Various Artists: Stax Gold : Hits 1968 -1974 (Vinyl LP)

Various Artists: Stax Gold : Hits 1968 -1974 (Vinyl LP)

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Import LP Pressing. Know to record collectors as the Yellow Stax period because of the colour of the record labels, the second main phase of Stax / Volt recordings spanned the period from mid-1968 until the beginning of 1975. It was even more successful than the earlier Blue period, and resulted in chart entries on both sides of the Atlantic for a number of artists and in distinctive, constrasting styles. This compilation covers the best from that period, the time when Stax / Volt had terminated it's relationship with Atlantic Records, it's discs were being distributed through the Paramount film company and the famous finger-clicking logo adorned the Stax output of the Memphis-based label. Several of the tracks here topped the US R & B chart including Johnnie Taylor's million-seller 'Who's Making Love', Rufus Thomas's 'Do The Push And Pull', Jean Knight's 'Mr Big Stuff', The Staple Singers' 'If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)' (also a million-seller) and Shirley Brown's 'Woman To Woman'. Among numbers that have been very popular in the UK are the deeply soulful duet from Judy Clay & William Bell - 'Private Number' and a couple of tracks from Booker T & The MGs, 'Soul Limbo', familiar to all criket fans, and 'Time Is Tight' which featured in the movie Uptight. Artists from the Stax stable featured on the sound-tracks of a number of the black movies of the late 60s/early 70s, and Isaac Hayes' half-spoken, half-sung title track from 'Shaft' was probably the most notable of all. Also featured in this collection are some of the top hits from Stax / Volt's major artists such as Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Carla Thomas and the Bar-Kays as well as tracks from acts which tasted success for the first time during the finger-clicking period - the Dramatics, Frederick Knight and the Soul Children. Ace Records. 1991. Soul Limbo - Booker T ; the MG's, Time Is Tight - Booker T ; the MG's, Private Number - Clay Judy ; William Bell, Who's Making Love - Taylor Johnnie (1), Bring It on Home to Me - Floyd Eddie, I Forgot to Be Your Lover - Bell William, I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Thomas Carla, Do the Push and Pull - Thomas Rufus, Mr Big Stuff - Knight Jean, What'cha See Is What'cha Get - Dramatics (1), Respect Yourself - Staple Singers, I'll Take You There - Staple Singers, Shaft - Hayes Isaac, Son of Shaft - Bar-Kays, I've Been Lonely for So Long - Knight Frederick, Starting All Over Again - Mel ; Tim, Woman to Woman - Brown Shirley, I'll Be the Other Woman - Soul Children, So I Can Love You - Emotions (2), I Have Learned to Do Without You - Staples Mavis, In the Rain - Dramatics (1), Dedicated to the One I Love - Temprees, Short Stopping - Brown Veda, Cheaper to Keep Her - Taylor Johnnie (1)