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A return to Stax by Rance Allen – his first album for the label after a stellar set for Capitol, and a much smoother set than before! Rance has learned from his work with Larry Mizell on Capitol, and is using a warmer glide on his tracks on this set – arrangements mostly done by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rance Allen was one of the greatest singers on Stax who never made it during the 70s – probably because he labored in obscurity on Stax's subsidiary Truth label, a gospel imprint where Allen was unjustly stuck because of his roots in the music. Truth is, his work had as much soul as it did ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warmly grooving 70s soul from The Staple Singers – recorded in a fuller Memphis mode that's miles from their gospel roots, but still plenty darn nice! The style here is very much in keeping with the hit Staples mode of the time – righteous, full, but still nice and earthy at the bottom ... LP, Vinyl record album
Earlier Stax work recorded by The Emotions, not issued at the time and packaged together into a pretty great album during the time of the girls' bigger fame on Columbia! The work here is surprisingly great – not really filler at all, and in a style that's almost hipper than any of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard to find original pressing of this one! The record's a nice bit of funky raw soul by Israel Tolbert, featuring the biggest hit he ever had – "Big Leg Woman (With A Short, Short Mini Skirt)" – and lots of other nice groovers that sit somewhere between Joe Tex's funkier ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet, smooth, and bluesy – perhaps not as hard as some of Johnnie's earlier Stax work, but with an increasing sophistication that really shows his development as a soul singer. The record's a good bridge into Johnnie's modern soul work at Columbia – and it's got arrangements by Wade ... 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
One of the best albums that "Fat" Larry James and his band ever cut for Stax – funky soul mixed with smooth east coast production, kind of an extension of the indie sound of groups on labels like Buddah and Roulette in the mid 70s, taken up a few more notches, and handled with a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album