The Stax/VoIt tour of Europe during 1967 has previously been celebrated on 4 albums- Stax /Volt Live In Europe Volumes I and 2, Otis Redding Live In Europe and The Mark-Keys And Booker T and the MGs Back To Back. As a souvenir of the shows (if you were there) or as a taster of what you missed (if you weren't), they gave a good idea of the intensity of the experience for both artists and audience, and subsequently released video clips of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Booker T & The MGs only confirmed the magic. Now 25 years after the event, comes Stax /Volt Live In Europe Vol 3. A stunning collection with intros by Emperor Rosko (for the London gigs) and Hubert for the Paris concert. Contributions by Booker T & The MGs (Red Beans & Rice, Booker Loo, Green Onions, Hip-Hug-Her), Mar-Keys (Philly Dog, Last Night), Carla Thomas (Let Me Be Good To You, Yesterday, Something Good (Is Going To Happen To You), B-A-B-Y), Eddie Floyd (I Don't Want To Cry, Raise Your Hand, Knock On Wood! and Otis Redding (Respect, My Girl, Shake, Day Tripper, Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song), Try A Little Tenderness) make up 74 minutes of soul bliss. The tour established the reputations of Otis, brought Sam & Dave to prominence and made Memphis soul a living reality for all those European fans who'd had to survive solely on a diet of vinyl. For the music it was a watershed event. Booker T & The MGs became an essential session crew and started out on a career that moved them into '70s pop, Otis had but six months left to live before his tragic demise. Pop music was changing (the progressive sound of the '60s was tinkling its first notes) and the sound of Stax was changing, too, and, in a way, this was one look back-wards before the label launched out into a very different soul world populated by the music of performers like Isaac Hayes and Johnny Taylor. As Greil Marcus noted of the 1967 tour (in the Sweet Soul Music book): "There is a frenetic note that is at odds with the spare classicism of the 'Stax Sound' and this is just as true of Volume 3. This "live" set offers an alternative but complimentary view of the polished Stax studio sound, replacing the neat riffs and soulful but restrained vocals with sweat and passion.