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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
Jean Knight's classic – and a monumental album of funky female soul that was one of the best albums in the "second generation" Stax era, in the UK portrait cover! You probably know the title cut, as it was her biggest hit, and the inspiration for loads of "answer" songs ... 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
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
Cropper meets up with the deep soul of Pops Staples and the southern blues of Albert King – for a heavy-duty session that's clearly aimed at the crossover scene. The tracks have a nice raw electric sound – produced with that back-to-basics approach that you sometimes didn't even find ... 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
A great UK tribute to the mighty Al Jackson – the man whose drums were an important part of Stax Records at the start, and who then rose to much more creative force within the label! The set features tracks with Al on drums, and Al in the production chair – work by Little Milton, Soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Twelve tracks from the second half of Johnnie Taylor's great stretch at Stax Records – titles that include the previously unissued "Steal It" and "Just Keep On Lovin Me" – plus "Try Me Tonight", "We're Getting Careless With Our Love", "Shackin ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny ... LP, Vinyl record album
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Collection of the Drifters' big hits for Altantic, pressed up on their lesser-known subsidiary, Clarion. The material's mostly from the late 50's period, and includes the cuts "Somebody New Dancing With You", "Lonely Winds", "Drip Drop", "Adorable", "The ... LP, Vinyl record album