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Joy

Isaac Hayes

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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 /TiVo

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1
Joy
00:15:58

Isaac Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
I Love You That's All
00:06:15

Isaac Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Willie Hall, Producer, Recording Producer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Stewart, Producer, Recording Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
A Man Will Be A Man
00:07:23

Isaac Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
The Feeling Keeps On Coming
00:06:52

Isaac Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
I'm Gonna Make It (Without You)
00:11:13

Isaac Hayes, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Concord Music Group, Inc.

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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 /TiVo

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