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Isaac Hayes & Bar-Kays – Do Your Thing – full, unreleased take coming on Record Store Day 11/25/16

Now-Again — November 4, 2016 | Comments (15)


Now-Again presents a vinyl release of the full 33-minute, previously-unreleased, psychedelic funk jam session by Memphis rhythm kingpins the Bar-Kays, mixed directly from the original 2-inch tape. LP contains bonus rhythm section instrumental and booklet detailing the history of this never-before-heard version of one of Isaac Hayes’ most famous songs.

Hayes was already a cutting-edge funk master at Stax Records when he accepted the unprecedented assignment of creating a soundtrack for the 1971 action flick Shaft. At a time when R&B songs routinely timed out at three minutes and under, Hayes’ albums for Stax’s Enterprise imprint had been breaking new ground since 1969. His masterpiece Hot Buttered Soul consisted of only four tracks, two songs on The Isaac Hayes Movement clocked in at a hair under 12 minutes, and one selection on his …To Be Continued stretched to 15:33.

But his epic “Do Your Thing,” one of the cornerstones of the two-LP Shaft soundtrack, outdid them all. Occupying nearly the entire last side of the set, it concluded after 19-and-a-half grooving minutes with the overdubbed sound of a needle scratching violently across a piece of vinyl. No one knew that jarring ending masked the existence of another 13 minutes of “Do Your Thing.” Consigned to the vaults, those improvisatory extensions—somewhere in between free-jazz and psychedelic rock—were seemingly destined never to be heard.


  1. What a find!!!
    So glad this is out of the dusty vaults!
    Can’t wait for this!

    Comment by Cam Rees — November 3, 2016, 9:10 pm
  2. Assume this will be available on the website?

    Comment by Luke — November 4, 2016, 12:19 am
  3. Luke, yes!

    Comment by Rappcats — November 4, 2016, 12:51 am
  4. Another amazing gem – looking forward! Thanks!

    RIP Black Moses…

    Comment by David — November 4, 2016, 12:58 am
  5. Will there be a digital version (CD or FLAC)?

    Comment by Doctor B. — November 4, 2016, 3:41 pm
  6. hi,

    this will be sold also in europe?

    Comment by raffaele — November 4, 2016, 4:53 pm
  7. When will I get a chance to get this online? My health prevents me from coming down even though I am local. I NEED DIS

    Comment by Bob Jones (not really) — November 4, 2016, 9:19 pm
  8. @ Bob Jones, yes this will be available online at

    Comment by Rappcats — November 7, 2016, 7:55 pm
  9. now again … incredible!

    Comment by Thomas — November 5, 2016, 11:57 am
  10. What’s the deal order-wise?
    Jump on the website on 25th n keep em crossed, or are there pre-orders at all?

    Comment by Rowan — November 6, 2016, 7:36 pm
  11. @ Rowan, we will not be doing pre-orders.

    Comment by Rappcats — November 7, 2016, 7:54 pm
  12. Will there be a digital version of this release (CD or FLAC)?

    Comment by M. Loogham — November 21, 2016, 2:41 pm
  13. Is the full 33 minute version on one side of the record?

    Comment by Mark — November 22, 2016, 9:19 pm
  14. Track list right here

    Comment by Rappcats — November 23, 2016, 1:21 am
  15. Thanks gang just ordered mine! I remember this song so well as a 9 year old kid, my dad bought the Shaft soundtrack on cassette, later I bought a pristine vinyl copy myself and it has remained a part of the soundtrack to my life. What a great surprise this is for all Isaak Hayes fans! Appreciated!

    Comment by thebrew — November 26, 2016, 2:23 am

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