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Los Angeles, CA – Craft Recordings is proud to announce the forthcoming release of The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), chronicling the ascension of one of the most influential creative talents in music history, Isaac Hayes, who would have turned 75 this year. Due out September 22nd, the four-cd collection examines the various avenues of Hayes‘ prolific career; each disc offering an in-depth look at his distinct musical contributions to both Memphis-based Stax Records and to the world at large: from his foundational presence as a songwriter and producer at Stax, to his artistic metamorphosis and subsequent rise to stardom. The set also includes a wide range of previously-unreleased material, as well as a replica 7″ vinyl single of the artist’s first commercially-released recordings. Housed in a 60-page hardcover book, the retrospective incorporates a wealth of archival photos and ephemera, as well as an essay by author Robert Gordon (Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion) which includes new interviews with Stax luminaries Deanie Parker and Jim Stewart. Contributions from Floyd Newman, Mickey Gregory, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), and compilation producer Joe McEwen round out the package. Track listing below.

From his humble beginnings as an orphaned sharecropper to his rise as a session musician, house songwriter, and producer for Stax Records, to his arrival as a star in his own right, Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) became a symbol of what was possible for Black America. Dubbed “Black Moses” during the height of his popularity, Hayes revolutionized soul music, leading it out of the era of the three-minute single and into new territory: that of the fully-orchestrated concept album, complete with extended cuts that, in some cases, spanned nearly the entire side of an LP. The artist also broke barriers in the film industry, scoring the 1971 film Shaft. The soundtrack became Hayesfourth consecutive platinum LP, and also earned him an Academy Award® for Best Original Song (“Theme From Shaft”). The musician became the first African American to win the Oscar in a non-acting category, and was also the first recipient of the Best Original Song category to both write and perform the winning track. Hayes‘ success opened the door for other artists and composers, like Curtis Mayfield and Norman Whitfield, to score music for the screen.

Each disc of The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) examines a different facet of Hayes‘ career. Disc one covers his early work as a songwriter and producer at Stax, including many of his legendary collaborations with David Porter, such as Carla Thomas“B-A-B-Y” recently featured in the hit film Baby Driver, and Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

Disc two spotlights Isaac Hayes as a solo artist, featuring his singles recorded for the Volt and Enterprise imprints; from his breakthrough track “By The Time I Get To Phoenix, off Hot Buttered Soul, to his subsequent chartbusters, including “Never Can Say Goodbye, “Do Your Thing” and the iconic, ubiquitous chart-topping hit, “Theme from Shaft.

The third disc, aptly titled “Cover Man, examines Isaac‘s uncanny ability to transform tunes by songwriting greats such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David and make them entirely his own. This disc also includes previously unreleased material, including a studio version of “Windows of the World” and live covers of “Stormy Monday, “I Stand Accused, and “The Ten Commandments of Love, all recorded at a 1972 concert in Chicago.

The final disc entitled “Jam Master, offers fans a seat in the studio with Isaac Hayes, showcasing extended jams from his classic LPs, including a full, 33-minute freeform psychedelic Bar-Kays jam on “Do Your Thing. This disc also includes unreleased work-in-progress versions of “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, the Bill Withers-penned classic “Ain’t No Sunshine, and a never-before-heard composition from the Shaft soundtrack entitled “Black Militant’s Place.

This collection marks a cornerstone in a year-long initiative celebrating Stax Records’ 60th anniversary and comes on the heels of a recent digital release of Hayes’ Enterprise albums re-mastered from the original analog tapes by renowned engineer Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters earlier this year. LP reissues cut from these new masters, including the best-selling Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, and Shaft will be available later this year.

The cross-label collaboration between Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment has highlighted the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the ’60s and ’70s. Indeed, Isaac Hayes was an integral part of “The Memphis Sound, and helped to not only shape the sound of a genre, but also helped it explode into mainstream pop culture. 75 years after Hayes‘ birth, and nearly a decade after his passing, his music, style and influence still live on today. Many of the most recognizable Hip-Hop beats and drops have been born from Hayes‘ original tracks and a collaboration with launching in connection with the release of the box set will showcase his lasting effect on popular music.

The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) is an attempt to frame a career that doesn’t always fit neatly together. This box set is a little idiosyncratic, like its subject and the desire is to tell a story, put together in chapters,” writes box set producer Joe McEwen in his Producer’s Note, “hopefully to give context to a visionary talent who came of age in Memphis, Tennessee among a generational eruption of musicians that moved mountains…”

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About Stax 60:
The 60th anniversary of the legendary soul label Stax Records commemorates its extraordinary legacy as an international hit-making machine and its indispensable chapter in American musical history, as an integrated company in the heart of the Civil Rights movement. The Stax 60 celebration will highlight the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the ’60s and ’70s, including the many legendary artists who jointly created the world-renowned “Stax sound,” – Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, The Dramatics and many more. The Stax 60 campaign will honor the music from Soulsville USA through curated collections, deluxe box sets, hi-resolution audio, streaming playlists and unique vinyl initiatives.

About WhoSampled:
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*Denotes previously unreleased material


Soul Songwriter, Soul Producer

  1. Floyd Newman – Sassy
  2. David Porter – Can’t See You When I Want To
  3. Carla Thomas – How Do You Quit (Someone You Love)
  4. Booker T and the MGs – Boot-leg
  5. The Astors – Candy
  6. Danny White – Can’t Do Nothing Without You
  7. Johnnie Taylor – I Had A Dream
  8. Sam & Dave – Hold On! I’m A Comin’
  9. Ruby Johnson – I’ll Run Your Hurt Away
  10. Carla Thomas – Let Me Be Good To You
  11. Mable John – Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
  12. Homer Banks – Fighting To Win
  13. Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y
  14. William Bell – Never Like This Before
  15. The Mad Lads – Patch My Heart
  16. Johnnie Taylor – Little Bluebird
  17. Charlie Rich – When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
  18. Charlie Rich – Love Is After Me
  19. Judy Clay – You Can’t Run Away From Your Heart
  20. Sam & Dave – Soul Man
  21. The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You
  22. Sam & Dave – I Thank You
  23. The Soul Children – The Sweeter He Is (Parts I & II)
  24. Billy Eckstine – Stormy
  25. David Porter – Can’t See You When I Want To
  26. The Emotions – Show Me How


Volt & Enterprise Singles

  1. Sir Isaac and The Do-Dads – The Big Dipper
  2. Sir Isaac and The Do-Dads – Blue Groove
  3. Isaac Hayes – Precious, Precious
  4. Isaac Hayes – By The Time I Get To Phoenix
  5. Isaac Hayes – The Mistletoe & Me
  6. Isaac Hayes – Winter Snow
  7. Isaac Hayes – I Stand Accused
  8. Isaac Hayes – The Look Of Love
  9. Isaac Hayes – Never Can Say Goodbye
  10. Isaac Hayes – Theme From “Shaft”
  11. Isaac Hayes – Do Your Thing
  12. Isaac Hayes – Let’s Stay Together
  13. Isaac Hayes and David Porter – Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)
  14. Isaac Hayes and David Porter – Baby I’m-A Want You
  15. Isaac Hayes – Theme From “The Men”
  16. Isaac Hayes – Rolling Down A Mountainside
  17. Isaac Hayes – Joy (Part 1)
  18. Isaac Hayes – Wonderful
  19. Isaac Hayes – Someone Made You For Me
  20. Isaac Hayes – Title Theme (From “Three Tough Guys”)
  21. Radio Spot – “You Gotta Have It To Really Be In”
  22. Radio Spot – “The Rapper Is Back”


Cover Man

  1. Isaac Hayes – When I Fall In Love
  2. Isaac Hayes – Walk On By
  3. Isaac Hayes – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
  4. Isaac Hayes – Man’s Temptation
  5. Isaac Hayes – Never Gonna Give You Up
  6. Isaac Hayes – Windows Of The World*

Recorded Live at Operation PUSH Black Expo,
International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL – October 1, 1972:

  1. Isaac Hayes – The Ten Commandments of Love*
  2. Isaac Hayes – Just Want To Make Love To You / Rock Me Baby*
  3. Isaac Hayes – Stormy Monday*
  4. Isaac Hayes – I Stand Accused*
  5. Isaac Hayes – If Loving You Is Wrong
  6. Isaac Hayes – His Eye Is On The Sparrow


Jam Master

  1. Isaac Hayes – Ike’s Mood I
  2. Isaac Hayes – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy*
  3. Isaac Hayes – Black Militant’s Place*
  4. Isaac Hayes – Ain’t No Sunshine*
  5. Isaac Hayes – Hung Up On My Baby* (Extended Jam)
  6. Isaac Hayes – Groove-A-Thon* (Extended Jam)
  7. Isaac Hayes – Do Your Thing (Extended Jam)

7″ Single

Laura, We’re On Our Last Go-Round

C.C. Rider


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PR photo Isaac Hayes


Los Angeles, CA – Stax Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, is proud to announce the remastering and December 9 reissue of 12 seminal titles by soul music icon Isaac Hayes. The collection, which includes Hayes’ best-loved studio albums, soundtracks and live recordings, spanning 1969 – 1976, was remastered entirely from the original analog tapes. 11 of these albums, including Shaft, Black Moses and Hot Buttered Soul, are now available in 192/24 and 96/24 hi resolution audio formats, while all 12 of the titles have been Mastered For iTunes, and can be found on Isaac Hayes’ new iTunes artist page. Hi-res formats will be available on HDTracks.

Award-winning engineer Dave Cooley (M83, J-Dilla, Madlib, Serge Gainsbourg, Jimmy Eat World) was commissioned to take on the project at his Los Angeles-based studio, Elysian Masters. Cooley explains, “Every effort was undertaken to retain both the original production team’s intent, and the most natural and truthful spatial imaging of Isaac’s voice and instrumentation.” He adds, “For the first time you can plainly hear details as small as the subtle coloration variations between the original studio setups and tape formulations from album to album.  There’s renewed resolution around instruments.  But you can also dive into the zoned-out atmospherics, and listen comfortably for hours as an entire body of work.“Cooley’s meticulous work has breathed new life into these classic tracks; his enthusiasm for the project palpable. He recalls, “There was an immense pressure to get it right.  Having grown up transcribing the very piano licks and grooves that were sampled by such hip hop luminaries as Public Enemy and others, I was well acquainted with Isaac’s legacy as a revolutionary enigma spanning multiple generations.  Remastering the catalog was a call to re-ignite that with even more transparency and a deeper pulse for the next group of listeners.”

GRAMMY® and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) revolutionized soul music, experimenting with extended cuts, orchestration and concept albums during the era of 3-minute, radio-driven tracks. Hayes began his career as a songwriter and producer at Stax Records, working with partner David Porter on such iconic hits as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and “Hold On! I’m Comin’.” In 1968, Hayes branched out on his own with Presenting Isaac Hayes, but it wasn’t until his follow-up a year later, Hot Buttered Soul, that the artist became a genuine star in his own right, breaking ground with his deep baritone vocals and signature sonic explorations that could take up the entire side of a record. In 1971, Hayes scored Blaxploitation film Shaft; the title theme of which went number one the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and earned the artist an Academy Award and multiple GRAMMY® awards. Later that year, he released his critically-acclaimed double album, Black Moses. Hayes continued to write and record throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, scoring several more films, and continuing to push himself artistically. In 1997, the artist gained a new generation of fans as he voiced the character of Chef on the long-running cartoon series South Park. Nearly a decade after his death, Isaac Hayes’ legacy as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, writer, and artist continues to inspire and influence new listeners.

In addition to the digital rollout of these remastered albums, a year-long schedule of releases will celebrate the groundbreaking output of Hayes, including 180-gram vinyl reissues and a retrospective box set. More information will be announced in early 2017.

Remastered titles are below. All albums are available in available in 192/24 and 96/24 hi-res audio, as well as Mastered For iTunes formats (except where noted):
Hot Buttered Soul, 1969
The Isaac Hayes Movement, 1970
…To Be Continued, 1970
Black Moses, 1971
Shaft (Music From The Soundtrack), 1971
Joy, 1973
Live At The Sahara Tahoe,1973
Truck Turner (Original Soundtrack), 1974
Tough Guys (Original Soundtrack), 1974 (already available)
Chocolate Chip, 1975
Groove-A-Thon, 1976
Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak), 1976*only available in MFiT

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