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Stax to Release a 60th Anniversary Retrospective; Puts Out Rarities Singles Box Set

by VVN Music

Stax Music has done a great job of chronicling their history, especially in 2017, their 60th year.

The crown jewel of that celebration may be Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax, sixty of the labels biggest and best known tracks on three CDs.

The new set starts with The Veltones' 1959 track "Fool in Love", the first single released on the label, and runs through their last chart hit, Shirley Brown's Woman to Woman (1974). In between are some of the greatest soul voice to ever exist including Carla Thomas, William Bell, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor and the Staple Singers.

The track list:

Disk 1
  • Fool in Love - The Veltones
  • Gee Whiz - Carla Thomas
  • Last Night - The Mar-Keys
  • You Don’t Miss Your Water - William Bell
  • Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG’s
  • Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas
  • After Laughter (Comes Tears) - Wendy Rene
  • I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
  • Candy - The Astors
  • You Don’t Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave
  • Don’t Have to Shop Around - The Mad Lads
  • Let Me Be Good To You - Carla Thomas
  • Your Good Thing (Is About to End) - Mable John
  • Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
  • Hold On! I’m Comin’ - Sam & Dave
  • Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
  • B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas
  • Hip Hug-Her - Booker T. & the MG’s
  • Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays
  • Tramp - Otis & Carla
Disk 2
  • Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King
  • Soul Man - Sam & Dave
  • (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • Big Bird - Eddie Floyd
  • I Got a Sure Thing - Ollie & The Nightingales
  • Soul Limbo - Booker T. & the MG’s
  • What a Man - Linda Lyndell
  • Private Number - Judy Clay & William Bell
  • I’ve Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd
  • The Weight - The Staple Singers
  • Who’s Making Love - Johnnie Taylor
  • I Like What You’re Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas
  • I Forgot to Be Your Lover - William Bell
  • Time Is Tight - Booker T. & the MG’s
  • Do the Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas 
  • So I Can Love YouThe Emotions  - 
  • Walk On By - Isaac Hayes
  • Just Keep on Loving Me - Johnnie Taylor & Carla Thomas
  • Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) - The Staple Singers
  • (Do The) Push and Pull (Part 1) - Rufus Thomas
Disk 3
  • Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
  • Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor
  • Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes
  • Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
  • Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
  • Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
  • Son of Shaft - The Bar-Kays
  • That’s What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
  • Hearsay - The Soul Children
  • In the Rain - The Dramatics
  • Do Your Thing - Isaac Hayes
  • I’ve Been Lonely for So Long - Frederick Knight 
  • I’ll Take You There - The Staple Singers 
  • Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim
  • Dedicated to the One I Love - Temprees
  • Hey You! Get Off My Mountain - The Dramatics
  • Cheaper to Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor
  • If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me) - The Staple Singers
  • I’ll Be the Other Woman - The Soul Children
  • Woman to Woman - Shirley Brown
Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax is out on September 22.

In addition, last Friday, Craft Recordings released The Stax 7s Box.

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.”

The track list:

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