Saturday, April 7, 2012
A Record a Week: Isaac Hayes - Black Moses
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (Clifton Davis)
(THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU (Burt Bacharach)
NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF YOU (Toussaint McCall
MAN'S TEMPTATION (Curtis Mayfield)
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (Leon Huff)
IKE'S RAP II/HELP ME LOVE
NEED TO BELONG TO SOMEONE (Curtis Mayfield)
IKE'S RAP III/YOUR LOVE IS SO DOGGONE GOOD
FOR THE GOOD TIMES (Kris Kristofferson)
I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (Burt Bacharach)
PART TIME LOVE (Clay Hammond)
IKE'S RAP IV/A BRAND NEW ME
GOING IN CIRCLES (Jerry Peters, Anita Poree)
It's hard to hear the sultry vocals of Isaac Hayes and not think of Chocolate Salty Balls or other 'Chef' songs from South Park. No matter how familiar you are with Hayes' career, I would say if you've seen South Park, that will be the image that sticks with you.
Needless to say, this album is much tamer than anything you'd hear on SP, but still displays the smooth tones that made Hayes so famous. He doesn't have quite the bass of Barry White, but the effect is the same, a deep soulful album suited for sensual grooves or lovemaking (alright, that's a bit much, maybe).
Either way, he was a great singer and for a while there, seemed to not take himself too seriously. I suppose with his ultra-christian upbringing, it was only a matter of time before South Park crossed a line for him. Even though he was no longer christian, he had the same approach to his Scientology and thaw was never going to be a subject that Parker and Stone would leave untouched.