Stax 60th Anniversary

Stax ’68: A MEMPHIS STORY DUE OUT OCTOBER 19th

Milestone Anniversary Box Set will include all
stax records’ singles released in the landmark year of 1968 

Over 120 Songs From Artists That Defined An Era, Including:
Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Booker T. And The M.G.’s,
Rufus and carla Thomas, and Isaac Hayes 

Features Previously Unseen Photos from the Stax Archives


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Los Angeles, CA – When it comes to soul, Stax Records owned the ’60s. Classic records from Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus & Carla Thomas, and a legion of others helped transform what was once known as rhythm ‘n’ blues into rugged, emotionally bare “soul” music. This made Stax one of the decade’s most influential labels of any genre. It all crescendoed in 1968, a tempest-tossed year when the label redefined its own sound and, in the process, channeled a larger historical zeitgeist.

Stax ’68: A Memphis Story, out on October 19th via Craft Recordings, captures this crossroads in stunning, beautiful detail. The five-disc box set contains the A- and B-sides of every single released under the Stax banner in 1968, including the company’s sub-labels. With a 56-page book including revelatory, in-depth liner notes by Andria Lisle, Robert Gordon, and Steve Greenberg, as well as rare and previously unseen photos, the set presents more than 120 songs from this unprecedented creative period in American music. Some tracks are by soul legends (Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Johnnie Taylor) and some come from the deeper Stax catalog, and are equally incredible artists (Linda Lyndell, The Soul Children, The Mad Lads).

The collection will also be released digitally, and in the four weeks leading up to the release, one instant grat single download will be offered per week, with all digital pre-orders. The first instant grat single, “Long Walk to D.C.” by The Staple Singers, will be available on September 21st.  The second instant grat, “Used to Be Love” by Lindell Hill (available digitally for the first time), will be available on September 28th. “Send Peace and Harmony Home” by Shirley Walton becomes available as an instant grat on October 5th. The final instant grat track, “Going Back to Memphis” by Billy Lee Riley (available digitally for the first time), will be available on October 12th.

Deluxe bundles featuring a limited edition Stax ’68: A Memphis Story poster, letter-pressed using authentic vintage materials from the Globe Collection and Press at MICA, are available at the Stax Records online store.

Click here to pre-order the exclusive deluxe bundle at Stax store.

Click here to pre-order the Stax ’68: A Memphis Story 5-CD set or digital album.

The Stax ’68: A Memphis Story box set release coincides with two extraordinary exhibits presented by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee; The Sound of ’68 and Give A Damn! Music+ Activism at Stax Records. More details on each of these below.

The Year’s Defining Moments in Relation to Stax:
Three earth-shattering events altered the state of Stax in ’68. America reeled following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose death occurred practically in Stax’s back yard. The resulting social, political, and cultural cataclysms profoundly affected the label’s direction. Stax was also working overtime to reinvent itself in the wake of Otis Redding’s untimely December ’67 passing and the dissolution of a deal with Atlantic Records that gave the label perpetual rights to Stax’s back catalog. When the deal ended, Stax also lost one of their leading artists, Sam & Dave, who were signed to Atlantic, but released their music on Stax.

Redding‘s iconic “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave‘s “I Thank You” were the label’s first singles of ’68. The former showed how much Redding was evolving and how much Stax (along with the rest of the world) had lost with his passing. The latter, like “Dock of the Bay,” was a huge hit on both the Pop and R&B charts, underlining Sam & Dave’s crossover potential. Both were essentially the artists’ Stax swan songs.

Forging Ahead:
Without Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and all the fruits of their labor up to that time, Stax could easily have folded. Instead they bore down, found a way forward, and followed it to further glory. The impact of Redding’s death was felt even in Eddie Floyd‘s “Big Bird,written about Floyd’s attempt to fly to Redding’s funeral, but the song’s stomping, rock-informed feel foreshadowed Stax’s decision to widen its net and expand its aesthetic to embrace everything from psychedelic rock to Motown-style sounds.

Shirley Walton‘s shimmering, gospel-tinged “Send Peace and Harmony Home” had been written by Al Bell, Eddie Floyd, and Booker T. Jones, as a dedication to Dr. King, and as a reaction to the escalating tension in the city. In the middle of the recording session, word arrived of his murder, and a teary-eyed Walton delivered what became an ode to the man’s message in the aftermath of his assassination. “Long Walk to D.C.” was conceived as a tribute to King’s March on Washington, but by the time The Staple Singers cut it for Stax in ’68, it was equal parts Civil Rights anthem and eulogy.

The Soul Children‘s “Give ‘Em Love, with a propulsive vibe more pop-friendly than funky, was emblematic of Stax’s new openness to Motown influences. The paisley-patterned psychedelia of Dallas rockers Southwest F. O. B.‘s “Smell of Incense” (featuring future pop titans England Dan & John Ford Coley) on Stax subsidiary Hip showed the R&B hub’s willingness to rock a bit.

Plenty of Stax’s biggest names appear on Stax ’68, with cuts both unexpected and classic. Staff writer/producer/musician Isaac Hayes’ first record under his own name included “Precious Precious,” a surprising, swinging dash of soul jazz. William Bell‘s often-covered crossover hit “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” and Johnnie Taylor‘s Pop and R&B smash “Who’s Making Love” showed that Stax still had more than enough musical muscle to ascend, despite all its tribulations.

The whole world was changing in 1968, but Stax’s powerful portion of that evolution/revolution is captured step by soulful step in Stax ’68: A Memphis Story.

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music Exhibits:
The Sound of ’68 at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music documents life inside Studio A at Stax Records as seen by Don Nix, an early member of the Stax family who later became a songwriter, producer, and solo artist for the label, and Alan Copeland, the drummer for a Memphis garage band, The Poor Little Rich Kids. Nearly 40 black and white and color images of Steve Cropper, Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, and The Staple Singers show a vibrancy, determination, and spirit of teamwork that would launch the company into an era of great success. The exhibit opens September 4th and closes November 30th.

The Give A Damn! Music+ Activism at Stax Records is hosted by, and located at, Crosstown Arts in Memphis. The exhibition is the culmination of a year-long examination of Stax Records and its commitment to political activism, community engagement, and social justice in the years following Dr. King’s death. It features never-before-seen artifacts, including Isaac Hayes’ 14-foot long, custom-made office desk, stage clothing worn by Johnnie Taylor and Isaac Hayes, rare photos and documents, short films, music, and original artwork contributed by Shelby County students. The exhibit opens September 28th and closes November 25th.

Click here for details on both exhibitions.

Track listing for Stax ’68: A Memphis Story:
5-disc CD Box Set (digital album mirrors the physical track listing)

Disc 1

  1. Otis Redding: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”
  2. Otis Redding: “Sweet Lorene”
  3. Sam & Dave: “I Thank You”
  4. Sam & Dave: “Wrap It Up”
  5. The Memphis Nomads: “Don’t Pass Your Judgement”
  6. The Memphis Nomads: “I Wanna Be (Your Lover & Your Honey)”
  7. Shirley Walton: “I Was Born to Love You
  8. Shirley Walton: “I’m so Glad You’re Back”
  9. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas: “Lovey Dovey”
  10. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas: “New Year’s Resolution”
  11. Ollie & the Nightingales: “I Got a Sure Thing”
  12. Ollie & the Nightingales: “Girl, You Have My Heart Singing”
  13. Eddie Floyd: “Big Bird”
  14. Eddie Floyd: “Holding on with Both Hands”
  15. Bar-Kays: “A Hard Day’s Night”
  16. Bar-Kays: “I Want Someone”
  17. Johnnie Taylor: “Next Time”
  18. Johnnie Taylor: “Sundown”
  19. William Bell: “Every Man Oughta Have a Woman”
  20. William Bell: “Tribute to a King”
  21. Mable John: “Able Mable”
  22. Mable John: “Don’t Get Caught”
  23. Rufus Thomas: “The Memphis Train”
  24. Rufus Thomas: “I Think I Made a Boo Boo”
  25. Jeanne & the Darlings: “What Will Later on Be Like”
  26. Jeanne & the Darlings: “Hang Me Now”

Disc 2

  1. Derek Martin: “Soul Power”
  2. Derek Martin: “Sly Girl”
  3. Linda Lyndell: “Bring Your Love Back to Me”
  4. Linda Lyndell: “Here I Am”
  5. Carla Thomas: “A Dime a Dozen”
  6. Carla Thomas: “I Want You Back”
  7. Kangaroo’s: “Groovy Day”
  8. Kangaroo’s: “Every Man Needs a Woman”
  9. Isaac Hayes: “Precious Precious”
  10. Isaac Hayes: “Going to Chicago Blues”
  11. The Mad Lads: “Whatever Hurts You”
  12. The Mad Lads: “No Time Is Better Than Now”
  13. Otis Redding: “The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)”
  14. Otis Redding: “Open the Door”
  15. Albert King: “(I Love) Lucy”
  16. Albert King: “You’re Gonna Need Me”
  17. Johnnie Taylor: “I Ain’t Particular”
  18. Johnnie Taylor: “Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire”
  19. Eddie Henderson Quintet: “Georgy Girl”
  20. Eddie Henderson Quintet: “A Million or More Times”
  21. Shirley Walton: “Send Peace and Harmony Home”
  22. Shirley Walton: “The One You Can’t Have All by Yourself”

Disc 3

  1. Booker T. & The MG’s: “Soul Limbo”
  2. Booker T. & The MG’s: “Heads or Tails”
  3. Eddie Floyd: “I Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) “
  4. Eddie Floyd: “I’m Just the Kind of Fool”
  5. Delaney & Bonnie: “It’s Been a Long Time Coming”
  6. Delaney & Bonnie: “We Just Been Feeling Bad”
  7. Linda Lyndell: “What a Man”
  8. Linda Lyndell: “I Don’t Know”
  9. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds: “Broadway Freeze”
  10. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds: “I Can’t Cry No More”
  11. Johnny Daye: “Stay Baby Stay”
  12. Johnny Daye: “I Love Love”
  13. Bobby Whitlock: “Raspberry Rug”
  14. Bobby Whitlock: “And I Love You”
  15. Judy Clay and William Bell: “Private Number”
  16. Judy Clay and William Bell: “Love-Eye-Tis”
  17. Jimmy Hughes: “I Like Everything About You”
  18. Jimmy Hughes: “What Side of the Door”
  19. The Delrays: “Lollipop Lady”
  20. The Delrays: “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”
  21. Lindell Hill: “Remone”
  22. Lindell Hill: “Used to Be Love”
  23. The Aardvarks: “Subconscious Train Of Thought”
  24. The Aardvarks: “Unicorn Man”
  25. Fresh Air: “Somebody Stole My Gal”
  26. Fresh Air: “Somebody Stole My Gal” [Instrumental]
  27. Judy Clay: “Bed of Roses”
  28. Judy Clay: “Remove These Clouds
  29. The Staple Singers: “Long Walk to D.C.”

Disc 4

  1. Staple Singers: “Stay With Us”
  2. The Soul Children: “Give ‘Em Love”
  3. The Soul Children: “Move Over”
  4. Johnnie Taylor: “Who’s Making Love”
  5. Johnnie Taylor: “I’m Trying”
  6. Rufus Thomas: “Funky Mississippi”
  7. Rufus Thomas: “So Hard to Get Along With”
  8. Carla Thomas: “Where Do I Go”
  9. Carla Thomas: “I’ve Fallen in Love “
  10. The Mad Lads: “So Nice”
  11. The Mad Lads: “Make Room”
  12. Charmells: “Lovin’ Feeling”
  13. Charmells: “Sea Shell”
  14. Jeanne & the Darlings: “It’s Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul)”
  15. Jeanne & the Darlings: “I Like What You’re Doing to Me”
  16. Southwest F. O. B.: “Smell of Incense”
  17. Southwest F. O. B.: “Green Skies”
  18. The Village Sound: “Sally’s Got a Good Thing”
  19. The Village Sound: “The La La Song”
  20. Eddie Floyd: “Bring It on Home to Me”
  21. Eddie Floyd: “Sweet Things You Do”
  22. Booker T. & The MG’s: “Hang ‘Em High”
  23. Booker T. & The MG’s: “Over Easy”
  24. Ollie & the Nightingales: “You’re Leaving Me”
  25. Ollie & the Nightingales: “Showered with Love”
  26. The Pop Corn Generation: “Kitchy Kitchy Koo”
  27. The Pop Corn Generation: “Shake It”
  28. Bar-Kays: “Copy Kat”
  29. Bar-Kays: “In the Hole”

Disc 5

  1. Dino & Doc: “Mighty Cold Winter”
  2. Dino & Doc: “A Woman Can’t Do (What a Man Do)”
  3. William Bell: “I Forgot to Be Your Lover”
  4. William Bell: “Bring the Curtain Down”
  5. The Goodees: “Condition Red”
  6. The Goodees: “Didn’t Know Love Was so Good”
  7. Mable John: “Running Out”
  8. Mable John: “Shouldn’t I Love Him”
  9. Billy Lee Riley: “Family Portrait”
  10. Billy Lee Riley: “Going Back to Memphis”
  11. Judy Clay and William Bell: “My Baby Specializes”
  12. Judy Clay and William Bell: “Left Over Love”
  13. The Soul Children: “I’ll Understand”
  14. The Soul Children: “Doing Our Thang”
  15. The Staple Singers: “The Ghetto”
  16. The Staple Singers: “Got to Be Some Changes Made”
  17. Albert King: “Blues Power”
  18. Albert King: “Night Stomp”
  19. The Epsilons: “The Echo”
  20. The Epsilons: “Really Rockin”
  21. Rufus Thomas: “Funky Way”
  22. Rufus Thomas: “I Want to Hold You”
  23. The Generation: “The Children Have Your Tongue”
  24. The Generation: “Give Her What She Wants”
  25. Daaron Lee: “Who’s Making Love”
  26. Daaron Lee: “Long Black Train”
  27. Johnnie Taylor: “Take Care of Your Homework”
  28. Johnnie Taylor: “Hold on This Time”

About Craft Recordings:
Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard and Vee-Jay Records, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Music. For more info, visit CraftRecordings.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify.

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STAX SINGLES, VOL. 4: RARITIES & THE BEST OF THE REST
DUE OUT FEBRUARY 9th 

6-CD BOX SET COMPLETES POPULAR SERIES, OFFERING A DEEPER DIVE
INTO THE MEMPHIS LABEL’S MULTIPLE IMPRINTS 

TITLE ROUNDS OUT COLLECTION OF ICONIC REISSUES CELEBRATING
STAX RECORDS’ 60TH ANNIVERSARY


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Los Angeles, CA – Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is pleased to announce the release of Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & The Best Of The Rest, a 6-CD box set that delves deep into the Stax Records archives, and explores the label’s efforts to diversify their output. This new addition to the critically acclaimed series of Stax singles boxes offers a more profound study of the Memphis label’s catalog, including long-forgotten B-sides and rarities, and focusing not just on soul tunes – for which the label was most famous – but also offering a cross-section of rock, pop, blues, gospel and country recordings from 1960-1975. Available February 9th, the collection will also include an 80-page booklet, offering four new in-depth essays by music journalist Lee Hildebrand, writer and producer Alec Palao, box set co-producer Bill Belmont and Rob Bowman, author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story Of Stax Records, and producer of Vol. 4’s discs 1-3.

Featuring recordings from the catalogs of both Craft and Rhino Entertainment – the Catalog Division of Warner Music – who jointly control Stax’s iconic masters, this comprehensive box set is the perfect companion piece to Vols. 1-3; the first of which, The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968, was released by Atlantic Records in 1991 and reissued by Rhino in 2016. Volumes 2 and 3, originally released by Stax in 1993 and 1994 respectively, and reissued by Concord in 2015, offered soul singles spanning 1968-1975, collectively. In his introduction, co-producer Bill Belmont discusses the concept behind Vol. 4: “Over the years, within the collector-fan circuit, and in reissues and collections of vintage Stax material worldwide, some ‘B’ sides have attained a status comparable to the promoted work.”  Adds Rob Bowman, in his essay regarding the soul portion of the box, “[Stax’s B-sides] are, by and large, better than most companies’ A-sides.”  Continues Belmont, “Stax’s ‘other side’…has never been presented on its own – thus here, the ‘other’ [imprints] are all gathered under the Stax umbrella; part of the all-encompassing rubric ‘where everything is everything.’”

While Stax is primarily known for its soul music – Vols. 1-3 focused exclusively on that genre – the label also managed a variety of imprints throughout the ’60s and ’70s, many of which explored new sonic avenues, including rock (from Ardent, Enterprise and Hip), gospel (Chalice, Gospel Truth) and country (Enterprise). Also compiled are several instrumental and blues tracks from the earliest days of the label, when it was known as Satellite Records. The collection includes over 60 wide-ranging artists, including the Staple Singers, Big Star, the Bar-Kays, Jean Knight, Don Nix, the Rance Allen Group and Johnnie Taylor.

Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & The Best Of The Rest comes at the conclusion of a wide-ranging celebration of Stax Records’ 60th Anniversary by both Craft and Rhino. The unique partnership of the labels commemorated the first marketing collaboration of the Stax recordings, which had been divided since Atlantic Records split with Stax Records in early 1968. Throughout 2017, the two labels have collectively released over 15 vinyl reissues, including Rufus Thomasdebut Walking The Dog, Sam & Dave’s Soul Men and Carla Thomas’ Carla LP (Rhino), as well as titles like Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, the Sons of Truth’s Message From The Ghetto and John Gary Williams’ self-titled debut (Craft). Special attention was also focused on two Stax giants this year: Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding. Craft released a series of remastered, high-resolution digital reissues for Hayes (vinyl reissues will follow in 2018) as well as the critically acclaimed box set, Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976). Rhino paid tribute to Redding with mono editions of Soul Ballads and The Soul Album, as well as a forthcoming seven-LP vinyl box, The Definitive Studio Albums Collection, while Concord released the double LP Live From The Whisky A Go Go earlier in the year. Looking ahead, Rhino will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Redding’s best-selling “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” single. For Record Store Day’s Black Friday event, Rhino commemorated the 50th anniversary of Redding’s Live In Europe Album with a limited-edition red vinyl pressing, while Concord saluted ’70s rockers Big Star with a live tribute to their Third album, Stroke It, Noel: Big Star’s THIRD In Concert, as well as Hayes, with a vinyl edition of Spirit of Memphis, offering highlights from the box set. Additionally, during the Stax 60th celebration, both labels collaborated on the Stax Classics series of CDs, highlighting Stax’s biggest stars, while the 3-CD collection Soulsville U.S.A. culled material from both Concord’s and Rhino’s masters, much like Stax Singles, Vol. 4.

Track List:
Disc 1:

  1. Carla & Rufus: Deep Down Inside
  2. Rufus And Friend: Yeah, Yea-Ah
  3. Prince Conley: All The Way
  4. The Canes: I’ll Never Give Her Up
  5. The Astors: Just Enough To Hurt Me
  6. Eddie Kirk: I Found A Brand New Love
  7. Rufus Thomas: Fine And Mellow
  8. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Fannie Mae
  9. Floyd Newman: Sassy
  10. Rufus Thomas: I Want To Get Married
  11. Bobby Marchan: That’s The Way That It Goes
  12. The Cobras: Shake Up
  13. Barbara And The Browns: You Belong To Her
  14. Dorothy Williams: Watchdog
  15. Baracudas: Free For All
  16. Barbara And The Browns: I Don’t Want Trouble
  17. Gorgeous George: Sweet Thing
  18. The Astors: I Found Out
  19. Rufus & Carla Thomas: We’re Tight
  20. Rufus Thomas: Chicken Scratch
  21. Ruby Johnson: Weak Spot
  22. Rufus Thomas: Talkin’ Bout True Love
  23. Mable John: If You Give Up What You Got (You’ll See What You Lost)
  24. Sam And Dave: A Small Portion Of Your Love
  25. Ruby Johnson: Keep On Keeping On
  26. Rufus Thomas: Greasy Spoon
  27. Mable John: Left Over Love
  28. Ollie & The Nightingales: Girl, You Have My Heart Singing
  29. Mable John: Don’t Get Caught

Disc 2:

  1. Shirley Walton: I’m So Glad You’re Back
  2. Delaney & Bonnie: We’ve Just Been Feeling Bad
  3. Linda Lyndell: I Don’t Know
  4. Judy Clay & William Bell: Love-Eye-Tis
  5. Judy Clay: Remove These Clouds
  6. The Staple Singers: Stay With Us
  7. Rufus Thomas: So Hard To Get Along With
  8. Jeanne & The Darlings: I Like What You’re Doing To Me
  9. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Over Easy
  10. Mable John: Shouldn’t I Love Him
  11. William Bell & Judy Clay: Left Over Love
  12. Jimmy Hughes: Sweet Things You Do
  13. Art Jerry Miller: Grab A Handful
  14. Eddie Floyd: Consider Me
  15. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Soul Clap ’69
  16. Jeanne & The Darlings: Standing In The Need Of Your Love
  17. The Bar-Kays: I Thank You
  18. The Soul Children: Make It Good
  19. Ollie & The Nightingales: I’ll Be Your Everything
  20. William Bell: Let Me Ride
  21. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Sunday Sermon
  22. Carla Thomas: Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)
  23. Shack: A Love Affair That Bears No Pain
  24. The Nightingales: Just A Little Overcome
  25. The Newcomers: Mannish Boy

Disc 3:

  1. Ilana: Let Love Fill Your Heart
  2. The Soul Children: Ridin’ On Love’s Merry-Go-Round
  3. Hot Sauce: I Can’t Win For Losing
  4. Lee Sain: Ain’t Nobody Like My Baby
  5. Hot Sauce: Echoes From The Past
  6. The Mad Lads: Did My Baby Call
  7. Isaac Hayes & David Porter: Baby I’m-A Want You
  8. Jean Knight: Pick Up The Pieces
  9. Johnnie Taylor: Stop Teasing Me
  10. Isaac Hayes: Type Thang
  11. John Gary Williams: In Love With You
  12. Major Lance: Since I Lost My Baby’s Love
  13. Hot Sauce: Mama’s Baby (Daddy’s Maybe)
  14. The Soul Children: Poem On The School House Door
  15. Rufus Thomas: That Makes Christmas Day
  16. The Staple Singers: What’s Your Thing
  17. Shirley Brown: Yes Sir Brother
  18. Hot Sauce: Funny
  19. Frederick Knight: Let’s Make A Deal
  20. The Green Brothers: Can’t Give You Up (I Love You Too Much)
  21. John Gary Williams: Just Ain’t No Love (Without You Here)

Disc 4:

  1. Sid Selvidge: The Ballad Of Otis B. Watson
  2. The Caboose: Black Hands White Cotton
  3. Dallas County: Love’s Not Hard To Find
  4. Casper Peters: April
  5. Clark Sullivan: Reaching For A Rainbow
  6. Billy Eckstine: I Wanna Be Your Baby
  7. Chuck Boris: Why Did It Take So Long
  8. Barbara Lewis: Why Did It Take So Long
  9. Finley Brown: Gypsy
  10. O.B. Mcclinton: Slip Away
  11. Billy Eckstine: When Something Is Wrong
  12. Ben Atkins: Good Times Are Coming
  13. River City Street Band: Some Other Man
  14. O.B. Mcclinton: Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You
  15. Big Ben: Would I Be Better Gone?
  16. Don Nix: Black Cat Moan
  17. Don Nix: She’s A Friend Of Mine
  18. Larry Raspberry And The Highsteppers: Rock ’N Roll Warning
  19. Chico Hamilton: Conquistadores ’74
  20. Cliff Cochran: The Way I’m Needing You
  21. Connie Eaton: Let’s Get Together
  22. Karen Casey: The Way I’m Needing You

Disc 5:

  1. Poor Little Rich Kids: Stop – Quit It
  2. Lonnie Duvall: Cigarettes
  3. Poor Little Rich Kids: It’s Mighty Clear
  4. The Honey Jug: Warm City Baby
  5. The Goodees: For A Little While
  6. The Honey Jug: For Your Love
  7. Kangaroo’s: Groovy Day
  8. Bobby Whitlock: And I Love You
  9. Southwest F.O.B.: Smell Of Incense
  10. The Goodees: Condition Red
  11. Billy Lee Riley: Family Portrait
  12. This Generation: The Children Have Your Tongue
  13. Billy Lee Riley: Show Me Your Soul
  14. The Waters: Day In And Out
  15. The Village Sound: Hey Jack (Don’t Hijack My Plane)
  16. The Cheques: Cool My Desire
  17. The Goodees: Goodies
  18. Paris Pilot: Miss Rita Famous
  19. The Knowbody Else: Someone Something
  20. Cargoe: Feel Alright
  21. Big Star: In The Street
  22. Cargoe: I Love You Anyway
  23. The Hot Dogs: Say What You Mean
  24. Big Star: O My Soul
  25. The Hot Dogs: I Walk The Line
  26. Big Star: September Gurls

Disc 6:

  1. The Dixie Nightingales: The Assassination
  2. The Dixie Nightingales: Hush Hush
  3. The Dixie Nightingales: I Don’t Know
  4. The Stars Of Virginia: Wade In The Water
  5. The Dixie Nightingales: Forgive These Fools
  6. The Jubilee Hummingbirds: Our Freedom Song (Free At Last)
  7. The Jubilee Hummingbirds: Press My Dying Pillow
  8. The Pattersonaires: God’s Promise
  9. Rev. Maceo Woods And The Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir: Hello Sunshine
  10. Roebuck “Pop” Staples: Tryin’ Time
  11. Terry Lynn Community Choir: His Love Will Always Be
  12. Reverend W. Bernard Avant Jr. & The St. James Gospel Choir: Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (Don’t Let The Devil Fool You)
  13. The Rance Allen Group: There’s Gonna Be A Showdown
  14. The Rance Allen Group: That Will Be Good Enough For Me
  15. Reverend Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir: The Magnificent Sanctuary Band (Marching For The Man)
  16. Louise Mccord: Better Get A Move On
  17. Charles May & Annette May Thomas: Satisfied
  18. The Rance Allen Group: I Got To Be Myself
  19. The People’s Choir Of Operation Push Under The Direction Of Reverend Marvin Yancy: He Included Me
  20. The Rance Allen Group: We’re The Salt Of The Earth
  21. Louise Mccord: Reflections
  22. The Rance Allen Group: Ain’t No Need Of Crying

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THE STAX 7S BOX

LIMITED-EDITION VINYL BOX SET FEATURING RARE TRACKS ON SEVEN 7” RECORDS HAND-SELECTED BY BBC DJ RICHARD SEARLING

OUT TODAY (9/8) ON STAX/CRAFT RECORDINGS
 
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As part of the year-long campaign celebrating the 60th anniversary of iconic soul label, Stax Records (as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue’s first tour of the UK), Craft Recordings is proud to announce the release of The Stax 7s Box (out today (9/8)).

The Stax 7s Box is a special, limited-edition vinyl box set offering 14 rare tracks from the Stax vaults. Artists featured range from some of the bigger names on the label, like Carla Thomas, and Johnnie Taylor, to one-hit-wonders, like Roz Ryan and Joni Wilson. The collection unearths rare gems from Stax’s archives – many of which never became popular in the U.S., but had a much bigger following amongst the UK’s Northern Soul scene of the 60s and 70s.

Each track was hand-selected by BBC DJ Richard Searling, and presented on seven 7” records. Searling, who was a driving force in the UK’s Northern Soul scene in the 1970s, explains his curation process in the box set’s detailed liner notes: “I’ve selected the content based on my experience of featuring these songs in clubs, on the radio or from just being amazed by how hard to locate many of them are. Although several have been previously made available on sevens, it’s great to see them finally legally released on the authentic Stax imprint. ‘Rare Stamps’ indeed, on seven 45s and in a limited-edition box set – I hope you will enjoy the selections.”

Purchase The Stax 7s Box on Amazon.

Track list for The Stax 7s Box:

Record One
Side A: I’m The One Who Loves You – Darrell Banks
Side B: Sweet Sherry – J.J. Barnes 

Record Two
Side A: I’ll Never Stop Loving You – Carla Thomas
Side B: One More Chance – Margie Joseph

Record Three
Side A: The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy – John Gary Williams
Side B: Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards – Lou Bond 

Record Four
Side A: Hey You! Don’t Fight It! – The Montclairs
Side B: The Stars – Barbara Lewis 

Record Five
Side A: Friday Night – Johnnie Taylor
Side B: Happy – William Bell 

Record Six
Side A: Special Kind Of Woman – Paul Thompson
Side B: You’re My Only Temptation – Roz Ryan 

Record Seven
Side A: Can You Win – Charlene &The Soul Serenaders
Side B: (Let Hurt Put You in the) Loser’s Seat – Joni Wilson

About Stax 60:
The 60th anniversary of the legendary soul label Stax Records commemorates its extraordinary legacy as an international hit-making machine and its indispensable chapter in American musical history, as an integrated company in the heart of the Civil Rights movement. The Stax 60 celebration will highlight the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the ’60s and ‘70s, including the many legendary artists who jointly created the world-renowned “Stax sound,” – Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, The Dramatics and many more. The Stax 60 campaign will honor the music from Soulsville USA through curated collections, deluxe box sets, hi-resolution audio, streaming playlists and unique vinyl initiatives.

For more info; visit StaxrRecords.com and follow @staxrecords on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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CONCORD MUSIC GROUP AND RHINO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE STAX RECORDS’ 60th ANNIVERSARY

YEAR-LONG JOINT SALUTE FEATURES MULTIPLE ALBUMS, BOXED SETS AND LIVE PERFORMANCE RELEASES


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Los Angeles, CA – Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s catalog division, are proud to announce a joint campaign celebrating the 60thanniversary of iconic soul label, Stax Records. This unique partnership marks the first marketing collaboration of the Stax recordings which have been divided since Atlantic Records split with Stax Records in 1967.

Honoring historic Soulsville, USA in Memphis, TN, curated collections of some of the greatest Stax music will be released on new hits compilations, vinyl LPs, digital hi-resolution remasters and deluxe boxed sets. These releases will showcase timelessStax hits, plus rare tracks from many of the label’s legendary artists including Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Mable John, The Mad Lads and many more.

The collaboration between Rhino and Concord will kick off with the May 19th launch of the Stax Classics series — announced exclusively on Rolling Stone(4/26) — which consists of ten wallet-friendly collections, each highlighting one of the label’s biggest stars with 12 choice tracks and insightful new liner notes. Available on CD and at all digital retailers and streaming services, these albums will celebrate the prolific Stax careers of Otis Redding, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, The Dramatics, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers.

Throughout the year, both Concord and Rhino will reissue a variety of iconic Stax albums on vinyl, including a 50th anniversary pressing of Otis Redding and Carla Thomas’ King & Queen (Rhino), Melvin Van Peebles’ soundtrack to the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Concord), rarity John Gary Williams from The Mad Lads front man (Concord) and Otis Redding’s 1965 classic The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (Rhino). Also, the forthcoming 4-CD anthology Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) will be released in August, 2017 to coincide with the multitalented artist’s 75th birth anniversary. In addition, both labels will collaborate on a three-CD Stax 60th set, plus a new installment in the critically acclaimed Complete Stax Singles boxed set series. Volume Four will focus on the diverse nature of the label’s catalog, featuring singles released not only on Stax and Volt, but also Enterprise, Hip, Chalice, Gospel Truth and more. Both Rhino and Concord will also continue an overhaul of digital releases, re-delivering a handful of popular titles in high-resolution and Mastered for iTunes formats, as well as making many albums available to streaming and digital services for the first time.

This soulful partnership marks a special moment in history for the label, and both Rhino and Concord are proud to have the opportunity to collaborate after nearly 50 years. “The Stax catalog features some of the greatest and most culturally significant albums and singles of all time and continues to resonate with music fans 60 years later,” says Mark Pinkus, President of Rhino Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Concord’s team on a wide array of new releases fitting of such an important moment in the Stax legacy.”

Sig Sigworth, Chief Catalog Officer of Concord Bicycle Music, Concord Music Group‘s mother company, also notes that “Stax has a great history of bringing people together-songwriters, musicians, singers and fans from around the world.  It’s in this same tradition that we are very pleased to work with Mark and his team to bring together both sides of this incredible catalog while celebrating 60 years of Soulsville, USA.”

Founded in 1957 by Memphis banker and fiddle player Jim Stewart, the Memphis label was a labor of love for Stewart, who oversaw operations initially with his sister Estelle Axton and then associate Al Bell. “On the anniversary of Stax Records’ 60th, this Concord/Rhino collaboration signals the beginning of the end of a bitter-sweet relationship between Stax and Atlantic,” says Stewart. “It’s long-overdue and a good omen for the unending popularity of the very best of Memphis Soul music.” “Stax Records,” Mr. Stewart continues, “was my baby.  Stax music was and always will be inspirational. I am so pleased that the music we created and recorded at Stax is still being discovered, and it continues to reside in the hearts of devotees everywhere that know the joy and power of ‘real’ music.”

Stewart and Axton, who changed the name of the label from Satellite Records to Stax in 1960, soon had a self-contained soul music powerhouse, complete with its own recording studio, a growing staff of A&R personnel, songwriters, producers, an inimitable house band, as well as Stax Publicist, Deanie Parker, who continues to fortify the legacy of Stax in Soulsville, USA. “Through the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the label’s rich musical and cultural history can be studied, felt and enjoyed,”Parker offers. “Stax’s iconic hits and artists come to life through students at the Stax Music Academy and live on thanks to The Soulsville Charter School. And now, partners Concord and Rhino are unleashing some of the first R&B songs from the womb of Stax Records-music that we’ve grown up loving for more than half a century. It’s free at last,”Parker adds.

During its 15-year run, Stax released more than 800 singles and nearly 300 LPs,winning eight GRAMMY® Awards, plus an Academy Award along the way. The label placed more than 167 hit songs in the Top 100 pop charts, and a staggering 243 hits in the Top 100 R&B charts. Today, the original site of Stax Records is home to The Soulsville Foundation, which operates the multi-million dollar campus that houses the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, as well as the Stax Music Academy and The Soulsville Charter School, both of which serve primarily at-risk, inner-city youth. The Soulsville Foundation aims to impart the spirit and soul upon which Stax Records was founded: using the power of music and opportunity to shape a young person’s life, rebuild a community and keep valuable history alive forever.

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