Very few record labels have quite the reputation of Memphis’ celebrated Stax. Formed in the late 50s by Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton, the company enjoyed early success with Carla Thomas and the Mar-Keys and became a powerhouse with Booker T & the MGs, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding defining the Memphis sound. With the arrival of Al Bell in the mid-60s, the label became one of the biggest in the USA on the back of the massive success of Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers. Our Stax releases – in line with our general philosophy – take a deeper look at the label, with the wonderful “Volts Of Stax” series featuring previously unreleased sides, the “Stax Of Funk” compilations covering rare funk from the label’s latter years, and a great run of super obscure albums that were cruelly overlooked when they originally appeared.
By Dean Rudland
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