The girls are in bed for the evening leaving me a few precious quiet minutes to take in a few more chapter of my book and a bit more cheesy soul with another Isaac Hayes album, this time the ‘For the Sake of Love‘ (1978) album.
This was another throw-away album I scored yesterday for – get this – $1.00.
Yup. A whole buck.
While Kelly might think that this was too much to spend, I disagree.
I loves me my 70’s “sex-ay” music. Besides two of ‘ol Ike’s best disco takes – ‘Zeke the Freak‘, with its ultra-funky bassline, and the ear-buzzing ‘Shaft II‘ are on this album, acting as adrenaline for the slower tracks here; also upbeat is the inspiring ‘If We Ever Needed Love‘. The rest of the songs are slow, romantic items, with Ike’s traditional raps inserted in just the right spots.
Puuuuuure love, baby.
And what’s an Isaac Hayes album if it doesn’t have a drawn out cover tune that he absolutely tortures with “his love”? In this case, he tacks a rap onto the beginning of Billy Joel’s ‘Just the Way You Are‘ (over nine sultry minutes in length), slows it to a rush-hour crawl, and drains it for every drop of emotion he can – done in the style of his Stax records from the earl seventies. He uses this same technique on ‘Believe in Me‘ and the best performance (cheese-wise anyway) – the slow, heartfelt rendition of James Taylor‘s ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight‘.
This album has more cheese than the state of Wisconsin.
Fortunately, I like cheese.