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The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968 Box set


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Vol. 9 Only. 9 CDs.

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  • Audio CD (April 30, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By PETER XUEREB on July 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this set originally as individual CD's but thankfully was able to trade them in once I found out it had been boxed and got it with the Atlantic 8 CD box. They complement each other quite well with very minimal repition between the two sets. Originally this Stax/Volt set was released as a LP Sized box set with an appropriately sized booklet, so my review is based on that format. This set contains all of the Stax/Volt single "A" sides and key "B" sides to boot between the years 1959 and 1968 when Stax/Volt & Atlantic parted ways. The book is extremely informative, with great colour photos of original labels and the artists in question. I'm assuming it has maintained the same level of thoroughness in it's smaller format judging by the photo above. Like the Atlantic box this is an essential collection that serious music collectors should have and an incredible education on the roots of black soul music. Being Australian I hadn't heard 95% of this or the Atlantic stuff before with the odd Otis Redding, Booket T. & The MG's & Sam And Dave tracks reaching the airwaves or record shelves here. It's only with adult hindsight that I was able to delve backwards to investigate further.. I was in "Time Warp" mode back in the late 80's/Early 90's thanks to a similarly named Record store here in Sydney. This set is lovingly compiled and most of the tracks reveal a gritiness missing from today's so-called version of R & B (don't start me on that!) There isn't a lot I can add that my fellow reviewers haven't already stated. From one stand point this music is probably very personal to those who grew up listening to it (like the Beatles for me). But I love soul music too and to hear the grooves put out by that Stax/Volt house band puts so many others to shame for sheer quality and toughness.Read more ›
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M.R. on February 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an undeniably great set, with tons of great tunes. However, there *is* a little fat on it. Not every single was a classic; there's no way they could be, as fast as they were pumping them out. Still, for people who really want a handle on deep soul and who want off-the-beaten-path gems along with the hits, this is a great set to check out.

Other great r&b/blues/soul boxed sets to check out after this one:
-Atlantic Rhythm and Blues
-Hitsville, USA Vol. 1 (Motown)
-The Specialty Story
-Crescent City Soul
-Chess Rhythm and Roll
-Aladdin Story
-Hi Records Story
-Chess Blues
-Mercury Blues 'n' Rhythm
-Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chad Witt on April 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, this set is astonishing genius, pure and simple. Yeah - you do get lots of classic Stax artists like Otis, Rufus, Carla, Booker T, etc. but for me the great joy is discovering all these people I've never heard of before - all this other incredible genius. Whether you'll be listening at home, in your car, out on the road, running, walking, daydreaming - this set is totally amazing to soundtrack reality...
Listening to it, I'm always floored to be in the presence of such awe inspiring genius. It's impossible to even fathom a collection of music cooler than this. And it's natural, pure and sincere cool. Every track is great. (It's a great price too - 9 CDs with at least 70 mins on each) From track one I was in total ecstasy - it just takes you into this whole other realm.
If they could harness the power of this set and put it into pill form, I'm convinced the world would be devoid of war, anger and hate; we'd all be loving, sane, blissful and peaceful and very very cool. An astonishing set of music which will utterly transform you. It hits you, no, its aura enfolds you and once you feel it, you never wanna let go. It would be impossible for me to overstate how amazing this set it. Listen for yourself. What an amazing, brilliant collection of music.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're going to shell out money for this baby, then be prepared to go all the way. The listening will both elate you and exhaust you as you hear innumerable songs (probably for the first time) that make you go "WOW!" I stopped counting after awhile, but the quality factor here is way over 90%, not bad for a 9 CD set. The one constant here is the GROOVE, engineered by Booker T. and the MG's. If God has a house band, you know it's gotta be these guys (or will be when the other 3 make it there). The late Al Jackson Jr. had a pulse like no other drummer you will ever hear, and if you only listen to this set for the drumming, then it's still the wisest investment you'll ever make. Go to your bank if you have to, but get ahold of this monument to great music. Your soul will thank you!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Josh P. on June 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Knock On Wood", "Soul Man", "Gee Whiz", "Green Onions,"
"Last Night", "Hold On I'm Comin'", "Walkin' The Dog" and
"Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay." What do all these songs have in common? Sure, they're great soul and rhythm & blues tunes, but something more. What do Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding and Albert King have in common? Rhythm & blues and soul superstars, yes, but that same something is also true. These songs and these artists all recorded for the "little label that could": STAX. In the '60s, Stax became a local R&B music giant in Memphis. The company was founded and ran by Jim Stewart, a country fiddle player and former banker, who was first exposed to R&B when he recorded a local doo-wop group called the Veltones with their song, "Fool In Love." As Rufus Thomas a local disc jockey heard the song, he and daughter Carla cut "Cause I Love You", a great R&B gem for Jim. When the record got out, Atlantic Records heard this fresh new sound and got in on the distribution deal with Stax that would exist as a handshake deal to a documented deal up until May 1968. What also happened during that time? Musical history.

At nine CDs, this set offers the complete history of what made Stax absolutely phenomenal. As you listen all the way
through, hopefully not all in one sitting since it's quite exhaustive unless you end up loving it that much, you'll notice as you start from disc one the experimental stages at trying to find and develop a distinct sound and progressing towards it. Some of the songs on disc four display it and from there on all the way to disc nine, it's there and ever-driving as can be. This is the ultimate example at what a box set is all about: covering as much material as possible.
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