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Classic Stax stuff from Johnnie, with great arrangements that mix blues and soul, and which offer a perfect backing to his soulful voice. Al Jackson produced the session, and the track list includes "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", "That Bone", "That's Where It's ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Soul Children were a wonderful Memphis vocal group – with a two parts female/two parts male vocal style that just sounded incredible. All the members of the group were great singers, hand-picked by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, and the overall sound was a mixture of rootsy southern soul, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little collection of Johnny's early work for Stax – "rare stamps" perhaps, but classic bluesy soul numbers all of them! Titles include "Who's Makin' Love", "Somebody's Sleeping In My Bed", "Toe Hold", "I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby" ... LP, Vinyl record album
A legendary collaboration between Otis Redding and Carla Thomas – the former of whom was definitely the king of the Memphis soul scene at the time of the record's release, and the latter of whom was certainly going for the title of queen with her power on the record! Carla here is a lot more ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Beatles had Abbey Road – and Booker T & The MGs had McLemore Ave, the main street running outside the Stax studios, and a fitting title for the album that has them playing tunes from The Beatles' incredible Abbey Road album. If you've ever thought that Abbey Road was a soft-rock ... LP, Vinyl record album
This was the stuff that helped Stax make a successful transition away from their years with Atlantic, and it pushed Johnny Taylor into the spotlight as one the label's leading artists after Otis Redding's early death. Loads of classics, including "Who's Making Love", "Somebody's ... LP, Vinyl record album
A legendary live set from the 60s all-stars of Stax Records – a performance in London in the late 60s, as the label follows Motown's lead on taking its big names overseas! The lineup is legendary, and most of the tunes are familiar by the artists, but get nice fresh versions here – ... 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
Pretty great stuff from Jimmy McCracklin – easily one of his best albums! The record takes the raw soul of earlier years, and gives it a bit more sophisticated sound, adding in some strong arrangements by Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson, ones that blend together bits of Memphis styles, such ... LP, Vinyl record album
We used to pass this one up, because it was later, and hence not as good as the other Stax stuff. But then we discovered the nice extended version of "Feel Like Makin' Love", which is a nice solid groover. Also includes the tracks "Use Me", "I'm Gonna Have to Tell ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album of bad-rapping spoken material from Iceberg Slim – one of the hippest 70s sets of its type, and a great audio tribute to the man who wrote the books Pimp, Trick Baby, and Mama Black Widow! Slim reads his own work in a very laidback style, but one with a slinky, pimpish feel ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Isley Brothers on Motown – a really key step forward for the group, who find a whole new level of soul with help from the Holland Dozier Holland team! There's a warmth here missing from previous Isleys material – that rough edge that was more part of their rocking years, softened a ... LP, Vinyl record album