Friday, May 3, 2013

40 Year Itch: Black Moses In The Mountains


This is our last night and last show so we gonna get down tonight
-Isaac Hayes

With his 20 piece orchestra, the Issac Hayes Connection, in the shadows and the man himself draped in gold chains and sunglasses, Live at the Sahara Tahoe is Issac "Black Moses" Hayes's contribution to my collection of great live albums from 1970's soul singers. ( Along with Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall, Donny Hathaway Live and Curtis Mayfield's  Curtis/Live!). Hayes was on a roll at the time, with five consecutive million selling albums.

Tahoe may seem to be strange place to record a R and B album but I saw Funkadelic there and I can promise you it's not the locals who show up but fans who drive in from the Bay Area. Live at the Sahara Tahoe is a double album and features extended reinterpretations of classic 70's fare like Carole King's "It's Too Late" and Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine" (in which Hayes picks up the saxophone and goes it alone to the ecstatic cheers of audience members).

The album ends with a cover of  "Feelin' Alright" which, one year later, Hayes would perform with the Osmonds on The Osmond Brothers Musical Special.Clearly there was no decade quite like the 70's.

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