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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001QAZAR6
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Stax: The Soul Of Hip-Hop is a most serviceable collection of Stax above- and below-the-radar classics. It's a simple premise, and one that has been used before elsewhere, a guide for crate diggers to investigate the source of the samples that form the spine of their favourite tunes.

Whether you are familiar with the songs they have been appropriated for or not, the extensive notes tell you where you may have heard them before. Artists and producers such as Cypress Hill, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Wu-Tang Clan have all had their fingers on these sweet originals.

We have anthems such as Booker T's insidious, supple Melting Pot (Big Daddy Kane's Another Victory); William Bell's robust I Forgot To Be Your Lover (Ludacris, Dilated Peoples and Jaheim) and David Porter's melancholic I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over (Notorious B.I.G's Who Shot You and Mos Def's Brooklyn). Wendy Rene's brittle ska-influenced After The Laughter (Comes Tears), (used most memorably' in the Wu-Tang Clan's Tearz) is one of the many here that stands up beautifully on its own.

It being a US compilation, it doesn't have Isaac Hayes' Ike's Rap II, which forms the basis for Portishead's Glory Box and Tricky's Hell Is Just Around The Corner. However, Isaac is, of course, here: Hyberbolicsyllabicsesquedalyamistic from 1969 is his premier jam - meandering, aggressive, piano-driven, yet never losing focus. Public Enemy took the piano intro from it for Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos, but that is only a fraction of the story - the excessively repeated groove still demands to be heard.

Unlike many others, these beats have not been overused. The grit and rawness of the label shines through. What you hear is that remarkable craftsmanship, players such as bassist Duck Dunn and drummer Al Jackson underpinning the groove. Packaged well, with extensive notes, this collection of Stax tracks fulfils all the criteria one would expect from a label with such pedigree - and it's only Volume One. --Daryl Easlea

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By Kje on 30 Sept. 2015
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Double Boss comp of sampled stax soul tunes
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 29 Aug. 2011
By Peter T. Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard a track off this album and knew I needed this one. All of the songs on this album have been sampled in classic hip hop songs. Damn, The RZA really liked his Stax trax...so if you are a big WU fan you will especially enjoy this album as I did. Hopefully Amazon will put this online as an MP3 Download...or just support Stax and buy the CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Originates 11 Mar. 2014
By Last Call - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the ishhhh. You wanna find the original beat to Wu Tang's Cream & among other hip hop joints. It's right here with full length and all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The soul behind the samples 29 April 2009
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
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The usual exercise one enjoys with hip-hop and other sample-based music is to work backward from the collage to its sources. Sample-crazy DJs such as Girl Talk's Greg Gillis are often the subject of lengthy crowd-sourced lists that deconstruct the construction, and the releases themselves sometimes include an official list. Some samples, such as Clyde Stubblefield's performance on "Funky Drummer", have become so iconic in their abbreviated form that the sample all but eclipses the original source. Other samples continue to live as obscure, failed singles or album tracks only known to a few.

The fourteen songs gathered here, released by Stax primarily between 1971 and 1975, represent the record collection of hip-hop's parents. These tracks provide figurative and literal ancestors in the form of beats, riffs and breaks handed down from one generation to the next. Heard in full, these productions offer both sonic context and musical ethos in their re-emergence from the shadows of deep album cuts. Only three of these tracks (Booker T. & the MG's "Melting Pot," The Dramatics' "Get Up and Get Down," and Rufus Thomas' "Do the Funky Penguin (Part 1)") became even moderate hit singles, the rest were rescued from closets and dusty record store backrooms by fans undeterred by artistic obscurity or the need to flip an LP to side two (or, really, play an LP in the first place).

A drum break or instrumental riff that can be effectively looped, stretched and otherwise repurposed doesn't necessarily spring from an original track worth hearing in whole. But producer Jonathan Kaslow has repeatedly hit the trifecta of artistically meritorious tracks whose samples add catchy hooks to historically important hip-hop releases. The result is a highly listenable collection of old-school soul whose sampled moments will surprise you with their original context, and send you searching for their multiple reuses. For example, those who recognize the signature guitar sting of Cypress Hill's "Real Estate" may be surprised to find it surrounded by deep bass, stabbing organ, crisp horns and funky drumming on the Bar-Kay's original "Humpin'."

Isaac Hayes' "Hung Up On My Baby" is instantly recognizable as the backing for the Geto Boys' "Mind Playing Tricks on Me," but the original's cinematic reach is constrained to a small looping sample behind the Geto Boys' gritty lyrics. Similarly, the signature organ of Wendy Rene's 1964 "After the Laughter (Comes Tears)" is easily picked out of the Wu Tang Clan's "Tearz," but in this case an original vocal sample reused in the chorus brings more of the original's mood to the rapping remake.

In addition to the best known breaks, many of these tunes offered up second and third samples that led in different directions. Kaslow's liner notes pay tribute to the original artists and tracks, and trace the multiple reincarnations of their works. All that's missing is a companion disc of the sample reuses. No doubt (and with great irony) cross-licensing and royalty sharing likely made that financially insolvable. You can hunt down the reuses on services like imeem, but having the often obscure original sources in one place is the real treat. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jan. 2016
By fdarest - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the album. Has some songs that aren't on iTunes.
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