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The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles: 1972-1975 Box set

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The third and final chapter of the definitive collection of the great Memphis soul label Stax focuses on the early-mid 1970s; a time when the label was enjoying remarkable chart successes, yet was on the verge of its dramatic denouement. Vol. 3 contains all soul singles issued by Stax/Volt during those years and includes some of the biggest and best-loved hits of the day as well as a number of little-known gems by both major and less familiar artists.

This 2015 reissue comes in sleek, new packaging, presented in a rigid lift-off 5.5-inch x 5.5-inch box. The 10-disc set features 213 tracks and a full-color booklet with a 47,000-word essay by Stax historian Rob Bowman.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some) - Eddie Floyd
  2. Carry On - Jean Knight
  3. Do Your Thing (Vocal) - Isaac Hayes
  4. I've Been Lonely For So Long - Frederick Knight
  5. Nothing Is Everlasting - Annette Thomas
  6. Hearsay - The Soul Children
  7. Angel Of Mercy - Albert King
  8. In The Rain (Edited Version) - The Dramatics
  9. She's My Old Lady Too - Lee Sain
  10. Explain It To Her Mama - The Temprees
  11. Right On - Sons Of Slum
  12. Doing My Own Thing (Part 1) - Johnnie Taylor (The Soul Philospher)
  13. My Honey And Me - The Emotions
  14. Let's Stay Together (Instr.) - Isaac Hayes
  15. Bring It Home (And Give It To Me) - Hot Sauce
  16. Look Around You - Black Society
  17. Don't Do It/I'm With You - The Nightingales
  18. I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
  19. Which Way - The Leaders
  20. Living A Life Without Love - Veda Brown
  21. What's Good For You (Don't Have To Be Good To You) - Harvey Scales
  22. Let Me Repair Your Heart - The Mad Lads
  23. What's Usual Seems Natur'l - Eric Mercury
  24. I Wanna Make Up (Before We Break Up) - Major Lance

Disc: 2

  1. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - Isaac Hayes/David Porter
  2. Walking The Back Streets And Crying - Little Milton
  3. Save Us - William Bell
  4. 6-3-8 - Rufus Thomas
  5. Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim
  6. Keep On Loving Me - Stefan
  7. I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over - David Porter
  8. Goin' Down Slow (Parts 1 & 2) - Little Sonny
  9. I Could Never Be Happy - The Emotions
  10. Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness - The Soul Children
  11. I'll Play The Blues For You (Part 1) - Albert King
  12. I Dedicate My Life To You - Roger Hatcher
  13. Do The Sweetback - March Wind
  14. Gettin' Funky 'Round Here - Black Nasty
  15. When The Chips Are Down - David Porter
  16. Sugar - Carla Thomas
  17. You're Good Enough (To Be My Baby) - Eddie Floyd
  18. This World - The Staple Singers
  19. Helping Man - Jean Knight
  20. Ain't I Good? - John Kasandra

Disc: 3

  1. Dance, Dance, Dance (Part 1) - The Bar-Keys
  2. Dedicated To The One I Love - The Temprees
  3. Toast To The Fool - The Dramatics
  4. Stop Doggin' Me - Johnnie Taylor
  5. Trouble - Frederick Knight
  6. I'm Gonna Cry A River - Little Milton
  7. Itch And Scratch (Part 1) - Rufus Thomas
  8. What Would I Do - Ernie Hines
  9. I Know It's Not Right (To Be In Love With A Married Man) - Veda Brown
  10. Holy Cow - Stefan
  11. What Goes Around (Must Come Around) - Sons Of Slum
  12. Theme From 'The Men' (Instr.) - Isaac Hayes
  13. Endlessly - Mavis Staples
  14. You Hurt Me For The Last Time - Inez Foxx
  15. My Sweet Lord - John Gary Williams
  16. Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Albert King
  17. How Can You Mistreat The One You Love - Katie Love
  18. From Toys To Boys - The Emotions
  19. The Dryer (Vocal) (Part 1) - Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers
  20. I May Not Be All You Want (But I'm All You Got) - Carla Thomas
  21. Ain't No Sweat - Major Lance
  22. Do Me - Jean Knight
  23. Rainy Day - Little Milton

Disc: 4

  1. It Ain't Always What You Do (It's Who You Let See You Do It) - The Soul Children
  2. I May Not Be What You Want - Mel & Tim
  3. Funky Robot (Part 1) - Rufus Thomas
  4. Don't You Fool With My Soul (Part 1) - Johnnie Taylor
  5. Oh La De Da - The Staple Singers
  6. What Do You See In Her? - Hot Sauce
  7. A Thousand Miles Away - The Temprees
  8. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain - The Dramatics
  9. Rolling Down A Mountainside - Isaac Hayes
  10. You're Still My Brother - The Bar-Keys
  11. Stop Half Loving These Women - Jimmy Lewis
  12. Lovin' On Borrowed Time - William Bell
  13. Lay Your Loving On Me - Eddie Floyd
  14. The Time - Inez Foxx
  15. Heaven Knows - Mel & Tim
  16. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me) - Johnnie Taylor
  17. Short Stopping - Veda Brown
  18. Be What You Are - The Staple Singers
  19. I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby - Stefan
  20. Playing On Me - Albert King
  21. Long As You're The One Somebody In The World - David Porter

Disc: 5

  1. This Is My Song Of Love To You - Frederick Knight
  2. Sugarcane - The MGs
  3. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing - The Soul Children
  4. Baby, Lay Your Head Down (Gently On My Bed) - Eddie Floyd
  5. Check Me Out - Eddie Floyd
  6. Running Back (And Forth) - The Emotions
  7. Crossing Over The Bridge - Inez Foxx
  8. Love's Maze - The Temprees
  9. It Ain't Easy - The Bar-Keys
  10. Love Among People - Carla Thomas
  11. What It Is - Little Milton
  12. I've Got To Go On Without You - William Bell
  13. Love Is Taking Over - Eric Mercury
  14. Ruby Dean - Joe Hicks
  15. I'm So Glad I Fell In Love With You - The Mad Lads
  16. Fell For You - The Dramatics
  17. Cheaper To Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor
  18. I Know You Don't Want Me No More - Rufus Thomas
  19. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - The Staple Singers
  20. Slipped And Tripped - The Sweet Inspirations
  21. Peace Be Still - The Emotions
  22. I'll Be The Other Woman - The Soul Children

Disc: 6

  1. The Martian Hop - The Newcomers
  2. I Had A Talk With My Man - Inez Foxx
  3. At Last - The Temprees
  4. Joy (Part 1) - Isaac Hayes
  5. Good Woman Turning Bad - Hot Sauce
  6. Mose (Part 3) - John Kasandra
  7. I'll Be Your Santa Baby - Rufus Thomas
  8. I Wanna Do Things For You - Eddie Floyd
  9. That's What The Blues Is All About - Albert King
  10. One Way Love Affair - Carolyn Hurley
  11. Tin Pan Alley - Little Milton
  12. The Funky Bird - Rufus Thomas
  13. We're Getting Careless With Our Love - Johnnie Taylor
  14. What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas - The Emotions
  15. Season's Greetings - Cix Bits
  16. Don't Lose Your Faith In Me Lord - Eric Mercury
  17. Don't Start Loving Me (If You're Gonna Stop) - Veda Brown
  18. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend - The Staple Singers
  19. And I Panicked - The Dramatics
  20. Change It All - Joy Fleiming

Disc: 7

  1. Gettin' What You Want (Losin' What You Got) - William Bell
  2. He's Mine - Jacqui Verdell
  3. My Woman Is Good To Me - Little Sonny
  4. I Got You And I'm Glad - David Porter
  5. Put A Little Love Away - The Emotions
  6. Suzy - Frederick Knight
  7. The Same Folks - Mel & Tim
  8. You Make The Sunshine - The Temprees
  9. The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy - John Gary Williams
  10. Circuit's Overloaded - Inez Foxx
  11. Wonderful - Isaac Hayes
  12. Behind Closed Doors - Little Milton
  13. Guess Who - Eddie Floyd
  14. Dirty Tricks - The Sweet Inspirations
  15. Whicha Way Did It Go - Roebuck 'Pops' Staples
  16. Talking To The People - Black Nasty
  17. I've Been Born Again - Johnnie Taylor
  18. Neckbone - The MGs
  19. Wounded Woman - Sandra Wright
  20. Stop Doggin' Me - Hot Sauce
  21. Goodness Gracious - Kim Weston

Disc: 8

  1. City In The Sky - The Staple Singers
  2. Title Theme - Isaac Hayes
  3. Soul Street - Eddie Floyd
  4. Flat Tire - Albert King
  5. Love Makes It Right - The Soul Children
  6. Mr. Cool That Ain't Cool - The Temprees
  7. Boogie Ain't Nuttin' (But Gettin' Down) (Part 1) - Rufus Thomas
  8. Highway To Heaven - Ron Banks & The Dramatics
  9. Get It While It's Hot - William Bell
  10. Passing Thru - Frederick Knight
  11. Keep An Eye On Your Close Friends - The Newcomers
  12. My Main Man/There Is A God - The Staple Singers
  13. That's The Way I Want To Live My Life - Mel & Tim
  14. Forever And A Day - Mel & Tim
  15. Baby, I'm Through - The Emotions
  16. It's September - Johnnie Taylor
  17. Woman To Woman - Shirley Brown
  18. Did You Hear Yourself (Part 1) - Randy Brown & Company
  19. You Need A Friend Like Mine - Annette Thomas
  20. I Love, I Love - The Temprees
  21. Let Me Back In - Little Milton

Disc: 9

  1. Crosscut Saw - Albert King
  2. Coldblooded - The Bar-Keys
  3. Bump Meat - Sir Mack Rice
  4. (Too Little In Common To Be Lovers) Too Much Going To Say Goodbye - The Newcomers
  5. Bump And Boogie (Part 1) - The Wrecking Crew
  6. What's Happening Baby (Part 1) - The Soul Children
  7. Who Made The Man - The Staple Singers
  8. I Keep Thinking To Myself - Brook Benton
  9. I Got A Reason To Smile (Cause I Got You) - Eddie Floyd
  10. Try To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It) - Bessie Banks
  11. Burning On Both Ends - Willie Singleton
  12. There Are More Questions Than Answers - The Emotions
  13. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' - Albert King
  14. I Can't Let You Go - Hot Sauce
  15. I Betcha Didn't Know That - Frederick Knight
  16. Lovin' You, Lovin' Me - Sandra Wright
  17. Do The Double Bump - Rufus Thomas
  18. Come And Get Your Love - The Temprees
  19. Dark Skin Woman (Part 1) - Sir Mack Rice
  20. It Ain't No Fun - Shirley Brown
  21. If You Talk In Your Sleep - Little Milton
  22. Talk To The Man - Eddie Floyd

Disc: 10

  1. You're Astounding - Barbara & Joe
  2. Dy-No-Mite (Did You Say My Love) - The Green Brothers
  3. Boom-A-Rang - The Dynamic Soul Machine
  4. Come What May - John Gary Williams
  5. Try Me Tonight - Johnnie Taylor
  6. Groovin' On My Baby's Love - Freddie Waters
  7. I Can't Shake Your Love (Can't Shake You Loose) - The Fiestas
  8. I Wanna Play With You - Frederick Knight
  9. I'm Doing Fine - Albert King
  10. No Way (I Can Live Without You) - Teresa Davis
  11. Back Road Into Town - The Staple Singers
  12. I'm So Glad I Met You - Eddie Floyd
  13. Packed Up And Took My Mind - Little Milton
  14. Just Keep On Loving Me - Johnnie Taylor
  15. How Can I Be A Witness - R.B. Hudmon
  16. Jump Back '75 (Part 1) - Rufus Thomas
  17. I Got To Be Myself - The Staple Singers
  18. It's Worth A Whippin' - Shirley Brown
  19. Holy Ghost (Part 1) - The Bar-Keys

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 12, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • 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: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Who killed Stax Records? Well, this is a question that Rob Bowman, Stax scholar, try to answer in the text he wrote for this box set. Bowman talks about money, power, ambition, inflated egos, betrayals and the fight between an independent music label and a giant media corporation to indicate why Stax Records ended in 1975. Maybe the music industry killed Stax Records using payola as a poison. Maybe Disco Music killed Stax Records and Soul Music in general when it arises from the underground clubs to the top ten lists in the early seventies. Whoever or whatever killed Stax Records in the mid 70's didn't kill it's music. Forget the critics who said that this box set isn't good as the first (the black box) and the second (the blue box) Stax boxes. THE COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SOUL SINGLES - VOLUME 3, the red box, is a compilation of epic proportions, the definitive document of the end of an era in Soul Music and in Black culture. The final chapter in Stax' history is full of great music and beautiful voices. I think that it's an impossible task to mention in a few lines all the best musical moments of a 10 CD compilation that has more than 10 hours of music, but i can say that some of these great musical moments are provided by the voices of almost forgotten artists like Annette Thomas, Hot Sauce, Veda Brown, The Mad Lads, The Temprees, Mel and Tim and The Newcomers. These artists' records and the records of Stax' veterans like Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Isaac Hayes and The Bar-Kays are among the best 70's soul output. The red box proves that Stax produced great music until the end. Stax died, but it's music will live forever. Right on.
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If you enjoyed the first set ( 1959- 1968) and the second set ( 1968-1971), then you need to buy the 3rd set ( 1972-1975).
Stax was in an expanding phase due to the recent success of Shaft, as well as other high quality artists like Albert King, Johnnie Taylor,and the Staple Singers. The third set describes the change in the distribution deal that ultimately lead to the downfall of Stax.
The 3rd set is a necessary purchase for those people that purchased both first and second sets due to the continued quality that Stax released throughout their existence and, in my opinion, literally contined until the McLemore studio in Memphis was padlocked.
The first 8 discs contain great hits as well as great artists. The last 2 discs are bare due to many artists that bailed in 1974 in order to continue their respective careers. However, many unknowns prove to be very good!
The hard luck that befell on Stax will make the Stax lover very sad. Although the company went through several phases in its structure and development, the quality of product remained high.
The Memphis Sound Lives!
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Although its true that the STAX singles that WERE the Memphis Soul sound "we all grew up with" (even if we were born 20 years to late) came circa the '60s (Otis Redding, Booker T, Mar-keys era) etc., fact is this:
STAX was releasing some REALLY bad*ss funky soul in the early '70s, the catch maybe is that the label didn't have AS distinct a sound as it did a few years earlier (then again, minus the romanticism, maybe it could be argued that one of the reasons Stax's sound was so unique was that so many of the hits sounded the same... yet were fronted by performers who had the star power to represent the sound... a pattern typical of most the great labels of the era) - - by the '70s, the STAX sound you hear is one that is evolving... and one in which the groups, rather than relying on one house band are also beginning to have their own sound... hence a label that was a true treasure chest of talent. While the world was catching up with them, STAX was simply "searching" for new directions... and hear you can hear it... gospel, funk, blues, rhythm & blues... even the orchestral soul of Issac Hayes and then some.

Though this box set might sound a bit pricey, actually its dirt cheap when you consider than if you buy all volumes of the story you're getting a full and complete soul education... and only 10 years earlier hunting down all this stuff would not have only been virtually impossible but cost a couple thousand dollars (this volume alone.) Now, hear it all is for relatively very little money, all in GOOD condition (nothing beat up or scratched) and at the push of a button... and minus the funky basement smell (actually I kinda miss that...)

If you like this series, definitely go watch the WATTSTAX (Living Word) DVD as well as Rob Bowman's SOULSVILLE U.S.A. book on the behind the scenes story of the label... they fit perfectly together.
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By 1972, Stax had proved that it could carry on and be just as strong as it was during its first golden era when Otis Redding was its principal star. The label from '68-'71, as chronicled in the second box, enjoyed a greater multitude of success, new acts, and experimented with new sounds to keep up with the changing times, both socially and musically, but it still stuck to its gritty and raw roots that made Stax what it was; it was that Southern flavor with the exposure of blues and gospel coming through strong. It was the antithesis of Motown's polish and refinement. Here, the Stax sound was laced with bass guitar, simple yet funky drum licks, oozing organ, and a tight horn section. At this point, where this third set documents, it was all that but with many different ensembles(whether they were in Detroit, Muscle Shoals, or at their own McLemore studios there in Memphis) giving their own take on that trademark Southern sound.

At 10 CDs and 213 tracks, this set covers the latter-most era as Stax moves from just before its biggest triumph at its own sponsered music festival, Wattstax, to its unfortunate downfall in bankruptcy. As Stax was reaping the rewards of success in the summer of '72, Stax was placed in the distributional hands of CBS, a major player in popular music, to which hopefully Stax could acheive the once-and-for-all monumental household-name status of that of Motown. With Stax over-spending, certain people not being careful enough with money, and with CBS supposedly over-ordering, warehousing and holding back funds on Stax product, the deal went sour and Stax became racked with debts that would ultimately force them into a shutdown in late fall 1975.
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