by Isaac Hayes
Released: Nov 1971
Black Moses marked the end of Isaac Hayes' classic early '70s run. His fifth and final top 10 album depicted the soul icon's arms outstretched, bringing luscious soul to the people. Though the music was appropriately epic, with swelling orchestral strings adorning all 14 songs, Hayes was in a contemplative mood, having reportedly made this while his marriage was dissolving. His introspection led to breathtaking sounds, from the swirling arrangements of "Going in Circles" to the cinematic guitar licks of "Part-Time Love." Black Moses is a masterwork.