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Stax 50th: 50th Anniversary Celebration [Box set, Original recording remastered]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000KP62UM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) - Carla Thomas
2. LAST NIGHT - The Mar-Keys
4. GREEN ONIONS - Booker T. & The MGs
5. WALKING THE DOG - Rufus Thomas
7. CANDY - The Astors
8. RESPECT - Otis Redding
10. I WANT SOMEONE - The Mad Lads
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. TIME IS TIGHT - Booker T. & The MGs
2. SO I CAN LOVE YOU - The Emotions
3. WALK ON BY - Isaac Hayes
4. DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN - Rufus Thomas
6. MR. BIG STUFF - Jean Knight
9. RESPECT YOURSELF - The Staple Singers
10. THEME FROM SHAFT - Isaac Hayes
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews


When Concord Music purchased Fantasy Records in 2006, the bulging Stax catalog came along for the ride. Not a bad deal, especially since Stax remains one of the richest and most vital sources of '60s and '70s soul, blues, and R&B. The newly reactivated label's debut release is a lavishly boxed double-disc set of 50 highlights--as opposed to hits--from the Memphis label's voluminous vaults to celebrate its 50th anniversary. All the usual suspects appear, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Albert King, and the Staple Singers. But the compilers deliver a well-rounded, even eclectic collection by including tracks from such relatively obscure acts as the Astors, Ollie & the Nightingales, the Mad Lads, Linda Lyndell, and Mable John, whose "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" is one of the great lost soul treasures. Propelled in large part by house band Booker T. & the MGs, the majority of these songs have become integral threads in the fabric of American soul. Even at two and a half hours, there's not a dull moment here. That is a testament not just to the Stax musicians, but to a label whose artists defined a classic sound that remains as timeless, relevant, influential, and electrifying as when it was recorded. --Hal Horowitz

Product Description

First Time Ever. 50 Greatest Stax Hits in a special 2 CD boxed set. Packaged in a Unique hard cover box with lenticular cover art. Every major Stax and Stax-Atlantic hit from the label's 1960s and 70s heyday on one specially priced package. Release coincides with the 50th anniversary of Stax. All tracks are digitally remastered. Features a multi-page booklet with notes from Soulsville USA: 'The Story of Stax' by noted soul music historian Rob Bowman. Combined, these artists have sold more than 10 million CD's in the SoundScan era alone! Some of the artists included are: Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the Mg's, William Bell, The Staples Singers and Rufus Thomas.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stax Up Very Nicely Indeed May 2, 2007
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When I was coming up, getting my feet wet in R&B, soul, and blues, the word Stax was synonymous with quality and authenticity. If it came from Stax, you were almost certainly assured of getting the genuine article - not a copy of a copy of a copy. Stax certainly had its share of breakout stars, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers - acts that got national approbation.

After the headliners came a group of equally talented performers who were minor deities in R&B circles - Booker T. & the MGs, Albert King, Carla Thomas, and Johnnie Taylor among them. Late arrivals to this material may be interested to learn what Walkin' the Dog - Rufus Thomas - sounded like before the Stones cashed in. There are multiple wonderful surprises on this 2-CD set - from Little Milton - That's What Love Will Make You Do - to - Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone - Johnnie Taylor - to the priceless - Your Good Thing Is About To End - Mable John.

If you want the material that broke out you'll be more than satisfied - Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight - and the irresistible - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics - not to mention classics by artists previously listed. But the real fun is digging way down into material you've most likely never heard - Candy - The Astors - just great! About the only disappointment this terrific set has to offer is discovering that Isaac Hayes just doesn't hold up very well. His voice is glorious, but the delivery is goopy and the over-arrangements intolerable.

Buy now, think later! 2-CDs - which cleverly add up to 50 tracks (50th Anniversary Edition), sturdy box, excellent booklet. I simply cannot imagine where you could find more for less - this wonderful collection could easily provide the foundation for a really solid, and delightful, collection. Switchin' labels on the tables, this assortment Stax up real nice.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold Soul March 13, 2007
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Concord Records, which acquired the Stax catalog with their purchase of Fantasy Records in 2004, kicks off a 50th anniversary reissue celebration with this double-disc set of the label's pioneering hits. While Motown's Berry Gordy made his label a nationwide institution with a broad commercial identity, the artists and producers at Stax initially carved out a more regionally identifiable sound. The gospel roots of the Memphis-based Stax were unmistakable, and the house bands (The Mar-Kays and the MGs) added a distinct, bluesy bite. Where Motown's music could feel manicured for radio, Stax forged a sound for the roadhouse. But it's exactly that live vitality that eventually made Stax such an iconic stand out.

Historian Rob Bowman calls out several elements that molded the classic Stax sound, but none more notable than the musician's pay scale. Outside of the South musicians were paid by the hour (or three-hour session), but in Memphis they were paid by the song. Where Motown had tight arrangements on paper before sessions began, Stax tasked its players to create and refine arrangements on the fly. Only when the band found a song's unique groove were the vocalists invited in, and then to often sing live. The arrangements included horn charts in place of background singers, emphasizing the vocalist without mixing them out front. Finally, the live vibe of these performances was carried to tape via the reverberant acoustics of Stax's legendary studio-in-a-former-movie theater. It all added up to a sound that was unique and instantly recognizable on record and on the radio.

Stax's defining period, from 1961 to 1968, is best remembered for the tight grooves of Booker T. & The MG's, the duets of Sam & Dave, and the standard-defining sides of Otis Redding.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for the price March 13, 2007
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Stax Records was to Memphis and rhythm and blues what Chess Records was to Chicago and blues. This recently issued two-disc box set contains 50 seminal blues and R&B recordings. There isn't "filler" in the bunch, so for those on tight budgets who don't have money to blow on the larger boxed sets or discs by the individual artists, this set is the way to go. Stax has been acquired by the Concord Music Group and they've done a great job with this sampler, which can be appreciated by both new and long-time fans. The booklet that comes with the box set is very nicely done.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did Stax just give us all a license to steal? March 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
....because this is a GREAT deal!

50, yes, 50 classic soul songs with accompanying informative booklet and nice box with lenticular 3D picture for 12 bucks? What is there to think about here? Go out and get this.

So many classics here, many forgotten, many I've never heard before, but still deserving of being included here. The perfect introduction to anyone not at all familiar with this kind of music. Soul done right. Why does hardly anyone do it like this anymore? Let's all hope that this will not be a bygone era.

Long live Southern Soul! And Happy 50th Anniversary to Stax Records! Here's to another 50 years of class.

Sorry for the run-on sentences. I'm just really enjoying this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Along with Hi Records (Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, et al), Stax (and it's subsidiary VOLT) introduced America and the world to Memphis Soul Music. This compilation gathers the greats and the not-so-familiar into the perfect introduction and overview to Stax Records. Highly recommended. The package of art/booklet/box, in addition to the great sounding remastering, only adds to the enjoyment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stax50th: 50th Anniversary Celebration
I recieved these cds today, and was surprised to notice that there were some recordings that Ihadnt noticed on the preview.Everything was as I had expected, and then some. Read more
Published 13 days ago by michael brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of material
This is a Great Collection of material. Some Songs I knew, some new. Some songs I new by other artists.
Published 25 days ago by Thomas B. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is just what you need
I'll be straight right off the bat. When someone says "Classics," it usually means music for old people. That's what it really is, and there's no shame in it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by An American consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Americas Musical Heritage .
A bounty of americas finest soul and R n B artists with a
box full of Memphis Soul from the illustrious 60's & 70's

Not to be missed for those pining for those... Read more
Published 1 month ago by peter christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I fully enjoy Blues music in all of it's formats, Country, folk, rock, electric,etc. It has always had dynamics that encompass's humanity as a whole. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KEVIN R. BECK
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Soulsville
I've known what Stax records was, I even knew a band or two on the label. I didn't know that there was so much great music that was recorded there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael D. Laudick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes/Great value!
I was looking for some Booker T trackers and stumbled across this...what a value...50 tunes! Booker T, Sam & Dave, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition arrived on time. It was fun to listen to, great for...
Love this type of music! Brought back great memories. The sound is great also.
A must for lovers of soul music!
Published 5 months ago by Vito
5.0 out of 5 stars Stax Memphis soul
An excellent product that met my cultural, musical, and soulful expectations! I got the CD as well as mp3 downloads for one price. Thanks Amazon!
Published 5 months ago by Lee Roy Edwards Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Washess Away The Dust From Everyday Life.
Excellent "joints" from the Golden Era of Music well presented and at almost a "give-away" price. What a marvelous collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony J. Sanchez III
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