0 Stax 50 delivers Classic Soul Grand Slam Hits

  • Review
  • by Kingsley H. Smith
  • 03/20/2007

Here is Rufus Thomas, catching a nap, after "Walking the Dog" during a show stopping performance.

The Thomas classic, and 49 others songs from the Stax stable, are featured on the new Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration.

This is a magnificent two disc set, profiling the best of the Memphis sound. Congratulations to the Concord Music Group for bringing the Stax label back into the public spotlight.

Each track deserves to be a part of this collection. Some of the artists are not household names, however classic soul fans will remember these troubadours for their contributions to the Stax legacy.

My title, "Stax 50 delivers Classic Soul Grand Slam Hits," may be taking artistic license, as some of the songs were more commercially successfully than others.

As an example, "So I Can Love You," the 1969 seminal hit by the Emotions, (pictured here), though not a monster smash, adds depth to this compilation.

Sheila, Wanda, and Jeanette Hutchinson, (the Emotions), would later obtain their biggest success with Columbia Records under the tutelage of Earth Wind & Fire's Maurice White.

Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, and Johnnie Taylor get several tracks, as do Isaac Hayes and Sam & Dave.

Sam Moore, on the right in this photo, with his partner Dave Prater, are represented with "Soul Man," "You Don't Know Like I Know," and "Hold on I'm Comin'."

We are also treated to some gems by Shirley Brown, the Soul Children, Mel & Tim, Jean Knight, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, the Mad Lads, the Astors, and the Temprees.

The 51 page CD booklet has a wonderful history of Stax, along with some great photos, including the three you see here.

Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration is an outstanding double CD capturing the essence of the best of Memphis soul:

  1. "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)" - Carla Thomas
  2. "Last Night" - The Mar-Keys
  3. "You Don't Miss Your Water" - William Bell
  4. "Green Onions" - Booker T. & The MGs
  5. "Walking the Dog" - Rufus Thomas
  6. "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" - Otis Redding
  7. "Candy" - The Astors
  8. "Respect" - Otis Redding
  9. "You Don't Know Like I Know" - Sam & Dave
  10. "I Want Someone" - The Mad Lads
  11. " Hold On I'm Comin'" - Sam & Dave
  12. "Let Me Be Good To You" - Carla Thomas
  13. "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" - Mable John
  14. "Knock on Wood" - Eddie Floyd
  15. "B-A-B-Y" - Carla Thomas
  16. "Tramp" - Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
  17. "Soul Finder" - The Bar-Kays
  18. "Born Under a Bad Sign" - Albert King
  19. "Soul Man" - Sam & Dave
  20. "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding
  21. "I Got a Sure Thing" - Ollie & The Nightingales
  22. "Soul Limbo" - Booker T. & The MGs
  23. "I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" - Eddie Floyd
  24. "What A Man" - Linda Lyndell
  25. "Private Number" - William Bell & Judy Clay
  26. "Who's Making Love" - Johnnie Taylor
  27. "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" - William Bell
  28. "I Like What You're Doing (To Me)" - Carla Thomas
  29. "Time is Tight" - Booker T. & The MGs
  30. "So I Can Love You" - The Emotions
  31. "Walk on By" - Isaac Hayes
  32. "Do the Funky Chicken" - Rufus Thomas
  33. "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" - Johnnie Taylor
  34. "Mr. Big Stuff" - Jean Knight
  35. "Never Can Say Goodbye" - Isaac Hayes
  36. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" - The Dramatics
  37. "Respect Yourself" - The Staple Singers
  38. "Theme From Shaft" - Isaac Hayes
  39. "Son of Shaft" - The Bar-Kays
  40. "That's What Love Will Make You Do" - Little Milton
  41. "I've Been Lonely For So Long" - Frederick Knight
  42. "Hearsay" - Soul Children
  43. "In The Rain" - Dramatics
  44. "I'll Take You There" - The Staple Singers
  45. "Starting All Over Again" - Mel & Tim
  46. "Dedicated to The One I Love" - The Temprees
  47. "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)" - The Staple Singers
  48. "Cheaper to Keep Her" - Johnnie Taylor
  49. "I'll Be The Other Woman" - Soul Children
  50. "Woman to Woman" - Shirley Brown

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