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Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Vol.1 (1959 - 1968) [Box set]

Otis Redding Audio CD
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Born in Dawson, Ga., Otis Redding, Jr. and his family moved to Macon when he was five years old. At an early age he began his career as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. Otis attended Ballard Hudson High School and participated in the school band. Determined to help his family financially, he began to compete in the Douglass Theatre talent shows for the ... Read more in Amazon's Otis Redding Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000002IQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer class 4 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Stax became an institution, the name synonymous with Southern Soul, differentiated by it's more earthy sound - but then you probably knew that. You may also know that for a Black music institution, Stax was a surprisingly multi-racial set up, typified by Booker t and the MGs, where the colour of your skin was unimportant. Unusual as that was for the American South in the early 60's, throughout the period covered by this set, Stax was a beacon of racial harmony.

Gee Whiz, by Carla Thomas was the first major hit for the label, and while the initial output was heavily Blues influenced, the familiar Stax sound can soon be heard as releases by Booker T, Otis Redding and William Bell sold in large quantities and crossed over into the pop charts. That was just the beginning and hits just kept coming - Sam and Dave ripping up the place, Rufus Thomas' funky gems, as well as the cooler sounds of Eddie Floyd.There's so much good music here, and some real undiscovered gems, as well as some that would be best forgotten.

This set covers what might be regarded as "The Atlantic Years" as the labels output was licensed to Atlantic until 1968 - the deal gave Atlantic the rights to everything. Stax would never be the same after that - and 1968 was a watershed in more ways than one, as the death of Otis deprived them of their major artist and the murder of Martin Luther King saw racial tensions drive a wedge into that racial harmony.

As a testament o the creativity that existed in Memphis in the early 60's, as a record of one of the most influential studios in music history, as proof of what can be achieved in the face of prejudice - whatever, this is essential listening
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it if you've got things to do 7 April 2000
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Format:Audio CD
When this bad boy flopped onto my door mat with a (curiously soulful) thud this morning i had it unwrapped and the first disc in my hifi within minutes. Since then i have sat and listened to almost 10 hours of music, spread over 9 cds and amounting to over 250 songs. There are no bad ones. This box set is a postcard from one of the richest periods in music. Prolific, profound and proud to be black. In Glasgow people say Chemikal Underground has an impressive roster of artists. That is true, but when you look at Stax, there's is outstanding; even better than Motown as this collection testifies. Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs and Sam and Dave are just three reasons why this is an essential musical item. You'll be dancing, crying and loving at various points through the selection, and what could be more healthy. I don't think i could live with just one kind of music. But if it was necessary for the wellbeing of my granny for instance, it may be with something like this. Food for your ears sweet thing. Soul music. mmmm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars soul at its best 12 Sep 2008
By mc
Format:Audio CD
The very best of, not just soul music, but music.Listen, clap your hands, dance, stamp your feet. Enjoy this wonderful compilation, not just for the genius of Otis and the better known artists, but to discover the lesser known and sadly underplayed gems among them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
This superb box set introduces you to the early years of Stax. Stax is very different from Motown, think Motown for grown-ups. Instead of sugar you get honey. Stax is sexy. This is the complete singles so you have to expect a few duds, particularly a few Christmas singles milking the seasonal cash cow are particularly hideous, but do add to the social history contained in this box-set. You can hear the sound develop over the ten years. The booklet inclosed is informative but read George Pelecanos' "Derek Strange" series of novels to get a real feel for the music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 11 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have any interest in Stax Volt then you should buy this box set. If you are just finding your feet then this is a thorough introduction to the genius of artists such as Otis Reading. If you consider yourself as an expert then your library is not complete without this box set.
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