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WATTSTAX (3-CD Deluxe Edition) Box set, Extra tracks, Live, Original recording remastered

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Salvation SymphonyDale Warren & The Wattstax '72 Orchestra 7:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. IntroductionJesse Jackson 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lift Every Voice And Sing (Live)Kim Weston 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)The Staple Singers 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Are You SureThe Staple Singers 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Like The Things About MeThe Staple Singers 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Respect Yourself (Live)The Staple Singers 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'll Take You ThereThe Staple Singers 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Precious Lord, Take My HandDeborah Manning 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Better Get A Move OnLouise McCord 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Them Hot PantsLee Sain 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Wade In The WaterLittle Sonny 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Forgot To Be Your LoverWilliam Bell 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Explain It To Her MamaTemprees 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I've Been Lonely (For So Long)Frederick Knight 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pin The Tail On The DonkeyThe Newcomers 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Knock On WoodEddie Floyd 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Peace Be Still (Live)The Emotions 9:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Old Time ReligionThe Golden 13 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lying On The Truth (Live)Rance Allen 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Up Above My HeadRance Allen Group 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Son Of Shaft/Feel It (Live)The Bar-Kays 9:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. In The HoleThe Bar-Kays 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Can't Turn You LooseThe Bar-Kays 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. IntroductionDavid Porter 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)David Porter 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Can't See You When I Want ToDavid Porter10:26Album Only
listen11. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)David Porter 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. NiggasRichard Pryor 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Arrest/LineupRichard Pryor 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. So I Can Love YouThe Emotions 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Show Me HowThe Emotions 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Open The Door To Your HeartLittle Milton 7:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Backfield In MotionMel & Tim 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Steal AwayJohnnie Taylor 8:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Killing FloorAlbert King 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pick Up The Pieces (Live)Carla Thomas 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Like What You're Doing (To Me)Carla Thomas 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. B-A-B-YCarla Thomas 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)Carla Thomas 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Have A God Who LovesCarla Thomas 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Breakdown (Live)Rufus Thomas 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Do The Funky Chicken (Live)Rufus Thomas 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Do The Funky PenguinRufus Thomas 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Don't Know What This World Is Coming ToThe Soul Children 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. HearsayThe Soul Children 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Theme From "Shaft" (Live)Isaac Hayes 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks, Live, 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: B000SNUNY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

It wasn't just the music-it was the connection the groups made with the crowd that made Wattstax such a glorious event. It was the summer of '72 at the LA Coliseum, and this is what they heard: Knock on Wood Eddie Floyd; I'll Take You There Staple Singers; Killing Floor Albert King; Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes; B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas; Do the Funky Chicken Rufus Thomas, plus Little Milton, Bar-Keys even Richard Pryor gets in on it. First domestic release of the entire soundtrack-over three hours!

Calling this August 1972 concert comprised exclusively of Stax artists "Wattstock" or even the "black Woodstock" pushes the boundaries of the day-long event past its breaking point. But there is no doubt that Wattstax, held in a jittery post-riot Watts atmosphere, was an iconic cultural milestone deserving of a better recorded legacy than the two double albums that initially emerged from it, both of which were surreptitiously padded with studio tracks to enhance the roster. This three-disc, nearly four-hour-long deluxe 35th anniversary edition gets it right--or more right--by excluding the bogus material, adding a over an hour of previously unreleased music, and presenting it in an expanded package that includes a detailed essay by Stax historian Rob Bowman. The show's gospel aspect is further highlighted with plenty of Staple Singers, the amazing Rance Allen Group, and obscure blues harp player Little Sonny ripping into an instrumental version of "Wade in the Water." Comedy snippets from a young Richard Pryor and Jesse Jackson's opening speech, which appeared in the associated film, could have been excised, but nearly entire sets from Carla and Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and David Porter are worthy additions. Only the ubiquitous "Theme from Shaft" remains from Isaac Hayes's hour-long closing, but his full performance is available separately. The Emotions, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, and a few others who didn't play the actual festival were recorded at other L.A. venues in the days around the concert, bringing a bit of a spurious element to this otherwise classy souvenir from a historically important and vibrant occasion. --Hal Horowitz

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John J. Martinez on September 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
(Please take a few moments and read my following review as to why I gave this item so low a rating...)

There is so much to love about Wattstax, from the music, the reasons surrounding the event itself, and most of all the Stax sound - pure soul, pure R&B, pure Memphis.

Wattstax is as important an American musical event as Woodstock, and to be honest, looking at both with an unbiased eye (and ear) had a much deeper meaning to it.

Soul and R&B music from the 70's was never been fully recognized for what it was - as just as important as jazz, or blues, or even American classical. This concert, put together as a form of not only musical protest of sorts remembering the Watts riots a few years earlier, but to showcase the sound that was pulsing through the streets of the inner cities nationwide at the time and show Black unity.

When it was released as a film almost a year later, the concert was chopped and edited down from the incredible almost 10-hour affair to an hour and a half for the screen, which is understandable as it not only got the message out further but still showed the power of soul music.

At the same time of the film's release, two two-record sets titled "Wattstax: The Living Word parts 1 & 2" were released, giving the public almost four hours of the concert. A single album of the film was also put out titled "Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack", further boiling it down to two sides reaching just under an hour, and it probably sold well too.

Now here comes the hard part -

As time passed, the music was occasionally re-released in subsequent forms; it got more confusing to understand why.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on October 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is unbelievable and the epitome of a one-of-a-kind/no other like it listening experience...

I remember coming across the original WATTSAX album back in the 80's when I was a 70's soul collector in HS... and for the next several years it became staple listening via the tape copies I'd carry around visa vis my Sony Walkmans... Needless to say, the discovery of a second volume of the "mythical" concert blew me away, and I liked it just as much if not more... I loved the album not only because of all the great music... but the way it really took you back to a lost world... at a time when people were celebrating a very vibrant musical and artistic culture. Not to over romantisize... the community had been through a lot of pain, and were healing and rebuilding from the Watts riots... Rather than focusing, however, on what had been "burnt down", the concert was a celebration of what was being built up... and wow... imagine what it must have been like to be at that cocnert... - - As for the film... you know something: I never even DREAMED of being able to see it, because I assumed it was probably one of those lost things... Needless to say, when it came out almost 20 years later after I heard the album the first time, I was definitely THRILLED... (especially after people taunted me of having supposedly seen it on PBS... "Yeah really, anybody got a copy?" I'd ask...) Wishful thinking...

O.K. now... look at this: Now only is a three box set out... but tracks that never made the original album, and with the sound cleaned up. - - As Jesse Jackson points out the concert had everything... Gospel, Funk, Blues, Soul, R&B... Listening to the tracks I never heard before is definitely a thrill, though in retrospect I can tell why some were left off the original album...
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jljbird on September 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
How can a expanded deluxe version drop songs that were on earlier versions? The last time Wattstax was released the 2 CD set included:

Staple SIngers - Oh La De Da
Eddie Floyd - Lay Your Loving On Me
Albert King - I'll Play The Blues For You
Albert King - Angel Of Mercy
Issac Haynes - Ain't No Sunshine

Is a 4 CD set coming?

I want EVERYTHING! Don't tell me that the masters were lost between releases. And I doubt that the artists pulled their tracks as they included others. Anyone know what is going on here?
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The music herein is excellent. That being said, I really have to agree with John J. Martinez' extensive review from 9/18/08. (Please read it for his many detailed criticisms.). As a Memphian with an abiding love for all things STAX, I have listened to each of the 3 discs all the way through several times and feel the music deserves 5 stars. However, like the Monterey Pop Box Set from a few years ago, Wattstax is remarkably incomplete.

Also, Richard Pryor's material should not be interspersed with the songs. He is, of course, funny but it's jarring, annoying, and anachronistic even on the first listen. It would make more sense for his complete performance to be included as a separate disc with other spoken word presentations from that day.

On the other hand, this 3 cd set is much better than any of the previous compilations from Wattstax released over the decades, and is definitely worth the money!
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By clement on February 8, 2012
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a great audio document of a great event at a great price! get your groove on and let the music take you back to a time when the revolution seemed possible. it's nation time!
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