Stax 60 Campaign Arrives At ‘Soulsville USA’

September 8, 2017

Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment have announced the 22 September release of Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax. The compilation is part of the two companies' joint, year-long campaign to celebrate the famous soul company's 60th anniversary. It follows the BBC's Stax tribute concert as part of their 2017 Proms season, which aired last Friday (1 September) on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.

PrintThe 60-track, three-CD anthology covers the label's most illustrious period from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s and the artists who helped to create the “Memphis Sound.” They include Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Booker T & the MGs, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, the Dramatics and Johnnie Taylor.

Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax will serve as an update to Stax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, which was released in 2007 and has scanned almost 100,000 units in the interim decade. Each of the three discs also includes lesser-known gems from Stax history by sucn artists as the Astors, Wendy Rene, the Mad Lads, Linda Lyndell, the Temprees and the Soul Children.

Soulsville USAStax publicist (and one-time recording artist) Deanie Parker, whose association with the company goes back to 1963, says: “Stax Records has been connecting the world with rhythm & blues-soul music for 60 years. Five of our remaining irreplaceable Stax legends delivered an electrifying standing room only performance recently at the BBC Proms with help from legendary Tom Jones, Jools Holland and his exciting R&B Orchestra.

“The potent live music concert was top quality and 'royal,” continues Parker. “Stax hit songs performed by William Bell, Booker T. Jones, Sam Moore, Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper set our hearts on fire, had us dancing in our seats and brought back so many precious memories. Even now, I am still on a sweet soul music high.”

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The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1

1. The Veltones – Fool In Love (1:50)

2. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz (2:16)

3. The Mar-Keys – Last Night (2:05)

4. William Bell – You Don’t Miss Your Water (2:58)

5. Booker T. & The Mg’s – Green Onion’s (2:50)

6. Rufus Thomas – Walking The Dog (2:30)

7. Wendy Rene – After Laughter (Comes Tears) (2:53)

8. Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (2:49)

9. The Astors – Candy (2:55)

10. Sam & Dave – You Don’t Know Like I Know (2:36)

11. The Mad Lads – Don’t Have To Shop Around (2:45)

12. Carla Thomas – Let Me Be Good To You (2:40)

13. Mable John – Your Good Thing (Is About To End) (2:52)

14. Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood (2:55)

15. Sam & Dave – Hold On! I’m Comin’ (2:33)

16. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (3:20)

17. Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y (2:48)

18. Booker T. & The Mg’s – Hip Hug-Her (2:22)

19. The Bar-Kays – Soul Finger (2:18)

20. Otis & Carla – Tramp (3:00)

Disc 2

1. Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign (2:17)

2. Sam & Dave – Soul Man (2:42)

3. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (2:38)

4. Eddie Floyd – Big Bird (2:59)

5. Ollie & The Nightingales – I Got A Sure Thing (2:35)

6. Booker T. & The Mg’s – Soul Limbo (2:23)

7. Linda Lyndell – What A Man (2:39)

8. Judy Clay & William Bell – Private Number (2:40)

9. Eddie Floyd – I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) (2:40)

10. The Staple Singers – The Weight (4:31)

11. Johnnie Taylor – Who’s Making Love (2:47)

12. Carla Thomas – I Like What You’re Doing (To Me) (2:50)

13. William Bell – I Forgot To Be Your Love (2:19)

14. Booker T. & The Mg’s – Time Is Tight (3:14)

15. Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Chicken (3:15)

16. The Emotions – So I Can Love You (2:49)

17. Isaac Hayes – Walk On By (4:32)

18. Johnnie Taylor & Carla Thomas – Just Keep On Loving Me (2:38)

19. The Staple Singers – Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) (2:58)

20. Rufus Thomas – (Do The) Push And Pull (Part. 1) (3:14)

Disc 3

1. Jean Knight – Mr. Big Stuff (2:27)

2. Johnnie Taylor – Jody’s Got Your Girl And Gone (3:00)

3. Isaac Hayes – Never Can Say Goodbye (3:32)

4. The Dramatics – Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (3:30)

5. The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself (3:30)

6. Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft (3:15)

7. The Bar-Kays – Son Of Shaft (3:13)

8. Little Milton – That’s What Love Will Make You Do (3:53)

9. The Soul Children – Hearsay (3:20)

10. The Dramatics – In The Rain (3:15)

11. Isaac Hayes – Do Your Thing (3:16)

12. Frederick Knight – I’ve Been Lonely For So Long (3:18)

13. The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There (3:16)

14. Mel & Tim – Starting All Over Again (3:55)

15. Temprees – Dedicated To The One I Love (3:32)

16. The Dramatics – Hey You! Get Off My Mountain (3:29)

17. Johnnie Taylor – Cheaper To Keep Her (3:27)

18. The Staple Singers – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) (3:19)

19. The Soul Children – I’ll Be The Other Woman (3:33)

20. Shirley Brown – Woman To Woman (3:54)

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