Stax Records has reintroduced audiences to the work of one of the music industry’s masters.
The famed label re-issued on Friday 12 classic Isaac Hayes recordings. The records span Hayes’ career from 1969 – 1976. The albums, including albums, soundtracks and live recordings, were re-mastered entirely from their original analog recordings. The albums featured in the re-mastered catalogue include: Shaft, Black Moses and Hot buttered Soul. They area available now in 19/24 and 96/24 hi resolution audio formats.
All 12 re-mastered recordings have been mastered for iTunes and can be found now via Hayes’ new iTunes artist page. Hi-res formats will be available on HD Tracks.
The task of restoring Hayes’ classic recordings was headed by award-winning engineer Dave Cooley (M83, J-Dilla, Madlib) at his Los Angeles, CA-based Elysian Masters studio. Colley explained what makes the newly restored recordings stand out in a recent interview, saying differences can be heard both on a micro and macro scale.
“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,” Cooley said. “For the first time you can plainly hear details as small as the subtle coloration of variations between the studio 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.”
The importance of re-working Haye’s songs was not lost on Cooley. He said he was dedicated to getting each recording right so the next generation of Hayes fans would best be able to understand the importance of Hayes’ work and appreciate his work, too.
“There was an immense pressure to get it right,” Cooley said. “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.”
Hayes began his career at Stax Records, working with partner David Poter on hits such as Sam & Dave’s ‘Soul Man’ and ‘Hold On! I’m Coming.’ Hayes released his debut solo album, the aptly titled Presenting Isaac Hayes. Its follow-up, Hot Buttered Soul (1971) was the record that turned him into a star. Later that same year he released another of his hit albums Black Moses. He would continue to write and record songs and albums throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. He also voiced the beloved character Chef for Comedy Central’s hit animated series South Park.
Along with the new digital re-issues of Hayes’ classic albums, Stax is also planning a year-long schedule of re-issues including vinyl re-issues of the same albums and a complete retrospective box set. More information on Stax Records’ upcoming Isaac Hayes will be announced early in the new year. The albums schedule for re-issue are noted below.
Hot Buttered Soul, 1969
The Isaac Hayes Movement, 1970
…To Be Continued, 1970
Black Moses, 1971
Shaft (Music From The Soundtrack), 1971
Live At The Sahara Tahoe,1973
Truck Turner (Original Soundtrack), 1974
Tough Guys (Original Soundtrack), 1974 (already available)
Chocolate Chip, 1975
Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak), 1976*only available in MFiT
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