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ISAAC HAYES MOVEMENT: DISCO CONNECTION (STAX)
Produced by Isaac Hayes when he was in a mellow mood, this CD has a nice, warm feeling throughout as he concentrates solely on the renowned musicians who comprise his long standing band, and indeed, have been with him since he recorded the 1969 album “Hot Buttered Soul”. Recorded in 1975 when the man was in between million sellers, earning a living from royalties and live shows, this album – although welcomed by fans, struggled a bit in the mainstream market. Having said that, the CD’s title track did hit the UK top ten, thanks probably to the massive support from disco sales, the market at which it was aimed. However, before getting into this, I was a little disconcerted at the groaning sounds on the final track “Aruba” – man or beast I wonder? So, an easy introduction with “The First Day Of Forever”, a leisurely wave of music against a steady beat. “St Thomas Square” carries that same laidback feel, with more brass prominence this time, before slipping effortlessly into “Vykkii”. The melodies are strong yet soft and decisive yet somehow transparent. Then the mood switches a step. In comes “Disco Connection” – up goes the beat, with that Isaac Hayes’ sound we adored in “Shaft” filtering through though not in the same brash powerful way. Yeh, this is more into the groove and it’s carried over into “Disco Shuffle” with its ‘shuffling’ mood and brilliant guitar solo with brass interludes. Wah wah guitars excite their way into “Choppers” with a sprinkling of past Hayes’ classics before returning to the smooth, and the end of the journey. The phrase ‘nice and easy’ springs to mind, and after playing this three or more times, am relaxed and toasty.

Rating: 8


About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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