Christmas In Soulsville (LP)

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Details “Vintage ’60s soul from the stars of Stax Records in Memphis: Booker T. and the MGs (‘Winter Wonderland’), Isaac Hayes (‘Winter Snow’), Otis Redding (‘Merry Christmas, Baby’). This 2007 compilation (replacing 1982’s It’s Christmas Time Again, which collected the label’s scattered Christmas singles for the first time) is at its strongest when it’s uptempo and nasty – meaning you …

Soul Explosion (2-LP)

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Details Back on vinyl for the first time since 1969, Soul Explosion offers a sampling of the Stax Records’ biggest hits and stars of the day, with Eddie Floyd, the Mad Lads, the Staple Singers, Albert King and more. The second disc of the set includes a selection of rare tracks, many of which are exclusive to this collection. These include …

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. …

Live At The Whisky A Go Go (180g 2-LP Vinyl)

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Details In chronological order, this GRAMMY®-nominated, 2 LP album presents highlights from Otis Redding’s historic three-night stand at the famed Sunset Strip venue during the Spring of 1966. Remixed and remastered from the original 4-track analog tapes, this collection includes the singer’s popular songs of the time, including “Respect,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and his cover of The …

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 …

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 …