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Genius is BACK - well, almost...

  • Mar 11, 2009
Wow! That's what I thought when I unwrapped this thing.
Finally someone tried to recreate the original cover art. Isaac can be unfolded, forming a cross in the end.
Somewhere inside you'll find hidden the two discs. Don't worry; you got brains. A few seconds of patience is all you need.
And here comes the real improvement. The remastering was definitely worth it. The overall blanket the other disc sets suffered from is almost gone (Part-Time Love still has a bass boom though). The instruments, most notably percussion, horns, piano, and the background vocals are clearer and separate better from the rest.
Trust me, I know this record by heart, almost every note. When you are a fan like me, get this.
When you're new to Isaac's amazing talent and after listening to Shaft you started thinking about maybe getting something else, get this. Do not download it. All the depth will be lost. This is the real deal - and Isaac is worth that you dive into his magical music.

From the booklet: The Album was issued on November 15, 1971. By December 18 it had entered Billboard's Best Selling Soul Albums chart shooting straight to number 1 where it stayed for 7 straight weeks in what was a 40 week chart run. It entered the Pop lp chart a week earlier, peaking at 10 and staying on the chart for 34 weeks.

To the music: Ballads and mid tempos mostly, a very relaxing album. It leaves Isaac every space he needs to dig deep into his marvelously multi layered arrangements. Of course there are his famous raps and his keys - magic!
What I love most here is that to me with this album material Isaac found the perfect match for his voice. Don't get me wrong, Shaft was the BOMB but this one, well, give it a try. I promise it won't disappoint. It can't.

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Isaac Hayes' landmark 1971 double disc set is now reintroduced with completely restored album packaging, expanded liner notes, rare photographs, and digitally remastered sound.
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Label: Stax
Artist: Isaac Hayes
Release Date: February 24, 2009

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