterful album “Hot Buttered Soul.”) Disc two concentrates on Hayes’ solo hits so it’s where you’ll also find the self-penned “Theme from ‘Shaft’” and less famous songs, such as the overlooked Christmastime nugget “The Mistletoe & Me,” which Hayes also wrote.

Disc three is dubbed “Cover Man” and concentrates on Hayes’ ability to take songs from various songwriters and genres and make them sound as if he alone should be singing them. Highlights include the 12-minute psychedelic funk makeover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Walk on By” (also from “Hot Buttered Soul”) and previously unreleased live material from a 1972 show including Hayes’ smoldering versions of the blues standards “Just Want to Make Love To You / Rock Me Baby” and “Stormy Monday.”

“Jam Master” is the title of disc four and closes with an 18-minute version of the disco-funk party-starter “Groove-A-Thon” followed by 33-minutes of “Do Your Thing,” a sizzling, often wonderfully weird, showcase for the Bar-Kays and the Movement that originally appeared at 19 minutes on Hayes’ classic double album “Shaft” soundtrack.

“The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976),” with its Hayes-penned and solo hits deftly mixed in with previously unreleased live material and those spacey jams, is a smartly assembled collection that should appeal to hardcore enthusiasts and neophytes alike.
By Wade Tatangelo