Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Can You Dig It? The Ultimate Isaac Hayes

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2005 at 4:00 AM

Can You Dig It? The Ultimate Isaac Hayes
Label: Stax
Rated: NONE
WorkNameSort: Can You Dig It? The Ultimate Isaac Hayes

You haven't heard Isaac Hayes until you've heard Isaac Hayes sing "Baby I'm-A Want You." Originally the B-side of a single, its presence on this two-CD/one-DVD retrospective is somewhat surprising. But if "Shaft" is the beginning and "Chocolate Salty Balls" is the end of your Isaac Hayes knowledge, the presence of a Bread cover on this set is exactly the reason why career retrospectives can be so valuable. Hayes' versatility as a singer – and, as a songwriter, his infinite respect for a good song – is what made him a vital element of '70s soul music. He could get a little full of his love-makin' self (album side-long songs that aren't prog-rock are good for exactly one thing), and he was quick to let his later albums be taken over by schmaltzy, disco-funk arrangements, but the way he defined a middle path between righteous funk and songwriting traditions is spelled out magnificently on this set.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation