Stax 50th Anniversary:Best Of Stax CD (2007)

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Rave for Motown

by tcmoynihan@comcast.net on 6/11/2008

50 years of Stax Records on 2 CD's can keep anyone grooving and wishing for more. I love this album. Read More

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Label Stax Records/concord Jazz
SKU 203505906
UPC 888072302037
UPC 14 00888072302037
Format CD
Release Date 3/13/2007
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Technical Info
Producer Cheryl Pawelski; Rob Bowman; Cheryl Pawelski (Compilation); Rob Bowman (Compilation)
CatalogID 230203
Lable Name Concord
Released 03/13/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 152m : 4s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888072302037
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Photographers: Bill Carrier; Norman Zieff; Phil Bray; William R. Eastabrook; Maldwin Hamlin.
Unknown Contributor Role: Trevor Churchill.
For those daunted by the idea of wading through the multi-volume COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SINGLES series, this two-CD best-of celebrating the label's 50th anniversary is a much more manageable item. Featuring well-known milestones in the label's history, such as Booker T. & The MGs' "Green Onions," the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There," and Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," and lesser-known gems like William Bell and Judy Clay's "Private Number," Frederick Knight's "I've Been Lonely for So Long," and Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman," STAX 50TH is a well-chosen, informatively annotated overview of one of the 1960s and '70s' finest R&B labels.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.91) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine introduction to Southern soul's greatest label, form its '60s R&B heyday to its '70s funk science.
Down Beat (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "50 songs that belong to one of the most prized vaults in the history of popular music."
Dirty Linen (p.63) - "This spectacular set manages to cram 50 amazing tracks onto two CDs. Everything you could possibly want is here..."
Living Blues (p.64) - "[A] good introduction to the vibrant southern soul sounds associated with Stax."
No Depression (p.74) - "The remastered sound is superb; one marvels at the clarity of Al Jackson's drums in 1969's 'Time Is Tight'."
Disc 1
1 Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas,Time Is Tight - Booker T. & The MG's
2 Last Night - The Mar-Keys,So I Can Love You - The Emotions
3 You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell,Walk On By - Isaac Hayes
4 Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's,Do The Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
5 Walking The Dog - Rufus Thomas,Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone - Johnnie Taylor
6 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding,Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
7 Candy - The Astors,Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes
8 Respect - Otis Redding,Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
9 You Don't Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave,Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
10 I Want Someone - The Mad Lads,Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes
11 Hold On! I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave,Son of Shaft - The Bar-Kays
12 Let Me Be Good To You - Carla Thomas,That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
13 Your Good Thing (Is About To End) - Mable John,I've Been Lonely For So Long - Frederick Knight
14 Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd,Hearsay - The Soul Children
15 B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas,In The Rain - The Dramatics
16 Tramp - Otis & Carla,I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
17 Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays,Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim
18 Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King,Dedicated To The One I Love - The Temprees
19 Soul Man - Sam & Dave,If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - The Staple Singers
20 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding,Cheaper To Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor
21 I Got a Sure Thing - Ollie & the Nightingales,I'll Be the Other Woman - The Soul Children
22 Soul Limbo - Booker T. & The MG's,Woman To Woman - Shirley Brown
23 I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd
24 What A Man - Linda Lyndell
25 Private Number - Judy Clay/William Bell
26 Who's Making Love - Johnnie Taylor
27 I Forgot To Be Your Lover - William Bell
28 I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas
Disc 2
1 Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas,Time Is Tight - Booker T. & The MG's
2 Last Night - The Mar-Keys,So I Can Love You - The Emotions
3 You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell,Walk On By - Isaac Hayes
4 Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's,Do The Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
5 Walking The Dog - Rufus Thomas,Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone - Johnnie Taylor
6 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding,Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
7 Candy - The Astors,Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes
8 Respect - Otis Redding,Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
9 You Don't Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave,Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
10 I Want Someone - The Mad Lads,Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes
11 Hold On! I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave,Son of Shaft - The Bar-Kays
12 Let Me Be Good To You - Carla Thomas,That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
13 Your Good Thing (Is About To End) - Mable John,I've Been Lonely For So Long - Frederick Knight
14 Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd,Hearsay - The Soul Children
15 B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas,In The Rain - The Dramatics
16 Tramp - Otis & Carla,I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
17 Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays,Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim
18 Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King,Dedicated To The One I Love - The Temprees
19 Soul Man - Sam & Dave,If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - The Staple Singers
20 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding,Cheaper To Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor
21 I Got a Sure Thing - Ollie & the Nightingales,I'll Be the Other Woman - The Soul Children
22 Soul Limbo - Booker T. & The MG's,Woman To Woman - Shirley Brown
23 I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd
24 What A Man - Linda Lyndell
25 Private Number - Judy Clay/William Bell
26 Who's Making Love - Johnnie Taylor
27 I Forgot To Be Your Lover - William Bell
28 I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas

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