Isaac Hayes - Double Feature - Three Tough Guys & Truck Turner (1993)
EAC rip | 2CD | FLAC - Log - Cue | Full Artwork | Release: 1993 | 691 MB
Genre: Funk, Soul, Soundtracks, Blaxploitation | Label: Stax, Fantasy
Isaac Hayes not only was an innovative composer, songwriter, producer, and performer in the '60s and '70s, he was also an actor and appeared in several "blaxploitation" films during the early '70s. Hayes did double duty on these projects, writing and conducting the soundtracks for several, including the two featured on this twin-CD reissue.
Neither Truck Turner nor Tough Guys was a particularly memorable film, but Hayes' effective use of symphony orchestras and strings against a vocal backdrop often made the music the best part of the movie.
Isaac proves with these 2 albums not simply that he was a genius, but more than that. He was in a class all by himself. I hate to say he was the first (because my music history only spans my 39 years) but at this time was the only artist I know of doing what is often called "orchestra soul". Even though previous reviewers gave positive feedback I question if they really "got it".
Hint: listen to the first tracks of both albums with a grain of salt. Remember the black movies of the time always had an "opener" song boasting of the main characters in an effort to define them. Then, after track one, sit back.
It is best to be riding on a long drive, or be doing something without distraction. What you get is a jump into mellow, heavily orchestrated soul/jazz/orchestra or whatever you want to call it that only Isaac was doing. Sad that he probably was limited in his commercial albums to more direct "soul" for album sales, but I bet his true passion was this music. Imagine 2 albums of songs with the complexity of "Cafe Regio" from Shaft. Need I say more? I believe Truck Turner is the more complex of the 2 but not "better" than Shaft. How do you compare 2 brilliant albums?
Personnel: Isaac Hayes (vocals, piano, keyboards); The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (strings); Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited (background vocals).Track List:
01. Title Theme "Three Tough Guys" 2:32
02. Randolph & Dearborn 4:24
03. The Red Rooster 4:04
04. Joe Bell 4:57
05. Hung Up On My Baby 6:15
06. Kidnapped 2:40
07. Run Faye Run 2:45
08. Buns O' Plenty 4:37
09. End Theme 'Tough Guys' 1:19
10. Truck Turner 2:43
11. House Of Beauty 3:05
12. Blue's Crib 5:15
13. Driving In The Sun 6:07
01. Breakthrough 3:07
02. Now We're One 2:25
03. The Duke 2:34
04. Dorinda's Party 4:37
05. Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile 9:05
06. We Need Each Other Girl 3:21
07. A House Full Of Girls 3:56
08. Hospital Shootout 2:54
09. You're In My Arms Again 4:50
10. Give It To Me 4:36
11. Drinking 3:34
12. The Insurance Company 7:00
13. End Theme 'Truck Turner' 2:04Download links: