April 26

Hey Baby, aaaaaww yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Bring that over here. Give me a little taste of that Hot Buttered Soul

Released in 1969, Hot Buttered Soul was the second album by musician, songwriter and producer Isaac Hayes.

Hayes was well known for his work behind the scenes at Memphis based Stax Records, scoring many top hits for Stax recording artists. He was also a producer and session musician (along with Booker T. & The M.G.’s) for artists such as Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave.

He appeared in many movies and TV shows in the ’70s, which led to his most famous incarnation (to the younger crowd, at least) as the voice of Chef on the Comedy Central series South Park.

Hot Buttered Soul is a full length studio album, over 45 minutes long. Yet, there are only four songs here; three covers and one Hayes original, the deliciously unpronounceable, splendiferous Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic.

Elsewhere, there’s a 12 minute version of a Burt Bacharach tune and, the standout, 18+ minute version of By the Time I Get to Phoenix… the song made famous by Glen Campbell.

My copy is a 99.9% VG 1972 re-press… it has one skip-inducing flaw square in the middle of Phoenix that’ll need attention. My first spin of this record was at 8 AM, after working the graveyard shift… I was enjoying a beer, my wife had her coffee. I thought Hot Buttered Soul was great fun! My wife, not so much… she rarely groans “Thank God!” after a record ends, but this was one of those moments.

We’ll have to try it again sometime after a proper cocktail hour… with the lights low, and the fireplace crackling. Hey Baby, aaaaaww yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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