Every album review should be as much of a no-brainer as this
one. Take the finest soul music sung and played by some of the most revered musicians
of the genre and put it on an album. Think it’ll be worth a listen?
The only surprise here is rediscovering the true genius of
the music. Listening to Isaac Hayes, 24-Carat Black, The Emotion, Booker T. and
the MGs, and other greats that inspired a generation of today’s most revered
Hip Hop artists is like opening a long awaited present.
Anyone who knows popular music understands that Stax Records
and its roster of artists was one of the greatest forces in soul, second only to Motown in
influence. In talking to the iconic Isaac Hayes – the king of “hot buttered
soul” – just a year before his death, he said re-signing with Stax was like
Standout Tracks: “Hung Up On My Baby” (Isaac Hayes),”Get Up and Get Down” (The Dramatics) NANCY