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More From The Other Side Of The Trax: Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B06X8WL2WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1

  1. Good Love, Bad Love - Eddie Floyd
  2. Fine and Mellow - Rufus Thomas
  3. You Make a Strong Girl Weak - The Premiers
  4. One Plus One - William Bell
  5. Never Let You Go - Rufus Thomas/Carla Thomas
  6. I Don't Want Trouble - Barbara and The Browns
  7. Grab This Thing Part 2 - The Mar-Keys
  8. Don't Make Something Out of Nothing - William Bell
  9. All Night Worker - Rufus Thomas
  10. I Want You Back - Carla Thomas
  11. The Puppet - Carla Thomas
  12. Down Deep Inside - Rufus & Friend
  13. I Don't Worry - Barbara Stephens
  14. The Shovel - The Mar-Keys
  15. Reputation - The Four Shells
  16. Raw Dough - The Triumphs
  17. What'cha Gonna Do - William Bell
  18. Talkin' Bout True Love - Rufus Thomas
  19. It's Starting to Grow - Carla Thomas
  20. Mini Skirt Minnie (Instrumental) - Sir Mack Rice
  21. Greasy Spoon - Rufus Thomas
  22. I'm Waiting On You - William Bell
  23. The Dribble - The Mar-Keys
  24. Don't Let the Love Light Leave - Carla Thomas

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary this month of the ground-breaking Hit The Road Stax tour of the UK and Europe, Kent is delighted to bring you a second volume of previously un-reissued Stax recordings from the company's blue era (1960-68). The first volume from The Other Side Of The Trax was originally intended to be a standalone project with no follow-up. Strong demand for more of the same plus the fact that there were still many Stax masters to choose from made the compilation of a second volume something of a formality. These may have been B-sides originally, but there's nothing remotely inferior about any of the chosen tracks indeed, most could just as easily have been A-sides. Many of the biggest names ever to appear on Stax are featured several of whom toured the UK and Europe on numerous occasions over the years as well as one or two of the most obscure. All of the tracks are taken from original singles masters apart from one that had to be dubbed from disc due to the deterioration of the original tape. Given that none of these tracks has ever been available on anything other than the original 45s, More From The Other Side Of The Trax will enjoy the same acclaim its predecessor did.

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Sometimes the 'B' Sides are equally as good , if not better than the 'A' Sides. This collection goes nicely with the first of 'The Other Side' released earlier.
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Due to the remarkable success of "The Other Side of the Trax: Stax-Volt 45 rpm Rarities 1964-1968" from a little over a year ago, we now have this sequel by which one should be equally entertained - particularly if one is a fan, as I am, of Carla Thomas, her father Rufus Thomas, William Bell, and the instrumentals of the Mar-Keys. I mention these four acts since combined they constitute 75% of this compilation (18 of 24 tracks).

NOT appearing here at all, owing to the fact that their B-sides can no longer be categorised as "rarities", are Stax blue label period (1960-68) luminaries Otis Redding (technically on the Volt subsidiary label), Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. Set to join this list next time (and I do hope there will be a third volume) is Eddie Floyd, whose 1966 co-write "Good Love, Bad Love" appears here representing his final 45 side to be reissued.

This being Memphis Stax, with their stellar stable of R&B/soul songwriters, producers and arrangers, as well as their spectacular house band (including members of the M.G.'s and the Mar-Keys), it would have been next to impossible to make a bad record. Most of these B-sides were contenders to be flipped and become A-sides themselves. (This was quite unlike Phil Spector productions, as he would purposely sabotage his label's B-sides with inferior material so as to leave no doubt for radio programmers as to which would be the plug side.) There is one non-Stax-produced ringer in the bunch that should be noted: a superb slice of hard-driving, harmonising Chicago soul from 1966 called "Reputation" by a male group (featuring an excellent high-tenor lead singer) known as the Four Shells. How this missed hit wound up as a Volt B-side is anyone's guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 2 of this very worthwhile B-side Stax Trax rarities series 25 April 2017
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Due to the remarkable success of "The Other Side of the Trax: Stax-Volt rpm Rarities 1964-1968" from a little over a year ago, we now have this sequel by which one should be equally entertained - particularly if one is a fan, as I am, of Carla Thomas, her father Rufus Thomas, William Bell, and the instrumentals of the Mar-Keys. I mention these four acts since combined they constitute 75% of this compilation (18 of 24 tracks).

NOT appearing here at all, owing to the fact that their B-sides can no longer be categorized as "rarities," are Stax blue label period (1960-68) luminaries Otis Redding (technically on the Volt subsidiary label), Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. Set to join this list next time (and I do hope there will be a third volume) is Eddie Floyd, whose 1966 co-write "Good Love, Bad Love" appears here representing his final 45 side to be reissued.

This being Memphis Stax, with their stellar stable of R&B/soul songwriters, producers and arrangers, as well as their spectacular house band (including members of the M.G.'s and the Mar-Keys), it would have been next to impossible to make a bad record. Most of these B-sides were contenders to be flipped and become A-sides themselves. (This was quite unlike Phil Spector productions, as he would purposely sabotage his label's B-sides with inferior material so as to leave no doubt for radio programmers as to which would be the plug side.) There is one non-Stax-produced ringer in the bunch that should be noted: a superb slice of hard-driving, harmonizing Chicago soul from 1966 called "Reputation" by a male group (featuring an excellent high-tenor lead singer) known as the Four Shells. How this missed hit wound up as a Volt B-side is anyone's guess.

Tony Rounce again serves as Ace Records' brilliant compilation producer and author of the highly informative, deeply researched liner notes covering each artist and track. These are contained within the attractive 12-page booklet that includes five black-and-white artist photos and 22 color label scans of the original vinyl 45 rpm sides. This is all par for the course for Ace, as is the superlative sound mastering.

I'll just mention some of my favorite "trax" (in addition to the aforementioned "Reputation"), as in reality the tracks I like are practically wall to wall:

- Barbara Stephens: "I Don't Worry" (1961) - an early one that somehow manages to be both engaging midtempo ballad and relentlessly propulsive at the same time.

- The Mar-Keys: "Grab This Thing, Pt. 2" (1966) - impossibly funky sequel side that allows Steve Cropper free reign to deliver some of his most potent stinging guitar licks on record.

- Carla Thomas: "The Puppet" (1964) - a strong, uncompromising ballad (accorded a rare string section by Stax) with a similar female-empowering message to Lesley Gore's big pop hit of the time, "You Don't Own Me."

- Rufus & Carla Thomas: "Never Let You Go" (1966) - father and daughter are charming together on this funky, sweet number.

- Rufus Thomas: "Fine and Mellow" (1964) - Rufus proves to be a credible, serious Bobby Bland-style blues crooner on this Billie Holiday classic.

- The Triumphs: "Raw Dough" (1961) - the first B-side release ever on Volt (Volt 100) is a funky, blues-guitar-driven, Chips Moman-produced instrumental jam that most likely came out better than expected, but it was never going to supplant "Burnt Biscuits" as the A-side.

- William Bell: "One Plus One" (1967) - beautifully delivered Isaac Hayes-David Porter-penned love ballad. (William Bell's career at Stax spans 1961 to the present. His album "This Is Where I Live" [meaning Memphis] took home the 2017 Grammy for Best Americana Album. IMO, soul-blues should have its own dedicated category.)

- Barbara & the Browns: "I Don't Want Trouble" (1966) - This collection's lead-off track is a fairly frenetic plea for a peaceful house party; a stirring mix of New Orleans R&B and gospel sounds. You can Be confident that any outfit named Barbara & the Browns is going to have boss B-sides!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another entry from the UK's ACE label 1 May 2017
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I think it's safe to say that most of these were b-sides for a reason...There are some clunkers....but, a couple of diamonds on here as well, most notably a couple of instrumentals by Sir Mack Rice and the Mar-keys and four very good tracks from Rufus Thomas .

Overall, kind of uneven. For completists only, at a very good price
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