Soul Comes Home: A Celebration Of Sta CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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A Sultry, Soulful Journey!!!!

by Judy on 2/18/2004

If you missed this musical performance of a lifetime in August on PBS, like me, there is no need to fret because you can get all the music on this CD. In this performance some of the greatest and most talented names in Soul gather together to put on an unstoppable show to celebrate the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul in Memphis. Some of the unforgettable performances include Al Green performing two of his classics, “Let’s Stay Together” and “Love and Happiness”, Solomon Burke and Sir Mack Rice doing the sultry and grooving “Mustang Sally”, Michael McDonald performing “On the Dock of the Bay” and many more!!! One of my particular favorite stand out performances was the Bar-Kays and Chuck D performing “Soul Finger”. The amazing thing is the whole show is also available on DVD. This is a an awesome treat for any music fan and a proceed of the sales goes to benefit the Stax Museum and their music out reach program, which I thought was pretty incredible. I give it two thumbs way up!!!!

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Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 60625236
UPC 826663035124
UPC 14 00826663035124
Format CD
Release Date 2/3/2004
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 30351
Lable Name Shout! Factory
Released 02/10/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00826663035124
Album Notes and Credits
Compilation producers: Joe Mulherin, Niko Lyras.
Recorded live at the Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee on April 30, 2003.
Includes liner notes by Peter Guralinck.
From the opening track here, a reprise by Eddie Floyd of his hit "Knock on Wood," this reunion concert, held on April 30, 2003, at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis to commemorate the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, kicks immediately into high gear. Stax, which defined and personified the heart of Deep South Memphis soul in the 1960s, collapsed in financial tatters in 1975, and the studio and office building on McLemore Avenue was torn down in 1989, but for this one night at least, the music was hot buttered and cooking again. Everything works here, from the familiar yet still magnificent grandeur of Isaac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" to the wonderfully emotive reading of "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" by Carla Thomas. Even ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald clicks on "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," his tribute to the late Otis Redding. Al Green (who recorded for Stax rival Hi Records) does a warm two-song set here, bringing his energetic gospel best to "Let's Stay Together" and "Love and Happiness," while Solomon Burke tackles another Redding song, "Try a Little Tenderness," and with Al Bell also in attendance, the total of fiery reverends on stage at the Orpheum totaled three, giving the whole evening a kind of gospel revival feel. Booker T. & the MG's, arguably the universe's greatest soul band, turn in a blistering five-minute version of their signature song, "Green Onions," and it is one of the highlights of the evening. As a sort of living, breathing addendum to the Memphis soul scene of the 1960s, Soul Comes Home makes a wonderful testimonial, bringing the past into the present with gritty fervor. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
2 Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
3 You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell
4 Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
5 That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
6 Shaft (Theme From) - Isaac Hayes
7 Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays/Chuck D
8 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Michael McDonald
9 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby - Carla Thomas/Michael McDonald
10 Let's Stay Together - Al Green
11 Love And Happiness - Al Green
12 Try A Little Tenderness - Solomon Burke
13 Mustang Sally - Solomon Burke/Sir Mack Rice
14 That Will Be Good Enough For Me - Rance Allen
15 Respect Yourself - Mavis Staples
16 I'll Take You There - Mavis Staples/Ensemble

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