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WattstaxAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Audio Cassette, Compilation, 1973 --  

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZMT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Oh La De Da - The Staple Singers
2. I Like The Things About Me - The Staple Singers
3. Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
4. I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
5. Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
6. Lay Your Loving On Me - Eddie Floyd
7. I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas
8. Gee Whiz - Carla Thomas
9. I Have A God Who Loves - Carla Thomas
10. The Breakdown - Rufus Thomas
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Son Of Shaft/Feel It - The Bar-Kays
2. I Can't Turn You Loose - The Bar-Kays
3. Killing Floor - Albert King
4. I'll Play The Blues For You - Albert King
5. Angel Of Mercy - Albert King
6. I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To - The Soul Children
7. Hearsay - The Soul Children
8. Ain't No Sunshine - Isaac Hayes

Editorial Reviews

The soulful soundtrack to the historic 1972 concert called "the black Woodstock," featuring mighty Stax label legends performing for an audience of over 100,000 in South Central, Los Angeles. Includes Oh La De Da; Respect Yourself; I'll Take You There Staple Singers; Knock on Wood; Lay Your Loving on Me Eddie Floyd; I Like What You're Doing (to Me); Gee Whiz; I Have a God Who Loves Me Carla Thomas; The Breakdown; Do the Funky Chicken; Do the Funky Penguin Rufus Thomas; Son of Shaft/Feel It; I Can't Turn You Loose Bar-Kays; Killing Floor; I'll Play the Blues for You; Angel of Mercy Albert King; Hearsay Soul Children; Ain't No Sunshine Isaac Hayes, and many more!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration of the The Memphis Sound ! ! ! December 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was a great early '70s double LP soundtrack to the concert movie featuring some INCREDIBLE performances. An all time fave of mine. Sadly, STAX was on its last legs heading into deep financial woes when they recorded this classic concert... and they were getting so funky too (check out the SON OF STAX compilation)... Most of these Stax groups were meant to be heard live anyway... and here they are. As you listen to it, you'll really feel like you're back in the era... captures the sound and the spirit. I've had the album since I was a teenager and never stopped listening to it ! ! !
I wanna know when they're going to release the video as well as Stax II which I have on vinyl ! ! ! I heard rumors tha on occasion it'll wind up on TV late at night once in a blue moon, but either people are messing with my mind or I always miss it.
Anyway, if you don't have this album and you're a true '70s soul buff you MUST MUST MUST get your hands on it... great listening experience !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This album, Wattstax: The Living Word was released by the Stax label in 1972 (or early '73) and has soul titles by various artists. You name the artists, and they were there at this wonderful and historic event on August 20, 1972 (this was also known as the "Black Woodstock"). Of course, the only difference is that Wattstax was a 7 hour concert, and not a weekend long event, there was no drug use and absolutely no nudity during this show. The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, The Soul Children, and a few others were all there on the 7th anniversary of the infamous Watts riots from 1965. I love all of the songs on this title, and it is a joy to listen to. The Staple Singers were great on the four songs of theirs on this album (even though "Oh La De Da" was done in the studio and had fake audience sounds mixed in to make it sound like it was from the concert. Eddie Floyd's "Lay Your Loving On Me" is a studio recording as well, also with the fake audience sounds.) "I Like the Things About Me" is a great one too, with Pops Staples taking over the lead vocals and spending a few minutes talking to the audience. The group also sang their two most memorable songs at this event as well, Respect Yourself and I'll Take You There. Their live versions of these two songs are as wonderful as the regular versions that were released earlier. Other titles that I like are The Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft/Feel It", which starts out nice and quiet and kicks in loud almost two minutes after the song's beginning. The Soul Children's "I Don't Know What This World is Coming To" and "Hearsay" are pleasant to listen to as well. "Hearsay" is a funny one, talking about the "he said, she said" thing; that part will make you laugh. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stax Rocks Here April 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You Feel The Vibe.It's Funky all the way thru.So Many Great Artists&talents.The Staple SIngers,Issac Hayes,Albert King is Rocking.The Bar Kays,Rufus Thomas Who is Funky&also had me Rolling with The Do The Funky Chicken.this is a Must Have&should be in The Soul Hall Of Fame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool, soulful, gritty funk/R&B October 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is some of the best music of the '70's. Some of it's pretty raw, but Albert King's performance alone is worth the price of admission. There's a phenomenal appearance by Isaac Hayes at the height of his powers. This is pretty intense, emotional music. These were great musicians of their day. Not to be missed.
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