Various Artists - Soul Explosion


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50th Anniversary reissue on double LP!

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Pressed at Memphis Record Pressing

Soul Explosion is a double LP, first-time vinyl reissue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stax Record's defining hits collection, featuring 28 tracks including chart-toppers and deeper cuts.

The Stax Soul Explosion 2LP reissue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Memphis label's defining hits collection. Features powerful soul tracks such as "Private Number" by Judy Clay & William Bell, "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor and "I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" by Eddie Floyd. The set features 28 tracks, including chart-toppers and deeper cuts.

In 1968 Stax was working overtime to reinvent itself in the wake of Otis Redding's untimely December '67 passing and the dissolution of a deal with Atlantic Records that gave the label perpetual rights to Stax's back catalog. When the deal ended, Stax also lost one of their leading artists, Sam & Dave, who were signed to Atlantic, but released their music on Stax.

Though Stax lost nearly all of the songs they had recorded from 1957 through 1968, they still had the talented musicians, songwriters and producers who had made them. Al Bell, who had just been promoted to Vice President of the label, quickly realized that Stax needed more than hits if they were going to survive. They needed to rebuild their back catalog. In 1969, Bell steered Stax into a prolific period of recording that united Stax's creative forces in the common goal of getting the label back on its feet. This rebuilding phase was labeled the Soul Explosion. During this remarkable rebuilding phase, 30 singles and 27 albums were recorded in eight months.



Side 1
Johnnie Taylor - Who’s Making Love
Jimmy Hughes - Like Everything About You
Booker T. & The MG’s - Hang ‘Em High
Carla Thomas - Where Do I Go
Eddie Floyd - I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)
Southwest F.O.B. - Smell Of Incense
Albert King - Cold Feet

Side 2
Booker T. & The MG’s - Soul Limbo
The Mad Lads - So Nice
Eddie Floyd - Bring It On Home To Me
William Bell & Judy Clay - Private Number
The Staple Singers - Long Walk To D.C.
Ollie & The Nightingales - I’ve Got A Sure Thing
The Bar-Kays - Copy Kat

Side 3
Booker T. & The MG’s - Soul Clap ‘69
The Staple Singers - Hear My Call
Johnnie Taylor - Save Your Love For Me
Jimmy Hughes - Peeped Around Yonder’s Bend
Carla Thomas - Book Of Love
The Mad Lads - These Old Memories
Southwest F.O.B. - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Side 4
The Bar-Kays - Hot Hips
Ollie & The Nightingales - Heartache Mountain
Johnnie Taylor - Twenty Years From Today
Eddie Floyd - It’s Wrong To Be Loving You
Judy Clay - It’s Me
Booker T. & The MG’s - Booker’s Theme
Albert King - Left Hand Woman (Get Right With Me)

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