Stax Records Re-Issues A Dozen Classic Hayes Albums

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.

Courtesy: Stax Records

Courtesy: Stax Records

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

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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Demon Hunter Debuts New Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Demon Hunter is preparing audiences for its next album in a big way.

The veteran Christian metal outfit has debut the lyric video for its next album’s lead single.  The song is titled ‘Cold Winter Sun’ and the lyric video can be viewed online now here.  It comes from the band’s upcoming album Outlive, which will be released in March 2017.

Front man Ryan Clark was ecstatic about the song’s release, saying it felt great to him to give audiences their first taste of the band’s next record.

“After the longest wait between Demon Hunter albums ever, we are so proud to share the first full song from our new album,” Clark said.  It feels amazing to finally unleash a piece of this album to the world.  ‘Cold Winter Sun’ is a perfect example of where we’re at today, maintaining an element of classic Demon Hunter but not so much as to be resting on our laurels.  It’s always been my desire to pull a healthy amount of inspiration from our past, but to also incorporate enough forward progress to keep things interesting.”

Outlive was produced and engineered by Demon Hunter guitarist Jeremiah Scott (Living Sacrifice, The Showdown) and was assisted by longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, New Found Glory).  The album was mixed by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Queensryche).

‘Cold Winter Sun’ is available online now via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and Apple Music.  More information on ‘Cold Winter Sun’ and Outlive online now along with all of Demon Hunter’s latest news and more at:










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Veteran Rock Acts Tops Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Rock Albums List

Courtesy: Santana IV Records

Courtesy: Santana IV Records

The rock community, it seems, was bursting at the seams with new releases this year.  While some records were okay at best, there were just as many that proved to be truly outstanding efforts.  Needless to say there were so many of said albums that it was anything but easy to come up with a list of the year’s top new rock records.  But somehow, Phil’s Picks managed it.  That list includes new efforts from bands young and old alike.  The more experienced bands featured on this list include: Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foghat just to name a few.  The younger bands represented here include the likes of Buffalo Summer, Love and a .38, and Zodiac.  Whether veteran or next generation, the rock community produced a slew of outstanding records this year.

Phil’s Picks presents 15 of those records with its Top 10 picks and five honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Rock Albums.




  1. SantanaIV


  1. FoghatUnder The Influence


  1. The Dead DaisiesMake Some Noise


  1. Love and a .38Nomad


  1. Buffalo SummerSecond Sun


  1. Alter BridgeThe Last Hero


  1. ZodiacGrain of Soul


  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway


  1. Blackberry SmokeLike An Arrow


  1. Resurrection KingsResurrection Kings


  1. SkilletUnleashed


  1. Apollo Under FireApollo Under Fire


  1. Fates WarningTheory of Flight


  1. Ray RocketDo You Wanna Go To Tijuana


  1. Candlebox Disappearing in Airports




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Bonamassa’s New Blues Record Is No Desperate Act From The Veteran Performer

Courtesy J&R Adventures

Courtesy J&R Adventures

Phil’s Picks has focused a lot lately on rock and other genres of music in the vastness of the musical universe.  Today, the focus shifts away from those genres to something a little bit less mainstream.  In today’s list, Phil’s Picks presents the year’s best new Jazz and blues records.  This year’s list presents a wide variety of acts, from more well-known acts such as The Rolling Stones, Joe Bonamassa and Yellowjackets to perhaps lesser known, but still talented acts such as Hazmat Modine, Takuya Kuroda and others.  It wasn’t an easy list to work up, either.  That’s because there was so much great material out there this year.  Combining jazz and blues into one list didn’t make things any easier.  But it got done.

As with every other list, the Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums features the year’s top 10 new jazz and blues albums.  It also includes five honorable mention titles for a total count of 15 albums.  That is not to take away anything from those honorable mention titles.  They are enjoyable in their own right and deserved to be noted, too.  Enough rambling.  Here, for everyone’s consideration, is Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Jazz and Blues Albums.




  1. Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation


  1. YellowjacketsCohearance


  1. Joseph C. Smith OrchestraSongs of the Night


  1. John Coletrane – Trane 90


  1. The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome


  1. James Hunter SixHold On!


  1. Takuya KurodaZiggerzagger


  1. Fela Ransom Kuti & His Koola LubitesHigh Life: Jazz & Afro Soul (’63 – ’69)


  1. Gregory PorterTake Me To The Alley


  1. Quinn SullivanMidnight Highway


  1. Charles Lloyd & The MarvelsI Long To See You


  1. Logan RichardsonShift


  1. Hazmat ModineExtra – Deluxe – Supreme


  1. Keely Smith – The Intimate Keely Smith


  1. Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults – The New Lost Classics of Resonance




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Santana Shows The Way In The Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Experiencing a live performance of one’s favorite act(s) is a very special event.  That is because it serves to help fans and their favorite acts connect in a way that taking in said acts’ studio releases just can’t.  What’s more attending live concerts isn’t always easy or inexpensive.  Between the cost of tickets, food, souvenirs, gas, and lodging, attending concerts can cost almost as much as a used car sometimes, depending on the act.  In other cases, one’s favorite acts might never even come near one’s town.  So what is a person to do to experience one’s favorite acts?  The answer is simple: the live recording.  That brings us to the topic of today’s “Best Of” list.

Today, Phil’s Picks presents its list of the year’s Top 10 New Live CDs.  Everyone should understand this is distinguished from the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs.  That’s because some recordings come only on CD while others are only presented on the latter format.  Others are also presented in both formats both separate of one another and collectively.  The recordings included in this list include both standalone CDs and CDs included in complete DVD/BD/CD sets.  One of the standalone live CDs included in this list is ZZ Top’s new live recording Greatest Hits Live.  The Outlaws’ Legacy Live is another of those standalone CD recordings.  Joe Bonamassa also has a new live recording in the form of Live at the Greek Theatre that is available on separate CD, DVD, and BD platforms.  It’s on this list, too.  Suffice it to say, there’s a healthy mix of new live titles here both in terms of genre and platform.  So, enough rambling.  Presented here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs.

It should be noted here again that the list includes the Phil’s Picks Top 10 new Live CDs as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.




  1. Santana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
  1. ZZ TopGreatest Hits Live
  1. Judas PriestBattle Cry
  1. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
  1. Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre
  1. The OutlawsLegacy Live

  2. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon

  3. Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles

  4. SaxonFeel Your Power

  5. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live

  6. Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression

  7. Ayreon – The Theater Equation
  8. Pete Townshend’s Deep EndFace The Face

  9. Wacken 201526 Years Louder Than Hell

  10. LeprousLive at Rockefeller Center


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Stone Sour Announces 10th Anniversary ‘Come What(ever) May’ Vinyl Re-Issue

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Stone Sour will re-issue its 2006 album Come What(ever) May next week.

The band’s powerhouse record will be re-issued Dec. 16 on a special 10th Anniversary edition double LP in a special 180-gram black and gold pressing.  The set’s lead disc features the album’s original presentation.  The second disc includes previously unreleased live and acoustic takes of songs such as ‘Through Glass,’ ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Zzyxx Road.’

Speaking of the latter song, the audiences can view the song’s companion video online now here.  It has been made available as part of the celebration of the album’s upcoming 10th Anniversary re-issue.


Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records


The record’s full track listing is noted below.


LP 1




  1. 30/30 150
  2. Come What(ever) May
  3. Hell & Consequences
  4. Silly World
  5. Made of Scars
  6. Reborn




  1. Your God
  2. Through Glass
  3. Socio
  4. 1st Person
  5. Cardiff
  6. Zzyxx Rd.






  1. Through Glass (Live Acoustic)*
  2. Wicked Game (Live Acoustic)*
  3. Wild Horses (Live Acoustic)*
  4. Cardiff (Acoustic)*
  5. Zzyxx Rd.(Acoustic)*




  1. Suffer
  2. Fruitcake
  3. Freeze Dry Seal
  4. The Day I Let Go
  5. The Frozen


Come What(ever) May will be re-issued Friday, Dec.16.  It can be ordered online now here.  More information on the record’s upcoming vinyl re-issue is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:










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The Okee Dokee Brothers Lead The Herd In Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Children’s Albums List

Courtesy:  Okee Dokee Music

Courtesy: Okee Dokee Music

Children’s music has a terrible reputation in America.  The cause of that reputation is pretty easy to figure out.  Certain children’s shows such as *coughs* Barney and others have created that stereotype.  The reality of children’s music however, is that it is anything but what people believe it to be.  If anything, the world of Children’s music is one of the most diverse within the larger musical universe.  This year’s field of new children’s offerings is proof of that.  New offerings from the likes of the Okee Dokee Brothers, Niss Nina and the Jumping Jacks, Dr. Noize and others is proof of that.  Speaking of all of those artists, they are all on this year’s Phil’s Picks top new children’s albums.  They and so many others have made this list another tough one to compile.  But it has been done.

The Okee Dokee Brothers top this year’s list of top new Children’s albums with their new album Saddle Up.  Also included in the list are those new titles from Dr. Noize, and Miss Nina. Also on this year’s list are The Holow Trees, The Sugar Free All Stars, and The Not-Its among others.  As a reminder, Phil’s Picks lists feature the year’s Top 10 new albums plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  So without any further ado, here are the Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Children’s Albums.


1) The Okee Dokee Brothers – Saddle Up


2) The Not Its – Are You Listening


3) Dr. Noize – Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony


4) The Deedle Deedle Dees – Sing-a-Long History Volume 2


5) Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys – Wonderful You


6) The Whizpops – Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix


7) Sugar Free All Stars – Sugar Free All Stars


8) Liz De Roche – Club Called Awesome


9) Eric Herman & The Thunderpuppies – Bubble Wrap


10) Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks – Every Day’s Your Birthday


11) Hulaballoo – I Chew


12) The Hollow Trees – Hello Friends


13) Recess Monkey – Novelties


14) Nathalia – When I Was Your Age


15) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – Press Play



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