Stax Number Ones

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Founded in Memphis in 1961, Stax Records and its subsidiary imprint Volt Records released music that came to define the very notion of deep Southern soul in the late '60s and early '70s, and the company's artist roster during those years is virtually a who's who of the genre. In all, Stax/Volt had 15 singles hit the number one spot on either the R&B or pop Billboard charts (Otis Redding topped both charts at once with the posthumous "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay" in 1968 and the Staple Singers repeated the trick four years later with "I'll Take You There" in 1972), and all of those number one tracks are collected here. All have become classics in one way or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Founded in Memphis in 1961, Stax Records and its subsidiary imprint Volt Records released music that came to define the very notion of deep Southern soul in the late '60s and early '70s, and the company's artist roster during those years is virtually a who's who of the genre. In all, Stax/Volt had 15 singles hit the number one spot on either the R&B or pop Billboard charts (Otis Redding topped both charts at once with the posthumous "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay" in 1968 and the Staple Singers repeated the trick four years later with "I'll Take You There" in 1972), and all of those number one tracks are collected here. All have become classics in one way or another, including Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions" from 1962, Sam & Dave's "Hold On! I'm Comin'" from 1966 and "Soul Man" from 1967, Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" from 1966, Isaac Hayes' cinematic epic "Theme from Shaft" from 1971, and Johnnie Taylor's "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," also from 1971, and sort of Stax/Volt's answer to Marvin Gaye and Motown Records' "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" in that it featured the same kind of ominous, relentless rhythm, although it was good deal more lyrically specific -- Taylor actually named names. It's a very impressive run over that dozen years, and Stax left a huge and soulful footprint on the pop music of the 20th century and beyond -- it's impossible to imagine the world without Memphis soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072320529
  • Catalog Number: 32052
  • Sales rank: 64,243

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's (2:54)
  2. 2 Hold On! I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave (2:28)
  3. 3 Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd (3:05)
  4. 4 Soul Man - Sam & Dave (2:40)
  5. 5 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding (2:41)
  6. 6 Who's Making Love - Johnnie Taylor (2:48)
  7. 7 (Do The) Push and Pull, Pt. 1 - Rufus Thomas (3:18)
  8. 8 Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor (3:01)
  9. 9 Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight (2:34)
  10. 10 Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes (3:18)
  11. 11 In the Rain - The Dramatics (3:26)
  12. 12 I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers (3:14)
  13. 13 I Believe in You (You Believe in Me) - Johnnie Taylor (4:32)
  14. 14 If You're Ready (Come Go with Me) - The Staple Singers (3:22)
  15. 15 Woman to Woman - Shirley Brown (3:54)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer, Producer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Al Bell Producer
Don Davis Composer, Producer
Isaac Hayes Composer, Producer
Tony Hester Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
David Porter Composer, Producer
Wardell Quezergue Producer
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Tom Nixon Producer
Jim Stewart Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer, Producer
Paul Blakemore Remastering
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Kent Barker Composer
Joseph Broussard Composer
Alvertis Isbell Composer
Anthony Hester Composer
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