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‘Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & The Best of the Rest’: 6-CD Box Set Due out Feb. 9

Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is pleased to announce the release of Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & The Best Of The Rest, a 6-CD box set that delves deep into the Stax Records archives, and explores the label’s efforts to diversify their output. This new addition to the critically acclaimed series of Stax singles boxes offers a more profound study of the Memphis label’s catalog, including long-forgotten B-sides and rarities, and focusing not just on soul tunes – for which the label was most famous – but also offering a cross-section of rock, pop, blues, gospel and country recordings from 1960-1975. Available February 9th, the collection will also include an 80-page booklet, offering four new in-depth essays by music journalist Lee Hildebrand, writer and producer Alec Palao, box set co-producer Bill Belmont and Rob Bowman, author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story Of Stax Records, and producer of Vol. 4‘s discs 1-3.

Featuring recordings from the catalogs of both Craft and Rhino Entertainment – the Catalog Division of Warner Music – who jointly control Stax‘s iconic masters, this comprehensive box set is the perfect companion piece to Vols. 1-3; the first of which, The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968, was released by Atlantic Records in 1991 and reissued by Rhino in 2016. Volumes 2 and 3, originally released by Stax in 1993 and 1994 respectively, and reissued by Concord in 2015, offered soul singles spanning 1968-1975, collectively. In his introduction, co-producer Bill Belmont discusses the concept behind Vol. 4: “Over the years, within the collector-fan circuit, and in reissues and collections of vintage Stax material worldwide, some ‘B’ sides have attained a status comparable to the promoted work.”  Adds Rob Bowman, in his essay regarding the soul portion of the box, “[Stax’s B-sides] are, by and large, better than most companies’ A-sides.”  Continues Belmont, “Stax’s ‘other side’…has never been presented on its own – thus here, the ‘other’ [imprints] are all gathered under the Stax umbrella; part of the all-encompassing rubric ‘where everything is everything.'”

While Stax is primarily known for its soul music – Vols. 1-3 focused exclusively on that genre – the label also managed a variety of imprints throughout the ’60s and ’70s, many of which explored new sonic avenues, including rock (from Ardent, Enterprise and Hip), gospel (Chalice, Gospel Truth) and country (Enterprise). Also compiled are several instrumental and blues tracks from the earliest days of the label, when it was known as Satellite Records. The collection includes over 60 wide-ranging artists, including the Staple Singers, Big Star, the Bar-Kays, Jean Knight, Don Nix, the Rance Allen Group and Johnnie Taylor.

Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & The Best Of The Rest comes at the conclusion of a wide-ranging celebration of Stax Records’ 60th Anniversary by both Craft and Rhino. The unique partnership of the labels commemorated the first marketing collaboration of the Stax recordings, which had been divided since Atlantic Records split with Stax Records in early 1968. Throughout 2017, the two labels have collectively released over 15 vinyl reissues, including Rufus Thomasdebut Walking The Dog, Sam & Dave’s Soul Men and Carla Thomas’ Carla LP (Rhino), as well as titles like Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, the Sons of Truth‘s Message From The Ghetto and John Gary Williams’ self-titled debut (Craft). Special attention was also focused on two Stax giants this year: Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding. Craft released a series of remastered, high-resolution digital reissues for Hayes (vinyl reissues will follow in 2018) as well as the critically acclaimed box set, Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976). Rhino paid tribute to Redding with mono editions of Soul Ballads and The Soul Album, as well as a forthcoming seven-LP vinyl box, The Definitive Studio Albums Collection, while Concord released the double LP Live From The Whisky A Go Goearlier in the year. Looking ahead, Rhino will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Redding’s best-selling “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” single. For Record Store Day’s Black Friday event, Rhino commemorated the 50th anniversary of Redding’s Live In Europe Albumwith a limited-edition red vinyl pressing, while Concord saluted ’70s rockers Big Star with a live tribute to their Third album, Stroke It, Noel: Big Star’s THIRD In Concert, as well as Hayes, with a vinyl edition of Spirit of Memphis, offering highlights from the box set. Additionally, during the Stax 60th celebration, both labels collaborated on the Stax Classics series of CDs, highlighting Stax‘s biggest stars, while the 3-CD collection Soulsville U.S.A. culled material from both Concord‘s and Rhino‘s masters, much like Stax Singles, Vol. 4.

Track List:

Disc 1:

1. Carla & Rufus: Deep Down Inside

2. Rufus And Friend: Yeah, Yea-Ah

3. Prince Conley: All The Way

4. The Canes: I’ll Never Give Her Up

5. The Astors: Just Enough To Hurt Me

6. Eddie Kirk: I Found A Brand New Love

7. Rufus Thomas: Fine And Mellow

8. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Fannie Mae

9. Floyd Newman: Sassy

10. Rufus Thomas: I Want To Get Married

11. Bobby Marchan: That’s The Way That It Goes

12. The Cobras: Shake Up

13. Barbara And The Browns: You Belong To Her

14. Dorothy Williams: Watchdog

15. Baracudas: Free For All

16. Barbara And The Browns: I Don’t Want Trouble

17. Gorgeous George: Sweet Thing

18. The Astors: I Found Out

19. Rufus & Carla Thomas: We’re Tight

20. Rufus Thomas: Chicken Scratch

21. Ruby Johnson: Weak Spot

22. Rufus Thomas: Talkin’ Bout True Love

23. Mable John: If You Give Up What You Got (You’ll See What You Lost)

24. Sam And Dave: A Small Portion Of Your Love

25. Ruby Johnson: Keep On Keeping On

26. Rufus Thomas: Greasy Spoon

27. Mable John: Left Over Love

28. Ollie & The Nightingales: Girl, You Have My Heart Singing

29. Mable John: Don’t Get Caught

Disc 2:

1. Shirley Walton: I’m So Glad You’re Back

2. Delaney & Bonnie: We’ve Just Been Feeling Bad

3. Linda Lyndell:  I Don’t Know

4. Judy Clay & William Bell: Love-Eye-Tis

5. Judy Clay: Remove These Clouds

6. The Staple Singers: Stay With Us

7. Rufus Thomas: So Hard To Get Along With

8. Jeanne & The Darlings: I Like What You’re Doing To Me

9. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Over Easy

10. Mable John: Shouldn’t I Love Him

11. William Bell & Judy Clay: Left Over Love

12. Jimmy Hughes: Sweet Things You Do

13. Art Jerry Miller: Grab A Handful

14. Eddie Floyd: Consider Me

15. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Soul Clap ’69

16. Jeanne & The Darlings: Standing In The Need Of Your Love

17. The Bar-Kays: I Thank You

18. The Soul Children: Make It Good

19. Ollie & The Nightingales: I’ll Be Your Everything

20. William Bell: Let Me Ride

21. Booker T. & The Mg’s: Sunday Sermon

22. Carla Thomas: Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)

23. Shack: A Love Affair That Bears No Pain

24. The Nightingales: Just A Little Overcome

25. The Newcomers: Mannish Boy


Disc 3:

1. Ilana: Let Love Fill Your Heart

2. The Soul Children: Ridin’ On Love’s Merry-Go-Round

3. Hot Sauce: I Can’t Win For Losing

4. Lee Sain: Ain’t Nobody Like My Baby

5. Hot Sauce: Echoes From The Past

6. The Mad Lads: Did My Baby Call

7. Isaac Hayes & David Porter: Baby I’m-A Want You

8. Jean Knight: Pick Up The Pieces

9. Johnnie Taylor: Stop Teasing Me

10. Isaac Hayes: Type Thang

11. John Gary Williams: In Love With You

12. Major Lance: Since I Lost My Baby’s Love

13. Hot Sauce: Mama’s Baby (Daddy’s Maybe)

14. The Soul Children: Poem On The School House Door

15. Rufus Thomas: That Makes Christmas Day

16. The Staple Singers: What’s Your Thing

17. Shirley Brown: Yes Sir Brother

18. Hot Sauce: Funny

19. Frederick Knight: Let’s Make A Deal

20. The Green Brothers: Can’t Give You Up (I Love You Too Much)

21. John Gary Williams: Just Ain’t No Love (Without You Here)

Disc 4:

1. Sid Selvidge: The Ballad Of Otis B. Watson

2. The Caboose: Black Hands White Cotton

3. Dallas County: Love’s Not Hard To Find

4. Casper Peters: April

5. Clark Sullivan: Reaching For A Rainbow

6. Billy Eckstine: I Wanna Be Your Baby

7. Chuck Boris: Why Did It Take So Long

8. Barbara Lewis: Why Did It Take So Long

9. Finley Brown: Gypsy

10. O.B. Mcclinton: Slip Away

11. Billy Eckstine: When Something Is Wrong

12. Ben Atkins: Good Times Are Coming

13. River City Street Band: Some Other Man

14. O.B. Mcclinton: Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You

15. Big Ben: Would I Be Better Gone?

16. Don Nix: Black Cat Moan

17. Don Nix: She’s A Friend Of Mine

18. Larry Raspberry And The Highsteppers: Rock ‘N Roll Warning

19. Chico Hamilton: Conquistadores ’74

20. Cliff Cochran: The Way I’m Needing You

21. Connie Eaton: Let’s Get Together

22. Karen Casey: The Way I’m Needing You

Disc 5:

1. Poor Little Rich Kids: Stop – Quit It

2. Lonnie Duvall: Cigarettes

3. Poor Little Rich Kids: It’s Mighty Clear

4. The Honey Jug: Warm City Baby

5. The Goodees:  For A Little While

6. The Honey Jug: For Your Love

7. Kangaroo’s: Groovy Day

8. Bobby Whitlock: And I Love You

9. Southwest F.O.B.: Smell Of Incense

10. The Goodees: Condition Red

11. Billy Lee Riley: Family Portrait

12. This Generation: The Children Have Your Tongue

13. Billy Lee Riley: Show Me Your Soul

14. The Waters: Day In And Out

15. The Village Sound: Hey Jack (Don’t Hijack My Plane)

16. The Cheques: Cool My Desire

17. The Goodees: Goodies

18. Paris Pilot: Miss Rita Famous

19. The Knowbody Else: Someone Something

20. Cargoe: Feel Alright

21. Big Star: In The Street

22. Cargoe: I Love You Anyway

23. The Hot Dogs: Say What You Mean

24. Big Star: O My Soul

25. The Hot Dogs: I Walk The Line

26. Big Star: September Gurls

Disc 6:

1. The Dixie Nightingales: The Assassination

2. The Dixie Nightingales: Hush Hush

3. The Dixie Nightingales: I Don’t Know

4. The Stars Of Virginia: Wade In The Water

5. The Dixie Nightingales: Forgive These Fools

6. The Jubilee Hummingbirds: Our Freedom Song (Free At Last)

7. The Jubilee Hummingbirds: Press My Dying Pillow

8. The Pattersonaires: God’s Promise

9. Rev. Maceo Woods And The Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir: Hello Sunshine

10. Roebuck “Pop” Staples: Tryin’ Time

11. Terry Lynn Community Choir: His Love Will Always Be

12. Reverend W. Bernard Avant Jr. & The St. James Gospel Choir: Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You (Don’t Let The Devil Fool You)

13. The Rance Allen Group: There’s Gonna Be A Showdown

14. The Rance Allen Group: That Will Be Good Enough For Me

15. Reverend Maceo Woods & The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir: The Magnificent Sanctuary Band (Marching For The Man)

16. Louise Mccord: Better Get A Move On

17. Charles May & Annette May Thomas: Satisfied

18. The Rance Allen Group: I Got To Be Myself

19. The People’s Choir Of Operation Push Under The Direction Of Reverend Marvin Yancy: He Included Me

20. The Rance Allen Group: We’re The Salt Of The Earth

21. Louise Mccord: Reflections

22. The Rance Allen Group: Ain’t No Need Of Crying

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