Stax Country (LP)

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Details As part of Stax’s year-long, 60th anniversary celebration, this quirky collection of long-lost gems from the latter days of the Stax empire, Stax Country highlights the Memphis soul label’s effort to branch out into country music. Although the majority of the tunes on this album never made it to the radio waves, the tracks here stand as a unique …

The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection (3-LP)

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Details Craft Recordings honors the music of The Gospel Truth Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records, with a complete collection of all 34 singles issued by the imprint between 1972 and 1974. The compilation features in-depth liner notes by Jared Boyd, a Memphis-based journalist and NPR radio host, who captured new interviews with Stax Records executive Al Bell, trailblazing gospel artist Rance Allen, and Mary Peak Patterson, who …

McLemore Avenue (LP)

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Details Booker T & The M.G.’s’ McLemore Avenue features instrumental covers of songs from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, which had been released only months earlier in September 1969. McLemore is the street housing the famed Stax studio in Memphis, TN. Tracklist Side A 1. Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End / Here Comes The Sun / Come …

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (LP)

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FIND AT FANTASYRECORDINGS.COM Details Critical reaction to Nathaniel Rateliff & Night Sweats’ debut album has been passionate on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK’s Q Magazine 4 Star rave proclaims: “As an album, it’s something of a revelation; the stunning sound of an artist being born again,” while the Village Voice adds, “A new project doesn’t necessarily encourage a …

Radio City (180g LP)

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Details Big Star, considered to be among the founders of power pop, has been cited as an influence by many of the major alternative bands of the ’80s and ’90s, and continues to be a powerful presence in today’s musical landscape. Artists such as R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements (who famously penned the song “Alex Chilton”) and Wilco all enthusiastically …

#1 Record (180g LP)

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Details Big Star, considered to be among the founders of power pop, has been cited as an influence by many of the major alternative bands of the ’80s and ’90s, and continues to be a powerful presence in today’s musical landscape. Artists such as R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements (who famously penned the song “Alex Chilton”) and Wilco all enthusiastically …

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 …

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 …

Home (180g LP)

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Details 1969’s Home is the debut LP on Stax Records from Delaney & Bonnie—a blue-eyed soul duo comprised of married singer-songwriters Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Both artists came from impressive backgrounds (Delaney played with acclaimed songwriter Leon Russell in the house band for the TV show, Shindig!, while Bonnie performed with legendary blues guitarist Albert King when she was just …

Gotta Groove (180g LP)

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Details Released in 1969 on Stax subsidiary label Volt Records, the Bar-Kays’ Gotta Groove marked a triumphant return by a band reeling from tragedy after four members of the band were killed in a plane crash with Otis Redding in 1967. Surviving members Ben Cauley and James Alexander rebuilt the Bar-Kays with new musicians, and by 1969 they were back …