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Released at the tail end of the '60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the early '70s, simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black music.

One of the best and most grandiose soul albums ever recorded, Hot Buttered Soul made Isaac Hayes a superstar and changed the face of black pop music for the next decade.

It's all self-consciously complicated, but man, the meaning's right there in front of you. And it can't help but hit you right where you feel it.
Under The Radar

Four decades have passed since its original release, but Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul remains resolutely sui generis. Its four tracks—the longest of which reaches well over 18 minutes—makes for a radical, revolutionary masterpiece.


Hello there children!

The influence of Isaac Hayes’ 1969 project, Hot Buttered Soul, is undeniable. Whether it be the over 200 songs this album is sampled in or the fact that it completely redefined the soul genre, it’s clear this album had a significant impact. However, before I get too ahead, let me provide some context to put this album in perspective.

The year is 1968, and Stax Records isn’t doing too well. Dealing with the death of their most successful artist, Otis ... read more


Smooth soul to the ears, pleasant vibes all around!

Hot Buttered Soul is the 2nd studio album from American soul musician & actor Isaac Hayes, released in June 1969 on Enterprise Records. It was recorded during spring / early summer that same year at Ardent Studios, Tennessee and Tera Shirma Studios, Michigan.

The album has since been recognised as a landmark in soul music as well as being commercially successful in the US (#8 in the Billboard Hot 200).

Well, this is truly a gift to the ... read more


French fries. Garlic. Parmesan cheese. Red onions.

Isaac Hayes is probably best known for his role as Chef in South Park (also being a bit of a scientologist nutjob), but he also made some pretty damn good soul music as well. Hot Buttered Soul is seen as his magnum opus, and it's easy to see why. Isaac's debut was a critical and commercial flop, so for his second record he demanded that he had full creative control. In June 1969, Hot Buttered Soul was released to great success, later becoming ... read more


Fuck the horns, trumpets and choirs. This is what plays when you enter heaven.


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I want to lick his forehead

I've seen a lot of talk about this album the past few days so I thought why not check it out? And wow.... I was not expected an album this damn good. I mean everything on here just works, whether it's the big orchrestral parts in the brilliant opener "Walk On By" or the amazing storytelling in "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" everything on this album just works.

Let's actually go more in-depth on some of these songs themselves. First off we have ... read more

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Added on: April 23, 2013