Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and voice artist. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s.
Joy is the sixth studio album by American soul musician Isaac Hayes. The album was released in October 1973, by Stax Records‘ Enterprise imprint.
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.
1. “Joy” – 15:55
2. “I Love You That’s All” – 6:13
3. “A Man Will Be a Man” – 7:20
4. “The Feeling Keeps On Coming” – 6:48
5. “I’m Gonna Make It (Without You)” – 11:11
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Stax Records, Inc.
- Copyright (c) – Stax Records, Inc.
- Pressed By – Sonic Recording Products, Inc.
- Accompanied By – Memphis Strings, Movement Horns
- Arranged By – Johnny Allen
- Arranged By [Female Vocals] – Pat Lewis
- Arranged By [Male Vocals] – Isaac Hayes
- Art Direction – Ron Gorden
- Art Direction [Creative Direction] – Larry Shaw
- Backing Vocals – Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited
- Engineer – Henry Bush, William Brown
- Engineer [Re-mix] – Henry Bush, Isaac Hayes, William Brown
- Mastered By – Larry Nix
- Performer [Rhythm] – Movement
- Photography By [Courtesy Of Penthouse Magazine] – Ken Marcus
- Producer, Written-By – Isaac Hayes
Released: October 1973
Recorded: April – May, 1973
Genre: Funk / Soul
Label – Enterprise Records