Welcome to the second of two releases from Edsel that serve to chronicle the eternally great Stax recordings of Sam Moore and the late Dave Prater Sam and Dave as they will always be known to their legion of fans. Along with Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave virtually define late 60s soul.
After a Stax Roadshow in Europe in early 1967 that featured the label s biggest acts, backed by the members of Booker T and the MGs and the Mar-Keys just as they were on the records, Sam and Dave returned to the studio. The first single was Soul
Man which shot to # 1 R & B and # 2 Pop, followed by the album Soul Men .
The next album was I Thank You , preceded by the # 4 single of the same name (later covered by Z.Z. Top!), and followed by another three chart singles. These non-album A-sides (and their B-sides) are all included here as bonus tracks, as is the earlier B-side I Can t Stand Up For Falling Down . Remodelled by Elvis Costello in 1980, it became one of his biggest hits.
The booklet features a 4500 word essay by acknowledged expert and Blues & Soul contributor Tony Rounce.