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VOL № E138 — June 2024

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Black Moses

Isaac Hayes
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For all the name Black Moses conjures, for all that it confers, it was not a name Isaac Hayes gave himself; that title was bestowed by a radio DJ sermonizing an intro to one of his songs. It was not a name Isaac Hayes — raised by his god-fearing grandparents in a former sharecropper’s shed after his parents died before he turned two years old — thought was even appropriate. It seemed sacrilegious to him. But that name, it meant something that even Hayes had to acknowledge. He had ascended to a plane that no Black performer before him had ever reached before. He topped the R&B charts and, eventually, the pop charts without ever having to compromise who Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was. He had shown his people that James Brown’s “I’m Black and I’m Proud” edict was possible. He drippe...

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Release Type
2 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
Foil Stamped
Reverse Board; Double Gatefold
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut From the Master Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound

Listening Notes Booklet by Andrew Winistorfer

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