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Stax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration [non-lenticular] [Box set]

William Bell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000PY30KI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
2. Last Night - The Mar-Keys
3. You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell
4. Green Onions - Booker T & The MG's
5. Walking The Dog - Rufus Thomas
6. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
7. Candy - The Astors
8. Respect - Otis Redding
9. You Don't Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave
10. I Want Someone - The Mad Lads
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Time Is Tight - Booker T & The MG's
2. So I Can Love You - The Emotions
3. Walk On By - Isaac Hayes
4. Do The Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
5. Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone - Johnnie Taylor
6. Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
7. Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes
8. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
9. Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
10. Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Premier Soul label 9 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
Stax was responsible for the sound we have come to call Soul. Curiously for a Black Music institution, it's success was a result of a multi racial mix (Booker T and the MGs were 2 Black, 2 White for example), and there's plenty of evidence of the link between R & B and Country music in Stax output - those being the dominant musical genres in the South and especially Memphis.

If you are a Soul music fan, then you may have many of these tracks in your collection and be familiar with most, but put together like this, these 50 tracks leave no-one in any doubt that here was a musical phenemenon.

This is music from an era where the radio was king and getting a song played was the key to getting a hit record. In the early days, Stax perfected the art of producing songs that not only matched the 3 minute song format, but also had something to say - that was usually about love and loss, although you'll also find instrumentals and dance tunes.

The death of Otis Redding is often cited as a watershed for Stax. There were however, other factors which also forced the label to change. The licensing deal that had existed with Atlantic was discovered to have given the rights to all the Stax songs to Atlantic, which meant effectively, the label had no back catalogue. Add to that the increase in racial tension following the death of Martin Luther King and you had a set of circumstances which pushed Stax into a different direction, albeit one that would take a couple of years to become fully apparent.

So, this compilation journeys from "Gee Whiz" and it's innocence, through the emotion of Otis and his peers and on to the orchestral Soul of Isaac Hayes and the Civil Rights anthems of The Staple Singers, before something of a return to the roots with The Soul Children and Shirley Brown. It is journey you will find worth taking
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stax of timeless brilliance. 28 April 2007
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Would you believe that Stax started as a country label but through gospel almost inadvertently gained an interest in soul music. Not bad for a label that along with the more commercially popular Motown is the most influential in black music( Though you could throw in reggae labels like Trojan if you were feeling picky )It's initial success rooted from the deep South with it's heavy gospel influence ushered in one revolution in black music but after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and the disbanding of Sam & Dave, the label marshalled a new brand of soul all over again led by Isaac Hayes. It ,s this ability to adapt and innovate that makes this such an important label , as well as the brilliant music of course.

Jim Stewart along with Estelle Axton founded the label in Memphis as "Satellite " records but it wasn't till 1961 that the label achieved it's first top ten hit with the gospel harmonies of "Gee Whiz( Look At His Eyes)" by Carla Thomas. It was the formation of it's in house rhythm section Booker T & the MG,s that really nailed the Stax sound . The horn section , which later became The Memphis horns , provided brassy backing, funked up and slinky, and their three tracks-"Green Onions " , Soul Limbo" (Or the cricket music as it was known in my formative years) and "Time Is Tight"- on this fifty track compilation are instantly recognisable classics .

The emergence of Otis Redding , a singer of truly outstanding emotive talent , gave the label further credence , not to mention some of the songs he wrote -"Respect" and the ever superb "(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay"- a song that still gives me goose bumps bigger than maltesers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Music, Soul Music 25 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you are a serious Soul fan you will have most of these tracks already.
If you are a Music fan you will be familiar with most of the twenty or so Stax artist featured on this fifty track CD.
This is no Greatest Hits Collection (plenty of them here on Amazon)but a wonderful insight into one of the greatest Record Labels of the sixties and early seventies.
If you like Music, Soul Music, then this is a worthy addition to any CD Collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening 6 Nov 2012
By Vetty
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A good mix of songs. Very easy to listen to. Played it whilst decorating, helped make the time fly by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal! 30 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I won't elaborate too much. Basically if you like REAL soul music or you're not sure what it actually is then get this. Otis, Booker T and the MG's, William Bell, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, you get the picture, plus some stuff I wasn't too familiar with. I know I probably sound old but soul is one thing sadly lacking in most singers today. Maybe they should all buy a copy of this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stax Best Records 19 Aug 2013
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A great compilation of the finest tracks off the legendary Stax record label... don't hesitate just buy people, you wont regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real soul music
This is real soul! Not that syrupy over produced motown stuff! I actually like motown too, but if had to make a choice between Otis and Marvin, Otis would win hands down. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Balderson
5.0 out of 5 stars COLLECTORS ITEM
I love this album because it has tracks not often heard so not too commercial. Good value for money...Collectors item
Published 13 months ago by Ms. H. Zuberi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old soul tracks
Bought the Stax Gold album as a cassette many many years ago (pre CD's) played it on a loop in the car. Then bought Stax Gold as a CD so I could still play in new car. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Ms. Sally A. Leek
4.0 out of 5 stars 50th Anniversary Stax album
This a great album if you were unable to afford the original singles (like me) Booker T backs most, if not all of the tracks and the music hits range from Aretha to Otis etc. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by rainbowrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Have I gone & staxed my soul.,
Clambering out of my bat cave I stumbled into,no not robin,but this box set.It's a blinder.Hay 'mr.big stuff''Time is tight'can I do the'soul limbo. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2008 by superficial
5.0 out of 5 stars In a music store near you
Not fot the first time we get a Stax retrospective but here it comes with the half century marker.
Like the other famous Memphis label-Sun-the label concentrated on black... Read more
Published on 15 April 2008 by Richard
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