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.
Sam & Dave’s second album, ‘Double Dynamite’, remains a classic example of the dynamic soul duo at their best, and a classic in the Stax Records catalogue.
On 6 November 1971, the 'Shaft' LP climbed to No.1 on the Billboard pop album chart, unseating John Lennon’s 'Imagine.'
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’.
A classic example of Stax blues, the ‘King Of The Blues Guitar’ album is a go-to for those seeking to acquaint themselves with Albert King.
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.
Stax house band Booker T & The MGs were the rulers of instrumental soul, and they cooked up a soul food storm on ‘Green Onions’, their debut album.
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 23 September 1969, Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul remains a visionary album, and 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.
A fascinating curio in both Stax’s catalogue and Eddie Floyd’s solo career, ‘Down To Earth’ is a gritty soul-rock collection that remains unfairly overlooked.