My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Hot Buttered Soul was recorded in both Memphis and Detroit in June and July of 1969 and released in September of the same year.
What I think: I’m a huge fan of Memphis soul, and have even visited the Stax museum. I’ve always stayed away from Hayes though only knowing his music from the funk sounds of Shaft. What a mistake that was. This album is AMAZING! It is only four tracks long, the only one being a typical length is the five minute long “One Women”. The twelve minute “Walk On By” is a heart wrenching Burt Bacharach song. “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic” is an upbeat funk/Memphis Soul hybrid. Those three previously mentioned songs are stellar, but the penultimate track is the nearly nineteen minute “By the Time I get to Phoenix”. The song starts with a spoken back-story that lasts nine minutes (and to me is the one flaw of the album…. spoken pieces, skits, etc. just don’t have replay value) with the song building to a euphoric rush of strings, organ and horns. If this song doesn’t make you feel something, you are not alive. The album is so good, that I started it from the beginning again once it was done, and then went on to listen to Black Moses as well.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no doubt that this should be here. One of the best albums of all time!
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (132/173)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%