I woke up sounding like Isaac Hayes this morning. It’s unclear to me yet if this is something anyone’s been wondering about; but what the hell. I’m smokin’ coz it’s my birthday baby. Hot Buttered Soul is an extraordinary soul album – all the more so that it was released in 1969, before the sizzling 1970s. It opens with the slow, stretched-out version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Walk on By’. This track is an epic 12-minutes long and is as smooth and sticky as syrup. And all the while, the Bar-Kays are doing their instrumental, rhythmic thing in the background. Feel it and then have a good weekend.