tisdag 29 november 2016

Isaac Hayes - To Be Continued (Superb Funk/Soul US 1970) (SHM-CD)

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...To Be Continued is a studio album by American soul musician Isaac Hayes, issued in 1970 on Stax Records' Enterprise label. The LP includes Hayes' cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition "The Look of Love", which was issued as a single in an edited form, peaking at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Hayes had covered Bacharach/David songs on his previous albums Hot Buttered Soul ("Walk On By") and The Isaac Hayes Movement ("I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself").

Released in late 1970 on the heels of two chart-topping albums, Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and The Isaac Hayes Movement (also 1970), Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays retain their successful approach on those landmark albums for To Be Continued, another number one album. Again, the album features four songs that span far beyond traditional radio-friendly length, featuring important mood-establishing instrumental segments just as emotive and striking as Hayes' crooning. 

Nothing here is quite as perfect as "Walk on By," and the album feels a bit churned out, but To Be Continued no doubt has its share of highlights, the most notable being "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." The album's most epic moment opens with light strings and horns, vamping poetically for several minutes before Hayes even utters a breath; then, once the singer delivers the song's orchestral chorus, the album hits its sentimental peak -- Hayes elevating a common standard to heavenly heights once again.

Elsewhere, "Our Day Will Come" features a nice concluding instrumental segment driven by a proto-hip-hop beat that proves just how ahead of his time Hayes was during his early-'70s cycle of Enterprise albums. It's tempting to slight this album when holding it up against Hayes' best albums from this same era, but a comparison such as this is unfair. Even if Ike isn't doing anything here that he didn't do on his two preceding albums -- Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement -- and isn't quite as daring as he is on his two successive albums -- Black Moses, Shaft -- To Be Continued still topples any Hayes album that came after 1971. It didn't top the R&B album chart for 11 weeks on accident -- this is quintessential early-'70s Isaac Hayes, and that alone makes it a classic soul album.

The ...To Be Continued album as a whole peaked at #1 on the Billboard Black Albums and Jazz Albums charts, and at #11 on the Billboard 200.

01. "Ike's Rap I" (Isaac Hayes) 3:59
02. "Our Day Will Come" (Bob Hilliard, Mort Garson) 5:27
03. "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 11:13
04. "Medley: Ike's Mood I/You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (Hayes/Phil Spector, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) 15:33
05. "Runnin' Out of Fools" (Kay Rogers, Richard Ahlert) 5:52