Unafraid to live up to their name, Soul Children placed emotion at the top of their agenda with a Stax Records debut album helmed by Isaac Hayes.
Soundtrack composers are often the unsung heroes of film, but without their music, the movies would struggle to come to life.
Released in 1971, ‘Black Moses’ was Isaac Hayes’ fifth album to be released in a little over two years, and is arguably his crowning achievement.
Sam & Dave’s second album, ‘Double Dynamite’, remains a classic example of the dynamic soul duo at their best, and a classic in the Stax Records catalogue.
On 6 November 1971, the 'Shaft' LP climbed to No.1 on the Billboard pop album chart, unseating John Lennon’s 'Imagine.'
A song doesn’t have to have a message in order to change society. Race relations, gender equality and identity politics have all been shaped by music.
Finally, after years of dues-paying, the duo had the unswerving attention of pop audiences, radio and TV.
A star who defined R&B in the 1970s moved into the 1990s with 'Put Me In Your Mix.'
Album packaging has evolved over six decades. Excellent artwork still matters, and the future promises many advances for digital music and new media.
Released on 23 September 1969, Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul remains a visionary album, and a masterpiece that single-handedly invented symphonic soul.
The irresistible Isaac Hayes-David Porter composition and production 'Soul Man' became another Stax classic.
The best Isaac Hayes songs revolutionised soul music in the 60s and 70s, spearheading symphonic soul and helping to invent the Blaxploitation genre.
The soundtrack album to the 1972 festival, ‘Wattstax: The Living Word’ captured the power, heart and sense of unity and purpose behind the pioneering event.
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.
Jimmy Webb is not only a great tunesmith, he's fantastic wordsmith. Few songwriters have a gift for both words and music greater than Webb.