Sunday, January 04, 2009

A Soulful Ruckus

Great piece in the Arts section the NY Times on the Stax/Volt Revue that toured Europe in 1967:
"Seeing the brash Southerners who forged Memphis soul music at Stax Records must have been a startling experience for audiences on the 1967 Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe.

Dapper and raw, hard-working and audacious, rooted in gospel while exulting in sensuality, Stax stars like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave were song-and-dance men who knew how to bring audiences to their feet. Their band — Booker T. and the M.G.’s plus the Mar-Keys as the horn section — was racially integrated and musically unstoppable...Stax Records did not choose timid singers. The tour lineup was all belters — Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and Arthur Conley — who bounced percussive phrases off the band’s unswerving beat. They were R&B troupers from an era when performers didn’t need to lip-sync when they danced. The Stax singers commanded the stage with moves no choreographer taught them, and they didn’t rest until their audience became an ecstatic congregation."
Click here for the full piece.

Reading the article inspired me to gather up a bunch of music from the artists mentioned therein. There are some gems buried in the music overload posted below...My personal favorite is the Booker T McLemore Avenue record though it barely qualifies as a soul record...Have fun. Comments welcome.

Miscellaneous Stax Tracks...

Booker T and the MGs - Green Onions | Hip Hug-Her | McLemore Avenue

Stax Greatest Hits

The Very Best Of Otis Redding

The Very Best Of Sam & Dave