Tag Archives: Stax

ALBERT KING-I’LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU.

ALBERT KING-I’LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU. Although Stax was primarily a soul label, they also released gospel, funk, jazz and blues music. Without doubt, their most famous blues player was Albert King, who having released his debut album for King Records, The Blues, in 1962, signed to Stax in 1966. This would see Albert …

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ISAAC HAYES-BLACK MOSES.

ISAAC HAYES-BLACK MOSES. In a previous article, I wrote about how Isaac Hayes’ solo career was very nearly short-lived. After the commercial failure of 1967s Presenting Isaac Hayes, Isaac was all set to give up his solo career, and concentrate on his songwriting and production duties at Stax. It was lucky he didn’t though, 1969s …

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SHATTERED DREAMS-FUNKY BLUES 1967-1978.

SHATTERED DREAMS-FUNKY BLUES 1967-1978. Over the many years I’ve been collecting first vinyl, even tapes and now CDs, I’ve lost count of the number of compilation albums I’ve bought. I won’t admit to what the total must be, all I’ll say is that it’s into four figures, so you can speculate to your hearts content. …

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ISAAC HAYES-HOT BUTTERED SOUL.

ISAAC HAYES-HOT BUTTERED SOUL. As someone who is a huge fan of the Stax record label, I’ve always loved the music of Isaac Hayes. He was one of the creative forces behind Stax, writing many of the songs for many artists on the label, many with David Porter, one of his songwriting partners. Not only …

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ERNIE HINES-ELECTRIFIED.

ERNIE HINES-ELECTRIFIED. Ernie Hines was one of three artists who arrived at the We Produce label, a subsidiary company of Stax. The label had been set up by Stax’s co-owner, and label chief Al Bell, to expand Stax, making them big enough to stand alone company, following the discovery of the problems with the seven …

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MEL AND TIM-MEL AND TIM.

MEL AND TIM-MEL AND TIM. Every artist dreams about having a hugely successful hit single, selling so many copies that they get a gold disc to hang on their wall. This happened twice to cousins Mel Hardin and Tim McPherson. Recording as Mel and Tim, their demo tape had so impressed soul singer, Gene Chandler …

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JOHN GARY WILLIAMS-JOHN GARY WILLIAMS.

JOHN GARY WILLIAMS-JOHN GARY WILLIAMS. Sometimes, an otherwise good album is released at just the wrong time, and as a result, the album fails to do as well commercially, as it should’ve done. This was the case with John Gary Williams self-titled debut album John Gary Williams. His album was released just as Stax was …

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THE DRAMATICS-WHATCHA SEE IS WHATCHA GET.

THE DRAMATICS-WHATCHA SEE IS WHATCHA GET. Earlier in October 2011, six albums which were originally released on Stax, were released having been remastered by Joe Tarantino. Previously, I’ve reviewed Shirley Brown’s Woman To Woman and Johnnie Taylor’s Taylored In Silk, both of which were great albums, and have hugely benefited from being remastered. The remastering …

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JOHNNIE TAYLOR-TAYLORED IN SILK.

JOHNNIE TAYLOR-TAYLORED IN SILK. In a previous article, I reviewed Shirley Brown’s album Woman To Woman, which was one of the last albums released on the legendary Stax label. It’s one of a series of albums that have recently, been remastered by Joe Tarantino. His remastering totally transformed the sound of Shirley’s 1974 album, bringing …

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SHIRLEY BROWN-WOMAN TO WOMAN.

SHIRLEY BROWN-WOMAN TO WOMAN. For many years, I’ve been a huge fan of the music on Stax. Since I bought my first album bearing Stax’s clinging fingers logo, I’ve literally bought hundreds of the albums, compilations and box sets that have been released. Over the years, I’ve explored the albums released during the various stages …

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