Album Info

November 08, 2011
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Southern Soul, Smooth Soul, Blaxploitation

Album Review

Essential Albums, released in 2011, compiles the Stax label’s remastered/expanded versions of Hot Buttered Soul (1969), Shaft (1969), and the double-disc Black Moses (1971), all of which were released individually in 2009. The first two albums are as essential as late-‘60s and early-‘70s soul gets, while the sprawling Black Moses is pretty close to it. All three topped Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and represent Hayes' most creative and finest album-length work. When the set -- a sturdy box holding the three individual releases, with flimsy stickers slapped onto it -- came out, it retailed for roughly the same cost as the sum of the three reissues.
Andy Kellman, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Walk On By
  2. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic
  3. One Woman
  4. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  5. Walk On By [Single Edit] [Edit][*]
  6. By the Time I Get to Phoenix [Single Edit] [Edit][*]
  7. Never Can Say Goodbye
  8. (They Long to Be) Close to You
  9. Nothing Takes the Place of You
  10. Man's Temptation
  11. Part-Time Love
  12. Medley: Ike's Rap IV/A Brand New Me
  13. Going in Circles
  14. Never Gonna Give You Up
  15. Medley: Ike's Rap II/Help Me Love
  16. Need to Belong to Someone
  17. Good Love
  18. Medley: Ike's Rap III/Your Love Is So Doggone Good
  19. For the Good Times
  20. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
  21. Theme from Shaft
  22. Bumpy's Lament
  23. Walk from Regio's
  24. Ellie's Love Theme
  25. Shaft's Cab Ride
  26. Café Regio's
  27. Early Sunday Morning
  28. Be Yourself
  29. A Friend's Place
  30. Soulsville
  31. No Name Bar
  32. Bumpy's Blues
  33. Shaft Strikes Again
  34. Do Your Thing
  35. The End Theme
  36. Theme from Shaft [2009 Mix] [*]