Stax / Volt
5-16-08 Complete Stax / Volt Singles – 1959 – 1968 (9CD set)
At the end of last month, I found the 9CD set of “Complete Stax / Volt Singles – 1959 – 1968” for about ½ of what it retails for. 244 tracks (if I recall correctly) – lots of instrumentals – rock solid R&B music. For me, it worked out to something like $0.17 per track – and I didn’t download it – I get to keep the CD’s! I just love expansive label retrospectives, anyway.
Probably the first Stax artist I ever heard was Booker T. & The MG’s. It would’ve been either “Green Onions” or “Hip Hug Her”. Somewhat later, I heard “Last Night” by The Mar-Keys. Great singles, all.
For the Stax / Volt story, I will refer people to the documentary that screened on PBS stations earlier this year. A fascinating documentary.
From the same stable of talent, we get Sam & Dave and Otis Redding. Yikes! “R&B 101”! Interesting how Otis Redding seems to be about the only artist to make it to “Immortal” status, without leaning too heavily on his connection to Stax. The film of Otis Redding live at the Monterey Int’l Pop Festival in 1967 is very impressive.
Dang, you can really ‘get lost’ in this boxed set – 9 discs! Best represented in my collection would definitely be Booker T. & The MG’s. I have a ton of their stuff:
CD AND NOW! RHINO
CD BEST OF STAX US FCD-60-004 1986 17 TRK Collection (70’s)
CD DOIN' OUR THING RHINO
CD GREEN ONIONS ATLANTIC US 82255.2 1962 12 TRKS stereo
CD HIP HUG-HER RHINO
CD IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
CD McLEMORE AVENUE MOBILE FIDELITY MFCD 835 1971 4 TRKS 1st CD issue
CD MELTING POT STAX US SCD 8521.2 1972 8 TRKS ('90 issue)
CD SOUL DRESSING
Alas, I sold all of my original vinyl on BT & The MG’s long ago – when it was possible to really get something for it. I just love their classic Stax album “
I definitely understand the folks who become fanatic R&B 45 collectors. I’ve had several R&B 45 collections pass through my hands, and they’re great fun. I just love the “Beg Scream & Shout” Rhino 6 CD boxed set – tons of great 60’s R&B 45’s in there!
Pretty amazing that Steve Cropper, the guitarist of BT & The MG’s, is still alive and kickin’. He did so many productions for Stax – just rock solid stuff!
This boxed set is going to keep me happy for many hours. And I don’t even have to spend any time cleaning 45’s!