What does it sound like?:
To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Stax Records, a whole slew of classic soul albums have been reissued on vinyl, supplemented with a new selection of ‘best ofs’ also getting a cd release.
The cds aim to capture the essential songs of each artist, covering the likes of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas and Booker T and The MGs. If you’re a casual fan of these artists, then this is a great way to cheaply pick up the cream of their catalogue. There’s certainly some great soul sounds here, from B-A B-Y to The Dock Of The Bay, by way of Soul Man and Green Onions – and that’s just scratching the surface. And who can hear Soul Limbo without immediately thinking of Test Match Special!
Simultaneously, a number of albums are rereleased on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. You are very much spoilt for choice with the riches offered by these ten albums, but a few do really stand out. It’s great to hear again Rufus Thomas’ Walking The Dog, and the collaboration between Redding and Thomas ‘King and Queen’ still hits the spot. My pick of the bunch though would be Albert King’s sublime ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’, which is still a great listen after all these years.
Soul music just doesn’t get any better than this.
What does it all *mean*?
Classic albums from Otis, Sam & Dave, Booker T in great quality – what’s not to like.
Goes well with…
Dancing with friends.
Might suit people who like…
Classic era soul music.