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The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968

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Various Artists 4/30/1991

Review

At nine discs and 244 tracks, The Complete Stax-Volt Singles: 1959-1968 is far too exhaustive for casual fans, but that's not who the set is designed for -- it's made for the collector. Featuring every A-side the label released during those nine years, as well as several B-sides, the set is a definitive portrait of gritty, deep Southern soul. Many of the genre's major names -- Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MG's, William Bell, Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, Albert King -- plus many terrific one-shot wonders are showcased in terrific sound and augmented with an in-depth booklet. For any serious soul or rock collector, it's an essential set, since Stax-Volt was not only a musically revolutionary label, its roster was deep with talent, which means much of the music on this collection is first-rate. But if you only want the hits, you'll be better off with a smaller collection, since too much of this set will sound too similar, and sorting through the nine discs will be a monumental task if you only want to hear Otis, Rufus, Carla, and Sam & Dave. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Fool in Love The Veltones 1:56
  3. 2 Cause I Love You Rufus & Carla 2:42
  4. 3 Gee Whiz! (Look at His Eyes) Carla Thomas 2:18
  5. 4 You Make Me Feel So Good The Chips 2:10
  6. 5 A Love of My Own Carla Thomas 2:29
  7. 6 Last Night The Mar-Keys 2:36
  8. 7 I Didn't Believe Rufus Thomas 2:9
  9. 8 I'm Going Home Prince Conley 2:47
  10. 9 (Mama, Mama) Wish Me Good Luck Carla Thomas 2:22
  11. 10 Morning After The Mar-Keys 2:10
  12. 11 The Life I Live Barbara Stephens 2:22
  13. 12 About Noon The Mar-Keys 2:29
  14. 13 Burnt Biscuits The Triumphs 1:57
  15. 14 I Kinda Think He Does Carla Thomas 2:36
  16. 15 Foxy The Mar-Keys 2:13
  17. 16 You Don't Miss Your Water William Bell 2:58
  18. 17 Formula of Love William Bell 2:5
  19. 18 Goofin' Off Macy Skip Skippers 2:59
  20. 19 Wait a Minute Barbara Stephens 2:23
  21. 20 Sunday Jealous Nick Charles 2:55
  22. 21 That's the Way It Is With Me Barbara Stephens 2:24
  23. 22 No Tears The Tonettes 2:31
  24. 23 Pop-Eye Stroll The Mar-Keys 2:42
  25. 24 The Three Dogwoods Nick Charles 2:26
  26. 25 Why Should I Suffer With the Blues Canes 2:50
  27. 26 Whot's Happenin'! The Mar-Keys 2:26
  28. 27 Just Across the Street The Del Rios 2:21
  29. 28 There's a Love The Del Rios 2:14
  30. 29 Can't Ever Let You Go Rufus Thomas 2:31
  31. 1 Green Onions Booker T. & the MG's 2:52
  32. 2 Behave Yourself Booker T. & the MG's 3:50
  33. 3 Any Other Way William Bell 2:28
  34. 4 I'll Bring It Home to You Carla Thomas 3:3
  35. 5 Sack O' Woe The Mar-Keys 2:28
  36. 6 These Arms of Mine Otis Redding 2:29
  37. 7 Teardrop Sea The Tonettes 2:27
  38. 8 The Dog Rufus Thomas 2:33
  39. 9 Jellybread Booker T. & the MG's 2:26
  40. 10 I Told You So William Bell 2:28
  41. 11 Bo-Time The Mar-Keys 2:40
  42. 12 Home Grown Booker T. & the MG's 3:10
  43. 13 My Imaginary Guy Deanie Parker & The Valadors 2:35
  44. 14 Just as I Thought William Bell 2:55
  45. 15 What a Fool I've Been Carla Thomas 2:13
  46. 16 The Hawg, Pt. 1 Eddie Kirk 2:48
  47. 17 Don't Be Afraid of Love Oscar Mack 2:27
  48. 18 That's My Guy Various Artists 2:4
  49. 19 Chinese Checkers Booker T. & the MG's 2:25
  50. 20 Somebody Mentioned Your Name William Bell 3:1
  51. 21 What Can I Do Bobby Marchan 2:41
  52. 22 That's What My Heart Needs Otis Redding 2:36
  53. 23 What Can It Be? The Astors 2:16
  54. 24 Bango Billy & The King Bees 2:14
  55. 25 Them Bones Eddie Kirk 2:17
  56. 26 Walking the Dog Rufus Thomas 2:30
  57. 27 I'll Show You William Bell 2:47
  58. 1 Pain in My Heart Otis Redding 2:22
  59. 2 Gee Whiz, It's Christmas Carla Thomas 2:43
  60. 3 Mo' Onions Booker T. & the MG's 2:52
  61. 4 Frog Stomp Floyd Newman 2:10
  62. 5 Can Your Monkey Do the Dog Rufus Thomas 2:24
  63. 6 You Won't Do Right Bobby Marchan 2:32
  64. 7 Wondering (When My Love Is Coming Home) The Drapels 2:14
  65. 8 Each Step I Take Deanie Parker 2:48
  66. 9 The Honeydripper Vandells 2:1
  67. 10 Who Will It Be Tomorrow William Bell 2:21
  68. 11 Come to Me Otis Redding 2:42
  69. 12 Don't Leave Me This Way Otis Redding 2:55
  70. 13 I Don't Want You Anymore Eddie Jefferson 2:56
  71. 14 Restless Cobras 2:23
  72. 15 Somebody Stole My Dog Rufus Thomas 2:36
  73. 16 Big Party Barbara & the Browns 2:39
  74. 17 That's Really Some Good Rufus & Carla 1:54
  75. 18 Night Time Is the Right Time Rufus & Carla 2:35
  76. 19 Security Otis Redding 2:32
  77. 20 Dream Girl Oscar Mack 2:57
  78. 21 Closer to My Baby Dorothy Williams 2:26
  79. 22 I've Got No Time to Lose Carla Thomas 2:56
  80. 23 Young Man The Drapels 2:30
  81. 24 Soul Dressing Booker T. & the MG's 2:55
  82. 25 After Laughter (Comes Tears) Wendy Rene 2:58
  83. 26 Can't Explain How It Happened Ivory Joe Hunter 2:41
  84. 27 Bush Bash The Mar-Keys 2:27
  85. 28 Please Return to Me The Fleets 2:33
  86. 1 Jump Back Rufus Thomas 2:13
  87. 2 Chained and Bound Otis Redding 2:34
  88. 3 In My Heart Barbara & the Browns 2:47
  89. 4 Spunky Johnny Jenkins 2:17
  90. 5 Bar-B-Q Wendy Rene 2:27
  91. 6 The Sidewalk Surf The Mad Lads 2:17
  92. 7 Can't Be Still Booker T. & the MG's 2:31
  93. 8 A Woman's Love Carla Thomas 2:51
  94. 9 Yank Me (Doodle) The Barracudas 2:25
  95. 10 That's How Strong My Love Is Otis Redding 2:20
  96. 11 Mr. Pitiful Otis Redding 2:39
  97. 12 Don't Let Her Be Your Baby Del Rays 2:34
  98. 13 Can't See You When I Want To David Porter 2:50
  99. 14 My Lover Barbara & the Browns 2:19
  100. 15 Got You on My Mind The Admirals 2:34
  101. 16 How Do You Quit (Someone You Love) Carla Thomas 2:51
  102. 17 Biggest Fool in Town Gorgeous George 2:44
  103. 18 Banana Juice The Mar-Keys 2:20
  104. 19 Little Sally Walker Rufus Thomas 2:25
  105. 20 A Place Nobody Can Find Sam & Dave 2:53
  106. 21 Goodnight Baby Sam & Dave 2:43
  107. 22 Boot-Leg Booker T. & the MG's 2:3
  108. 23 Outrage Booker T. & the MG's 2:33
  109. 24 I've Been Loving You Too Long Otis Redding 2:51
  110. 25 I'm Depending on You Otis Redding 2:27
  111. 26 Candy The Astors 2:59
  112. 27 Give You What I Got Wendy Rene 2:46
  113. 1 Stop! Look What You're Doing Carla Thomas 2:30
  114. 2 Willy Nilly Rufus Thomas 2:34
  115. 3 Don't Have to Shop Around The Mad Lads 2:48
  116. 4 Crying All by Myself William Bell 2:36
  117. 5 I Take What I Want Sam & Dave 2:30
  118. 6 When You Move You Lose Various Artists 2:46
  119. 7 Respect Otis Redding 2:6
  120. 8 Make It Me The Premiers 2:44
  121. 9 The World Is Round Rufus Thomas 2:25
  122. 10 In the Twilighrt Zone The Astors 2:41
  123. 11 Blue Groove Sir Isaac & The Doo-Dads 2:32
  124. 12 You Don't Know Like I Know Sam & Dave 2:37
  125. 13 Grab This Thing, Pt. 1 The Mar-Keys 2:31
  126. 14 Be My Lady Booker T. & the MG's 2:29
  127. 15 Comfort Me Carla Thomas 2:35
  128. 16 I Can't Turn You Loose Otis Redding 2:44
  129. 17 Just One More Day Otis Redding 3:26
  130. 18 I Want Someone The Mad Lads 2:39
  131. 19 Birds and the Bees Various Artists 2:23
  132. 20 Philly Dog The Mar-Keys 2:13
  133. 21 I Had a Dream Johnnie Taylor 3:10
  134. 22 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Otis Redding 2:42
  135. 23 Things Get Better Eddie Floyd 2:20
  136. 24 I'll Run Your Hurt Away Ruby Johnson 3:6
  137. 25 Hot Dog The Four Shells 2:5
  138. 26 Let Me Be Good to You Carla Thomas 2:41
  139. 27 Hold On! I'm Comin' Sam & Dave 2:32
  140. 1 Laundromat Blues Albert King 3:6
  141. 2 Sugar, Sugar The Mad Lads 2:26
  142. 3 Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need) William Bell 2:48
  143. 4 Marching off to War William Bell 3:15
  144. 5 My Lover's Prayer Otis Redding 3:8
  145. 6 Your Good Thing (Is About to End) Mable John 2:55
  146. 7 I Got to Love Somebody's Baby Johnnie Taylor 2:55
  147. 8 I Want a Girl The Mad Lads 2:41
  148. 9 Knock on Wood Eddie Floyd 3:1
  149. 10 B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas 2:53
  150. 11 My Sweet Potato Booker T. & the MG's 2:42
  151. 12 Booker-Loo Booker T. & the MG's 2:26
  152. 13 Oh, Pretty Woman Albert King 2:43
  153. 14 Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody Sam & Dave 2:34
  154. 15 Never Like This Before William Bell 2:38
  155. 16 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) Otis Redding 2:40
  156. 17 Patch My Heart The Mad Lads 2:29
  157. 18 Sister's Got a Boyfriend Rufus Thomas 2:41
  158. 19 Come to Me My Darling Ruby Johnson 2:50
  159. 20 When My Love Comes Down Ruby Johnson 2:44
  160. 21 Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding 3:16
  161. 22 Crosscut Saw Albert King 2:31
  162. 23 Little Bluebird Johnnie Taylor 2:58
  163. 24 Toe Hold Johnnie Taylor 2:46
  164. 25 Jingle Bells Booker T. & the MG's 2:36
  165. 1 You Got Me Hummin' Sam & Dave 2:47
  166. 2 You're Taking up Another Man's Place Mable John 2:50
  167. 3 All I Want for Christmas Is You Carla Thomas 2:50
  168. 4 Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man) The Charmels 2:31
  169. 5 Something Good (Is Going to Happen to You) Carla Thomas 2:33
  170. 6 Raise Your Hand Eddie Floyd 2:18
  171. 7 Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) Johnnie Taylor 2:57
  172. 8 I Don't Want to Lose Your Love The Mad Lads 2:18
  173. 9 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby Sam & Dave 3:14
  174. 10 Let Me Down Slow Bobby Wilson 2:7
  175. 11 Hip Hug-Her Booker T. & the MG's 2:22
  176. 12 Everybody Loves a Winner William Bell 2:48
  177. 13 Mini-Skirt Minnie Sir Mack Rice 2:30
  178. 14 When Tomorrow Comes Carla Thomas 2:31
  179. 15 The Spoiler Eddie Purrell 2:43
  180. 16 I Love You More Than Words Can Say Otis Redding 2:52
  181. 17 If I Ever Needed Love (I Sure Do Need It Now) Ruby Johnson 2:20
  182. 18 Same Time, Same Place Mable John 2:52
  183. 19 Tramp Otis Redding 2:59
  184. 20 Soul Finger Bar-Kays 2:18
  185. 21 Knucklehead Bar-Kays 2:18
  186. 22 Shake Otis Redding 2:34
  187. 23 Born Under a Bad Sign Albert King 2:44
  188. 24 Soothe Me Sam & Dave 2:56
  189. 25 I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down Sam & Dave 2:39
  190. 26 Don't Rock the Boat Eddie Floyd 2:1
  191. 1 My Inspiration The Mad Lads 2:44
  192. 2 Love Sickness Sir Mack Rice 2:22
  193. 3 Sophisticated Sissy Rufus Thomas 2:41
  194. 4 I'll Always Have Faith in You Carla Thomas 2:51
  195. 5 How Can You Mistreat the One You Love Jeanne & the Darlings 2:42
  196. 6 Love Is a Doggone Good Thing Eddie Floyd 2:22
  197. 7 Groovin' Booker T. & the MG's 2:41
  198. 8 Slim Jenkins' Place Booker T. & the MG's 2:27
  199. 9 The Glory of Love Otis Redding 2:47
  200. 10 I'm a Big Girl Now Mable John 2:25
  201. 11 Wait You Dog Mable John 2:7
  202. 12 You Can't Get Away from It Johnnie Taylor 2:46
  203. 13 Eloise (Hang on in There) William Bell 2:40
  204. 14 Knock on Wood Otis Redding 2:48
  205. 15 I'm Glad to Do It C.L. Blast 3:0
  206. 16 Double Up C.L. Blast 1:58
  207. 17 You Can't Run Away from Your Heart Judy Clay 2:52
  208. 18 I'll Gladly Take You Back The Charmels 2:35
  209. 19 Soul Man Sam & Dave 2:35
  210. 20 Daddy Didn't Tell Me The Astors 2:31
  211. 21 Give Everybody Some Bar-Kays 2:21
  212. 22 On a Saturday Night Eddie Floyd 2:40
  213. 23 Don't Hit Me No More Mable John 2:46
  214. 24 Somebody's Sleeping in My Bed Johnnie Taylor 2:44
  215. 25 Winter Snow Booker T. & the MG's 3:21
  216. 26 Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday William Bell 2:34
  217. 27 What'll I Do for Satisfaction Johnny Daye 2:55
  218. 28 Pick Up the Pieces Carla Thomas 2:45
  219. 1 Down Ta My House Rufus Thomas 2:23
  220. 2 As Long as I've Got You The Charmels 2:37
  221. 3 Soul Girl Jeanne & the Darlings 2:26
  222. 4 Cold Feet Albert King 2:45
  223. 5 I Thank You Sam & Dave 2:43
  224. 6 Wrap It Up Sam & Dave 2:28
  225. 7 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding 2:42
  226. 8 Don't Pass Your Judgement Memphis Nomads 2:3
  227. 9 Lovey Dovey Otis Redding 2:33
  228. 10 I Got a Sure Thing Ollie & the Nightingales 2:34
  229. 11 Big Bird Eddie Floyd 2:56
  230. 12 A Hard Day's Night Bar-Kays 2:38
  231. 13 Next Time Johnnie Taylor 2:30
  232. 14 A Tribute to a King William Bell 2:50
  233. 15 Every Man Oughta Have a Woman William Bell 2:40
  234. 16 Able Mable Mable John 2:38
  235. 17 The Memphis Train Rufus Thomas 2:29
  236. 18 I Think I Made a Boo Boo Rufus Thomas 2:16
  237. 19 What Will Later on Be Like Jeanne & the Darlings 2:44
  238. 20 Hang Me Now Jeanne & the Darlings 2:16
  239. 21 Soul Power Derek Martin 2:50
  240. 22 Bring Your Love Back to Me Linda Lyndell 2:6
  241. 23 A Dime a Dozen Carla Thomas 2:49
  242. 24 Whatever Hurts You The Mad Lads 2:58
  243. 25 The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) Otis Redding 2:38
  244. 26 (I Love) Lucy Albert King 2:50
  245. 27 I Ain't Particular Johnnie Taylor 2:25

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