Stax '68: A Memphis Story [5 CD Box Set]
When it comes to classic soul, Stax is Ground Zero. 50 (!) years later, the classic records from that classic label still sound as vibrant, relevant - and deliciously greasy - as ever.
As remarkable as Stax was, 1968 was perhaps its greatest-ever year. This period immediately follows the untimely passing of Otis Redding. It's the year that Stax parted ways with Atlantic Records. Of course, it's also when Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis.
The internal and external turmoil led to a burst of unparalleled creativity.
This 5-disc CD box set compiles every single (A- and B- sides) released on Stax and its subsidiary labels in '68: over 120 iconic songs from era-defining artists, including Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, William Bell, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, Linda Lindell, Rufus Thomas and many more. The package features a 56-page book with in-depth liner notes by Andria Lisle, Robert Gordon, and renowned producer Steve Greenberg, plus rare and never-before-seen photographs from the Stax archives.
If you were there, this set will reveal details you've never heard before. If you weren't, this'll show you what all the fuss was about.
Either way, get it while you still can.