Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers (LP)

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Details An unsung monster from the waning hours of the Stax empire, Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers‘ eponymous LP is as funky as anything the label ever released. While its sound is unmistakably Stax — its elegant yet earthy sensibility couldn’t come from anywhere else — the music expands on the formula via tight, hypnotic grooves and scorching guitar …

Electrified (LP)

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Details Although Mississippi-born Ernie Hines made his first recordings in Chicago for the USA label, it was when he returned south that he was signed to Stax’s We Produce label by Al Bell. He recorded this one album for the We Produce label under the supervision of Tom Nixon, who was then producing Rufus Thomas‘ big dance hits. The musicians …

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 …

Melting Pot (180g LP)

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Details Melting Pot from Booker T. & The M.G.’s marked a turning point for the influential instrumental group. Released in 1971, it was the final studio album to include the original lineup of the longtime Stax house band (Booker T. Jones on keyboards, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass guitar, and Al Jackson Jr. on drums). Comprised …

Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth (180g LP)

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Details Commonly regarded as one of the first-ever concept records of the soul genre, this dark masterpiece combines the lush orchestral arrangements of Isaac Hayes collaborator Dale Warren with Blaxploitation-style funk grooves, resulting in a sound that would rocket it to cult-classic status among DJs and producers who have sampled it for tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Digable Planets, Dr. …

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 …

Hot Buttered Soul (180g LP)

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Details One of the truly timeless albums in soul music history and the one that launched the career of Isaac Hayes, putting him firmly on the map as a musical force to be reckoned with and a source on musical inspiration for generations to come. This new vinyl reissue, complete with replica old-school style tip-on jacket, features audio remastered from the original analog …

Shaft (180g 2-LP Vinyl)

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Details A landmark album released by Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays at the height of their powers in 1971, Shaft not only resulted in an Oscar win for Hayes, but launched the wah-wah workout and #1 smash-hit, “Theme from Shaft” into cultural ubiquity. Its legacy transcends time as not only one of the most lasting and most successful Blaxploitation albums of all time, but one …

Black Moses (180g 2-LP Deluxe Vinyl)

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Details A watershed album for the multi-instrumental singer/songwriter and producer, it only served to further cement Isaac Hayes’ reputation as a progressive soul artist capable of unmistakably original arrangements and genre-defining R&B mastery. This new vinyl reissue, complete with replica “fold-out” packaging, features audio remastered from the original analog tapes by leading engineer Dave Cooley and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. …