Craft Recordings' 180g Vinyl 2LP of Isaac Hayes' Black Moses Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Dave Cooley: Audiophile Version Features Replica Fold-Out with Four-Foot Cross
Isaac Hayes' epic 1971 album Black Moses, "is a wondrously crafted, intense evocation of the vagaries of love gone bad," in the words of Stax historian Rob Bowman. Hayes used songs popularized by such artists as the Jackson 5, Toussaint McCall, Curtis Mayfield, Kris Kirstofferson and Ray Price to express the heartbreak he was feeling about the breakup of his own marriage. "Isaac's ability to take other people's material and make it so deeply personal," Bowman observed, "is nothing short of brilliant." And now, it's better than ever courtesy of Craft Recordings' striking reissue. This 180g vinyl 2LP reissue comes complete with the a faithful recreation of the legendary, four-foot "fold-out" packaging with Hayes as Black Moses, an old-school tip-on jacket, and sterling-sounding audio remastered from the original analog tapes by engineer Dave Cooley.
Topping out at #1 on Billboard's Soul Album chart/#10 Pop and remaining on the charts for 40 weeks, the lush and soulful Black Moses may be best remembered by its lead single, Hayes' signature version of the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye," which was on the radio months before the rest of the album had been completed. Other highlights include the Bacharach-David-penned Carpenters hit, "Close to You," Toussaint McCall's "Nothing Takes the Place of You," the Curtis Mayfield-authored Gene Chandler hit "Man's Temptation," Little Johnnie Taylor's "Part Time Love," Kenny Gamble and Thom Bell's Aretha Franklin hit "A Brand New Me," Luther Ingram's "Help Me Love," Curtis Mayfield's "Need To Belong," the Whispers' "Your Love Is so Doggone Good," Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," which had been a hit for Ray Price, Bacharach-David's "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and the Hayes composition "Good Love."