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A rare early album by the Staple Singers – cut in 1963 for the Vee Jay label, back when the group was an all-gospel ensemble with a very soulful sound. All the tracks are either originals written by Roebuck Staples or traditional numbers arranged by him – and titles include "Don't ... LP, Vinyl record album
About as classic as you can get with the Staple Singers! The record was cut at that perfect moment when the group was forging an electric soul sound that would bring them high in the charts in the 70s – filled with all the righteousness of their gospel years, but also touched with elements ... LP, Vinyl record album
A killer live set by Rufus Thomas – recorded right at the height of his funky comeback, before a very right-on crowd at PJ's Nightclub in LA! Rufus was always a great entertainer, and he really opens up in this live setting – doing some nice versions of "Do The Funky Chicken" ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little live set – recorded overseas, but with a really classic 60s southern soul sound overall! Stax always did a pretty good job of shopping its big artists overseas – where they met with extremely enthusiastic response, as you'll hear in this classic live album recorded by ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest albums on Stax Records – a strange mix of that label's own soul music with titles from Sun Records too – a fascinating document of Memphis, with a strangely collegiate image on the front! Includes work by William Bell, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, and The ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic soundtracks of the 70s – and maybe even of all time – thanks to a non-stop blast of insane styles and grooves – all quite different than other blacksploitation records of the time! For this, his masterpiece film, Melvin Van Peebles composed a non-stop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early Stax work from Sam & Dave – the kind of record that forever changed the way the male voice was used in group soul music! The rhythms on the tunes are totally raw – bass, drums, and guitar that are kind of fused into a dirty funky bottom that proves a perfect foil for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Killer soul from Johnnie Taylor, and really his first major LP! The record was Johnnie's second for Stax – and although the first one was good, this was the record that really had Johnnie hitting that funky bluesy sound that became his trademark into the 70s. The title cut – "Who' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Two great Memphis instrumental groups, back to back on one CD – in a smoking little live set that keeps the Stax Records sound strong – even away from the studio! The set's actually heavier on work by Booker T & The MGs than it is cuts by The Mar-Keys – as Book and crew ... LP, Vinyl record album
Back in the 60s, Memphis Gold was Stax Records Gold – and there's no finer proof of that fact than this classic compilation! The set's got a funky-lookin' Buddah on the cover – and is overflowing with classic early Stax/Volt hits. Titles include "My Lover's Prayer" and " ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and LA modes from Eddie Floyd – working here with help from Al Bell and Al Jackson in the studio, but also handling a fair bit of the proceedings himself! Titles include "Something To Write Home About", "Whatcha Gonna Do With My ... LP, Vinyl record album