Wolfy recommendation number one: Hot Buttered Soul by Isaac Hayes
When listening to Hot Buttered Soul one is instantly greeted with the soulful stylings of a truly talented vocalist and musician. My only real introduction to Isaac Hayes before listening to this album was the culinary delight of Chocolate Salty Balls. Chocolate Salty Balls is not incredibly different from what you would experience on this album in general sound. Hot Buttered Soul (wonderful fucking title) is a four song forty five minute epic of soulful sounds, love lost and afro american bravado.
The album begins with a cover song by Burt Bacharach but styled to Isaac Hayes flair. The song is like many others on the album, because it builds and builds clocking in at twelve minutes of smooth fury. Hayes deep croon and the fuzz driven guitar propel this song into the stratosphere, and is among the better soul songs I've ever heard. Hayes is often remembered for the Shaft soundtrack and the next track comes to mind the long titled boogie of Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic is a track that would surely later inspire the likes of Parliament and Prince. I have no idea what the track is about but the african swagger presented here is something absolutely stunning and it's by far my favorite track off the album. The album then takes a very hard right turn with a ballad. I was not expecting a ballad. In all reality this is a love song that was made for Hayes to maybe have a single. However, the song is better than most singles that I've heard that are like this, it's a sweet story of a man falling in love with a girl while he is in another relationship and the rising instrumentation mixed with Hayes vocals are wonderful. The only real problem I have with the album is the final track of the album, which is the eighteen minute ode to pain in relationships By the time I get to Phoenix. I don't really mind this track that much but it's quite a bit long and drags a little. It's not a bad song though.
Overall, Hot Buttered Soul is a great album and a good first record from one Wolfgang Amadeus Elton John and I'm quite looking forward to more journeys into the soul genre and black music from the sixties because I've heard basically nothing still. Hayes is quite a good musician and this is an album that everyone should love.
I recommend Mod Hip getting it at the very least.