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The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles: 1972-1975 Box set
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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.
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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So many tunes are all digitized and i already had all of these but getting the box set for such a low price was truly a grift. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Sage
No disrepect meant to the other reviewers, but I held out buying this for years until I read the positive comments here. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by chrisnick66
This elaborate, expensive, boxed set which claims to be the Complete Stax/Volt "Soul" Singles has no B-sides. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by oxxo
It started in 1959 and ended in Beauty in 1975. Hundreds f marvelous Songs. This is a beautifull Collectors Item.Published on February 28, 2010 by Eddy Beullens
More than 30 years after Stax-Volt last published, at last I have my hands on all three volumes of 'The Complete...'. Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Alastair S.
Thankfully Stax didn't adapt their style to emerging disco and dance-funk styles of the mid-seventies. They stayed with blues-based pop. Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by DW
This is the last of the three boxes. Is it as good as the previous two ? Depends on YOUR taste. But the thing is , there is enough here to keep your musical appetite satisfied for... Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Jim Z
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