On the ‘The Isaac Hayes Movement’, Hayes’ 1970 follow-up to ‘Hot Buttered Soul’, all roads lead to the reimagining of George Harrison’s masterpiece, ‘Something’.
Is Abbey Road The Beatles’ best album? Possibly, and it inspired ‘McLemore Avenue’, which is arguably the finest hour from Stax legends Booker T & The MGs.
Almost 50 years have elapsed since his death, but Otis Redding’s music lives on. ‘The Soul Album’ reminds us of what a prodigious talent the world lost.
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.
Combining previous single releases with covers of contemporary hits, ‘The Soul Of A Bell’ remains William Bell’s 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 6 November 1971, the 'Shaft' LP climbed to No.1 on the Billboard pop album chart, unseating John Lennon’s 'Imagine.'
Along with ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, his debut LP for Stax, ‘King Of The Blues Guitar’ remains a go-to for those seeking to acquaint themselves with Albert King.
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’.
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.
‘Who’s Making Love’ practically defined the “can’t trust a lover” strain of soul and made Johnnie Taylor a Stax star during the label’s pivotal year.