Record Store Day 2019

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Record Store Day 2019

Stax has 3 releases for Record Store Day 2019

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Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (Mono) (180-gram vinyl)

Albert King’s legendary first album for Stax Records, featuring Booker T. & The MGs and the Memphis Horns. The Indianola, Mississippi-born “King of the Blues Guitar” cemented his legacy with this early-career set. While he’d recorded for labels like Vee-Jay, Parrot and Bobbin, it was his chemistry with the Stax team — label executives Al Bell, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, songwriters Booker T. Jones and William Bell, and backing from Booker T. & the MGs and the Memphis Horns — that put King on the blues map. King’s first Stax recording was “Laundromat Blues,” included on this album. The album has been inducted into the GRAMMY®Hall of Fame and included in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Track Listing

Side A

Born Under A Bad Sign
Crosscut Saw
Kansas City
Oh, Pretty Woman
Down Don’t Bother Me
The Hunter

Side B

I Almost Lost My Mind
Personal Manager
Laundromat Blues
As The Years Go Passing By
The Very Thought Of You

Various Artists – Stax Does the Beatles (2-LP)

The influence of the Beatles on popular music of the 1960s can’t be overstated — spreading not only throughout the rock world, but also extending to soul music. The men and women writing and recording songs at Stax Records were no more immune to the Beatles’ charm than the rest of the United States. From the mid-1960s onward, numerous Beatles covers were laid down for the label, the output peaking around the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Released on vinyl for the first time, the 15-track, 2-LP set includes vocal and instrumental performances that deliver an eclectic cross-section of soulful Beatles covers by legendary Stax Records artists, including Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas, David Porter, the Mar-Keys, Reggie Milner and John Gary Williams.

Track Listing

Side A

Day Tripper – Otis Redding
Help! – David Porter
Got To Get You Into My Life – Booker T. & The MGs
With A Little Help From My Friends – Steve Cropper
Yesterday (Live) – Carla Thomas

Side B

Eleanor Rigby – Booker T. & The MGs
Let It Be – The Mar-Keys
Something – Isaac Hayes

Side C

Yesterday – The Bar-Kays
Michelle – Booker T. & The MGs
And I Love Her – Reggie Milner
With A Little Help From My Friends – The Bar-Kays

Side D

Lady Madonna – Booker T. & The MGs
My Sweet Lord – John Gary Williams
Hey Jude – The Bar-Kays

Various Artists – Boy Meets Girl: Classic Stax Duets (2-LP)

In 1969, Stax Records paired their best male and female singers for hits penned by the label’s top writers. The result was an undeniably soulful example of the Stax sound! This 50th anniversary reissue is back on wax for the first time since its original 1969 release. Featuring vocals by William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples, Johnnie Taylor and Carla Thomas, it’s a veritable who’s who of Memphis soul and a historic marker of Stax’s emergence as a powerhouse independent label.

Track Listing

Side A

Soul-A-Lujah – Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Pervis Staples, Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples, Cleotha Staples
I Ain’t Particular – William Bell, Mavis Staples
Just Keep On Loving Me – Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas
Ain’t That Good – Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples
I Can’t Stop – William Bell, Carla Thomas
I Thank You – William Bell, Mavis Staples

Side B

Love’s Sweet Sensation – William Bell, Mavis Staples
I Need You Woman – William Bell, Carla Thomas
Never, Never Let You Go – Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples
Hold On This Time – William Bell, Mavis Staples
That’s The Way Love Is – Johnnie Taylor, Mavis Staples

Side C

It’s Our Time – Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas
It’s Unbelievable – Pervis Staples, Carla Thomas
Piece Of My Heart – Eddie Floyd, Mavis Staples
Leave The Girl Alone – William Bell, Mavis Staples
I’m Trying – Pervis Staples, Carla Thomas
Don’t Make Me a Storyteller – Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas

Side D

Strung Out – William Bell, Mavis Staples
My Life – Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas
It’s Too Late – Eddie Floyd, Cleotha Staples
I’ve Just Been Feeling Bad – Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas
All I have To Do Is Dream – William Bell, Carla Thomas

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