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Top of the Stax
Various Artists
Top of the Stax
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Top of the Stax
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Stax
Original Release Date: 1/1/1988
Re-Release Date: 6/12/1990
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Disco, Oldies, By Decade, 1960s, 1970s, Funk, Soul, Oldies & Retro, Southern Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 025218880527, 025218880510

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Love (of Soul) Keeps Them Together
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 02/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Stax/Volt story has two acts: the first, when the label was run by Atlantic Records and featured the royalty of Southern soul (Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & The MGs) and act two, when Atlantic took its share of the label's masters and, after a short period of continued success, the label faded away.The reunion of one of popular music's richest libraries occurred some years later. "Top Of The Stax" becomes a one-disc, 20-year joyride of classic R&B from the label's first #1 (Booker T & The MG's groovin' "Green Onions") to its last (Issac Hayes' sweeping signature song, "Theme From Shaft.") Along the way, you hear from father Rufus Thomas (the salacious "Push and Pull") and daughter Carla (the sweet "B-A-B-Y"). Johnny Taylor shows up with two ceritified gold hits, the hard-hitting "Who's Making Love" and the bouncy "Cheaper To Keep Her." The Dramatics and the Soul Children chime in with two Quiet Storm ballads, and Little Milton slaps the blues with the R&B Top 10 "That's What Love Will Make You Do." You'll know these songs; they've been covered by every rock n' roll bad boy from Mick Jagger to Billy Idol to the Blues Brothers. But nothing beats the originals heard here. Highly recommended."
Pieter | Johannesburg | 04/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Immerse yourself in the gorgeous Stax sound from the golden years of soul! Every one of these 20 tracks is a gem, from Sam And Dave's opening number to Isaac Hayes' shimmering Theme from Shaft (1971). Eddie Floyd's Knock On Wood has been much covered, for example by Amii Stewart in the late 1970s, while Mr Big Stuff, also from 1971, is the only track of Jean Knight's besides her later 1980s hit My Toot Toot that I'm familiar with. And what a voice and attitude she has! The instrumental hit Green Onions is well known to all, as is Otis Redding's classic Dock Of The Bay. Little known classics include Mel & Tim's Starting All Over Again and In The Rain by The Dramatics, the latter with thunder and rain sound effects. My favourites on this essential album include The Staple Singers' addictive Respect Yourself and I'll Take You There, a delicious marriage of gospel and soul. The Stax sound was a bit more rootsy than Motown, but the melodies were just as beautiful. This precious music just improves with age."
This is a KILLER collection
Scott B. Saul | COOPER CITY, FL USA | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When you listen to this, you cannot help but say to yourself "how incredible the talent roster was for this record label". Not only did you have this very special array of vocalists but, for the most part, it was the same house band playing on all of these memorable songs.

Stax will always have their nemesis, Motown, but they should not be considered competitors. Both labels were great yet they were apples and oranges, completely different. Motown was pretty and melodic while Stax was funky and dirty. Stax also had a much more muscular sound, musically, so their house musicians got a lot more accolades. I enjoy Motown but I love Stax!

There is no need to talk about song highlights since these are all classic hits. The nice thing here is that Stax gave you variety. You have funk, you have duets, you have love gone bad, you have man hating female vocalists, you have bluesman, you have thumping bass and greasy guitar, you have killer horn sections, you got Jean Knight singing "Mr Big Shot"...this has everything...pretty, hard, loud, soft etc.

For the Stax fanatic, you will know all the songs but most people are not fanatics they are simply just loooking for a great compilation. If that is you, you will say to yourself "I did not know all of these great artists and songs came from the same label".

This cd works on many levels. It is a great compilation of classic soul songs, it satisfies the hard core collector who wants all of these tunes, it operates as a GREAT party cd/driving cd and lastly, it is a piece of history that showcases how the South interpreted soul.

If you like this then there is a part II with slightly more obscure tunes, a lot funkier and bluesier, yet just as satisfying.