||Joy||Isaac Hayes||15:55||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||I Love You That's All||Isaac Hayes||6:13||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||A Man Will Be a Man||Isaac Hayes||7:20||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||The Feeling Keeps On Coming||Isaac Hayes||6:48||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||I'm Gonna Make It (Without You)||Isaac Hayes||11:11||Album Only||View in iTunes|
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.
Born: 20 August 1942 in Covington, TN
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s