On the heels of BBC‘s tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue’s first tour of the UK, Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment(Warner Music Group’s catalog division) are proud to announce Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax (set for release September 22nd) as part of their year-long joint campaign celebrating the 60th anniversary of iconic soul label, Stax Records.
Collecting the label’s biggest hits, Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax is a 60-track compilation spanning the early 60s through the mid-70s, and features the stars who created the “Memphis Sound,“ including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Booker T. & the MG’s, William Bell, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and The Dramatics, among many others. Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Staxis part of cross-label collaboration between Rhino Entertainment and Concord Bicycle Music, who collectively control recordings from label’s heyday. This 3-CD collection, which includes new liner notes by journalist Jeff Slate, will be an update to the best-selling Stax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, which has scanned close to 100,000 units since its 2007 release.
As part of the BBC Proms 2017, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra hosted a late-night tribute from London’s Royal Albert Halllast Friday (9/1), celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stax/Volt Revue’s first tour of the UK. The concert featured some of the label’s greatest surviving artists, including Booker T. Jones and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), as well as Sir Tom Jones, a longtime fan and interpreter of the Stax songbook. Both Booker T. Jones and Moore were part of the 1967 tour and were joined by fellow Stax artists William Bell, Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd, along with contemporary artists, during the tribute. Click here to watch highlights from the evening.
Stax Publicist, Deanie Parker, who continues to fortify the legacy of Stax, shares: “Stax Records has been connecting the world with Rhythm & Blues-Soul music for 60 years. Five of our remaining irreplaceable Stax legends delivered an electrifying standing room only performance recently at the BBC Proms with help from legendary Tom Jones, Jools Holland and his exciting R&B Orchestra. The potent live-music concert was top quality and ‘royal.’ Stax hit songs performed by William Bell, Booker T. Jones, Sam Moore, Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper set our hearts on fire, had us dancing in our seats and brought back so many precious memories. Even now, I am still on a sweet Soul music high.”
The two-hour tribute Prom 65 – Stax Records: 50 Years Of Soul — featuring an interview with Ms. Parker talking to Jools about some of her favorite Stax music — is scheduled to re-air again on Friday, September 15th at 8pm on BBC RADIO 2.