The great Otis Redding’s facility with a weepie, a pleadie, and a beg o’ ya was a considerable hallmark of his craft. This album has plenty.
Released in 1971, ‘Black Rock’ was the first important step towards making The Bar-Kays one of the most reliable and powerful funk groups of the decade.
Widely regarded as The Staples Singers’ greatest album, ‘Be Altitude: Respect Yourself’ was released in 1972 and lifted the group above the competition.
Adapting to the new funk scene of the early 70s, Booker T & The MGs released the perfectly titled ‘Melting Pot,’ an album that still sounds in the moment.
The third Stax Records album by soul singer Carla Thomas, ‘Carla’ remains a potent artistic statement featuring the huge hit crossover single ‘B-A-B-Y’.
Combining previous single releases with covers of contemporary hits, William Bell’s ‘The Soul Of A Bell’ album remains his definitive artistic statement.
Unafraid to live up to their name, Soul Children placed emotion at the top of their agenda with a Stax Records debut album helmed by Isaac Hayes.
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 November 6, 1971, the 'Shaft' LP climbed to No.1 on the Billboard pop album chart, unseating John Lennon’s 'Imagine.'
His guitar is wonderfully evocative, but then so is his singing; Albert King had one of the finest voices among guitar-toting blues men.
Released on September 23, 1969, Isaac Hayes’ 'Hot Buttered Soul' is a masterpiece that single-handedly invented symphonic soul.
The soundtrack album to the 1972 festival, ‘Wattstax: The Living Word’ captured the power, heart and sense of unity and purpose behind the pioneering event.
If you haven’t heard Albert King’s ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, it’s time for a change of luck. Go ahead, listen. It’ll make your day.
The Johnnie Taylor album containing 'Cheaper To Keep Her,' ‘Standing In For Jody’ and other gems has become a Stax classic.
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.