Stax Re-Releases Old Hits for 50th Anniversary
Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 13March07
Concord Music purchased Fantasy Records in 2006, and along with it came the infamous Stax catalogue. Stax is easily the richest source for soul music from the 60’s and 70’s, but maintains interest from new and old generations of music lovers today.
It’s no secret that Stax is enjoying a revival for its 50th anniversary, including events and artists representing at SXSW this year, and remastered releases for the fans. Today, March 13th, we are treated to the epic, 2 CD box set of 50 hits of remastered original recordings, “Stax 50th: 50th Anniversary Celebration”. According to the Stax50 website :
Stax 50 will formally inaugurate Concord Music’s re-launch of the legendary soul label. The set is packaged in a hardcover box with lenticular cover art of the famous snapping finger logo. The collection features Stax stalwarts, Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave , The Dramatics, Little Milton, The Mar-Keys, Mel & Tim, Jean Knight, and The Emotions.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep your ears busy all month, the reactivated Stax Records is also presenting Carla Thomas, “The Queen Alone” due for release on March 20th! The description from Stax’s website describes this re-issue as :
The remastered reissue CD contains 5 previously unreleased tracks, plus liner notes by Stax historian Rob Bowman, author of the award-winning Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records.
Of course, both can be aquired from such popular music sites as amazon. The Stax 50th can also be downloaded from such places as emusic.