(They Long To Be) Close To You - Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (Vinyl, LP, Album) download full album zip cd mp3 vinyl flac
You just like Black Moses, you the modern-day Moses! Going this route — saying, in effect, that he was the most important black artist in America — became something of a burden for Hayes. Add to this the fact that Black Moses was released just a week or so after Shaft had topped the album charts… Hayes was in danger of overload. It has been cited as one of the greatest album covers ever. Shaw dressed Hayes in robes and went for Moses-lookalike overkill when the photograph was shot.
For some, Hayes really was Moses! All this is all well and good, but what about the music? On any other album this would be a standout song; here it is less prominent, but no less excellent. As ever, Hayes Album) it into uncharted territory with a stunning orchestral arrangement, coupled with a longing vocal delivery that should make a believer out of everyone. It also highlights what a really good singer Hayes could be: he embraces the lyrics and makes you believe that he had lived every syllable.
It builds and builds and leaves the listener in a crumpled heap as it climaxes. But how to close the album? He saved the best for last. One that men can relate to, without feeling soft and sappy. Your email address will not be published. Some of the joy of listening to Black Moses is hearing Hayes explode these songs from the inside, unpacking their groove potential yet leaving them recognizable.
It's startling to hear him sing the opening lines-- "Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near? At the time some critics derided these songs as aimless and self-glorifying, and Hayes' ornate orchestrations still carry a whiff of kitsch, but Black Moses remains unapologetic, often moving, and always entertaining. Stax is also reissuing Hayes' album, Disco Freak Juicy Fruitaccompanied by a similarly over-the-top packaging, Album). The cover shows him shirtless in a pool blowing a kiss to the camera while surrounded by a bevy of fruit-draped beauties.
Open the gatefold to see the women's feet with panties 'round their ankles. That (They Long To Be) Close To You - Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (Vinyl, likewise, is important: It may be the most interesting aspect of this album, which reveals Hayes' weaknesses just as surely as Black Moses reveals his considerable strengths.
It begins with three full minutes of barely intelligible chatter, as Hayes and friends chat up a woman in the studio. By the time the clamor bleeds into the title track, you may have already tuned it out. Fortunately, "Disco Freak" saves it by immediately establishing an elastic groove complete with gasping guitar licks, throbbing basslines, and a bridge that goes "Juicy Fruit sure is cute in her sexy jumpsuit.
This is Hayes in full disco mode, as the title makes clear, yet he never sounds quite as comfortable here as he does with the expansive hybrid soul covers of Black Moses.
Hayes, who had written many of Stax's biggest hits, penned all of these songs himself, but here the Bacharach-David influence becomes clear-- and clearly curbs his audacity. The choruses of "The Storm Is Over" and Album) of the Night" sound too smoothly polished to be very uplifting or seductive the latter is particularly (They Long To Be) Close To You - Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (Vinyland upbeat numbers like "Music to Make Love By" and "Thank You Love" slip too easily from horny funk into a sort of lite jazz, without the urgency or drama of his best work.
Hayes sounds comical, a humorless, one-dimensional ladies' man rather than the wounded romantic of Black Moses. This is not where he promised to lead us. Skip to content Search query All Results.
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