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.Wikipedia
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
loved the string arrangement on one woman. The longer the song the closer to god
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.
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.
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
Slightly limp early work from a bona fide soul legend.
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.
AK: nice album
Awesomely soulful. These instrumentals have been sampled for rap and hip hop time and time again.
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.
Just flat-out awesome.
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.
Not much more to say about this album, groovy, delicious, buttery soul. Always been a favourite and always will be
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
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.
I bought the album while listening to it
El puro blues.
Love the grooves, defs listen to this again
Walk On By is great.
Excellent album with an amazingly chill vibe.
This is what soul should sound like
Mmmm, first time music making me feel this way, damn.
WOW, how smooth is this.
Wow. El mejor disco del 69, me cae.
So rich so smooth so good
Väldigt bra, lyckas på alla fronter.
Sweet smooth soul music.
كتبت 8 صفحات مالبوهالي و أنا نسمع فيه
Very good. Surprised I liked it.
Album cover alone tells the whole story. Legendary!
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
Loved it! Very smooth voice and funky sounds.
Good album, the tracks are epic and needs your full attention
So funky I had a hard time falling asleep when I should have. That's the problem with starting to do this at bedtime.
Favorite Track - Walk on By Where I was - Home How I listened - Vinyl Listen Again? - 100%
Wow. This album is absolutely brilliant.
A new classic. Sounds like early 90s. Great bass lines, great production.
Amazing album. Wish I had more time to write my thoughts about this album
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
This is sooo good.
isaac hayes is cooler than me and he knows it
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.
Un bonito y excelente álbum.
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.
thomas shelby's relationship with women
Hot Buttered Soul and some Chocolate salty Balls, not a bad way to spend an evening.
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.
Terrific. Flawless. I could listen to him vibe over a soul instrumental for hours
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
This one was so fucking awesome. Hot, buttered and oh so smooth!
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.
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.
What's there not to love?
I’ve only ever known Isaac Hayes as Chef from Southpark, but I enjoyed the groove on this album! A definite classic.
Such an incredible album. Don't even know what else to say. Always been one of my all time favorites.
Butter me up baby!
amazing legendary great spectacular one of a kind
Absolutely flies by (after all, only four tracks!). It somehow feels both slight and like an absolute monster. I'll take my soul in this-sized chunks, thanks very much.
Although I think that the intros to "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" set the tone quite nicely, they drag on a little too much in my opinion. Other than that, it's a fantastic soul record that'll most likely grow on me more as time goes by.
Own on vinyl. Samples galore. Four tracks!
Jazzy soul music, Nice chill vibes, would go well with a morning coffee or a glass of wine. Not hype music
Now we are talking. The bass lines on this album or so funky. Of course, so is Isaac himself.
Not my favorites but still an great album
Listened to this with my wife...spent the majority of the evening making intense, passionate love with her! Thanks Issac Hayes
composed really well, love the instrumentals
The title almost deserves 5 stars itself. This is baby makin music!
I do love his voice. And the music was enjoyable.
Opening track got my day going but wasn't sold on the monologue on track 4
This morning I started listening to Hot Buttered Soul by Isaac Hayes on my way into work. It's my first time with this album as I haven't listened to a lot of soul over my life. I remember a time when I couldn't stand the longer versions of popular songs. For example, growing up and listening to CCR - I would have to skip I Heard It Through the Grapevine because it was 11 minutes long. That felt like forever. I want a song full of hooks, easily accessible, and I want it fucking short like a normal song! Or the long version of Light my Fire by the Doors, that was also painful to sit through for me in years past. But age has mellowed me I guess. This album with it's four songs, it's long instrumental sections, and the honesty of the singing - wow. It feels expansive and epic, and also very intimate and personal at the same time. Taking it slow has never felt so right. This was a lovely thing to hear this morning.
Soul but experimental.
awesome album, great beats
Soul. Bastante bueno!
I can’t exactly explain why but I really enjoyed this album. The songs came to life and the emotion in it is genuine, and the musicianship found in the band were all great for me.
slow, jazzy, and full of soul. I learned he is the voice of Chef on South Park and is a scientologist. he died in his sixties after a stroke. but these were the songs of a younger man, full of life and passion.
Very smooth soul, almost didn't realize it ended because it transitions so well with other music. Really good relaxing music.
Good songs but the last one is just kinda boring. Still groovy.
Much to my neighbours joy and elation I sang along to this. I even did the brass sections and the sexy guitar flangin' bits. This album makes me feel like a straight up hottie. I don't want to give it my top score, because I'm saving that for when The Used 'In Love and Death' appears on this list.
Opening this up to listen and seeing four tracks was really exciting. If I'm remembering right, Isaac did the Shaft soundtrack and that same vibe is in this album, maybe just a little slower. There was a magic to these songs that makes them timeless both in length and memory. Consider my soul all buttered up.
opening tracks were so cool, will definitely revisit
4+ definitely. Good vibes, loved his voice. An 18 minute song is just a commitment.
I liked this. Some of the songs definitely overstay their welcome but they’re really good overall. 4+
4.5/5, there's a vibe here that I haven't quite seen before. A timeless nostalgia. A warmth
Walk on bye
Ganska bra, väääldigt långa låtar så kommer liksom aldrig LYSSNA på dem, skulle gett 3,5 men får väl va generös.
Isaac Hayes is so smooth.
Good stuff, haven't listened to much soul before, I especially like the first two tracks: the cheating lyrics are a bit much. I recognise a snippet from a public enemy sample, and I'm pretty sure portishead/tricky use some samples of his too
Pretty fun. I see why he's legendary.
Easy listening for me …. Seemed songs were stretched out… 46 minutes for 4 songs…..
Each of the extended songs take a while to get going, almost like Hayes is engaging in musical foreplay, but when the beat hits and the horns start a'blowing... swoooon.
HBS, an important soul music album, perfectly matches my own preference for music. It's an album I would gladly play at home, however, I think I would tire of it too quickly. 4/5
i refreshed by accident and it ate my notes!!! :brofrustration:. anyway its good. groovy, soulful, hypnotic, great vocals and great rhythm section- love the soloing throughout - the guitar is tastefully thin for a sound thats getting panned all over the place. the best part is 9 minutes into by the time i got the pheonix when it goes from podcast w/ cymbols into an actual song. so good. simply good vibes i gave 8/10 (where do i put ratings?)
Funky, buen blues.
So far i'm enjoying this album overall. the things that are throwing me off is how long the songs are, i know it was normal for the time but i'm definitely not used to the length of the track. the instrumentation is great, once i learn to dj/sample and whatnot i definitely see myself using sounds from this album. his voice is exactly the voice i like to listen to when it come to older music. I wouldn't say he's a baritone, but he has that nice deep sultry voice that i love 4 songs, 45mins? wow that's crazy! i'd definitely give it another listen. though i'd have to be reminded the album exist, i'd have a hard time remember for myself
Surprisingly chilled and groovy
Really good as smooth background soul music
Solid. Kinda proto-funky.
Nice Soul Álbum but it didnt blow my head, its ok its prescence in this list
Different, but nice
Origin of so many samples and covers
Groovin tunes, loved the backup singers and the hot buttery sound of the lead. Definitely would listen to again
Fine album. Not my cup of tea musically but no denying the quality...and that voice...buttery smooth.
A combination of R&B and progressive rock. Walk on By is a journey. Loved it.
Oh yeah, baby, uhh!
SEX! also chef was a good character
An interesting, very full-bodied interpretation of big band soul. I first thought this was a pretty modern, retro-styled album. It must have been way ahead of its time when it came out. Good album. But not one I'll actively listen to again.
Strong 8 to a 9, such a nice album.
To jeden z tych albumow, ktorych nie slyszalem, a czuje sie jakbym go znal od poczatku do konca, a wszystko za sprawa murzynskich samplowan, wiec z dziwnym uczuciem deja vu, a efektu tego dopelnia sam pan Isaac, ktorego glos skads jakbym znal i okazalo sie, ze to przeciez szefu z south parka z pierwszych sezonow, to kolejne mile zaskoczenie, ale czym tak w ogole jest hot buttered soul, bo wiadomo, ze kopalnia dzwiekow z ktorej czerpali gleboko w latach 90, chocby biggie i pac, dj quik, czy public enemy, jak dla mnie ta plyta to jeden z najlepszych prob zbalansowania soula i funku na jednym krazku, stad tez pewnie nazwa progresywnego soula jako gatunku, ktory zawiera zaledwie 4 traki, ale dwa z nich to kompozycje na 12 i 19 minut, wiec ciezko bedzie z plejlistowym pickiem, 3 kawalki to covery, a raczej wlasne interpretacje istniejacych juz utworow, jedynie hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic, prawdziwie murzynski tytul jak na rok 69, wiec o ile pan Isaac nie jest autorem mocnych soulowych tekstow poruszajacych serca, tak jest kompozytorem brzmienia, ktore jest esensja czarnej muzyki funka, ktory porusza ducha, a nie jedynie cialo, sam hayes klika w kawisze na tym albumie, jesli chodzi o dodatkowe instrumenty, to jest on wspierany przez the bar kays, na walk on by wspierajaca gitarka, ktora jest w centrum uwagi zwlasza pod koniec traka jest harold beane, to wlasnie ten kawalek bedzie jednym z plejlistowych pickow, kolejnym natomiast ogrinalne kompo czyli hyperowy trak, nie moglem sie doszukac jaki cory czarnego plemienia wspieraly wokalnie hayesa na tym materiale, ale jest to jeden z lepszych chorkowan jakie ostatnio slyszalem na funkowych graniach
Had heard a few tracks off this album in the past, but this was my first concentrated listen-through. This thing soars high in so many spots. The passion and intensity comes through, and the music is so strong. Although I do get they wanted a real orchestral sound to the album, just as personal preference I don't always want so much from the strings and horns. Isaac Hayes' talent comes through no matter what.
Very cool, slick
Never has an album been more appropriately titled. Maximalist to the point where the spoken word intro to By The Time I get To Phoenix lasts 8 minutes! Highly flavourful and dripping with soul.
It's like a massage for your inner ear
Songs to live inside
Sooooo soulful ! The horns on the final track were amazing so 4*
Oh Chef, Chef, Chef. This is how you got that badass reputation, you smooth motherlover
Smooth and soulful, and a bit strange. Interesting to hear a Public Enemy sample. I enjoyed this a lot
What a voice!! I was familiar with the theme from shaft but have never listened to anything else Hayes has done. Smoother than a cashmere codpiece, I liked it a lot
Amazing recognised so much of thos from the wu tang and various hip hop album. Weird sexy and differnt amazing music. Liked how the album had like 4 songs but each one lasted ages
Isaac before he went full-throated crazy. Amazing piece of work, his voice is like hot butter.
Strange scientologist releases the perfectly titled album. This is smooth and hot. Long strung out soul jams that make you want to bathe in coco butter. Just forget about the aliens. Best Tracks: Walk On By; Hyperbolicsyllablecsesquedalymistic
Methinks the 1,001 algorithms are have a bit of fun by giving me Napalm Death and Isaac Hayes back to back. But hey, variety is the spice of life and Hayes' Hot buttered soul album is one of my all-time favourite soul albums. Side A truly deserves the over-used and cliche'd adjective Epic. His cover of Burt Bacharach's Walk on by is a magnificent psychadelic trip and those string and vocal arrangements! As an aside, the Stranglers' cover of this same song is very different and equally good IMO as they give Bacharach's light pop song some real edge. Side B flails a bit, and gets a bit self-indulgent, so this baby gets a minor deduction and just misses perfection.
I'm normally not a fan of cover versions but when you breathe new life into them like Isaac Hayes does it's a different story. He showed good taste in the songs he selected. Walk on By and By the Time are nicely crafted tunes. The guitar and backing vocals in Walk On are rare groove staples and I even enjoyed the lengthy intro (about 9 Scum songs long) in By the Time. The late piano solo in Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic sounds like it could have influenced a lot of early house music 20 years later. One Woman isn’t as strong but those lyrics!
This album is all about the bookends. Half way through Walk on By I was convinced that Isaac Hayes was a magician. Dionne Warwick sang this song beautifully and, I would think, sang it exactly how Burt Baccarat had intended. Along comes Issac who turns the song upside down and creates a 12 minute funkasized soul masterpiece. In the other bookend, By the time I get to Phoenix, he shows what a fabulous story teller he is as he spends over 8 minutes telling a story about what the song is about. The listener doesn't need any help understanding the song; the lyrics are plainspoken. The story is quite easy to listen to regardless. When the song starts he shows his excellent voice as he belts on this ballad. As an old white fart I naturally love Glen Campbell's 1967 cover of this song but I now like Issac's version more.
2 classic covers
Wow...Really nice Album. Nothing to add to that. (7/10) FT: Walk On By, By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Some songs were a bit long but didn't take away from the album in any way, a great album for a period of relaxation
Very cool and unique take on soul. I dig it
I'd be happy if this album was a 45-minute version of "Walk on By". But even at 12 minutes, it's absolutely lush and a teasingly long version that takes all the best things about the song and combines it with all the best things about Mr Hayes.
I enjoyed this one a lot, was not expecting to. Also, SHOCKED that this is from 1969! Spotify said it was from 2016 and I was like yep that tracks, but I guess that was just a remaster or something? I could not believe this from the 60s, sounds so modern. Crazy.
Definitely a hot and buttered. A deliciously funky psychedelic soul. Issac Hayes, the one who made the famous "Shaft" soundtrack. But this is something else. It's much better than the mentioned album. I love the long and smooth instrumentals. The length and the psychedelic nature of this album feels a bit too much however. But who wouldn't love a big steamy buttery treat like this for breakfast?
“Now get the fudge out of my house”
Tracks longas, jazzy instrumental, gospel backing vocals.
Absolutamente climático, sexy, con la magia propia del soul bien lograda en canciones quilométricas que no hastían. Se archiva.
Fav Song: Walk on By
Hyperbolicsyllablecsesquedalymistic absolutely slaps
Some hot buttered soul baby!
Enjoyed the first track a lot- great voice, and the instrumentals (especially the buildup at the end) were amazing as well. The tracks are quite long (except the third one, but that is still five minutes). The buildup is great in the last track as well- it started quite slow, but I really liked the ending.
Anything hot and buttered is a thing of beauty. The first ~10 minutes of Phoenix is a miss, but everything else is fire.
Amazing representation of an underrated genre.
Only four tracks (plus some bonus material, including an odd interview, on Spotify), but all good. Not sure any of the songs really needed to be quite so long, but didn't mind it. "Walk on by" was virtually unrecognisable, and "by the time I get to phoenix" lasted about a week!
Wavy as hell, the story telling is so awesome !
Det här var bra.
Isaac and the Bar-Kays 60's Black Awareness soul here, with some excellent musicianship and Jazz like interpretations of classic pop songs Bacarach & Davids' "Walk On By" which is, I believe a definitive cover, and Jimmy Webbs' classic "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". The musicianship throughout this LP is outstanding with orchestrations, by Johnny Allen which are worthy of the best arrangers. You can here how influential this album was on soul music throughout the 70's and into later decades. A great album with just four tracks must be one for the record books is their an album, apart from Mike Oldfields' Tubular Bells, with fewer tracks? great influential album which I personally love and it is rightfully here.
Definitely not what I expected, but I'm not disappointed. I think I'll have to give it more listens, but so far I like it.
That’s a stone cold groove but anything with 10 mins of chatting shit over a single bass note is always going to struggle to get full marks from me.
Smooth as Butta!
thought i couldn't get into soul because I never really listened to it but I really enjoyed this album! It's honestly something I would love to listen to more often.
My man, love this
Great jam filled soul here. Favourites: "Walk On By", "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"
Didn't take the time to listen to it but I've heard it before... eeiiss gewd
Real solid 70’s soul.
Already heard this one, it's damn good and very enjoyable. Definite highlight is 'Walk On By'. I procrastinated hearing this for far too long, and by the time I got round to it I deeply regretted it, as this album is a bonafide classic and I can't see why anyone would dislike it. Only gripe is the long intro that was spoken word on the last song, drags a bit and just wasn't as captivating as the other songs. Ah well though, it's still a decent track.
This is pretty darn awesome! Comes reeeeeal close to getting a five, but "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is a bit of a drag to get through. I'm usually pretty patient, but man, even I have limits. Fave track - "Hyperbolicsyllablecsesquedalymistic" Love it! Hell of a jam!
Elska þessa rödd og rólega grúvið sem er í gangi þarna.
First time I have ever listened to it. Loved it. Would have been five stars if not for the twenty two minute intro on the last track.
This was a great surprise. An album with a soul!
Grooves, soul, long-winded story about a guy leaving his wife that didn't seem to get anywhere, swelling strings, funky breaks, and more soul. What would happen if you showed up to record an album having thought it over only briefly but were so talented that it's an instant classic.
I've heard this one recently and it is also a part of my vinyl collection. Chef from South Park knows how to make a fucking smooth ass record!
Fantastic album. The one thing this project has taught me is that I like soul way more than I thought I did.
Butter smooth soul
High production quality! 4/5
Alleen de eerste 2 nummers kunnen draaien, maar dat klonk echt super! Je moet er wel een beetje voor in de stemming zijn.
Every day is improved by an eighteen minute Jimmy Webb cover.
UNEXPECTEDLY FIRE. This was my first album recommendation and I was hesitant to listen. I really enjoyed it. There were songs lasting 12-20 minutes, which felt like a newer and more abstract concept but I guess this was not made for the radio. Anyway. Loved it
really fucking good
Four long songs - the first two are fantastic, the latter two are nothing special. The spoken word segment from "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" was weird and straight-up not enjoyable (musically speaking). Minus 4 stars for being a Scientologist, plus 4 stars for being Chef from South Park.
highlights: - walk on by - one woman album's great liked: yea
This album is actually epic, great vocals, wordplay, emotion, production, instrumentation, I'm reminded of bright eyes honestly, which I know came way later but I wonder if they were inspired by soul/r&b
Track length and structure fascinating - Walk On By immediately added to Liked Songs