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Isaac Hayes — Walk On By
Album: Hot Buttered Soul
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Released: 1969
Length: 11:59
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If you see me walking down the street
And I start to cry each time we meet
Walk on by, walk on by

Make believe
That you don't see the tears
Just let me grieve
In private 'cause each time I see you
I break down and cry
And walk on by don't stop
And walk on by don't stop
And walk on by

I just can't get over losing you
And so if I seem broken in two
Walk on by, walk on by

Foolish pride
Is all that I have left
So let me hide
The tears and the sadness you gave me
When you said goodbye
Walk on by
And walk on by
And walk by don't stop

Walk on by, walk on by
Foolish pride
Is all that I have left
So let me hide
The tears and the sadness you gave me
When you said goodbye
Walk on by don't stop
And walk on by don't stop
And walk by don't stop
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Hey baby, whas happenin?{#Cowboy}
I don't really care for Isaac one way or the other but I love a good long jam at the end of a song!
OK well even this was released in 1969. 
fabulous truly corny schmalzy soul
please make it STOP!
truly corny schmalzy soul
Is this Bad Cover Friday?
 Proclivities wrote:

The Stranglers did an excellent cover as well.  It's a great song which lends itself to many interpretations..
 
+1 The Stranglers

I have been thinking about this song for days. thanks for playing it.
made love for the very first time in my life to this s
ong.  It was almost long enough for us for both of us....LOL
 RedGuitar wrote:

When I DJ'd for the local college station years ago, I'd put on a long tune when I had to hit the boys' room.  Hey, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go...

 
For the length of this number, you could have had a long leisurely crap and read a good part of War & Peace. Boy, did Hayes'  band know how to pad a song out, or what?

 xtalman wrote:
DJ's bathroom break song.
 
When I DJ'd for the local college station years ago, I'd put on a long tune when I had to hit the boys' room.  Hey, when ya gotta go, ya gotta go...

 Rooney wrote:
I prefer Dionne Warwick's version.  She makes it sound like walking, not a funeral dirge cadence.  Too long, too cumbersome, too overly-dramatized.  Sorry Isaac. 
 

Warwick is fine if you're in the mood for happy, lighter fare, but if you want to groove then the rhythm on Isaac Hayes' version takes the song to a whole other level!!
 Rooney wrote:
I prefer Dionne Warwick's version.  She makes it sound like walking, not a funeral dirge cadence.  Too long, too cumbersome, too overly-dramatized.  Sorry Isaac. 
 
I'm with you. The video for this cover has a nightmarish set out of the 70s. Still love the sisters backing Isaac. 
P I M P.  Back in a few...Gotta go pick my afro...
C'mon, people! Does it get any better than this? Me thinks not!!!!

I don't smoke pot, but if I did I would want a hit right about now...
Kick. Ass.

Got. It. Cranked. 
 thewiseking wrote:


um, Burt Bacharach doesn't require any help sounding cool.
 
not too sure about that statement

 thewiseking wrote:
wow, this is pretty out there, although i prefer Dionne's original. Many covers out there, D Train's 80s Funk version another fave.
 
The Stranglers did an excellent cover as well.  It's a great song which lends itself to many interpretations..


 dboseman wrote:
He made Burt Bacharach sound cool. Awesome.
 

um, Burt Bacharach doesn't require any help sounding cool.
wow, this is pretty out there, although i prefer Dionne's original. Many covers out there, D Train's 80s Funk version another fave.
The longer this song goes, the lower my rating.  Good songs are like fingernails.  Good things to have until they start getting annoyingly long.
...and I love the drum bit at the end!
 pcicatar wrote:
It breaks my heart to see that this, along w/ the Theme from Shaft, are the only two Issac Hayes tracks played here!  {#Snooty}  This is certainly a missed soul opportunity, dig!? 
 
Upload some Isaac Hayes songs and they might just get added.

It breaks my heart to see that this, along w/ the Theme from Shaft, are the only two Issac Hayes tracks played here!  {#Snooty}  This is certainly a missed soul opportunity, dig!? 


Sweet - I dig the Chef version of this song! My favorite lyrics: "You put the hurt on me. You socked it to me!"
Issac could really cook up the grooves.




Man, I used to listen to this LP with friends on Friday nights.  Crank up the volume and totally rock the place!  Excellent production and the BarKays!  My favorite track, though, is Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic.  Crank up THAT one!

I prefer Dionne Warwick's version.  She makes it sound like walking, not a funeral dirge cadence.  Too long, too cumbersome, too overly-dramatized.  Sorry Isaac. 
I am totally digging this!!
 ask wrote:
Is this song still playing?? Please, please please let it end
 

Wait...can't you dig it when the sisters go "Walk!Walk" in the background? 

{#Roflol}

"Hot Buttered Soul" came out at as Stax Records was in the process of re-inventing itself while also just trying to survive. As the Wikipedia entry on Isaac notes, Otis Redding (Stax's big name) had died in a plane crash in December '67, and Atlantic Records had taken control over Stax's back label by mid '68. 

The President of Stax told his artists that together they had to put out TWENTY-SEVEN albums in 1969 if the label was going to survive. "Hot Buttered Soul" was one of the big hits during this frantic push to re-start Stax.

This PBS documentary, "RESPECT YOURSELF: THE STAX RECORDS STORY"

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/stax/index.html?campaign=pbshomefeatures_1_greatperformancesbrthestaxrecordsstory_2007-08-02 

does a great job of telling the wild rise, fall and rise of Stax Records.  

The documentary of the WattStax concert is also great.  

DJ's bathroom break song.
I think I'll fire up Pandora for a while.
I was in exotic French Indochina when this song came out.  Glad I missed it.
GREAT!!! First time I hear it and I like it. Surprised that it's from '69!
There were a lot of long songs on 1969.
Not all of them could have been released today & still sounded contemporary.
Yes, a few minutes shaved off the end would not have been missed but damn, it is a fine song.
Thanks, Bill & Rebeca

THE BEST STATION ON EARTH!
Is this song still playing?? Please, please please let it end

Wow... I thought Free Bird was long!
First 3 mins is fine, then it's all self-indulgent musicians getting paid by the minute.
 Egrey wrote:

OMG, I thought the record got stuck at RP.  This is interminable.


 
My wife probably has mixed feelings about this song.  I know I do.

OMG, I thought the record got stuck at RP.  This is interminable.


 WayUpNorth wrote:

No kidding.  Such a flashback.  Waiting to hear Don Cornelius' say "give it up for the great Issac Hayes" when the song ends ... I guess I watched too much Soul Train as a kid. {#Cool}
 
Shoot, I watched Soul Train up until grad school. The folks who own the rights have a great YouTube channel, subscribe and you'll get sucked into a few hours of old vids of the real masters of R&B.

 
Lots of good covers of this song. This one isn't my favorite, but it's fun. And I do love Isaac Hayes.
 CaptTofu wrote:
This is a great beat for 1969. What happened to great soul music like this? So much R&B is just painful to listen to.
 
No kidding.  Such a flashback.  Waiting to hear Don Cornelius' say "give it up for the great Issac Hayes" when the song ends ... I guess I watched too much Soul Train as a kid. {#Cool}
OK, every additional minute this goes on, I drop its rating a point.
Fuckin' long, innit?

This is good as a 3-minute single, pretty dull and overstretched as a 6-minute (or longer?) jam/cover. Isaac doesn't really convey the misery and pain of the lyrics, hardly surprising as he does smooth sex, not pain.

From 1997 to 2006 Isaac Hayes, a renowned soul musician, provided the voice for Chef, a character on the animated television program South Park. The role introduced Hayes, who established himself in the 1960s and 1970s, to a new audience.


 Zep wrote:
Sex music. 
 
 
And not nearly as sexy when Dionne Warwick did it. It's a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song, for cryin' out loud.

 Zep wrote:
Sex music. 
 
 
This bald wins

Hey Baby, what you doing? Come on over here, yea, that's it baby.......{#Whisper}
Sex music. 
 
Should be followed by You Keep Me Hangin' On - the Vanilla Fudge rendition.
 Xeric wrote:
Jesus!  Just END already!

Huh.  Guess I said more or less that already.  Oh, well—at least I'm consistent.
 
I see what you mean ....

but what a great name for an album {#Cool}
boring Kitsch
What a classic jam!!!!
:)
Jesus!  Just END already!

Huh.  Guess I said more or less that already.  Oh, well—at least I'm consistent.


"Butter, it's just like butter. A big ole stick of butter". Coffee Talk
Hey,Bill,,why doncha play the live version,you know the long one !{#Smile}
But I'm OK with this short one, as well,,once in a while.  # 10
Loving the bass line - nothing too flashy, just smooth and competent.

 toterola wrote:

He was cool enough that Elvis Costello wrote/played/sang with him.
And he was married to Carol King. That's not to shabby, 'round here anyway. {#Wave}
 
Actually, Burt Bacharach was married to Angie Dickenson.

 CaptTofu wrote:
This is a great beat for 1969. What happened to great soul music like this? So much R&B is just painful to listen to.
 
It sure went off the rails somewhere along the way.

way too long
Jesus, that was endless.  But at least it was incredibly repetitive along the way.
This is a great beat for 1969. What happened to great soul music like this? So much R&B is just painful to listen to.
 Montyontherun wrote:
This song needs to be 6 minutes shorter.. Gah!
 
Yup.

 dBdwg wrote:
this sounds like a visit to the dentist
 
this feels like a visit to the dentist
Is the song melodramatic and full of emotional flourishes? Absolutely!

But then that's how it tends to be at the end of a relationship......reason sorta flies out the window. As far as I'm concerned, they nailed this one.
this is when the dj goes out for a smoke
not portishead ... Hooverphonic sampled this in their song 2Wicky... love that song
Good example of how to demolish a Burt Bacharach song.
interesting, but this will always be a "dionne warwick" song.
He made Burt Bacharach sound cool. Awesome.

I am a little kid again... watching a 70's cop drama on a black & white tv in my parent's rumpus room... probably a love scene on Starsky and Hutch...


Wow!  Bill's playlist is excellent today!  New Massive Attack slips into this!  Yum! Yum!
Very, very cool.  The segue from Massive Attack makes perfect sense (and Madrugada a few tunes earlier).


this sounds like a visit to the dentist
F-u-u-u-u-u-c-k... this is one intensely powerful, emotive gem of a song.
 fatcatjb wrote:
I heard that too, same guitar part that's in Glory Box, from the Stealing Beauty soundtrack

 
xy wrote:
Some parts of this song has a Portishead influence..... intriguing
 
 
I'll have to compare the two side-by-side to be sure, but that may very well be a sample of this Portishead used in Glory Box.

Hot buttered soul, indeed!

 toterola wrote:

He was cool enough that Elvis Costello wrote/played/sang with him.
And he was married to Carol King. That's not to shabby, 'round here anyway. {#Wave}
 
I don't think Burt was married to Carole King.  That would be Gerry Goffin, also a songwriter.

This must be the 3 lifetime long version...
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Did this ever not age well. Sounds laughably cheesy today. Not the way I'll remember him, for sure.
 
I guess you gotta be in your 40's ...at least

This song needs to be 6 minutes shorter.. Gah!
Me n' god would cut off a lotta time to this song

this song needs to be 3 minutes shorter. gah
I heard that too, same guitar part that's in Glory Box, from the Stealing Beauty soundtrack

 
xy wrote:
Some parts of this song has a Portishead influence..... intriguing
 

 xy wrote:
Some parts of this song has a Portishead influence..... intriguing
 
{#Eh} ahhhhh....this album came out in 1969. The members of Portishead probably weren't even born yet. If you meant the other way around, yes that makes sense.

Bliss! Pure bliss!
Some parts of this song has a Portishead influence..... intriguing
 dboseman wrote:
Awesome cover of a beautiful melody.  As uncool as it may be to say, Burt Bacharach wrote some amazing tunes in his day.
 
He was cool enough that Elvis Costello wrote/played/sang with him.
And he was married to Carol King. That's not to shabby, 'round here anyway. {#Wave}
 BlueHeronDruid wrote:
How many hours has this been playing?
 


How many hours has this been playing?
WTF?
 Bridieboo wrote:
Nothing says the 70s like a song containing the words 'you socked it to me momma'.  Love this song.
 


 dboseman wrote:
Awesome cover of a beautiful melody.  As uncool as it may be to say, Burt Bacharach wrote some amazing tunes in his day.
 
Heck, he wrote The Look of Love. 'Nuff said.

Chef! I only picture him teaching Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny how to treat a woman. Too bad about the scientology connection though.
Did this ever not age well. Sounds laughably cheesy today. Not the way I'll remember him, for sure.
The Black Moses of Soul 
God Like.                  {#Notworthy}                            



Oh the organ! He's socking it to me! 
okay, he's walked on by.... now hurry up and end this song!!! 
"You socked it to me momma?" 
{#Ask}


Nothing says the 70s like a song containing the words 'you socked it to me momma'.  Love this song.
Gandolph Fitch, RIP

How REFRESHING to hear this in this context!

(heavy sigh)

Miss you Chef...
Oh baby BABY — more Isaac!!!
{#Roflol} Zep wrote:
Damn right!

oh wait, wrong song....
 


Perfect song for a cool December evening.

With a  warm girl.

 

remembering Mr. Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. 

** 8 **


Damn right!

oh wait, wrong song....
 skdenfeld wrote:
Sorry, melodramatic Vegas sleeze.  Me no likey.

*edit:  I do like the jam at the end, though.

 

Gotta disagree with the first part—love that voice!

Definitely agree with the editorial comment, though!!  Righteous!
...this is cool...
Awesome cover of a beautiful melody.  As uncool as it may be to say, Burt Bacharach wrote some amazing tunes in his day.
Cool!! Such an outstanding song. You really have to crank this up to appreciate the Bar-Kays' fine background.  Bill's been playing Hooverphic's 2 Wicky which samples this the intro to this one. Excellent song and excellent voice.

Very cool rendition.

I'm kind of surprised.
 maLeFunKtion wrote:
Aaah. Since my music taste is rather varied, I now know where a certain Wu-Tang Clan track got a sample from.

Excellent stuff!
 
So THAT'S where I've heard this before. Thank you. I knew I wasn't losing my mind.


Ahhhhh. Great !! Not the Hooverphonic version!!!{#Clap}
The backing in the instrumental opening sounds an awful lot like The Clangers (look it up, kids) :o)