Vibe - 8/95, p.127
"...Hayes sounds like he's back in a Memphis soul club, churning out instrumentals and fusing unlikely forms....strangely captivating..."
Musician - 6/95, p.71
"...band-oriented...a Memphis groove so deep it's stinky..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/95, p.118
"...a mostly instrumental companion to last month's BRANDED, mixing seven uptempo (raw) tracks, including a hard-driving 'Son Of Shaft', with seven svelter swingers."
NME (Magazine) - 6/3/95, p.497 (out of 10)
- "...'Tahoe Spring' is Bacharach as total soul; 'The Night Before' is sultry, subtle southern slink; 'Memphis Trax' is showband soul from the late '60s...Yes, they still make music like this and, in places, it's great..."
The Isaac Hayes Movement includes: Isaac Hayes (keyboards).
Includes liner notes by David Ritz.
Personnel: Isaac Hayes (vocals, piano, keyboards).
Liner Note Author: David Ritz.
Photographer: Jack Gould.
Arranger: Isaac Hayes.
In the mid-1990s, after a several-year hiatus, Isaac Hayes made a comeback with two albums released simultaneously: BRANDED was a set of new material, while RAW & REFINED collected instrumentals from over the years. The origins of the tracks remain murky; the album's title implies that old, unearthed demos from Hayes's prime period have been packaged with newer recordings, most likely from the same sessions as BRANDED. The sound is mostly vintage Hayes--funky, organ-heavy jams replete with histrionic orchestration and wah-wah guitars. One cannot help but conjure images of SHAFT as saxophone solos rip over '70s-era funk beats. For those completists seeking a Hayes fix, RAW & REFINED more than satisfies over the course of its 13 funky and pretty tracks.