Victim Of The Joke?…An Opera (180g LP)

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Details The 1971 concept album, Victim of the Joke?…An Opera is the third solo LP from the acclaimed producer, songwriter, and singer David Porter. Listed as one of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Porter established his career at Stax, working alongside writing partner Isaac Hayes. This ambitious LP stands as a testament to Porter’s endless …

Tearing at the Seams (Deluxe CD)

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Details Propelled by driving rhythms, blazing hornplay, and Rateliff’s rowdy, soul drenched vocals, Tearing at the Seams’ 14 track deluxe edition (including two bonus cuts) crackles with emotion and intensity. From anguished sorrow to ecstatic heights, Rateliff’s expressive tenor is unvarnished on the record’s tender R&B ballads and nitro-fueled rave-ups. Issued once again by Stax Records, Tearing at the Seams …

Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings (6-CD Box Set)

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Details In chronological order, this GRAMMY®-nominated, 6-CD collection presents the entirety of Redding’s performances over three nights at the famed Sunset Strip venue. The seven sets, recorded Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th of 1966, include the singer’s popular songs of the time, including “Respect,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and his cover of The Rolling Stones’ “(I …

A Message From the Ghetto (180g LP, Made in Memphis Vinyl Series)

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Details The ultimate combination of funk and soul with a gospel edge. The Sons of Truth deliver their message with their own signature blend of sweet-soul vocal harmonies and wah-wah-laced grooves. An essential offering from the Stax subsidiary label, Gospel Truth. Don’t be fooled by the down-and-out vibe of the album cover – between the sweet-soul tinged vocal harmonies and …

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (180g LP)

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Details The remastered LP also includes new liner notes from author, journalist and music critic Jeff Weiss, as well as from Melvin’s son Mario Van Peebles, director of New Jack City (1991) and 2003’s Baadasssss!, which chronicles the making of his father’s landmark film. The soundtrack features a combination of hymn-based vocalization and jazz rhythms, capturing the funky, gritty and …

Moloch (180g LP, Made in Memphis Vinyl Series)

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Details Moloch’s self-titled album is an outlier in the Stax catalog with its combination of rock, hard blues, psychedelic acid-washed guitar solos, and blue eyed soul. But despite the band members’ abbreviated time together, Moloch remain influential in the Blues world, and, even more so in Memphis lore. In his liner notes, Bob Mehr writes, “the legacy of the band …

John Gary Williams (180g LP, Made In Memphis Vinyl Series)

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Details This oft-overlooked gem from the waning days of the Stax Empire has been reissued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1973 release. With his honey-sweet vocals, soul singer/songwriter JOHN GARY WILLIAMS rose to fame as the lead voice of inimitable Stax group, The Mad Lads (“Don’t Have to Shop Around,” “I Want Someone”). At the height …

The Spirit of Memphis: 1962-1976 (4-CD + 7” Vinyl Box Set)

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Details The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), chronicles the ascension of one of the most influential creative talents in music history, Isaac Hayes, who would have turned 75 this year. The four-CD collection examines the various avenues of Hayes’ prolific career; each disc offering an in-depth look at his distinct musical contributions to both Memphis-based Stax Records and to the world …