VA – Stax Classics Series [10CD] (2017)


Artist: Various Artists
Title: Stax Classics Series
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Rhino Entertainment Company
Genre: Blues, Soul, R&B
Quality: FLAC (tracks) | MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 6:28:09
Total Size: 2.61 GB | 1.01 GB


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-renown “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 Classics series is a 10-volume, cross-label collaboration between Concord Bicycle Music and Rhino Entertainment, who collectively control recordings from the label’s active years in the 1960s and 70s.

Tracklist:
01. Theme From Shaft (3:16)
02. Walk On By (4:34)
03. Never Can Say Goodbye (3:38)
04. The Look Of Love (3:22)
05. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (6:54)
06. I Stand Accused (4:06)
07. Do Your Thing (3:18)
08. Run Fay Run (2:48)
09. Wonderful (3:40)
10. Joy (4:37)
11. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic (9:35)
12. Soulsville (3:48)

Presenting music from the GRAMMY® and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Hayes. The artist began his career co-writing such iconic hits as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” but became a star in his own right with his deep baritone vocals and signature sonic explorations. This collection spans Hayes’ solo career, and includes such tracks as the Jimmy Webb cover “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic” and, of course, the “Theme From Shaft.”. This collection highlights the music of GRAMMY® and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actor Isaac Hayes. Hayes, who began his career as a songwriter and producer at Stax, co-writing such iconic hits as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and “Hold On! I’m Comin’,” became a star in his own right with 1969’s Hot Buttered Soul. The title, which featured Hayes’ deep baritone vocals and signature sonic explorations, opened the door for a slew of groundbreaking titles, including Hayes’ iconic, award-winning 1971 score for film Shaft, and his critically-acclaimed double album, Black Moses. This album spans Hayes’ solo career, and includes such tracks as the Jimmy Webb cover “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic” and, of course, the “Theme From Shaft.”

Tracklist:
01. In The Rain (3:27)
02. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (3:36)
03. Get Up And Get Down (3:10)
04. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain (3:29)
05. And I Panicked (3:36)
06. Your Love Was Strange (3:02)
07. The Devil Is Dope (3:37)
08. Thank You For Your Love (4:26)
09. Toast To The Fool (4:16)
10. Fall In Love, Lady Love (3:35)
11. Fell For You (3:16)
12. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music) (2:34)

This collection of music by The Dramatics highlights one of the label’s biggest sellers in the 1970s. The Detroit 5-piece became one of soul music’s super groups, with their combination of gritty soul belting and sleek production. Features the band’s biggest hits from 1971-1974, including the chart-topping "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” "Get Up and Get Down,” "In the Rain,” "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain,” and "Fell for You”. This collection of music by The Dramatics highlights one of the label’s biggest sellers in the 1970s. The Detroit 5-piece became one of soul music’s super groups, with their combination of gritty soul belting and sleek production. Features the band’s biggest hits from 1971-1974, including the chart-topping "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” "Get Up and Get Down,” "In the Rain,” "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain,” and "Fell for You.”

Tracklist:
01. The Sky Is Crying (4:11)
02. Born Under A Bad Sign (2:47)
03. I’ll Play The Blues For You (3:42)
04. That’s What The Blues Is All About (3:53)
05. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (3:44)
06. Crosscut Saw (2:35)
07. Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me (3:38)
08. Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (3:41)
09. Blues Power (3:10)
10. The Hunter (2:44)
11. Don’t Turn Your Heater Down (Feat. Steve Cropper & Pops Staples) (3:17)
12. Travelin’ Man (2:54)

Albert King, one of the most influential bluesmen in history, singlehandedly ushered blues into the modern era by combining his direct, urgent Mississippi blues style with contemporary soul rhythms, continually redefining the state of the genre. During his nine years on the label, the prolific artist released dozens of innovative hits and influenced many of the biggest rock stars of the 60s and 70s, including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. This album includes such classics as "Crosscut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign," and "Breaking Up Somebody’s Home". This collection highlights one of the most influential bluesmen in history, Albert King, who single-handedly ushered blues into the modern era by combining his direct, urgent Mississippi blues style with contemporary soul rhythms, continually redefining the state of the genre. During his nine years on the label, the prolific artist released dozens of innovative hits and became one of the few blues artists to break through to the young, white rock crowd, influencing many of the biggest rock stars of the 60s and 70s, including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. This album includes such classics as "Crosscut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign," and "Breaking Up Somebody’s Home."

Tracklist:
01. Who’s Making Love (2:48)
02. Jody’s Got Your Girl And Gone (2:59)
03. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me) (4:32)
04. Steal Away (3:27)
05. Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed (2:46)
06. Testify (I Wonna) (4:04)
07. Take Care Of Your Homework (2:36)
08. Cheaper To Keep Her (3:28)
09. I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby (2:56)
10. We’re Getting Careless With Our Love (3:59)
11. Love Bones (3:19)
12. I Am Somebody (3:24)

Red-hot soul singer Johnnie Taylor scored a dozen Top Ten R&B hits for Stax, starting with 1968’s “Who’s Making Love”, which went to Number One on the R&B charts, and Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100, is included in this collection, in addition to such favorites as “I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)” and “Judy’s Got Your Girl And Gone.”. This collection highlights red-hot soul singer Johnnie Taylor, who began his career singing for a variety of gospel and doo-wop groups, before going solo, and signing to Stax in 1966. Over the next 9 years, Taylor would score a dozen Top Ten R&B hits, including 1968’s “Who’s Making Love”, which went to Number One on the R&B charts, and Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100, and is included in this collection, in addition to such favorites as “I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)” and “Judy’s Got Your Girl And Gone.”

Tracklist:
01. B-A-B-Y (2:56)
02. Tramp (With Otis Reading) (3:01)
03. Something Good (Is Going To Happen To You) (2:31)
04. I Like What You’re Doing (To Me) (2:53)
05. ‘Cause I Love You (2:44)
06. Let Me Be Good To You (2:40)
07. Comfort Me (2:37)
08. When Tomorrow Comes (2:28)
09. What Is Love (3:15)
10. Pick Up The Pieces (2:46)
11. I’ve Got No Time To Lose (3:01)
12. I Play For Keeps (2:43)

In the annals of Memphis music history, there is little that comes close to the timeless music of the queen, to Otis Redding’s King of Soul™, Carla Thomas. Stax Records’ first star, paired with her father Rufus Thomas on the classic “Cause I Love You,” Carla would go on to hit the charts through both the Atlantic Records-era, and after Stax split off to become an independent powerhouse, with a series of soul-pop gems that are featured on this compilation, from “B-A-B-Y” and “I Like What You’re Doing (To Me)” to “Let Me Be Good To You,” and of course her scorching 1966 duet with The Big O, “Tramp.”

Tracklist:
01. Green Onions (2:54)
02. Hip Hug-Her (2:24)
03. Jelly Bread (2:28)
04. Time Is Tight (3:15)
05. Tic-Tac-Toe (2:35)
06. Boot-Leg (2:04)
07. Mo’ Onions (2:53)
08. Soul Dressing (Single Version) (2:57)
09. Groovin’ (2:42)
10. Melting Pot (3:51)
11. Soul Limbo (2:21)
12. One Mint Julep (3:04)

Known as the house band, and bedrock of Stax Records, Booker T. & the MGs were a musical powerhouse in their own right. Along with providing the musical backdrop for everyone on the label, from Otis Redding and Eddie Floyd to Sam & Dave, and providing a ground-breaking example of racial integration in the segregated South, the four-piece would score a series of chart hits with their unique soulful instrumentals, “Hip Hug-Her,” Time Is Tight,” “Soul Limbo” and “Boot-Leg,” all included on this collection. And it goes without saying, this album would not be complete without Booker T. & The MGs signature tune, the funky little single B-side, that later became a #1 R&B hit in its own right, “Green Onions.”

Tracklist:
01. I’ll Take You There (3:15)
02. Respect Yourself (3:30)
03. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) (3:22)
04. Long Walk To D.C. (2:28)
05. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) (3:05)
06. The Weight (4:32)
07. We’ll Get Over (2:53)
08. Touch A Hand (Make A Friend) (3:25)
09. City In The Sky (3:42)
10. This World (3:39)
11. Be What You Are (4:59)
12. Oh La De Da (3:35)

Celebrating one of the biggest names in soul, gospel and folk, and a respected voice in the civil rights movement: The Staple Singers. Their time at Stax brought the legendary family band to a new level of stardom, with hits "Respect Yourself" and "I’ll Take You There," both included in this album, among many other favorites. This timely compilation comes on the heels of Mavis Staples’ 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, as well as the documentary, Mavis! This collection highlights the music of The Staple Singers, who, when they joined the label, were already one of the biggest names in the gospel and folk world, and a respected voice in the civil rights movement. Their time at Stax brought the family band – consisting of Roebuck “Pops” Staples and his daughters Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha -to another level of stardom, with their breakout title, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself. Title track "Respect Yourself," reached the Number Two position on Billboard’s Soul/R&B chart, while "I’ll Take You There," with its infectious beat, hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. This album features these two hits, plus such favorites as “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)”, “The Weight” (which they performed with The Band for The Last Waltz) and civil rights anthem “Long Walk to D.C.”

Tracklist:
01. I Forgot To Be Your Lover (2:18)
02. Private Number (Feat. Judy Clay) (2:40)
03. You Don’t Miss Your Water (2:59)
04. Lovin’ On Borrowed Time (3:57)
05. A Tribute To A King (2:51)
06. My Baby Specializes (Feat. Judy Clay) (2:37)
07. Born Under A Bad Sign (3:11)
08. All For The Love Of A Woman (3:10)
09. My Whole World Is Falling Down (3:07)
10. I’ve Got To Go On Without You (3:48)
11. Everybody Loves A Winner (2:51)
12. Gettin’ What You Want (Losin’ What You Got) (3:31)

Highlighting soul legend William Bell’s 13-year career of writing and recording at Stax, which began in 1961, with some of his best-loved hits, including, "You Don’t Miss Your Water,” “Private Number” (w/Judy Clay), and “I Forgot To Be Your Lover.” In 2016, Bell, who continues to actively perform, returned to Stax with This Is Where I Live, his first major release in almost four decades. This Is Where I Live won the 2017 GRAMMY® award for the Best Americana Album; Bell’s first GRAMMY® award in his illustrious 60 year career. This collection of music by Soul legend William Bell highlights his 13-year career at Stax, which began in 1961 with one of the label’s earliest hits, "You Don’t Miss Your Water.” Over the course of his time at Stax, Bell released 33 singles for the label, and 6 LPs, including his 1967 debut The Soul of a Bell, 1969’s Bound to Happen, and Phases of Reality (1972). In 2016, Bell, who continues to actively perform, returned to Stax for This Is Where I Live, his first major release in almost four decades. Track highlights include: “Private Number” (w/Judy Clay), and “I Forgot To Be Your Lover.”

Tracklist:
01. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (2:46)
02. These Arms Of Mine (2:31)
03. Try A Little Tenderness (3:18)
04. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (2:53)
05. Mr. Pitiful (Single Version) (2:41)
06. Respect (2:07)
07. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (2:41)
08. Pain In My Heart (2:23)
09. Just One More Day (3:27)
10. That’s How Strong My Love Is (2:21)
11. Security (2:35)
12. Satisfaction (2:43)

The new Stax Classics series celebrates the iconic label’s greatest stars, offering new liner notes, label discographies and 12 choice cuts from the artists’ Stax catalog. This collection highlights the music of Otis Redding, who arrived anonymously – as a chauffeur for another artist – in 1962, and would go on to become an R&B supernova, with a body of work that helped transform Stax from a small record label to a musical institution. Starting with “These Arms of Mine,” which floored Stax owner Jim Stewart when Redding humbly asked to audition on that fateful day, through a host of bona fide soul classics from “Mr Pitiful,” “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now),” “Security, “Try A Little Tenderness,” and of course the self-penned “Respect,” later immortalized by Aretha Franklin, all included on this collection. The life and career of The Big O tragically ended with a 1967 plane crash, but his legacy was cemented with the posthumous single release, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” a chart topper on both the R&B and pop listings, and a lasting reminder of the true genius of The King Of Soul.

Tracklist:
01. Hold On, I’m Comin’ (2:34)
02. Soul Man (2:35)
03. I Thank You (2:43)
04. Soothe Me (2:30)
05. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (3:14)
06. You Don’t Know Like I Know (2:38)
07. Don’t Knock It (2:28)
08. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (2:40)
09. You Got Me Hummin’ (2:48)
10. A Place Nobody Can Find (2:53)
11. Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody (2:34)
12. I Take What I Want (2:32)

This collection highlights the aptly nicknamed “Double Dynamite,” soul duo, Sam & Dave. Signed by Atlantic Records in 1965, the NY label promptly sent them down to Memphis and Stax, where they paired with songwriter/producers David Porter & Isaac Hayes to create a cavalcade of memorable R&B chart hits including “Hold On! I’m A Comin’,” You Got Me Hummin’,”You Don’t Know Like I Know,” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” and “I Thank You” featured on this Stax Classics release. And there is no chance of forgetting the iconic single that forever marked the dynamic duo as the soul men – their signature anthem, and 1967 #1 R&B/#2 pop smash, “Soul Man.”

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