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Isaac Hayes - The Isaac Hayes Movement (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: The Isaac Hayes Movement
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:36:25
Recorded: March - April 1970

Although this is Isaac Hayes' third long-player, he had long been a staple of the Memphis R&B scene -- primarily within the Stax coterie -- where his multiple talents included instrumentalist, arranger, and composer of some of the most beloved soul music of the '60s. Along with his primary collaborator, David Porter, Hayes was responsible for well over 200 sides -- including the genre-defining "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," "Soul Man," "B-A-B-Y," "Hold On, I'm Comin'," and "I Had a Dream." As a solo artist however, Hayes redefined the role of the long-player with his inimitably smooth narrative style of covering classic pop and R&B tracks, many of which would spiral well over ten minutes. The Isaac Hayes Movement (1970) includes four extended cuts from several seemingly disparate sources, stylistically ranging from George Harrison's "Something" to Jerry Butler's "I Stand Accused" and even Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." These early Hayes recordings brilliantly showcase his indomitable skills as an arranger -- as he places familiar themes into fresh contexts and perspectives. For example, his lengthy one-sided dialogue that prefaces "I Stand Accused" is halting in its candor as Hayes depicts an aching soul who longs for his best friend's fiancée. Even the most hard-hearted can't help but have sympathy pains as he unravels his sordid emotional agony and anguish. Hayes' lyrical orchestration totally reinvents the structure of "Something" -- which includes several extended instrumental sections -- incorporating equally expressive contributions from John Blair (violin). Both "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" and the comparatively short (at under six minutes) "One Big Unhappy Family" are more traditionally arranged ballads. Hayes again tastefully incorporates both string and horn sections to augment the languid rhythm, providing contrasting textures rather than gaudy adornment. These sides offer a difference between the proverbial "Black Moses of Soul" persona that would be responsible for the aggressive no-nonsense funk of Shaft (1971) and Truck Turner (1974). --AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer
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Isaac Hayes - Shaft - Music From The Soundtrack (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Shaft: Music From The Soundtrack
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Blaxploitation, Stage & Screen, Soundtracks
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:09:49
Recorded: 1971, Stax Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee

Of the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status; therefore, his being chosen to score such a high-profile major-studio film shouldn't seem like a surprise. And with "Theme from Shaft," he delivered an anthem just as ambitious and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously popular hit at the time of its release. Besides this song, though, there aren't too many more radio-targeted moments here. "Soulsville" operates effectively as the sort of downtempo ballad Hayes was most known for, just as the almost 20-minute "Do Your Thing" showcased just how impressive the Bar-Kays had become, stretching the song to unseen limits with their inventive, funky jamming. For the most part, though, this double-LP features nothing but cinematic moments of instrumentation, composed and produced by Hayes while being performed by the Bar-Kays -- some downtempo, others quite jazzy, nothing too funky, though. Even if it's not quite as enjoyable as Curtis Mayfield's Superfly due to its emphasis on instrumentals, Shaft still remains a powerful record; one of Hayes' pinnacle moments for sure. --AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
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Isaac Hayes - Live At The Sahara Tahoe (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Live At The Sahara Tahoe
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:49:02
Recorded: 1973, Sahara Hotel & Casino, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

You could expect Isaac Hayes to be in his element at a resort venue -- lounge soul was his forte, and this double album offers almost two hours of it. Hayes demonstrates his versatility by getting "Shaft" out of the way right off the bat and alternating between originals and covers of a wide range of tunes, including "Light My Fire," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Rock Me Baby," "Stormy Monday Blues," "Feelin' Alright," and "It's Too Late" (yes, the Carole King song). Often these are linked together, of course, by Hayes' brotherly raps; for Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," he tests the limits, stretching the tune just past the ten-minute mark. The set has a funky lounge lizard charm, but it's too much to bear at once, except for the most devoted of fans. --AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
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Isaac Hayes - Joy (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Joy
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1975/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:41
Recorded: April - May, 1973


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. --AllMusic Review by Amy Hanson
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Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul (1969/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Hot Buttered Soul
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1969/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:45:30
Recorded: Spring/early summer 1969, Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee; Tera Shirma Studios, Detroit, Michigan


Released at the tail end of the '60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the early '70s, simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black music. Though not quite as definitive as Black Moses or as well-known as Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul remains an undeniably seminal record; it stretched its songs far beyond the traditional three-to-four-minute industry norm, featured long instrumental stretches where the Bar-Kays stole the spotlight, and it introduced a new, iconic persona for soul with Hayes' tough yet sensual image. With the release of this album, Motown suddenly seemed manufactured and James Brown a bit too theatrical. Surprising many, the album features only four songs. The first, "Walk on By," is an epic 12-minute moment of true perfection, its trademark string-laden intro just dripping with syrupy sentiment, and the thumping mid-tempo drum beat and accompanying bassline instilling a complementary sense of nasty funk to the song; if that isn't enough to make it an amazing song, Hayes' almost painful performance brings yet more feeling to the song, with the guitar's heavy vibrato and the female background singers taking the song to even further heights. The following three songs aren't quite as stunning but are still no doubt impressive: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic" trades in sappy sentiment for straight-ahead funk, highlighted by a stomping piano halfway through the song; "One Woman" is the least epic moment, clocking in at only five minutes, but stands as a straightforward, well-executed love ballad; and finally, there's the infamous 18-minute "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and its lengthy monologue which slowly eases you toward the climactic, almost-orchestral finale, a beautiful way to end one of soul's timeless, landmark albums, the album that transformed Hayes into a lifelong icon. --AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
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Isaac Hayes - Groove-A-Thon (1976/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Groove-A-Thon
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1976/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:41:40
Recorded: 1976, Hot Buttered Soul Recording Studio, Memphis, TN

The title track employs "Shaft"-like guitar licks, but the similarity ends there: It's a lame attempt at disco done in by Ike's lazy singing and irritatingly banal lyrics. But it's the LP's only sore point. Ike returns to his roots on "Your Loving Is Much Too Strong," a slow, romantic ballad that he and his girls, Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited, make you feel. "Rock Me Easy Baby," a slinky, syncopated shuffle, has more groove appeal than the vaunted "Groove-A-Thon," mainly because Ike constructs it for maximum soul appeal by running it for more than eight exquisite minutes. The uptempo happy-in-love ditty "We've Got a Whole Lot of Love" showcases HBS' sterling voices. Ike shows a different side on the soft, longing "Wish You Were Here," whose horn arrangements and backing vocals are simultaneously enticing and titillating. After a weak opening, the album settles into a comfortable groove, ending splendidly with "Make a Little Love to Me." --AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton
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Isaac Hayes - Chocolate Chip (1975/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Chocolate Chip
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1975/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:40:25
Recorded: Spring 1975, Hot Buttered Soul Recording Studio, Memphis, TN


Stax Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, is proud to announce the remastering and reissue of 12 seminal titles by soul music icon Isaac Hayes. The collection, which includes Hayes’ best-loved studio albums, soundtracks and live recordings, spanning 1969 – 1976, was remastered entirely from the original analog tapes. 11 of these albums, including Shaft, Black Moses and Hot Buttered Soul, are now available in 192/24 and 96/24 hi resolution audio formats, while all 12 of the titles have been Mastered For iTunes, and can be found on Isaac Hayes’ new iTunes artist page. Hi-res formats will be available on HDTracks.
Award-winning engineer Dave Cooley (M83, J-Dilla, Madlib, Serge Gainsbourg, Jimmy Eat World) was commissioned to take on the project at his Los Angeles-based studio, Elysian Masters. Cooley explains, “Every effort was undertaken to retain both the original production team’s intent, and the most natural and truthful spatial imaging of Isaac’s voice and instrumentation.” He adds, “For the first time you can plainly hear details as small as the subtle coloration variations between the original studio setups and tape formulations from album to album. There’s renewed resolution around instruments. But you can also dive into the zoned-out atmospherics, and listen comfortably for hours as an entire body of work.” Cooley’s meticulous work has breathed new life into these classic tracks; his enthusiasm for the project palpable. He recalls, “There was an immense pressure to get it right. Having grown up transcribing the very piano licks and grooves that were sampled by such hip hop luminaries as Public Enemy and others, I was well acquainted with Isaac’s legacy as a revolutionary enigma spanning multiple generations. Remastering the catalog was a call to re-ignite that with even more transparency and a deeper pulse for the next group of listeners.”
GRAMMY® and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) revolutionized soul music, experimenting with extended cuts, orchestration and concept albums during the era of 3-minute, radio-driven tracks. Hayes began his career as a songwriter and producer at Stax Records, working with partner David Porter on such iconic hits as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and “Hold On! I’m Comin’.” In 1968, Hayes branched out on his own with Presenting Isaac Hayes, but it wasn’t until his follow-up a year later, Hot Buttered Soul, that the artist became a genuine star in his own right, breaking ground with his deep baritone vocals and signature sonic explorations that could take up the entire side of a record. In 1971, Hayes scored Blaxploitation film Shaft; the title theme of which went number one the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and earned the artist an Academy Award and multiple GRAMMY® awards. Later that year, he released his critically-acclaimed double album, Black Moses. Hayes continued to write and record throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, scoring several more films, and continuing to push himself artistically. In 1997, the artist gained a new generation of fans as he voiced the character of Chef on the long-running cartoon series South Park. Nearly a decade after his death, Isaac Hayes' legacy as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, writer, and artist continues to inspire and influence new listeners.
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Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Isaac Hayes
Title: Black Moses
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Label: © Stax Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:33:40
Recorded: March 1971–October 1971


Stax Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, is proud to announce the remastering and reissue of 12 seminal titles by soul music icon Isaac Hayes. The collection, which includes Hayes’ best-loved studio albums, soundtracks and live recordings, spanning 1969 – 1976, was remastered entirely from the original analog tapes. 11 of these albums, including Shaft, Black Moses and Hot Buttered Soul, are now available in 192/24 and 96/24 hi resolution audio formats, while all 12 of the titles have been Mastered For iTunes, and can be found on Isaac Hayes’ new iTunes artist page. Hi-res formats will be available on HDTracks.
Award-winning engineer Dave Cooley (M83, J-Dilla, Madlib, Serge Gainsbourg, Jimmy Eat World) was commissioned to take on the project at his Los Angeles-based studio, Elysian Masters. Cooley explains, “Every effort was undertaken to retain both the original production team’s intent, and the most natural and truthful spatial imaging of Isaac’s voice and instrumentation.” He adds, “For the first time you can plainly hear details as small as the subtle coloration variations between the original studio setups and tape formulations from album to album. There’s renewed resolution around instruments. But you can also dive into the zoned-out atmospherics, and listen comfortably for hours as an entire body of work.” Cooley’s meticulous work has breathed new life into these classic tracks; his enthusiasm for the project palpable. He recalls, “There was an immense pressure to get it right. Having grown up transcribing the very piano licks and grooves that were sampled by such hip hop luminaries as Public Enemy and others, I was well acquainted with Isaac’s legacy as a revolutionary enigma spanning multiple generations. Remastering the catalog was a call to re-ignite that with even more transparency and a deeper pulse for the next group of listeners.”
GRAMMY® and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) revolutionized soul music, experimenting with extended cuts, orchestration and concept albums during the era of 3-minute, radio-driven tracks. Hayes began his career as a songwriter and producer at Stax Records, working with partner David Porter on such iconic hits as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and “Hold On! I’m Comin’.” In 1968, Hayes branched out on his own with Presenting Isaac Hayes, but it wasn’t until his follow-up a year later, Hot Buttered Soul, that the artist became a genuine star in his own right, breaking ground with his deep baritone vocals and signature sonic explorations that could take up the entire side of a record. In 1971, Hayes scored Blaxploitation film Shaft; the title theme of which went number one the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and earned the artist an Academy Award and multiple GRAMMY® awards. Later that year, he released his critically-acclaimed double album, Black Moses. Hayes continued to write and record throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, scoring several more films, and continuing to push himself artistically. In 1997, the artist gained a new generation of fans as he voiced the character of Chef on the long-running cartoon series South Park. Nearly a decade after his death, Isaac Hayes' legacy as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, writer, and artist continues to inspire and influence new listeners.
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Nikolay Medtner - Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Paul Stewart (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Nikolay Medtner (1880-1951)
Artist: Paul Stewart
Title: Medtner - Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Grand Piano/Naxos
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:55:20
Recorded: 4-6 March 2015 (1-6) and 23 October 2015 (7-8), Salle Claude Champagne, Montréal, Québec, Canada


Nikolay Medtner’s 14 piano sonatas are considered the most significant achievement in this genre by any composer since Beethoven. After the success of his First Piano Sonata (GP617) he turned to Goethe for inspiration, and the life and love-affirming Sonata-Triad Op. 11 translates the poet’s words of passion, suffering and redemption into sound. The capricious, mysterious and beautiful Sonata-Skazka is a masterpiece in miniature and was once Medtner’s most performed work. Dating from his years of exile, the eloquent themes of the fourteenth and final Sonata-Idyll linger long in the memory.
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Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi - Around Bach (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), Max Reger (1873-1916), Franz Liszt (1811-1886), César Franck (1822-1890), Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954)
Artist: Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi
Title: Around Bach
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Music Group Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:18:43
Recording: December 2015 at Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (Vicenza) on a Borgato Concert Grand L282 Piano

The pianist Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi signs his first CD with the label Decca.It is titled Around Bachand is a homage to the timeless beauty and inspiring power of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music.
Around Bach is an unusual approach through its inclusion of works that the composer has inspired, either explicitly or implicitly, from nineteenth and twentieth century authors. The journey begins with the Toccata e Fuga in D Minor BWV, originally composed for the organ, but brilliantly transcribed for the piano by Ferruccio Busoni. It ends with the Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo BWV 992. The CD also includes two antithetical cycles of Variazioni: the work of Max Reger and of the Chorale Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen by Franz List, the latter of which is virtuosic and almost frenzied, yet surprisingly delicate. Even more distant from the character of Bach is the Prelude, Choral et Fugue di César Fanck. In this work Bianchi emphasizes the dense texture of illusionistic references and stylistic juxtapositions.
To quote the pianist: “Today, the Bachian universe still reverberates with its light intact, and it is a light that does not give in to the darkness even at sunset. It’s teaching, tender as a mother’s warning, haughty like the beauty of other regions, does not cease to question, to regenerate and rejuvenate in an unending cycle.”
Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, a refined and virtuoso soloist, boasts important collaborations on his new CD, beginning with Bruno Canino, Antonio Ballista, Aron-Quartett and the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova. Bianchi is also well-known in the jazz scene, especially for his intense collaboration with Enrico Pieranunzi. He is a brilliant popularizer of the philosophy of music and he has also edited the critical edition of works by Respighi, Carpi and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
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