3000 Volts of Stax

3000 Volts of Stax

     
 

As the previous two volumes had done, 3000 Volts of Stax (1995) is a soul music treasure trove of remnants, alternate takes, and hard-to-find flipsides from the glory days of the Memphis-based Stax and Volts record labels. Across the board, these overlooked masterpieces equate -- if not occasionally surpass -- the plethora of hits that consistently emanatedSee more details below

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As the previous two volumes had done, 3000 Volts of Stax (1995) is a soul music treasure trove of remnants, alternate takes, and hard-to-find flipsides from the glory days of the Memphis-based Stax and Volts record labels. Across the board, these overlooked masterpieces equate -- if not occasionally surpass -- the plethora of hits that consistently emanated from those legendary studios. With the sole exception of David Porter's highly affable mid-tempo "Win You Over" -- which makes its digital debut on this disc -- none of the tracks have ever been heard before. What's more is that these platters are a far cry from what most folks consider when listening to outtakes or other cutting room floor dregs. Fittingly, the labels' house band Booker T. & the MG's commence the festivities with their initial swipe at Willie Dixon's "Spoonful." They bob and weave through the instrumental with Booker T. Jones (organ) and Steve Cropper (guitar) laying down some scrumptious lines behind the rhythm section of Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums). The legacy of Otis Redding (vocals) needs no embellishment; however, his unique musicality is unmistakable on this waltz-tempo rendering of the ballad "Come to Me," which differs from the three other versions Redding recorded in several prominent ways, the least of which are Cropper's upfront fretwork and the horn section augmentation. The Big O's other contribution, "Remember Me," sports some interesting lyrical alterations and improvisational vocal interjections as well. Other not-to-be-missed solid soul nuggets on 3000 Volts of Stax are Albert King's alternate take of his signature "The Hunter," or the pair of Eddie Floyd cuts featuring a cover of Sam & Dave's "I Got Everything I Need" and lucky take 13 of his full-blown proto-rocker "Big Bird." Over the course of the 21 tunes, there are a few lesser-known acts, such as the Stars of Virginia and their gospel-tinged ensemble choir vocal "Count Your Many Blessings" or Bobby Marchan's groovin' take on Rosco Gordon's "Just a Little Bit" -- which is retitled "Wee Little Bit (Just a Little Bit)" here. This compilation concludes with the inimitable Ollie Hoskins leading the Dixie Nightingales through a previously unearthed take of the sublime "All I Need Is Some Sunshine in My Life." This instalment should be considered a vital addition to any and every soul music enthusiasts' collection. It arguably bests the other highly recommended entries in the "Volts of Stax" series in terms of sheer volume of unforgettable and undeniably brilliant lost rhythm and blues classics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/1994
Label:
Stax Uk
UPC:
0029667910224
catalogNumber:
102
Rank:
357293

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

William Bell   Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's   Track Performer
Eddie Floyd   Track Performer
Mad Lads   Track Performer
Bobby Marchan   Track Performer
Otis Redding   Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor   Track Performer
Carla Thomas   Track Performer
Johnny Jenkins   Track Performer
Ruby Johnson   Track Performer
Bar-Kays   Track Performer
Albert King   Track Performer
David Porter   Track Performer
Dixie Nightingales   Track Performer
Prince Conley   Track Performer
Tonettes   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Phil Walden   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Photo Courtesy
Tommy Ridgely   Photo Courtesy
Dave Walters   Photo Courtesy

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