Review: The real Isaac Hayes gets shine in The Spirit of Memphis

Box set? Book? Who cares, it's awesome.

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click to enlarge A photo featured on 'The Spirit of Memphis,' where the real Isaac Hayes gets to shine. - Stave Archives
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A photo featured on 'The Spirit of Memphis,' where the real Isaac Hayes gets to shine.


Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) Call it a book or call it a box set; just make sure you’re hinting to someone to make sure that this collection dedicated to Hayes’ days at Memphis-based soul imprint Stax is in your possession. Four CDs give listeners 67 songs (some unreleased) that track Hayes’ evolution from cover artist to songwriter to full-blown bandleader. All that audio is augmented with a 56-page book featuring interviews and — most impressively — tons of handwritten notes from Stax master reels, old press releases and loads of glossy, behind-the-scenes photos from the label’s archives. (Craft Recordings)

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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