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Hot Buttered Soul

Isaac Hayes

1969

Hot Buttered Soul

Album Summary

Hot Buttered Soul is the second studio album by American soul musician Isaac Hayes. Released in 1969, it is recognized as a landmark in soul music. Recorded with The Bar-Kays, the album features four lengthy tracks, including a 12-minute version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David cover "Walk On By" and an almost 19-minute long version of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"; both songs were edited significantly and released as a double A-side single in July 1969.

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Rating

3.45

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6034

Genres

  • Soul
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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

First Isaac Hayes album I've ever listened to, and I absolutely dig the production. Walk on By is a whole vibe. Fantastic album to listen to while reading about Trump's impeachment fall out.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

loved the string arrangement on one woman. The longer the song the closer to god

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

You could have told me this was written in 2020 and I would have believed it. Very modern feel with the guitar and orchestrations. Fantastic!

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Starts with a great groove but dissolves later.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

ta weno

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

That voice needs a pregnancy warning and some great grooves, I imagine he must get sampled to death. Gets a bit wank with the 8 min spoken intro to By The Time I Get To Phoenix.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Before listening to this I only really knew Isaac Hayes thanks to his chocolate salty balls, the theme from Shaft and his dalliance with Scientology. I really enjoyed his version of ‘Walk on By’ and thought I was going to love the album, but the next three tracks were a bit less interesting. Didn’t love it, but it might have piqued my interest enough to go and check out some of his other stuff. Would probably have given it a 2.5 stars if I could.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Un Isaac Hayes un peu envahissant sur cet album. En effet dès les premières notes de cet album, ce dernier nous invite à toucher son crâne dégarni, d'une propreté il est vrai impeccable. Nous refusons poliment, mais ce dernier revient à la charge à plusieurs reprises, fonçant tête baissée en notre direction afin de juxtaposer son crâne parfaitement rasé à nos yeux ebahis. Nous ne lui en tiendrons pas rigueur au vu de la qualité exceptionnelle de ce crane.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Un Isaac Hayes plus sexuel que jamais et cette-fois ci totalement décomplexé vis-à-vis de son crâne lisse et chauve qu'il n'hésite pas à nous glisser sous le nez à chaque fois qu'il en a l'occasion. Inutile d'essayer de l'éviter, autant poser ses narines à sa surface et renifler la couche de sébum qui le recouvre en profitant de l'instant présent.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

Yeah, that's a no for me, dawg. I never realized, before listening to this album, that something could be simultaneously excessive and not enough. This album is SO MUCH. Long tracks, extended vocal and instrumental stretches, a whole, spoken-word story for some reason. And yet, it leaves me wanting and feeling like I'm missing something. There's a lack of substance that I just don't get. The only reason this was saved from a one-star review is that the musicianship is incredible even if it's not being leveraged to its full potential.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Wow, what an incredible album, listened straight through twice. Had to take a second in between to appreciate that this was made in 1969! Cool, sexy, and incredibly well produced. Plus, any musician that borrows this many terms from neuroanatomy gets an extra point from me. Rest in peace, Chef.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Literally one of the best albums of all time. I'm not kidding. If you haven't listened to it before I beg of you to do so. Three out of the four songs are kinda lengthy but I guarantee that the payoff is worth it.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Fantastic early soul. I'm a fan of a four track, 45 minute album. Not something for everyday, but a nice treat every once and a while.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

This album was better than I expected it to be. I was scared by the track lengths, but I really liked listening to this album. I do agree with others that the intro to By The Time I Get To Phoenix is longer than it needed to be. It's weird to hear his voice, because I'm so used to him voicing Chef on South Park, but I got past that pretty quickly. He definitely has a nice, soothing voice. It's perfect for this style of music. To think that this was 1969 is crazy. My favourite song was Walk On By.

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Mon Oct 12 2020
3

Huge respect for Hayes. However, one of the problems with releasing a four-track album is that when one of them starts with a 9 minute monologue, it sort of brings the whole thing down. Best track: Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
3

Te lange nummers

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Tue Mar 02 2021
3

Definitely funky. Very sexy. But songs were long and monotonous

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

very nice album to listen to. the songs were really long though and i couldn't stay focused for their entirety.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

The first three songs I can listen to every 3rd month... the 4th... is it a song? Left and came back to the same woman 7 times...

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Good, but his waffle on the final track gets on my tits too much to rate higher than that

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Decent. A bit short. First 3 songs were good. Didn't like the 4th as it was spoken. First song is a mammoth 12 minutes, but very chilled. Would listen to again (minus the last song...)

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Great album name that fits the subject matter perfectly! Smooth as fuck, but the long ass intros add little.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

It's no Chocolate Salty Balls but it's still damn funky. First 3 tracks are real good but my word does that closer drag. Best track: Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Never listened to a whole album by Isaac Hayes. I like his voice, and the whole funk-soul aesthetic. The album only has four tracks, so they need to all be stonkers. The slow-burning, emotive-but-groovy feel works well across the first two long tracks. Unfortunately, the longest track, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", isn't doing that much for me, with its rambling spoken word and extremely minimal/gradual pay-off. Overall, a 3 for this - I enjoyed it, but I'm somewhat ambivalent.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Soul! 4 långa låtar mjuk krämig balsam bestående av fin saxofon och skönsång. By the Time I Get to Phoenix är en episk låt på närmare 19 minuter som börjar med att Isaac Hayes pratar (tidig rap???) i 5-6 minuter, och som senare bara stiger och stiger i intensitet i en halv evighet. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic vinner pris för bästa låttitel. För tankarna till Outkast, säkert inspirerade? Inledningslåten Walk on By är nog ändå den vassaste. En 12 minuter lång låt som fångar lyssnaren direkt med de otroligt vackra stråkarna i det instrumentala introt, och sedan aldrig släpper taget. Den uppmärksamme lyssnaren hör även ett beat i introt som finns samplat i The Notorious B.I.G.'s Warning. 3.5/5!!! Bästa låt: Walk on By

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

I've heard a couple of songs from Isaac Hayes, but all of this album was new to me. I'm tempted to listen to "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" again, because I'm sure I missed something in there. Hayes did say 'medulla oblongata' at some point in that song. The music was interesting too. "One Woman" wasn't quite my style, and the LONG spoken intro to "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" (9 of the 18 minutes) keeps this album in the "it's okay" category.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

First half starts off strong but that 18 minute track in the middle of the album loses the groove that had been established. "Hyperbollicsyllablesesquedalymistic" is a great title and a great track. That song is my hands down favorite of this album.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

This one is just good ol soul. It has a few touches that are different than what the genre dictates (making it progressive soul I guess), but overall it's just good soul music. It does have a bit where it's a spoken word poem over a beat which didn't fit the album feel, but other than that it was great. Favorite track: Walk On By

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

I think Isaac Hayes might be a genius. The meat of this was great, but the build up to get there was quite slow (4 tracks, 45 mins). With familiarity from repeated listens, I expect the appreciation and enjoyment of this would grow, but based on one listen it's a 3/5.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

The parts were he didn’t talk we’re pretty good. Also wasn’t this guy a Scientologist?

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

First thought: hey, I recognize this. Portishead sampled it. Second thought: wow, just four track in 45 minutes? Third thought (related to the second one): oh, man is this song still going? There's not an awful lot happening is there? Final thought(s): really liked the first song, the rest didn't really register much. 6/10

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Isaac Hayes has a smoky, yet articulate style. Harkening back to the lounge music era, this album puts the listener in the shoes of an audience member. A delightful experience, one is inspired to grab a cigar + whiskey in between a slow dance.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Sexy and sweet. One of the songs gets a little out-there, both in length and its narrative of evil women. Overall positive experience.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
3

Far too cool for a Monday in January, still this was decent although suffered from Mr Hayes refusal to sing for parts and instead talk for 8 mins

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Tue Mar 01 2022
3

First couple of songs (only 4 very long tunes) are brilliant, then it gets talky and boring

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Tue May 31 2022
3

Isaac Hayes has to be the master of ultra smooth soul. This album, as the title suggests, is nothing but fully Hot Buttered Soul. Although the tracks are lengthy, it has a way about it that will just mellow you out and take you to another place. Best: Walk On By Worst: By The Time I Get To Phoenix

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

I honestly didn’t mind listening to this one but why is there so much talking!?!? After the first time listening to the album you would have to skip wayyyy ahead on the last song.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
2

Slightly limp early work from a bona fide soul legend.

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Sat Oct 24 2020
5

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Every song has five minutes of psychedelic guitar and Issac Hayes talkdown before it actually starts and then another five minutes of jamming at the end. Five stars.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

AK: nice album

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Awesomely soulful. These instrumentals have been sampled for rap and hip hop time and time again.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Screams soul from the get go. Side one has some great full arrangements. Second side closes out in the best song/story telling I've heard in a while. Great produced album.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Just flat-out awesome.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

This album is so good, oh my god. It's truly a masterpiece and it almost makes suffering through all of the filler albums worth it to find one like this.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Not much more to say about this album, groovy, delicious, buttery soul. Always been a favourite and always will be

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

I really enjoyed this. I wish there were some shorter songs, and I wish the album cover wasn't so zoomed in on this guy's head. Otherwise, no complaints

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Hello children!! I loved this. What an artist, to take other people's work and reinvent them in such extraordinary ways, stamping his character all over them while being faithful to the feeling and respectful to the original. Then the other tracks are full of play, lyrically and musically. "Now I want your imagination. I want you to travel with me" - I'm there every time.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Excellent r&b

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

I bought the album while listening to it

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

mt foda

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

El puro blues.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Love the grooves, defs listen to this again

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Walk On By is great.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

Excellent album with an amazingly chill vibe.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

This is what soul should sound like

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Mmmm, first time music making me feel this way, damn.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
5

WOW, how smooth is this.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

Wow. El mejor disco del 69, me cae.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

So rich so smooth so good

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

Väldigt bra, lyckas på alla fronter.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Sweet smooth soul music.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

كتبت 8 صفحات مالبوهالي و أنا نسمع فيه

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Very good. Surprised I liked it.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Album cover alone tells the whole story. Legendary!

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

I’ve never heard something like this before. I didn’t know really long soul songs was what I was missing. This could bring me to tears under the right conditions. I love when an artist/band takes their sweet time to flesh out their ideas, and Hayes does just that. There were times where elements were introduced into a song and I was physically pushed back into my bed. Sinking. This album made me feel like I was on a cloud. Good shiz

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Loved it! Very smooth voice and funky sounds.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Good album, the tracks are epic and needs your full attention

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

So funky I had a hard time falling asleep when I should have. That's the problem with starting to do this at bedtime.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Favorite Track - Walk on By Where I was - Home How I listened - Vinyl Listen Again? - 100%

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Sun Apr 03 2022
5

Wow. This album is absolutely brilliant.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

A new classic. Sounds like early 90s. Great bass lines, great production.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Amazing album. Wish I had more time to write my thoughts about this album

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Hot Hell, this album has amazing texture. The 1st & 2nd song Along with “Phoenix” are amazing. I’ll be it, some of the songs drag in some parts- but they resolve beautifully. Thanks Chef

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Wed May 11 2022
5

This is sooo good.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

isaac hayes is cooler than me and he knows it

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Fri May 20 2022
5

This album is a great listen all the way through. It launched a thousand samples and exhibits a kind of mastery over production, instrumentation, and arrangement. Can't recommend enough.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Un bonito y excelente álbum.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Beautiful

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Frabær

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

Masterpiece!

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Super smooth, super groovy. Love the bold choice of just 4 long songs. Because none of them are duds, you can just get in the zone and ride the hot buttery wave.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

чистый кайф.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

thomas shelby's relationship with women

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Hot Buttered Soul and some Chocolate salty Balls, not a bad way to spend an evening.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Rippers: Holy shit the horns on walk on by are incredible. one woman is also simply amazing. piano and horns give me the chills. damn, Skippers: Obviously, title of Hyperbolicsyllablecsesquedalymistic and the lyrics are ridiculous, but the music is still really great. Also not sure I need the 8:30 minute storytime before By the Time I get to Phoenix starts. Vibe: One Woman and Walk On By are fucking awesome. I want to cruise down deserted back roads at sunset in an enormous bronze Chrysler with the windows down. Gimme that and a fat joint and I'll park that old girl on the moon. Ashamed of myself for having never heard Hayes before.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Terrific. Flawless. I could listen to him vibe over a soul instrumental for hours

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

those four songs were some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard in my life despite how long the songs were, I never felt bored of them, even the last song with that massive and simple intro was still super engaging the whole time this album is too good to rate

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Fantastic

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

This one was so fucking awesome. Hot, buttered and oh so smooth!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Wow, what an album. Hayes makes these 4 tracks his own in this proggy soul album. His version of walk on by has to be one of the best songs I've ever heard. It sprawls over the 12 minute runtime perfectly, creating this grand masterpiece. The other 3 tracks are excellent as well. Hayes has such a strong presence and a great voice. The album cover is very charming as well. A true gem and an easy 5.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

so hot!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

All timer.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Smoother than Chef's bald head. 4 epic songs that embody the peak of 60's soul. To those complaining about the length, you can't build up to a proper crescendo without putting in the time. And Isaac Hayes crescendos are in a class of their own. Expand your short attention having, Tik-Tok binging minds a little, and just let the music wash over you. Get comfortable. Maybe have a drink. Let the music settle in and seduce you. Think of it as foreplay. You wouldn't cut your foreplay short, would you? Hot take, these songs could have been even longer if it wasn't for the format limitations of the time, and I would have been all for it. Final thoughts, the piano solo on the second half of "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" gets me every time.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

What's there not to love?

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

谁能拒绝老的深情的SOUL呢。

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I’ve only ever known Isaac Hayes as Chef from Southpark, but I enjoyed the groove on this album! A definite classic.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Such an incredible album. Don't even know what else to say. Always been one of my all time favorites.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Butter me up baby!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Některá hudba je prostě nadčasová. Jen je trochu škoda, že One Woman ja taková "obyčejná" oproti tomu experimentálnímu zbytku.

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