Stax 60th Anniversary

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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