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Long, long past his stellar 1970s heyday, by the mid-'80s Isaac Hayes was foundering. He was certainly still the master of his style, but, thrust out of his era and trying to bridge the gap by updating his sound, much of his 1980s output proved to be a deal-breaker for his fans. U-Turn hit the racks in 1986 and, from the absence of charting singles, apparently stayed there. Leaving behind the funky grooves of yesteryear but promoting their sweet soul undercurrents to the very fore, Hayes contemporized his sound on the perky opener "If You Want My Lovin', Do Me Right." The title was comforting, but the synth pop sonics must have been a shock to die-hard fans. There are some excellent turns, most notably his wrenching cover of the Freddie King classic "Hey Girl," which itself follows the latest installment in Hayes' "Ike's Rap" series of messages. This time, upset by the rampant drug use building during the decade, Hayes imbibed "Ike's Rap VIII" with a strong anti-crack message. Also of note is Hayes' take on the Four Seasons' "Can't Take My Eyes off You," which emerges as a quiet ballad orchestrated à la the Isaac Hayes Experience. At the end of the day, however, and despite the precious nuggets to be found on the album, there are far better ways to sample Isaac Hayes' delicacies than U-Turn -- which leads, of course, to the inescapable truth that this isn't Hayes' best period -- period.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 5019421402824
catalogNumber: 1805073
Rank: 126542

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Isaac Hayes   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synclavier,Roland Synthesizer
Gerald Jackson   Synthesizer
Vassal Benford   Synthesizer,Strings
David Conley   Bass,Electronic Drums,Synthesizer Drums
Richard Head   Synclavier
Bernard Jackson   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Mueller   Acoustic Guitar
David Townsend   Keyboards
Myra Walker   Background Vocals
David "Pic" Conley   Synthesizer Bass,Synthesizer Drums
Brenda Jones Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Surface   Arranger
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Gerald Jackson   drum machine,Instrumentation
David Ahlert   Engineer
Vassal Benford   Arranger,String Arrangements
David Conley   Composer
Ron Cristopher   Engineer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,drum programming,Instrumentation,Digital Synthesizer
Bernard Jackson   Composer,Producer
David Townsend   Composer,Producer
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Pamela Phillips-Oland   Composer
David "Pic" Conley   Composer,Producer

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