"By The Time I Get To Phoenix" by Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes is the man. His voice--not just its smooooth depth but also just the way he says things--is obviously unparalleled, and his ability to tell to stories is entirely enviable. These skills are showcased best in the nearly 20 minute "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." Hayes takes a classic song and weaves his own personal memories and stories and personality into it, updating it and internalizing it for all listeners to enjoy. When listening to this, you feel like you're in a dimly lit dive standing inches from Hayes, hearing him pour his heart out to you and only you. It's a beautiful thing.