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ISAAC HAYES: LOVE ATTACK EXPANDED EDITION (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
When I started listening to this expanded edition, the hairs on the back of my neck stood upright. There’s just something wonderful about this guy; he gets under your skin as he manipulates lyrics into the musical stories. Usually over long versions at that, yet the results are often seductive, dreamy, and sometimes even defiant. Am currently listening to the sixth track in, “I Stand Accused” with vocal assistance from Brenda Jones Williams, although the calibre is, unfortunately, miles away from 1979’s “Royal Rappins’” with Millie Jackson. However, having said that, the fiery, passionate combination of two sassy R&B giants who sizzled over the grooves, cannot be matched by anybody. So, maybe I’m being a little unfair here. Anyway, a crisp, funky “Love Attack” leads the listener into this Isaac Hayes experience of love and desire, against whispering, uplifting and cruising music. Check out “Let Me Be Your Everything” or “She’s Got A Way”. Just beautiful. The emotional intention behind “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” is highly credible of course, but it takes Isaac nearly six minutes to get his point across, pushing the song into the so-so box. Anyway, this 1988 release was his 18th in an incredible career that saw him rise and fall, yet always returning on a higher plateau than he left. His immeasurable talent and contribution to music is awesome, and although he’s no longer with us, his spirit is very much alive in his music. And this re-issue is proof of that.

Rating: 8


About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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