The Stax Story

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Up until the label closed its doors in 1975, Stax Records had a rivalry with Motown Records similar to the battle between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 1950s. Whereas Berry Gordy's Motown recording empire prided itself on the clean-cut image of artists such as the Supremes and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and their string of catchy, sanitized pop gems, the Memphis-based Stax reveled in a grittier sound and a freewheeling approach to making soul music. The four-disc Stax Story chronicles the legacy of Stax Records with 98 remastered tracks and a 64-page booklet packed with photos and liner notes penned by former Stax employees and music critics. The early Stax roster included ...
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Up until the label closed its doors in 1975, Stax Records had a rivalry with Motown Records similar to the battle between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 1950s. Whereas Berry Gordy's Motown recording empire prided itself on the clean-cut image of artists such as the Supremes and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and their string of catchy, sanitized pop gems, the Memphis-based Stax reveled in a grittier sound and a freewheeling approach to making soul music. The four-disc Stax Story chronicles the legacy of Stax Records with 98 remastered tracks and a 64-page booklet packed with photos and liner notes penned by former Stax employees and music critics. The early Stax roster included greats such as Otis Redding, who reveals the scope of his talents with the aching ballad "These Arms of Mine" and the roof-raising romp "Respect"; the dynamic duo of Sam & Dave, who shine on the call-and-response tracks "I Thank You" and "Soul Man"; and the powerhouse Booker T. & the MGs, who offer up the hearty instrumentals "Green Onions" and "Hang 'Em High." By the late '60s, Stax had lured several of Motown's top arrangers and producers away from the Hitsville, U.S.A., fold, which helped broaden the Memphis label's roster to include impressive talents such as the Dramatics "In the Rain", former Stax studio hand Isaac Hayes "Theme from Shaft", and ex-Chess Records legend Little Milton "That's What Love Will Make You Do". Throughout the early '70s, this pioneering R&B label continued to infuse its music with gospel and blues nuances as on the Staples Singers' esteem boosting "Respect Yourself," which features Mavis Staples' church-rooted singing style. Although Motown was heralded as the "sound of young America," Stax Records truly established itself as the home of Soulsville, U.S.A. Dave Gil de Rubio
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The legendary Memphis soul label Stax's legacy is well-represented by this four-CD box set, which manages to do what many similar box retrospectives don't. That is to provide a well-balanced overview of a genre of music that mixes the essential hits with many noteworthy yet lesser-known singles and rarities, coming about as close as possible to pleasing both the collector and the less intense soul fan. The first disc alone, subtitled "The Hits," takes care of the majority of the consensus classics most listeners would demand from such a box, including hits by Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, and Johnnie Taylor. Disc two and disc three chronologically survey lower-profile chart hits and flops, taking in additional material by all of the stars, as well as great songs that have escaped the net of oldies radio: William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water," Albert King's "Crosscut Saw," Mable John's "Your Good Thing Is About to End." Disc four is entirely devoted to live recordings, most by the company's biggest acts, that sometimes give a rawer sense of the performers' charisma than was evident on their studio efforts. Some pretty minor reservations might keep this box from getting awarded the highest possible score: some of the non-hit cuts aren't that exciting particularly from the label's later years, the track annotation doesn't make it clear whether some of the live cuts were previously unreleased in any form, Booker T. & the MGs' "Hang 'Em High" is represented by a live 1993 reunion recording rather than the original hit single, and some good mid-level hits by the biggest Stax acts aren't here. Still, it's a very worthy summation of the label's highlights, augmented by detailed liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218442923
  • Catalog Number: 4429
  • Sales rank: 45,512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gee Whiz! (Look at His Eyes) - Carla Thomas (2:21)
  2. 2 Last Night - The Mar-Keys (2:40)
  3. 3 Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's (2:54)
  4. 4 Walking The Dog - Rufus Thomas (2:34)
  5. 5 Respect - Otis Redding (2:08)
  6. 6 Hold On! I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave (2:29)
  7. 7 B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas (2:55)
  8. 8 Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd (3:03)
  9. 9 Soul Finger - Bar-Kays (2:20)
  10. 10 Tramp - Otis & Carla (3:01)
  11. 11 Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King (2:48)
  12. 12 Soul Man - Sam & Dave (2:39)
  13. 13 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding (2:41)
  14. 14 Private Number - Judy Clay (2:40)
  15. 15 Who's Making Love? - Johnnie Taylor (2:49)
  16. 16 Time Is Tight - Booker T. & the MG's (3:17)
  17. 17 Do The Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas (3:17)
  18. 18 Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight (2:34)
  19. 19 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics (3:35)
  20. 20 Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers (3:32)
  21. 21 Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes (3:18)
  22. 22 I've Been Lonely for So Long - Frederick Knight (3:22)
  23. 23 I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers (3:14)
  24. 24 Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim (3:30)
  25. 25 I'll Be The Other Woman - The Soul Children (3:35)
  26. 26 Woman To Woman - Shirley Brown (3:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cause I Love You - Carla Thomas (2:46)
  2. 2 You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell (3:01)
  3. 3 These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding (2:32)
  4. 4 Can Your Monkey Do The Dog - Rufus Thomas (2:28)
  5. 5 Big Party - Barbara & the Browns (2:41)
  6. 6 Jump Back - Rufus Thomas (2:21)
  7. 7 Mr. Pitiful - Otis Redding (2:43)
  8. 8 Can't See You When I Want To - David Porter (2:55)
  9. 9 Boot-Leg - Booker T. & the MG's (2:07)
  10. 10 I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding (2:55)
  11. 11 Candy - The Astors (3:02)
  12. 12 I Want Someone - The Mad Lads (2:43)
  13. 13 Philly Dog - The Mar-Keys (2:16)
  14. 14 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Otis Redding (2:46)
  15. 15 Things Get Better - Eddie Floyd (2:26)
  16. 16 Let Me Be Good To You - Carla Thomas (2:42)
  17. 17 I'll Run Your Hurt Away - Ruby Johnson (3:10)
  18. 18 You Good Thing (Is About To End) - Mable John (2:59)
  19. 19 Patch My heart - The Mad Lads (2:32)
  20. 20 Crosscut Saw - Albert King (2:35)
  21. 21 I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down - Sam & Dave (2:43)
  22. 22 Groovin' - Booker T. & the MG's (2:43)
  23. 23 Give Everybody Some - Bar-Kays (2:25)
  24. 24 Cold Feet - Albert King (2:47)
  25. 25 I Thank You - Sam & Dave (2:46)
  26. 26 I Got A Sure Thing - Ollie & the Nightingales (2:38)
  27. 27 Big Bird - Eddie Floyd (3:03)
  28. 28 A Tribute to a King - William Bell (2:54)
  29. 29 I Ain't Particular - Johnnie Taylor (2:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Soul Limbo - Booker T. & the MG's (2:23)
  2. 2 I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd (2:45)
  3. 3 What A Man - Linda Lyndell (2:40)
  4. 4 I Like Everything About You - Jimmy Hughes (2:50)
  5. 5 I Forgot To Be Your Lover - William Bell (2:21)
  6. 6 I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas (2:55)
  7. 7 So I Can Love You - The Emotions (2:51)
  8. 8 Walk on By - Isaac Hayes (4:34)
  9. 9 Black Boy (3:23)
  10. 10 I Have Learned to Do Without You - Mavis Staples (4:07)
  11. 11 Play The Music Toronados - T.S.U. Toronados (2:33)
  12. 12 Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes (3:37)
  13. 13 The Breakdown, Pt. 1 - Rufus Thomas (3:14)
  14. 14 Son Of Shaft - Bar-Kays (3:11)
  15. 15 That's What love Will Make You Do - Little Milton (3:55)
  16. 16 In The Rain - The Dramatics (3:24)
  17. 17 Hearsay - The Soul Children (3:30)
  18. 18 Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - David Porter (4:24)
  19. 19 Dedicated To The One I Love - The Temprees (3:34)
  20. 20 Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Albert King (3:40)
  21. 21 I Believe In You (You Believe In Me) - Johnnie Taylor (4:31)
  22. 22 Short Stoppong - Veda Brown (2:22)
  23. 23 Cheaper To Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor (3:27)
  24. 24 If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - The Staple Singers (3:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's (4:15)
  2. 2 Raise Your Hand - Eddie Floyd (3:46)
  3. 3 Something Good (Is Going to Happen to You) - Carla Thomas (4:15)
  4. 4 Grab This Thing, Pt. 1 - The Mar-Keys (2:31)
  5. 5 The Dog - Rufus Thomas (2:56)
  6. 6 You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell (3:48)
  7. 7 Soothe Me - Sam & Dave (2:57)
  8. 8 You Don't Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave (3:46)
  9. 9 Shake - Otis Redding (2:32)
  10. 10 Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding (6:52)
  11. 11 Oh La De Da - The Staple Singers (3:34)
  12. 12 (Do The) Push And Pull, Pt. 1 - Rufus Thomas (5:17)
  13. 13 Jody's Got your Girl And Gone - Johnnie Taylor (5:46)
  14. 14 Killing Floor - Albert King (3:49)
  15. 15 Blues Power - Albert King (3:11)
  16. 16 Show Me How - The Emotions (3:49)
  17. 17 Hang 'Em High - Booker T. & the MG's (3:54)
  18. 18 Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes (4:47)
  19. 19 Theme From The Men - Isaac Hayes (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Bell Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's Track Performer
Shirley Brown Track Performer
The Dramatics Track Performer
The Emotions Track Performer
Eddie Floyd Track Performer
Jimmy Hughes Track Performer
Frederick Knight Track Performer
The Mad Lads Track Performer
Otis Redding Track Performer
Sam & Dave Track Performer
The Soul Children Track Performer
The Staple Singers Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor Track Performer
Carla Thomas Track Performer
Rufus Thomas Track Performer
Mel & Tim Track Performer
Soul Kitchen Track Performer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Track Performer
Ruby Johnson Track Performer
Ollie & the Nightingales Track Performer
The Astors Track Performer
Bar-Kays Track Performer
Little Milton Track Performer
Judy Clay Track Performer
Albert King Track Performer
The Mar-Keys Track Performer
David Porter Track Performer
Mavis Staples Track Performer
Veda Brown Track Performer
Barbara & the Browns Track Performer
Linda Lyndell Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Steve Young Composer
William Bell Composer
Steve Cropper Composer, Staff
Eddie Floyd Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Homer Banks Composer
James Banks Composer
Bill Belmont Liner Notes
Don Davis Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer, Staff
Isaac Hayes Composer, Staff
Willie Hall Composer
Wayne Jackson Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer, Staff
Albert King Composer
David Porter Composer
Bonny "Mack" Rice Composer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Cam Wilson Composer
Tom Nixon Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer, Staff
Jimmy King Composer
Eddie Marion Composer
Greil Marcus Liner Notes
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Mark Rice Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Rob Finnis Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Raymond Jackson Composer
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Kent Barker Composer
Henderson Thigpen Composer
Traditional Composer
Floyd Composer
Ralph Williams Composer
Dean Parker Director
Anthony Hester Composer
Roy Cunningham Composer
Carl Wells Composer
Bridges Composer
Carrol Washington Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Allen Jones Composer
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