27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This two Cd `Wait A Minute' 'The Stax and Satellite story 1959 to 1962' set consists of
ORIGINAL RECORDINGS by the original artists.
At this low low price at under a fiver means the cost is less than a modern day single CD.
This is an absolute steal of a price.
The simple reason for the low price?
The recordings are over 50 years old and may be `Public Domain' in the USA.
But it's hard to work out which tracks are on the CD Amazon seemed to have jumbled all the tracks in one long set of lines.
If you are like me and find it hard to see exactly which tracks are on the two CDs then this easy to read list may help?
By the way the title of the CD set 'Wait a Minute' is from the great single by Barbara Stephens which is featured as track six on CD one.
My title is a tribute to the artists and is from 2 singles on the CD 'Morning After' by The Mar-Keys and 'Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes' by Carla Thomas .
1. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
2. Fool in Love-The Veltones
3. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)- Carla Thomas
4. Last Night- The Mar-Keys
5. Ain't That Love-Nick Charles
6. Wait a Minute- Barbara Stephens
7. About Noon- The Mar-Keys
8. 'Cause I Love You- Carla & Rufus
9. Formula Of Love- William Bell
10. As You Can See- The Chips
11. I'm Going Home- Prince Conley
12. Foxy- The Mar-Keys
13. It's Aw'rite- Rufus Thomas
14. I Don't Worry- Barbara Stephens
15. Why Should I Suffer With the Blues- The Canes
16. Just Across the Street- The Del-Rios
17. What's Happening- The Mar-Keys
18. You're My Girl- Jimmy & The Spartans
19. That's The Way It Is With Me- Barbara Stephens
20. Morning After- The Mar-Keys
21. Please Help Me I'm Falling- William Bell
22. I Just Can't Learn to Say Goodbye- Hoyt Johnson
23. Boppin' High School Baby- Don Willis
1. Night Before- The Mar-Keys
2. For You- Carla Thomas
3. Any Other Way- William Bell
4. You Make Me Feel So Good- The Chips
5. Behave Yourself- Booker T. & The M.G.'s
6. The Right Girl- Nick Charles
7. Sack-O-Woe- The Mar-Keys
8. Someday- The Veltones
9. The Life I Live- Barbara Stephens
10. Pop-Eye Stroll- The Mar-Keys
11. Sunday Jealous- Nick Charles
12. You Don't Miss Your Water- William Bell
13. The Three Dogwoods- Nick Charles
14. All The Way- Prince Conley
15. One Degree North- The Mar-Keys
16. Love Is Like A Flower- Barbara Stephens
17. Can't Ever Let You Go- Rufus Thomas
18. There's a Love- The Del-Rios
19. Diana- The Mar-Keys
20. Little Fool- Donna Rae & The Sunbeams
21. Warrior Sam- Don Willis
22. Cindy- Hoyt Johnson
It's a sad thought that many of these artist will now have passed away after over 50 years or more since the tracks were originally recorded.
In a way it's really good that when we hear them again today we can think back to the original artists.
It would be nice if you could say a little prayer for them. Like the add for Tesco says `Every little helps'.
Memphis, Tennessee, the city to which Chuck Berry was so desperate to get connected in order to speak to his six year old daughter. And the place that was Music City to millions in the fifties and sixties - forget the competing demands of Nashville, LA and New York. Firstly it was via Sun with blues (Howlin' Wolf started off there) and then quite magnificent rockabilly, and then to Stax (and later Hi) who simply defined sixties sweet soul music for so many of us.
This collection aims to takes us from the origins of Stax, which was founded as Satellite Records in 1957, up to 1962 by which time the name change had occurred, a sister label Volt had been formed and a whole lot of good music had already been produced. I say already since Stax / Volt was to continue at the forefront of soul music right through the sixties. One minor historical beef: the first Volt Otis Redding single "These arms of mine" which was released in November 1962, isn't present. I don't know if that is for PD reasons or some other, but it would have been nice if it was there, taking us up to near the end of '62 and revealing the early delights of Stax's only true megastar.
But don't fret about the absence of Otis. There's plenty here to keep the ears and brain occupied and feet tapping of course. Within the first five tracks we get the two most famous instrumentals ever released on Stax, with one of that pair, arguably, the most famous R&B cum soul instrumental ever. Yes, I'm talking about Booker T and the MG's "Green Onions" and the Markeys "Last Night". The latter came first in order of release and some of the Markeys morphed into MG's. Always welcome on my turntable is the flip of "Onions", an after hoursy blues entitled "Behave yourself" (which had originally been the planned A side). Given the Markeys longer stay at Stax we get several further tracks from them ranging from an instro version of Paul Anka's "Diana", through the dance effort "Pop-eye stroll" to near soul jazz pieces.
Two soul stars got established quite early on at Stax: William Bell and Carla Thomas. The former is represented by his classic, the anguished "You don't miss your water" plus a country soul take on "Please help me I'm falling". Carla Thomas, daughter of Rufus had a hit with "Gee whizz (look at his eyes)", a song in which the first two words of the title suggest teen pop, but the bracketed bit informs you of something deeper. Possibly her best track. Also present is her very first release, "Cause I love you" a duet with dad, plus brother Marvell on keyboards.
After these tracks we're largely into unknowns; performances which are little more than black marks on paper in the main from people who were with Satellite / Stax for a relatively short time and then disappeared. These are folk who are so obscure they don't appear in rock and soul history books. Barbara Stephens gets five lines in Wiki and that's a crying shame. The lady from Atlanta, Georgia could have been a real soul star with better promotion. Perhaps she came too early to Stax before the PR machine was properly in gear. All her tracks have that feel of gospel origins and all are a delightful addition to any soul collection.
Prince Conley is a fascinating curio. With a name like that you expect him to have just dropped in from Jamaica. He was actually a blues singer from the Memphis area and the two sides in this collection represent Steve Cropper's first stint behind the producer's console. Both have a distinct soul flavour not unlike later efforts from the redoubtable guitarist cum producer, Cropper. And I do wonder, was the prince any relation to later Stax star, Arthur Conley?
I've managed to get this far with hardly a mention of Rufus Thomas. If you only remember Rufus as the guy who made those novelty records about dogs or dance crazes, then you've been missing something. The two sides we have here of his 1962 single are something else. "It's aw'rite" is a tough uptempo blues while the original B side "Can't let go" is an excellent example of the soul blues genre.
The Veltones, the Chips, the Canes, Jimmy & the Spartans and the Del-Rios slot neatly into a doo woppy box. They're all good, several with inventive touches, It was a category that was largely to disappear from Stax in later days and I guess their presence here indicates Satellite / Stax still trying to find their voice in a crowded marketplace. And the Canes "Why should I suffer from the blues" is soul by another name.
I've left some of the more intriguing ones till last. In the very early days, Satellite recorded country and rockabilly. Hence the presence of Hoyt Johnson and particularly, Don Willis. We get both sides of the last named gent's acclaimed rockabilly single "Boppin' high school baby". I'd never heard the flip before. Fabulous stuff. I also very much like "Little Fool" from Donna Rae and the Sunbeams - think along Wanda Jackson lines. It would appear to be the only record the lady made.
I've looked at quite a few of the offerings in One Day Music's Legendary Label Series. They are all good value, worthy, and add considerably to our knowledge of rock'n'roll, blues, soul and pop music in the murky early years. Some go a lot further than that. This is soul music in embryo from a label where creative talents were being encouraged to come together to make good music. And they did. And it shows. And it's fun.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2013
Well worth buying and adding to your collection, loads of tracks and quite a different selection across the CD, reminisce quality
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2014
I HAVE BOUGHT SEVERAL OF THESE NOW PUBLIC DOMAIN SETS FRM FOPP LONDON WHO SELL THEM FOR £3 .THE ANNA RECORDS SET SCEPTER SET AND THIS STAX COLLECTION ARE THE BEST.1959\62 WERE GD YEARS WITH THE FIRST STIRRINGS OF SOUL MUSIC THAT REACHED A PEAK SEVERAL YEARS LATER IN THE 60S.ALL THESE SETS ARE BARGINS 20 YEARS AGO THERE TRACKS WOULD OF COST A LOT .BUY B4 THE LAW IS CHANGED
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
its good and gives some lesser known tracks and a broader curve of the music from stax . plus a good history if you read the sleave, but think they should have included at least one track by ottis redding