...To Be Continued

...To Be Continued

by Isaac Hayes


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Released in late 1970 on the heels of two chart-topping albums, Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and The Isaac Hayes Movement (also 1970), Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays retain their successful approach on those landmark albums for To Be Continued, another number one album. Again, the album features four songs that span far beyond traditional radio-friendly length, featuring important mood-establishing instrumental segments just as emotive and striking as Hayes' crooning. Nothing here is quite as perfect as "Walk on By," and the album feels a bit churned out, but To Be Continued no doubt has its share of highlights, the most notable being "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." The album's most epic moment opens with light strings and horns, vamping poetically for several minutes before Hayes even utters a breath; then, once the singer delivers the song's orchestral chorus, the album hits its sentimental peak -- Hayes elevating a common standard to heavenly heights once again. Elsewhere, "Our Day Will Come" features a nice concluding instrumental segment driven by a proto-hip-hop beat that proves just how ahead of his time Hayes was during his early-'70s cycle of Enterprise albums. It's tempting to slight this album when holding it up against Hayes' best albums from this same era, but a comparison such as this is unfair. Even if Ike isn't doing anything here that he didn't do on his two preceding albums -- Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement -- and isn't quite as daring as he is on his two successive albums -- Black Moses, Shaft -- To Be Continued still topples any Hayes album that came after 1971. It didn't top the R&B album chart for 11 weeks on accident -- this is quintessential early-'70s Isaac Hayes, and that alone makes it a classic soul album.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/1991
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218413329
catalogNumber: 4133
Rank: 40722

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isaac Hayes   Primary Artist,Piano,Bongos,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Timpani,Vibes
Barbara Thompson   Cello
Johnny Scat Davis   Trumpet
Cliff Acred   Bass
Bill Bell   Trombone
Ernie Bernhardt   Trumpet
Richard Dolph   French Horn
Noel Gilbert   Violin
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited   Background Vocals
Edwin Hubbard   Flute
Pat Lewis   Background Vocals
Robert Snyder   Violin
Ann Spurbeck   Violin
James Terry   Flute
Nick Vergos   English Horn,Oboe
John Wehlan   Violin
Vincent de Frank   Cello
Joe De'Gerolamo   French Horn
Ed Freudberg   Violin
Gloria Hendricks   Violin
Nino Ravarino   Viola
Hal Saunders   Violin
Jackie Thomas   Trombone
Joan Gilbert   Violin
John Davis   Trumpet
Jack Fonville   Flute
D'Gerolamo   French Horn

Technical Credits

Memphis Horns   Contributor
Bar-Kays   Contributor
William Brown   Engineer
Ron Capone   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Pat Lewis   Arranger
Memphis Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Dale Warren   Arranger
David Krieger   Art Direction
Henry Bush   Engineer

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...To Be Continued 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ThomasDC More than 1 year ago
In what I consider to be the Isaac Hayes trilogy (HBS, Movement and ...to be continued), I consider this to be the true stand out. It has a wonderful collection of 5 long tracks, 4 of which were solid hits by other artists and tastefully and soulfully done by Mr. Hayes. What has always amazed me about his music, in particular the three mentioned albums, are the orchestrations. The lush use of strings and horns add depth and at the same time a sparce sound to each piece; it is a strange mix and it works so well, especially on "to be continued". The Look of Love and (You've lost that) Lovin' Fellin' are the two stand outs. I have always loved Chef Hayes, and this album, out of all of them, I think is the best.