Released in 1971, ‘Black Moses’ was Isaac Hayes’ fifth album to be released in a little over two years, and is arguably his crowning achievement.
On 6 November 1971, the 'Shaft' LP climbed to No.1 on the Billboard pop album chart, unseating John Lennon’s 'Imagine.'
A song doesn’t have to have a message in order to change society. Race relations, gender equality and identity politics have all been shaped by music.
Sam & Dave’s second album, ‘Double Dynamite’, remains an explosive example of the dynamic soul do at their best, and a classic in the Stax Records catalogue.
Finally, after years of dues-paying, the duo had the unswerving attention of pop audiences, radio and TV.
A star who defined R&B in the 1970s moved into the 1990s with 'Put Me In Your Mix.'
Album packaging has evolved over six decades. Excellent artwork still matters, and the future promises many advances for digital music and new media.
Released on 23 September 1969, Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul remains a visionary album, and a masterpiece that single-handedly invented symphonic soul.
The irresistible Isaac Hayes-David Porter composition and production 'Soul Man' became another Stax classic.
The compilation celebrates one of the most memorable years in the distinguished history of Stax.
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.
One soul duo covered another in 1967, when James and Bobby remade the Sam & Dave song of two years earlier.
The history of ‘Fever’ includes some strange tales and unlikely artists. Here are some of the best versions of the song made famous by Peggy Lee.
Among the best Stax vocal groups, you’ll find some of the finest soul singers of the 60s and 70s, letting you know how it felt to be young, gifted and black.
The great writer-guitarist, with wife Bonnie, made some of the best blues, rock and gospel-flavoured US music of their generation.