Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack was issued in tandem with the restored DVD in 2004. Wattstax, referred to as the African-American Woodstock, was held in 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum with over 100,000 in attendance to hear live performances from the then-current roster of Stax Records. This single-disc reissue differs from the original double-disc collection in that it contains full performances of the songs included in the film as opposed to the actual concert, making this a much tighter program. The highlights include the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," the Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft/Feel It," Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You," and the previously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack was issued in tandem with the restored DVD in 2004. Wattstax, referred to as the African-American Woodstock, was held in 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum with over 100,000 in attendance to hear live performances from the then-current roster of Stax Records. This single-disc reissue differs from the original double-disc collection in that it contains full performances of the songs included in the film as opposed to the actual concert, making this a much tighter program. The highlights include the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," the Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft/Feel It," Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You," and the previously unreleased versions of Luther Ingram's "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right" and Isaac Hayes's climactic rendition of "Theme from Shaft," which alone makes this CD worth the price.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218861427
  • Catalog Number: 8614
  • Sales rank: 266,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics (3:59)
  2. 2 Oh la de da - The Staple Singers (4:57)
  3. 3 Lift Every Voice and Sing (3:38)
  4. 4 Lying on the Truth - The Rance Allen Group (3:41)
  5. 5 Peace Be Still - The Emotions (9:04)
  6. 6 Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers (4:39)
  7. 7 Son of Shaft/Feel It - Bar-Kays (9:14)
  8. 8 I'll Play the Blues for You - Albert King (5:47)
  9. 9 Walking the Back Streets and Crying - Little Milton (7:32)
  10. 10 Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor (5:41)
  11. 11 Pick Up the Pieces - Carla Thomas (2:39)
  12. 12 The Breakdown - Rufus Thomas (4:07)
  13. 13 Do the Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas (4:38)
  14. 14 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram (3:54)
  15. 15 Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes (4:41)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Eddie Floyd Composer
Luther Ingram Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Don Davis Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Carl Hampton Composer
Stephen Hart Remixing
Tony Hester Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Bonny "Mack" Rice Composer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Rahiem Prince Thomas Composer
Cam Wilson Composer
Phillip Mitchell Composer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Kent Barker Composer
Jerry Beach Composer
Fred Briggs Composer
A. Smith Composer
Traditional Composer
Jackson Composer
Sandy Jones Composer
James Weldon Johnson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music That Defined A Generation

    I just saw the PBS broadcast of the film "Wattstax" and it was phenominal. i had to own the CD. And it's not just great music, it's powerful music. The concert not only spoke for black power but power for the people everywhere, rich or poor, black or white, everyone. Although there are some omissions from the original 1972 album I would have liked to see ("I'll Take You There" by The Staples, some of Richard Pryor's comedy bits) the disc is literally flawless. The Emotions (pre "Best Of My Love") are stunning. The Bar Keys hit a home run with the funky "Son Of Shaft" ("I'm the son of a bad mutha...") Rufus Thomas's "Funky Chicken" may seem a little corny by today's standards, but it's all in good fun. capping off the disc is Luther Ingram, who pours his heart and soul into one of his best songs, and Isaac Hayes, whose "Theme From Shaft" is woth the price of the CD alone. If you enjoy Stax artists or soul music in general, "Wattstax" is a must have.

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