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The Stax Story [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000050GI2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When you hear a Stax record, you know it's a Stax record: the urgent, passionate gospel inflections of the singer, the behind-the-beat horn arrangements, the prominent pulsating rhythm section. It is the sound of South Memphis in the 1960s. Few labels have such an identifiable sound--or, for that matter, one that's as infectious. This four-disc collection gets right to the heart of the Stax sound, tracing its development from 1960 to 1975, and in doing so, unveiling the development of modern soul music itself. The 98-song selection is wide and deep with room for both international smashes and obscure curiosities. Disc one covers the best-known hits, but the highlight may be disc four, which is dedicated to incendiary live recordings and is where you can hear Rufus Thomas "Do the Push and Pull" for more than five glorious minutes and hear Albert King break down his relationship troubles. The middle two discs fill in the gaps with lesser-known gems from famous artists and famous songs by lesser-known artists. Sure, any longtime Stax fan will quibble with a few of the song choices (and omissions), but that just proves how consistently rewarding the Stax output was. With packaging and annotation worthy of such indispensable music, The Stax Story will delight any fan of funk and soul. --Marc Greilsamer

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's all here. Yes, it's not the biggest collection in the world of Stax records, but it contains the very quintessence of what made Stax the record label it is. Four CDs, three that serve as a kind of greatest hits selection (and what great hits they are!), as well as one which shows just how great soul is live (listen to Sam & Dave and simply melt).
Stax Records, centered in Memphis, Tenessee, was the other big recording label in sixties and seventies soul (Beside Motown), and was the forefront of what became known as Southern Soul. A quick look at the album listings will tell you why. Isaac Hayes, Booker T and the M.G.'s, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, and of course the great Otis Redding were instrumental to soul as we know it, and they were all under Stax. As an introduction to Southern Soul (so often in the shade of its more prolific northern cousin), these four CDs are near-perfect.
We can only hope a selection this good of Motown hits will one day be released.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stack o' Stax 3 April 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
A 4 CD set of recordings from the famous Memphis label spanning the years 1961 to 1974.
Its like a potted history of Soul from the Uptown style to the contemporary variety of the 70s when for my money it was less interesting.
Beginning as a label named Satellite by a country fiddler called Jim Stewart the label introduced many big names from Rufus Thomas to the Staple Singers many of the songs have been well covered through the years
Bought out years ago when it fell on hard times 2011 was the 50th Anniversary
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can teach an old Soul Boy new tricks. 19 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There is something very plain and simple going on here. A collection of recordings put together under four different themes telling you the story of one of the greatest soul labels of all time. What I thought would be a series of I've-heard-all-this-before standards turns out to be pocket symphonies of stolen love tales and heartbreak all reaching out to me with it's pleading horns and belting bottom notes. Get it while you can and light up your life. These are the stories to pass on to our children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This box set is a true reflection of whats best in stax. Any stax fan would love this collection. Great price too.
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