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Stax '68: A Memphis Story

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10/19/2018

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1968 was a pivotal year in Stax Records' history and a fascinating story in itself. Otis Redding (their biggest star) and four members of the Bar-Kays were killed in a plane crash in December 1967. Their distribution agreement with Atlantic Records was dissolved, resulting in the loss of several more artists from Atlantic, and in the loss of their entire back catalog to Atlantic, which meant Stax earned no revenue from its previous recordings. Then, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis exacerbated racial tensions not just nationwide, but acutely in Stax's hometown of Memphis (King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers). Rising from the ashes, Stax had an ambitious plan to create an entirely new catalog in just over a year. Otis Redding's posthumous classic "Dock of the Bay" was a tremendous help in getting the label off the ground again. But the model of a house band and single producer that had given Stax their legendary sound was not going to work for the amount of material that had to be created in order to give them a solid catalog. To that end, they had to bring in outside producers, which began to upset what had essentially been a cooperative up to that point. At the same time, the music business was shifting from singles sales to album sales, and Stax was keen to make that transition as well. All this is extensively chronicled in the accompanying book. As far as the music, it's all top-notch, but you can hear the change in sound taking place. Of course, there are songs you recognize, but there are at least as many that you probably don't. Despite the pervasive unrest, the songs never get overtly political. Even "Tribute to a King" isn't about Dr. King, but about the King of Soul Music, their friend Otis Redding. The music stands on its own, of course, but the story behind it all is remarkable and largely untold. Stax '68 is a great collection of music, and this excellent set places it in a proper historical context, telling the story of the rebirth of one of America's great soul labels. ~ Sean Westergaard
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 2:37
  3. 2 Sweet Lorene Otis Redding 2:24
  4. 3 I Thank You Sam & Dave 2:43
  5. 4 Wrap It Up Sam & Dave 2:28
  6. 5 Don't Pass Your Judgement Memphis Nomads 2:4
  7. 6 I Wanna Be (Your Lover & Your Honey) Memphis Nomads 2:39
  8. 7 I Was Born to Love You Shirley Walton 2:54
  9. 8 I'm So Glad You're Back Shirley Walton 2:38
  10. 9 Lovey Dovey Otis Redding 2:33
  11. 10 New Year's Resolution Otis Redding 3:19
  12. 11 I Got a Sure Thing Ollie & the Nightingales 2:34
  13. 12 Girl, You Have My Heart Singing Ollie & the Nightingales 2:4
  14. 13 Big Bird Eddie Floyd 3:6
  15. 14 Holding on With Both Hands Eddie Floyd 2:25
  16. 15 A Hard Day's Night Bar-Kays 2:41
  17. 16 I Want Someone Bar-Kays 3:9
  18. 17 Next Time Johnnie Taylor 2:30
  19. 18 Sundown Johnnie Taylor 2:41
  20. 19 Every Man Oughta Have a Woman William Bell 2:41
  21. 20 A Tribute to a King William Bell 2:50
  22. 21 Able Mable Mable John 2:38
  23. 22 Don't Get Caught Mable John 2:33
  24. 23 The Memphis Train Rufus Thomas 2:30
  25. 24 I Think I Made a Boo Boo Rufus Thomas 2:17
  26. 25 What Will Later on Be Like Jeanne & the Darlings 2:45
  27. 26 Hang Me Now Jeanne & the Darlings 2:16
  28. 27 Soul Power Derek Martin 2:50
  29. 28 Sly Girl Derek Martin 3:12
  30. 29 Bring Your Love Back To Me Linda Lyndell 2:6
  31. 30 Here I Am Linda Lyndell 2:12
  32. 31 A Dime A Dozen Carla Thomas 2:49
  33. 32 I Want You Back Carla Thomas 2:28
  34. 35 Precious, Precious Isaac Hayes 2:39
  35. 36 Going To Chicago Blues Isaac Hayes 3:21
  36. 37 Whatever Hurts You The Mad Lads 2:57
  37. 38 No Time Is Better Than Now The Mad Lads 2:10
  38. 39 The Happy Song (Dum Dum) Otis Redding 2:38
  39. 40 Open The Door Otis Redding 2:22
  40. 41 (I Love) Lucy Albert King 2:51
  41. 42 You're Gonna Need Me Albert King 2:48
  42. 43 I Ain't Particular Johnnie Taylor 2:25
  43. 44 Where There's Smoke There's Fire Johnnie Taylor 3:4
  44. 47 Send Peace And Harmony Home Shirley Walton 2:43
  45. 48 The One You Can't Have All By Yourself Shirley Walton 2:51
  46. 49 Soul Limbo Booker T. & the MG's 2:21
  47. 50 Heads Or Tails Booker T. & the MG's 2:30
  48. 51 I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) Eddie Floyd 2:42
  49. 52 I'm Just The Kind Of Fool Eddie Floyd 3:12
  50. 53 It's Been A Long Time Coming Delaney & Bonnie 2:14
  51. 54 We've Just Been Feeling Bad Delaney & Bonnie 2:28
  52. 55 What A Man Linda Lyndell 2:39
  53. 56 I Don't Know Linda Lyndell 2:27
  54. 57 Broadway Freeze Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds 2:55
  55. 58 I Can't Cry No More Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds 2:39
  56. 59 Stay Baby Stay Johnny Daye 2:45
  57. 60 I Love Love Johnny Daye 2:43
  58. 61 Raspberry Rug Bobby Whitlock 2:12
  59. 62 And I Love You Bobby Whitlock 2:3
  60. 64 Love-Eye-Tis William Bell 2:33
  61. 65 I Like Everything About You Jimmy Hughes 2:48
  62. 66 What Side Of The Door Jimmy Hughes 2:55
  63. 71 Subconscious Train Of Thought The Aardvarks 3:50
  64. 72 Unicorn Man The Aardvarks 2:15
  65. 73 Somebody Stole My Gal Fresh Air 2:17
  66. 74 Somebody Stole My Gal [Instrumental] Fresh Air 2:17
  67. 75 Bed Of Roses Judy Clay 2:41
  68. 76 Remove These Clouds Judy Clay 3:5
  69. 77 Long Walk To D.C. The Staple Singers 2:28
  70. 78 Stay WIth Us The Staple Singers 2:30
  71. 79 Give 'Em Love The Soul Children 2:46
  72. 80 Move Over The Soul Children 2:53
  73. 81 Who's Making Love Johnnie Taylor 2:46
  74. 82 I'm Trying Johnnie Taylor 2:57
  75. 83 Funky Mississippi Rufus Thomas 2:54
  76. 84 So Hard To Get Along With Rufus Thomas 3:0
  77. 85 Where Do I Go? Carla Thomas 2:20
  78. 86 I've Fallen In Love Carla Thomas 2:41
  79. 87 So Nice The Mad Lads 2:36
  80. 88 Make Room The Mad Lads 2:46
  81. 89 Lovin' Feeling The Charmels 2:51
  82. 90 Sea Shell The Charmels 2:37
  83. 91 It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul) Jeanne & the Darlings 2:12
  84. 92 I Like What You're Doing To Me Jeanne & the Darlings 2:40
  85. 93 Smell Of Incense The Southwest F.O.B. 2:40
  86. 94 Green Skies The Southwest F.O.B. 2:0
  87. 95 Sally's Got A Good Thing The Village Sound 2:16
  88. 96 The La La Song The Village Sound 2:3
  89. 97 Bring It On Home To Me Eddie Floyd 2:29
  90. 98 Sweet Things You Do Eddie Floyd 2:4
  91. 99 Hang 'Em High Booker T. & the MG's 3:50
  92. 100 Over Easy Booker T. & the MG's 3:59
  93. 101 You're Leaving Me Ollie & the Nightingales 2:48
  94. 102 Showered With Love Ollie & the Nightingales 2:38
  95. 103 Kitchy Kitchy Koo The Pop Corn Generation 2:36
  96. 104 Shake It The Pop Corn Generation 2:4
  97. 105 Copy Cat Bar-Kays 2:20
  98. 106 In The Hole Bar-Kays 2:53
  99. 107 Mighty Cold Winter Dino & Doc 2:35
  100. 108 A Woman Can't Do (What A Man Can Do) Dino & Doc 2:28
  101. 109 I Forgot To Be Your Lover William Bell 2:17
  102. 110 Bring The Curtain Down William Bell 2:29
  103. 111 Condition Red The Goodees 2:51
  104. 112 Didn't Know Love Was So Good The Goodees 3:26
  105. 113 Running Out Mable John 2:6
  106. 114 Shouldn't I Love Him Mable John 2:27
  107. 115 Family Portrait Billy Lee Riley 2:42
  108. 116 Going Back To Memphis Billy Lee Riley 2:51
  109. 118 Left Over Love William Bell 2:50
  110. 119 I'll Understand The Soul Children 2:42
  111. 120 Doin' Our Thang The Soul Children 2:31
  112. 121 The Ghetto The Staple Singers 3:42
  113. 122 Got To Be Some Changes Made The Staple Singers 2:34
  114. 123 Blues Power Albert King 3:9
  115. 124 Night Stomp Albert King 3:39
  116. 125 The Echo The Epsilons 2:37
  117. 126 Really Rockin' The Epsilons 2:7
  118. 127 Funky Way Rufus Thomas 2:54
  119. 128 I Want To Hold You Rufus Thomas 2:6
  120. 129 The Children Have Your Tongue Generation 2:43
  121. 130 Give Her What She Wants Generation 2:17
  122. 131 Who's Making Love Daaron Lee 2:48
  123. 132 Long Black Train Daaron Lee 4:5
  124. 133 Take Care Of Your Homework Johnnie Taylor 2:35
  125. 134 Hold On This Time Johnnie Taylor 2:33
  126. 1 Soul Power Derek Martin 2:53
  127. 2 Sly Girl Derek Martin 3:14
  128. 3 Bring Your Love Back to Me Linda Lyndell 2:8
  129. 4 Here I Am Linda Lyndell 2:14
  130. 5 A Dime a Dozen Carla Thomas 2:52
  131. 6 I Want You Back Carla Thomas 2:30
  132. 7 Groovy Day The Kangaroos 2:47
  133. 8 Every Man Needs a Woman The Kangaroos 2:39
  134. 9 Precious Precious Isaac Hayes 2:42
  135. 10 Going to Chicago Blues Isaac Hayes 3:24
  136. 11 Whatever Hurts You The Mad Lads 3:0
  137. 12 No Time Is Better Than Now The Mad Lads 2:13
  138. 13 The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) Otis Redding 2:41
  139. 14 Open the Door Otis Redding 2:24
  140. 15 (I Love) Lucy Albert King 2:53
  141. 16 You're Gonna Need Me Albert King 2:50
  142. 17 I Ain't Particular Johnnie Taylor 2:28
  143. 18 Where There's Smoke There's Fire Johnnie Taylor 3:6
  144. 19 Georgy Girl Eddie Henderson Quintet 3:4
  145. 20 A Million or More Times Eddie Henderson Quintet 2:22
  146. 21 Send Peace and Harmony Home Shirley Walton 2:45
  147. 22 The One You Can't Have All by Yourself Shirley Walton 2:51
  148. 1 Soul Limbo Booker T. & the MG's 2:24
  149. 2 Heads or Tails Booker T. & the MG's 2:32
  150. 3 I Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) Eddie Floyd 2:44
  151. 4 I'm Just the Kind of Fool Eddie Floyd 3:15
  152. 5 It's Been a Long Time Coming Delaney & Bonnie 2:16
  153. 6 We Just Been Feeling Bad Delaney & Bonnie 2:31
  154. 7 What a Man Linda Lyndell 2:41
  155. 8 I Don't Know Linda Lyndell 2:29
  156. 9 Broadway Freeze Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds 2:57
  157. 10 I Can't Cry No More Harvey Scales & the Seven Sounds 2:41
  158. 11 Stay Baby Stay Johnny Daye 2:46
  159. 12 I Love Love Johnny Daye 2:45
  160. 13 Raspberry Rug Bobby Whitlock 2:15
  161. 14 And I Love You Bobby Whitlock 2:5
  162. 15 Private Number 2:38
  163. 16 Love-Eye-Tis William Bell 2:35
  164. 17 I Like Everything About You Jimmy Hughes 2:50
  165. 18 What Side of the Door Jimmy Hughes 2:57
  166. 19 Lollipop Lady The Del-Rays 2:11
  167. 20 (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me The Del-Rays 3:24
  168. 21 Remone Lindell Hill 3:25
  169. 22 Used to Be Love Lindell Hill 3:24
  170. 23 Subconscious Train of Thought The Aardvarks 3:52
  171. 24 Unicorn Man The Aardvarks 2:17
  172. 25 Somebody Stole My Gal Fresh Air 2:19
  173. 26 Somebody Stole My Gal [Instrumental] Fresh Air 2:20
  174. 27 Bed of Roses Judy Clay 2:43
  175. 28 Remove These Clouds Judy Clay 3:8
  176. 29 Long Walk to D.C. The Staple Singers 2:28
  177. 1 Stay With Us The Staple Singers 2:34
  178. 2 Give 'Em Love The Soul Children 2:49
  179. 3 Move Over The Soul Children 2:55
  180. 4 Who's Making Love Johnnie Taylor 2:49
  181. 5 I'm Trying Johnnie Taylor 2:59
  182. 6 Funky Mississippi Rufus Thomas 2:57
  183. 7 So Hard to Get Along With Rufus Thomas 3:2
  184. 8 Where Do I Go Carla Thomas 2:23
  185. 9 I've Fallen in Love Carla Thomas 2:43
  186. 10 So Nice The Mad Lads 2:39
  187. 11 Make Room The Mad Lads 2:47
  188. 12 Lovin' Feeling 2:54
  189. 13 Sea Shell 2:39
  190. 14 It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul) Jeanne & the Darlings 2:14
  191. 15 I Like What You're Doing to Me Jeanne & the Darlings 2:43
  192. 16 Smell of Incense The Southwest F.O.B. 2:42
  193. 17 Green Skies The Southwest F.O.B. 2:2
  194. 18 Sally's Got a Good Thing The Village Sound 2:19
  195. 19 The La La Song The Village Sound 2:6
  196. 20 Bring It on Home to Me Eddie Floyd 2:32
  197. 21 Sweet Things You Do Eddie Floyd 2:6
  198. 22 Hang 'Em High Booker T. & the MG's 3:53
  199. 23 Over Easy Booker T. & the MG's 4:3
  200. 24 You're Leaving Me Ollie & the Nightingales 2:51
  201. 25 Showered With Love Ollie & the Nightingales 2:40
  202. 26 Kitchy Kitchy Koo The Pop Corn Generation 2:39
  203. 27 Shake It The Pop Corn Generation 2:5
  204. 28 Copy Kat Bar-Kays 2:22
  205. 29 In the Hole Bar-Kays 2:54
  206. 1 Mighty Cold Winter Dino & Doc 2:39
  207. 2 A Woman Can't Do (What a Man Do) Dino & Doc 2:31
  208. 3 I Forgot to Be Your Lover William Bell 2:20
  209. 4 Bring the Curtain Down William Bell 2:31
  210. 5 Condition Red The Goodees 2:53
  211. 6 Didn't Know Love Was So Good The Goodees 3:28
  212. 7 Running Out Mable John 2:9
  213. 8 Shouldn't I Love Him Mable John 2:30
  214. 9 Family Portrait Billy Lee Riley 2:45
  215. 10 Going Back to Memphis Billy Lee Riley 2:54
  216. 11 My Baby Specializes 2:45
  217. 12 Left Over Love William Bell 2:58
  218. 13 I'll Understand The Soul Children 2:44
  219. 14 Doing Our Thang The Soul Children 2:34
  220. 15 The Ghetto The Staple Singers 3:43
  221. 16 Got to Be Some Changes Made The Staple Singers 2:37
  222. 17 Blues Power Albert King 3:11
  223. 18 Night Stomp Albert King 3:40
  224. 19 The Echo The Epsilons 2:39
  225. 20 Really Rockin The Epsilons 2:10
  226. 21 Funky Way Rufus Thomas 2:56
  227. 22 I Want to Hold You Rufus Thomas 2:8
  228. 23 The Children Have Your Tongue 2:45
  229. 24 Give Her What She Wants 2:19
  230. 25 Who's Making Love Daaron Lee 2:50
  231. 26 Long Black Train Daaron Lee 4:8
  232. 27 Take Care of Your Homework Johnnie Taylor 2:38
  233. 28 Hold on This Time Johnnie Taylor 2:34

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