3000 Volts of Stax

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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: 3/28/1994
  • Label: Stax Uk
  • UPC: 029667910224
  • Catalog Number: 102
  • Sales rank: 144,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spoonful (2:54)
  2. 2 Come to Me (2:52)
  3. 3 I'd Rather Fight Than Switch (2:26)
  4. 4 Sixty Minutes of Your Time - Johnnie Taylor (2:41)
  5. 5 Quittin' Time - William Bell (2:38)
  6. 6 Good Good Lovin' (3:44)
  7. 7 I Got Everything I Need (3:06)
  8. 8 Count Your Many Blessings - The Stars of Virginia (3:25)
  9. 9 Big Bad Wolf (2:22)
  10. 10 The Rotation (2:01)
  11. 11 Wee Little Bit (2:32)
  12. 12 Juanita (2:27)
  13. 13 Win You Over - David Porter (2:16)
  14. 14 The Hunter (3:22)
  15. 15 Per-Culating - The Mar-Keys (2:25)
  16. 16 Patch My Heart (2:39)
  17. 17 Remember Me (2:21)
  18. 18 Water - Johnnie Taylor (2:45)
  19. 19 Sock Soul (2:24)
  20. 20 Big Bird (3:05)
  21. 21 All I Need Is Some Sunshine in My Life (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Bell Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's Track Performer
Eddie Floyd Track Performer
The 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
The Dixie Nightingales Track Performer
Prince Conley Track Performer
The 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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