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Joy [Isaac Hayes]

  • 1. Joy
    2. I Love You That's All
    3. Man Will Be a Man, A
    4. Feeling Keeps on Coming, The
    5. I'm Gonna Make It (Without You)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SCD-8530-2

  • Credits
    ProducerIsaac Hayes; Willie Hall
    EngineerHenry Bush; William Brown; Willie Brown

    Personnel includes: Isaac Hayes (arrangements); Memphis Strings (strings); Movement Horns (horns); Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited (background vocals).
    Recorded in April and May, 1973.
    Digital remastering by Joe Tarantino (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
    Personnel: Isaac Hayes (vocals, keyboards); Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited (background vocals).
    Audio Remixers: Henry Bush; Joe Tarantino.
    Recording information: 04/1973/05/1973.
    Photographer: Ken Marcus.
    Arrangers: Isaac Hayes; Johnny Allen; Willie Hall.
    With seven massive number one records trailing in his wake, Isaac Hayes donned his stylin', funky gold-chain link vest once again and capped 1973 with Joy, a set which might have proven the lucky-streak breaker -- it missed the top spot by one place -- but still waded into gold-record waters with ease. "Joy" itself, of course, was the album's crowning glory, a gargantuan 15-minute piece which essentially devoured side one of the album (the accompanying "I Love You That's All" is merely an afterthought). Heady, smoky, ubiquitous -- an instrumental and vocal foray into the land of good grooves -- it was sexy and sassy, with strings and innuendo stripped bare and smoothly built to lead anyone within earshot toward a classic climax. The song continued to impact via sampled revitalization from as far afield as TLC, Massive Attack, Eric B. & Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane. But don't forget that Joy is an entire album, with Hayes continuing his silky vocal assault across a further three slow, simmering songs. The best, and perhaps most interesting, is the closing "I'm Gonna Make It (Without You)." Markedly un-steamy, the song finds Hayes trading in his come-ons, choosing instead to open up and lay himself down in the wake of a broken romance. It's Joy's most touching moment, equally on par with the opener. Indeed, with those two glorious bookends, this album becomes a must-have for any '70s soul aficionado. ~ Amy Hanson

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