Wattstax: The Living Word (Concert Music from the Original Movie Soundtrack)

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Wattstax: The Living Word is a two-CD document of the all-day festival of Stax acts in Los Angeles in 1972 contains decent performances by the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, the Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, the Soul Children and Isaac Hayes. It's not remarkably different from what you'll find on those artists' records, however, and Isaac Hayes does none of his more popular singles, his contribution being limited to a 17-minute cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." Check out the Bar-Kays' outrageous eight-minute soul-rock workout on "Son of Shaft," though, which goes into some Santana-like grooves in the middle; Rufus Thomas launches into ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Wattstax: The Living Word is a two-CD document of the all-day festival of Stax acts in Los Angeles in 1972 contains decent performances by the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, the Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, the Soul Children and Isaac Hayes. It's not remarkably different from what you'll find on those artists' records, however, and Isaac Hayes does none of his more popular singles, his contribution being limited to a 17-minute cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." Check out the Bar-Kays' outrageous eight-minute soul-rock workout on "Son of Shaft," though, which goes into some Santana-like grooves in the middle; Rufus Thomas launches into three dance novelties in a row "The Breakdown," "Do the Funky Chicken," and "Do the Funky Penguin". Note: a couple of these cuts the Staple Singers' "Oh La De Da" and "Lay Your Loving on Me", although programmed as if they were recorded live at the event, are actually versions that were re-recorded in the studio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/5/1990
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218887229
  • Catalog Number: 88007
  • Sales rank: 102,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh la de Da - The Staple Singers (4:48)
  2. 2 I Like the Things About You - The Staple Singers (6:09)
  3. 3 Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers (4:33)
  4. 4 I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers (5:15)
  5. 5 Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd (3:37)
  6. 6 Lay Your Loving on Me - Eddie Floyd (3:28)
  7. 7 I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas (3:26)
  8. 8 Gee Whiz! (Look at His Eyes) - Carla Thomas (2:52)
  9. 9 I Have a God Who Loves - Carla Thomas (4:04)
  10. 10 The Breakdown - Rufus Thomas (3:56)
  11. 11 Do the Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas (4:30)
  12. 12 Do the Funky Penguin - Rufus Thomas (5:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Son of Shaft/Feel It - Bar-Kays (8:25)
  2. 2 I Can't Turn You Loose - Bar-Kays (3:38)
  3. 3 Killing Floor - Albert King (3:29)
  4. 4 I'll Play the Blues for You - Albert King (5:33)
  5. 5 Angel of Mercy - Albert King (5:38)
  6. 6 I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To - The Soul Children (6:36)
  7. 7 Hearsay - The Soul Children (6:50)
  8. 8 Ain't No Sunshine - Isaac Hayes (16:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Floyd Track Performer
The Soul Children Track Performer
The Staple Singers Track Performer
Carla Thomas Track Performer
Rufus Thomas Track Performer
Bar-Kays Track Performer
Isaac Hayes Track Performer
Albert King Track Performer
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Al Bell Producer
Tom Nixon Composer
Mark Rice Composer
McElvoy Robinson Composer
Bridges Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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