Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971

The Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971


The first Stax-Volt box was a monolith, standing as the definitive document of the labels and, therefore, gritty Southern soul. Its sequel, The Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 is considerably more problematic. Covering only four years compared to its predecessor, which showcased nine years, Vol. 2 contains 216…  See more details below


The first Stax-Volt box was a monolith, standing as the definitive document of the labels and, therefore, gritty Southern soul. Its sequel, The Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 is considerably more problematic. Covering only four years compared to its predecessor, which showcased nine years, Vol. 2 contains 216 tracks, including all of the A- and B-sides released during that era. Most critics consider these four years to be substantially less interesting than Stax's earlier years, and in a sense, they're right. There's no Otis Redding or Sam & Dave, and the music doesn't have the same innovative, kinetic spark of the early years. There's still a lot of great, great music here, but it's difficult to sort it out among these nine discs. About three or four discs' worth of material is truly essential, and it might have been better to boil this era down to a smaller box set, since that would have made for a necessary purchase. As it stands, it's too sprawling and comprehensive to be an essential purchase for anyone other than soul fetishists and hardcore collectors, but those listeners should find much of this fascinating.

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Disc 1

  1. I Was Born to Love You  - Shirley Walton
  2. Precious, Precious  - Isaac Hayes
  3. Send Peace and Harmony Home  - Shirley Walton
  4. Soul Limbo  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  5. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)  - Eddie Floyd
  6. It's Been a Long Time Coming  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  7. What A Man  - Linda Lyndell
  8. I Like Everything About You  - Jimmy Hughes
  9. Stay Baby Stay  - Johnny Daye
  10. Private Number  - Judy Clay
  11. So Nice  -  Mad Lads
  12. Long Walk To D.C.  -  Staple Singers
  13. Give 'Em Love  -  Soul Children
  14. Funky Mississippi  - Rufus Thomas
  15. Lovin' Feeling  -  Charmels
  16. Where Do I Go?  - Carla Thomas
  17. Bed of Roses  - Judy Clay
  18. Bring It On Home To Me  - Eddie Floyd
  19. It's Unbelievable (How Do You Control My Soul)  -  Jeanne & the Darlings
  20. Who's Making Love?  - Johnnie Taylor
  21. Mighty Cold Winter  -  Dino & Doc
  22. Hang 'Em High  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  23. You're Leaving Me  -  Ollie & the Nightingales
  24. Copycat  -  Bar-Kays
  25. I Forgot to Be Your Lover  - William Bell
  26. Running Out  - Mable John
  27. My Baby Specializes  - Judy Clay
  28. I'll Understand  -  Soul Children

Disc 2

  1. The Ghetto  -  Staple Singers
  2. Blues Power  - Albert King
  3. The Echo  -  Epsilons
  4. Funky Way  - Rufus Thomas
  5. Take Care of Your Homework  - Johnnie Taylor
  6. I Like What You're Doing (To Me)  - Carla Thomas
  7. I've Got To Have Your Love  - Eddie Floyd
  8. Let 'Em Down Baby  - Jimmy Hughes
  9. Love Is Here Today And Gone Tomorrow  -  Mad Lads
  10. It Ain't Long Enough  - Judy Clay
  11. Mellow Way You Treat Your Man  -  Ollie & the Nightingales
  12. Private Number  - Sonny Stitt
  13. Time Is Tight  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  14. Double Or Nothing  -  Mar-Keys
  15. (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay  -  Staple Singers
  16. So I Can Love You  -  Emotions
  17. Don't Stop Dancing (To The Music)  -  Bar-Kays
  18. One More Chance  - Margie Joseph
  19. I Wanna Be Good (To You)  - Jimmy Dotson
  20. Finger Lickin' Good  - Art Jerry Miller
  21. Tighten up My Thang  -  Soul Children
  22. My Whole World Is Falling Down  - William Bell
  23. Testify (I Wanna)  - Johnnie Taylor
  24. Drownin' on Dry Land  - Albert King
  25. Do The Cissy  -  Stingers
  26. Don't Tell Your Mama (Where You've Been)  - Eddie Floyd

Disc 3

  1. Mrs. Robinson  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  2. Love's Sweet Sensation  - Mavis Staples
  3. Just Because Your Love Is Gone  - Darrell Banks
  4. Chains of Love  - Jimmy Hughes
  5. Happy  - William Bell
  6. The Challenge  -  Staple Singers
  7. Soul-A-Lujah  - Andy Staples
  8. Never, Never Let You Go  - Mavis Staples
  9. Just Keep on Loving Me  - Carla Thomas
  10. I Need You Woman  - Carla Thomas
  11. I've Got a Feeling  -  Ollie & the Nightingales
  12. It's Time to Pay For The Fun (We've Had)  -  Jeanne & the Darlings
  13. I Could Never Be President  - Johnnie Taylor
  14. By The Time I Get To Phoenix  -  Mad Lads
  15. Long And Lonely World  - Colette Kelly
  16. Midnight Cowboy  -  Bar-Kays
  17. I've Fallen in Love With You  - Carla Thomas
  18. Slum Baby  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  19. The Best Part Of A Love Affair  -  Emotions
  20. By The Time I Get To Phoenix  - Isaac Hayes
  21. Walk on By  - Isaac Hayes
  22. Tupelo  - Albert King
  23. Water  -  Staples
  24. The Sweeter He Is, Pt. 1  -  Soul Children
  25. You're Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger)  - Mavis Staples

Disc 4

  1. Open Up Your Heart (Let Me In)  -  Newcomers
  2. Why Is The Wine Sweeter (On The Other Side)  - Eddie Floyd
  3. When Will We Be Paid  -  Staple Singers
  4. Grinder Man  - John Lee Hooker
  5. Born Under a Bad Sign  - William Bell
  6. What You Gonna Do (When Your Love Is Gone)  - Margie Joseph
  7. I'm So Glad  - Jimmy Hughes
  8. Beautiful Feelings  - Barrell Banks
  9. Your Love Was Strange  -  Dramatics
  10. Love Bones  - Johnnie Taylor
  11. Hard to Say Goodbye  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  12. Got to Get Rid of You  - J.J. Barnes
  13. Habit Forming Love  - Reggie Milner
  14. My Thing Is a Moving Thing  -  T.S.U. Toronados
  15. Stealing Love  -  Emotions
  16. When Tomorrow Comes  -  Emotions
  17. Wrapped Up In Love Again  - Albert King
  18. Do The Funky Chicken  - Rufus Thomas
  19. California Girl  - Eddie Floyd
  20. Tribute To A Black Woman  - Bernice Hayes
  21. Sang And Dance  -  Bar-Kays
  22. Hold on! I'm Comin'  -  Soul Children
  23. Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, Part1  - Chuck Brooks
  24. Help Me Put Out The Flame (In My Heart)  - Ernie Hines
  25. Black Boy

Disc 5

  1. Bracing Myself For The Fall  -  Ollie & the Nightingales
  2. All I Have to Do Is Dream  - Carla Thomas
  3. Singing About Love  -  Jeanne & the Darlings
  4. Goodies  -  Chris & Shack
  5. Just The Way You Are Today  - Barbara Lewis
  6. The Creeper Returns  - Little Sonny
  7. Guide Me Well  - Carla Thomas
  8. Give a Damn  -  Staple Singers
  9. Steal Away  - Johnnie Taylor
  10. Your Sweet Lovin'  - Margie Joseph
  11. I Forgot to Remember  -  Jones & Blumenberg
  12. Can't See You When I Want To  - David Porter
  13. Never Be True  - Carla Thomas
  14. Can't You See What You're Doing to Me  - Albert King
  15. Sixty Minute Man, Pt. 2  - Rufus Thomas
  16. The Preacher And The Bear  - Rufus Thomas
  17. Something  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  18. Seeing Is Believing  -  Mad Lads
  19. You're My Only Temptation  - Roz Ryan
  20. What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me  - Paul Thompson
  21. Right, Tight and Out of Sight  -  Branding Iron
  22. (What's Under) The Natural Do  - John Ka Sandra

Disc 6

  1. My Girl  - Eddie Floyd
  2. I Have Learned To Do Without You  - Mavis Staples
  3. Play The Music Toronadoes  -  T.S.U. Toronados
  4. Lonely Soldier  - William Bell
  5. Heart Association  -  Emotions
  6. I Stand Accused  - Isaac Hayes
  7. Brand New Day  -  Staple Singers
  8. Sweeter Tomorrow  - Margie Joseph
  9. Cool Strut  - Bernice Hayes
  10. You Put The Sunshine Back In My World  -  Newcomers
  11. Montego Bay  -  Bar-Kays
  12. Got It Together, Pts. 1 & 2  -  Rudy Robinson & the Hungry Five
  13. Wade In The Water  - Little Sonny
  14. You're Movin' Much Too Fast  -  Nightingales
  15. The Best Years of My Life  - Eddie Floyd
  16. I Am Somebody, Pt. 2  - Johnnie Taylor
  17. I Loved You Like I Love My Very Life  - Carla Thomas
  18. Soul Machine  - Reggie Milner
  19. (Follow Her) Rules And Regulations  -  Temprees
  20. (Do the) Push and Pull, Pt. 1  - Rufus Thomas
  21. Love Changes  -  Charlene & the Soul Serenaders
  22. Put Your World In My World (Best Of Two Worlds)  -  Soul Children
  23. Love Is Plentiful  -  Staple Singers

Disc 7

  1. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)  -  Staple Singers
  2. Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas?  -  Staple Singers
  3. Too Many Lovers  -  Shack
  4. Black Christmas  -  Emotions
  5. The Mistletoe And Me  - Isaac Hayes
  6. Ask the Lonely  - Barbara Lewis
  7. Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone  - Johnnie Taylor
  8. Finish Me Off  -  Soul Children
  9. Oh, How It Rained  - Eddie Floyd
  10. The Look of Love  - Isaac Hayes
  11. Electrified Love  - Ernie Hines
  12. Melting Pot  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  13. That's the Way I Like It (I Like It That Way)  - Barbara Lewis
  14. Mr. Big Stuff  - Jean Knight
  15. You Make Me Want to Love You  -  Emotions
  16. Stop! In The Name Of Love  - Margie Joseph
  17. I Don't Wanna Lose You  - Johnnie Taylor
  18. (Girl) I Love You  -  Temprees
  19. The World Is Round  - Rufus Thomas
  20. A Penny For Your Thoughts  - William Bell
  21. Never Can Say Goodbye  - Isaac Hayes
  22. I Don't Want to Be Like My Daddy  -  Nightingales

Disc 8

  1. You've Got to Earn It  -  Staple Singers
  2. Hold On To It  -  Limitations
  3. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get  -  Dramatics
  4. Born Too Late  -  Branding Iron
  5. Just Ain't Strong As I Used To Be (You Done Fed Me Sumpin')  - Jimmy Hughes
  6. That Other Woman Got My Man And Gone  - Margie Joseph
  7. If You Think It (You May As Well Do It)  -  Emotions
  8. Shame On The Family Name  - Calvin Scott
  9. Blood Is Thicker Than Water  - Eddie Floyd
  10. Hijackin' Love  - Johnnie Taylor
  11. Sweetback's Theme  - Melvin Van Peebles
  12. The Breakdown, Pt. 1  - Rufus Thomas
  13. Pin The Tail On The Donkey  -  Newcomers
  14. Them Hot Pants  - Lee Sain
  15. If That Ain't a Reason (For Your Woman to Leave You)  - Little Milton
  16. It's Good To Be Careful (But It's Better To Be Loved)  -  Shack
  17. Where Would You Be Today  -  Ilana
  18. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven  - Albert King
  19. Got To Get Away From It All  -  Soul Children
  20. Love's Creeping Up On Me  -  United Image
  21. Show Me How  -  Emotions
  22. If I Give It Up, I Want It Back  - David Porter
  23. A Woman Named Trouble  - Little Sonny

Disc 9

  1. Losing Boy  - Eddy "G" Giles
  2. Respect Yourself  -  Staple Singers
  3. I'll Kill A Brick (About My Man)  -  Hot Sauce
  4. You Think You're Hot Stuff  - Jean Knight
  5. All For The Love Of A Woman  - William Bell
  6. Theme From Shaft  - Isaac Hayes
  7. Jamaica, This Morning  -  Booker T. & the MG's
  8. Gone! The Promise Of Yesterday  -  Mad Lads
  9. Girl, Come on Home  - Major Lance
  10. (Let Hurt Put You In The) Loser's Seat  - Joni Wilson
  11. My Baby Love  -  Temprees
  12. How Do You Move a Mountain  -  Leaders
  13. Black Nasty Boogie, Pt. 6  -  Black Nasty
  14. Do the Funky Penguin, Pt. 1  - Rufus Thomas
  15. You've Got A Cushion To Fall On  - Carla Thomas
  16. Get Up And Get Down  -  Dramatics
  17. Son of Shaft  -  Bar-Kays
  18. Don't Cha Mess With My Money, My Honey, Or My Woman  - L.V. Johnson
  19. I Can Smell That Funky Music  - Eric Mercury
  20. A Sadness For Things  - Calvin Scott
  21. That's What Love Will Make You Do  - Little Milton
  22. Standing in for Jody  - Johnnie Taylor

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Track Performer
Darrell Banks   Track Performer
William Bell   Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's   Track Performer
Steve Cropper   Track Performer
Delaney & Bonnie   Track Performer
Dramatics   Track Performer
Emotions   Track Performer
Eddie Floyd   Track Performer
Jimmy Hughes   Track Performer
Margie Joseph   Track Performer
Jean Knight   Track Performer
Major Lance   Track Performer
Barbara Lewis   Track Performer
Mad Lads   Track Performer
Soul Children   Track Performer
Staple Singers   Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor   Track Performer
Temprees   Track Performer
Carla Thomas   Track Performer
Rufus Thomas   Track Performer
Sonny Stitt   Track Performer
Ernie Hines   Track Performer
Eric Mercury   Track Performer
Calvin Scott   Track Performer
David Lee Porter   Track Performer
L.V. Johnson   Track Performer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Track Performer
Mable John   Track Performer
Ollie & the Nightingales   Track Performer
Bar-Kays   Track Performer
J.J. Barnes   Track Performer
Chuck Brooks   Track Performer
Little Milton   Track Performer
Judy Clay   Track Performer
Isaac Hayes   Track Performer
Bernice Hayes   Track Performer
Albert King   Track Performer
Little Sonny   Track Performer
Mar-Keys   Track Performer
David Porter   Track Performer
Roz Ryan   Track Performer
Mavis Staples   Track Performer
Stingers   Track Performer
Melvin Van Peebles   Track Performer
John Ka Sandra   Track Performer
Shack   Track Performer
Pervis Staples   Track Performer
Colette Kelly   Track Performer
T.S.U. Toronados   Track Performer
Epsilons   Track Performer
Newcomers   Track Performer
Black Nasty   Track Performer
Paul Thompson   Track Performer
Johnny Daye   Track Performer
Hot Sauce   Track Performer
Charmels   Track Performer
Linda Lyndell   Track Performer
United Image   Track Performer
Shirley Walton   Track Performer
Joni Wilson   Track Performer
Staples   Track Performer
Andy Staples   Track Performer
Lee Sain   Track Performer
Jeanne & the Darlings   Track Performer
Jimmy Dotson   Track Performer
Art Jerry Miller   Track Performer
Barrell Banks   Track Performer
Reggie Milner   Track Performer
Branding Iron   Track Performer
Rudy Robinson & the Hungry Five   Track Performer
Charlene & the Soul Serenaders   Track Performer
Limitations   Track Performer
Madlib   Track Performer
Eddy "G" Giles   Track Performer
Leaders   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Booker T. & the MG's   Producer
Steve Cropper   Producer
Eddie Floyd   Composer,Producer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Van McCoy   Producer
Don Nix   Producer
Bobby Patterson   Producer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Producer
Homer Banks   Producer
J.J. Barnes   Producer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Bell   Producer
Bill Belmont   Producer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Ron Capone   Producer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Darryl Carter   Producer
Charles Chalmers   Producer
Joe Cobb   Producer
Don Davis   Composer,Producer
Phil DeLancie   Remastering
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Producer
Carl Hampton   Producer
Tony Hester   Composer,Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer
Bert Keyes   Producer
Albert King   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Clarence Paul   Producer
David Porter   Producer
Bonny "Mack" Rice   Composer
Mack Rice   Producer
Marvell Thomas   Producer
Paul Turner   Producer
Dale Warren   Producer
Terry Woodford   Producer
Tom Nixon   Producer
Jo Bridges   Producer
Lew Herman   Composer
Al Jackson   Producer
Myrna March   Producer
Ollie McLaughlin   Producer
Henry Stone   Producer
Rob Bowman   Producer,Liner Notes
Phil Carroll   Artwork
Clyde Wilson   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Artwork
Raymond Jackson   Producer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer,Producer
Ronnie Williams   Producer
Richie Adams   Producer
Johnnie Mae Matthews   Producer
Bill Haney   Producer
Fred Briggs   Producer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Gene Anderson   Producer
Allen Jones   Composer,Producer

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