Stax 60: new releases due to celebrate iconic soul label’s anniversary

Concord Music Group and Rhino have teamed up for a joint campaign to celebrate 60th anniversary of iconic soul label, Stax Records.

The label featured many legendary artists, including Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, Albert King and more.

This anniversary campaign will include “new hits compilations, vinyl LPs and deluxe boxed sets” but in the first instance will kick off with ten 12-track “wallet-friendly” single CD releases that showcase one of the label’s biggest stars. Specifically, these initial releases – branded ‘Stax Classics’ – will focus on Otis Redding, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, The Dramatics, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers (view full track listings below).

Later in 2017, both labels will reissue classic Stax albums on vinyl and these will include a 50th anniversary pressing of Otis Redding and Carla Thomas’ King & Queen and Melvin Van Peebles’ soundtrack to the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.

A four-CD Isaac Hayes anthology called The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) is promised for August and a three-CD ‘various artists’ Stax 60th set will also be issued.

The Stax Classics compilations will be issued on 26 May 2017. You can see via the selection below that these are very affordable!

Albert King / Stax Classics

  1. Born Under A Bad Sign
  2. The Sky Is Crying
  3. I’ll Play the Blues For You (Part 1)
  4. That’s What the Blues is All About
  5. Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
  6. Crosscut Saw
  7. Can’t You See What You’re Doing to Me
  8. Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
  9. Blues Power (live)
  10. The Hunter
  11. Don’t Turn Your Heater Down
  12. Travelin’ Man

Isaac Hayes / Stax Classics

  1. Theme From Shaft
  2. Walk On By (single)
  3. Never Can Say Goodbye (single)
  4. The Look of Love (single)
  5. By the Time I Get to Phoenix (single)
  6. I Stand Accused (single)
  7. Run Fay Run
  8. Do Your Thing (single)
  9. Wonderful (single)
  10. Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic
  11. Soulsville (single)

William Bell / Stax Classics

  1. I Forgot to Be Your Lover
  2. Private Number (w/Judy Clay)
  3. You Don’t Miss Your Water
  4. Lovin’ On Borrowed Time
  5. A Tribute to a King
  6. My Baby Specializes (w/Judy Clay)
  7. Save Us
  8. All For the Love of a Woman
  9. My Whole World is Falling Down
  10. I’ve Got to Go On Without You
  11. Everybody Loves a Winner
  12. Gettin’ What You Want (Losin’ What You Got)

Booker T & the MGs / Stax Classics

  1. Green Onions
  2. Hip-Hug-Her
  3. Jellybread
  4. Time Is Tight
  5. Tic-Tac-Toe
  6. Boot-Leg
  7. Mo’ Onions
  8. Soul Dressing
  9. Groovin’
  10. Melting Pot
  11. Soul Limbo
  12. One Mint Julep

The Dramatics / Stax Classics

  1. In the Rain
  2. Whatcha See is Whatcha Get
  3. Get Up and Get Down
  4. Hey You! Get Off My Mountain
  5. And I Panicked
  6. Your Love Was Strange
  7. The Devil Is Dope
  8. Thank You For Your Love
  9. Toast to the Fool
  10. Fall In Love, Lady Love
  11. Fell For You
  12. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)

Carla Thomas / Stax Classics

  1. B-A-B-Y
  2. Tramp (Otis Redding & Carla Thomas)
  3. Something Good (Is Going to Happen to You)
  4. I Like What You’re Doing (to Me)
  5. Cause I Love You (Carla & Rufus)
  6. Let Me Be Good To You
  7. Comfort Me
  8. When Tomorrow Comes
  9. What Is Love?
  10. Pick Up the Pieces
  11. I’ve Got No Time to Lose
  12. I Play for Keeps

Johnny Taylor / Stax Classics

  1. Who’s Making Love
  2. Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone
  3. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)
  4. Steal Away
  5. Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed
  6. Testify (I Wonna)
  7. Take Care of Your Homework
  8. Cheaper to Keep Her
  9. I Got to Love Somebody’s Baby
  10. We’re Getting Careless With Our Love
  11. Love Bones
  12. I Am Somebody (Part 2)

Sam & Dave / Stax Classics

  1. Hold On! I’m A Comin’
  2. Soul Man
  3. I Thank You
  4. Soothe Me
  5. When Something is Wrong With My Baby
  6. You Don’t Know Like I Know
  7. Don’t Knock It
  8. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
  9. You Got Me Hummin’
  10. A Place Nobody Can Find
  11. Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody
  12. I Take What I Want

The Staple Singers / Stax Classics

  1. I’ll Take You There
  2. Respect Yourself
  3. If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
  4. Long Walk to D.C.
  5. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)
  6. The Weight
  7. We’ll Get Over
  8. Touch a Hand (Make a Friend)
  9. City In the Sky
  10. This World
  11. Be What You Are
  12. Oh La De Da

Otis Redding / Stax Classics

  1. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
  2. These Arms of Mine
  3. Try a Little Tenderness
  4. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
  5. Mr Pitiful
  6. Respect
  7. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  8. Pain In My Heart
  9. Just One More Day
  10. That’s How Strong My Love Is
  11. Security
  12. Satisfaction


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a long time missing gem is a Wattstax reissue on blu ray, duly remastered and expanded


Vinyl versions would be great!

Paul M

Not knocking the music but these new single disc comps seem superfluous – there’s already plenty of inexpensive versions of these already, many of which have more tracks. Suppose it’s not all bad if it’s gets more Stax to the masses.

I’ll be looking out for the Isaac Hayes set.

denis truby

Hopefully the 4th of the stax series will have some good rare songs and be reasonably priced.


Very similar to the Stax Profiles series from 2006.

Dave H

I bought a few of the Japanese CD’s that were part of the ‘Atlantic R&B Best Collection’ that were released around 2012/13, I wonder how the sound will compare to these?
There were many Stax related releases as part of the range including a couple of live CD’s – Live in London and Live in Paris.

Stevie B

That Otis Redding Complete and Unbelievable 2-CD re-issue from last year is only £6.99 on Amazon right now. I bought Otis Live in Europe a couple of weeks ago too for under £6, it’s a pretty awesome performance.


I hope they bring out more of the artists’ remastered back catalogs on CD. Not sure if we need more one CD compilations…

O(+> Peter B

Agreed. I have Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You” album on CD and it’s great, no filler, so I’d like to get their other albums on CD. I think they’ve been out of print for many years.


I heard that there was also going to be a 4th volume of the Complete Stax/Volt singles as well. It is meant to be picking some of those missed tracks including B-sides which weren’t on the first 3 sets.


As a Stax-head, I wish they’d re-do the Complete Singles boxes. Even though I already own all three, I find them frustrating as only the first includes B sides; and despite great liner notes from Rob Bowman, the amount of information for geeks (sessionographic and discographic stuff, pictures, etc.) is pretty limited in all three sets.

But with the existing sets having been out there for a while, the market for this stuff is already pretty saturated so I highly doubt they get revisited.

adam shaw

I’ve got a great cassette tape of a Stax concert from the sixties when the artists toured together in the U.K. Even on the tape the energy comes across of how good they all were , Booker T was the backing band for the whole show !
Wish they’d release stuff like that on cd .


They have. There have been a great many CD releases of the Stax performances in Europe. Some of them were by artist (Otis Redding has an album from the European shows, for instance) and others were Various Artists releases. Some were released by Atlantic (which owns the rights to the pre-1968 Stax catalog) and others in Europe by Ace. There are lots of CDs of this stuff.

adam shaw

Hi Chris
Have you got the name of one of the cds with various artist on it please .
The tape I have has Emporo Rosko as the MC .


Hi Adam. Sorry, I just saw your reply. Do a search on _The Stax/Volt Revue_. There were three volumes of that series. That’s a good starting place.

Mark Carroll

Look for the Stax Respect Yourself 2 disc DVD on Amazon.. IT’S SENSATIONAL !!!!

Iain Mac

fyi some of the links head to downloads atm, surely not right for the blog for people “who love holding music in their hands”!