Picks and Pans Review: Don't Let Go
While his infectious, synthesized theme for the 1971 film Shaft was an ancestor of disco, Hayes has never really been able to cash in on his prescience. He in fact fell $6 million into debt three years ago, and a Federal Bankruptcy Court auctioned off everything from his gold-plated Cadillac and fur coat collection to his barbells. This album includes the thumpy title tune, three of Hayes' own slightly banal ballads and a discoized version of Fever that Peggy Lee would most likely never recognize. His deep, sexy voice works well on the slower tunes, and his disco arrangements are snappy and varied enough to hold up successfully over six or seven minutes. The LP is no artistic landmark, but it could sell enough to help Hayes reclaim that gilt Caddy.