Solid Stax Sensations

Solid Stax Sensations


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Ace's 2015 compilation Solid Stax Sensations was assembled by Ian Levine, a British DJ who first made his name as a soul collector when he compiled Solid Soul Sensations for Pye Records in 1974. As the title suggests, this disc focuses directly upon the deep vaults of Stax and its associated labels, including not only Volt but also Enterprise and Gospel Truth. Occasionally, Levine digs out an LP cut, and Sylvia & the Blue Jays' "Put Me in the Mood" is previously unreleased, but by and large these are the kinds of rare singles that drive record collectors crazy, particularly record collectors of the British stripe. This distinction is important: Levine favors not the down-and-dirty, gritty grinds Americans associate with Stax, but the nimble, funky, and smooth groove of Northern Soul. So slick are the sounds of Solid Stax Sensations that William Bell, as deep a soul singer as there ever was, is represented by the gossamer proto-disco of "The Man in the Street." Far from being a detriment, this emphasis on the lush yet danceable side of Stax turns this compilation into a rare delight: not only are the tracks themselves hard to find, but as a collection, it reveals the depths of Stax many of its greatest fans may not be familiar with.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667243520
catalogNumber: 5023512
Rank: 92214

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Terry   Conductor

Technical Credits

Pal Rakes   Arranger
Rance Allen   Composer
William Bell   Composer,Producer
Major Lance   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer,Producer
Don Nix   Composer,Producer
Charles May   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Homer Banks   Composer,Producer
Joe Cobb   Composer,Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Producer
Carl Hampton   Composer,Producer
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
Ian Levine   Liner Notes
Bobby Manuel   Producer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Horace Shipp   Composer
George Soulé   Composer
Mike Terry   Arranger
Tim Whitsett   Producer
Terry Woodford   Composer
Ollie McLaughlin   Producer
John Gary Williams   Composer,Producer
Edward Thomas   Composer
Don Juan Mancha   Composer
Ronald Banks   Composer
Wilson Turbinton   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Reggie Milner   Composer
P. Akula   Arranger
Jim Thomas   Producer
William Nelson   Composer
William "Smoke" Howard   Composer
Bob McRee   Composer
Ronnie Williams   Composer,Producer
George Clinton   Composer
Leroy Lewis   Composer
Palmer Rakes   Composer
Clarence Haskins   Composer
Carl Lumbus   Composer,Producer
Bill Cofield   Producer
Larry McKinley   Producer
Clifton Thomas   Composer
Mary Mullaney   Composer,Producer
Sam Unger   Composer
Roni Le Beau   Composer
Robert Seville   Composer
Leonard Pakula   Composer
Jack Lavender   Composer
Alton Wilkins   Composer

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