Sunday, December 11, 2016
Soul Giant Isaac Hayes goes digital!
Stax Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, has announced the digital release of a dozen of Hayes’ albums from the period 1969 to 1976, many of them long out-of-print in both vinyl and CD formats. Eleven of the LPs have been re-mastered in 192/24 and 96/24 high resolution audio formats and available from HDTracks, while all twelve albums have been Mastered For iTunes and can be downloaded from Hayes’ new iTunes artist page. The albums have been digitally re-mastered by award-winning engineer Dave Cooley at his Elysian Masters studio in Los Angeles. In a press release about the project, Cooley states “for the first time, you can plainly hear details as small as the subtle coloration variations between the original studio setups and tape formulations from album to album. There’s renewed resolution around instruments. But you can also dive into the zoned-out atmospherics, and listen comfortably for hours as an entire body of work.”
Hayes’ iTunes page. In addition to these digital versions, a year-long schedule of releases is planned by Stax for 2017, including 180-gram vinyl reissues and a retrospective box set.