Today May 31st see's the official reissue release of the double LP Stax Soul Explosion. Now available for the the first time on vinyl since 1969
The release is part of Craft Recordings’ celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stax Records’ “Soul Explosion” the Memphis label’s defining hits collection.
As well as this release the schedule also includes including digitally reissuing 30 titles in 30 days throughout June to commemorate Black Music Month.
“Soul Explosion” refers to the period in 1969 when Stax was rebuilding itself as an independent label, after leaving Atlantic Records and its music catalog behind.
Under the guidance of co-owner Al Bell, the label proceeded to rebuild and release an impressive collection of 27 albums and 30 singles in just a handful of months—a period known as “Soul Explosion” and by the end of 1969, the label reaffirmed its place as a soul powerhouse.
1. Johnnie Taylor "Who's Making Love"
2. Jimmy Hughes "Like Everything About You"
3. Booker T. & The MG's "Hang 'Em High"
4. Carla Thomas "Where Do I Go"
5. Eddie Floyd "I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)"
6. Southwest F.O.B. "Smell Of Incense"
7. Albert King "Cold Feet"
8. Booker T. & The MG's "Soul Limbo"
9. The Mad Lads "So Nice"
10. Eddie Floyd "Bring It On Home To Me"
11. William Bell & Judy Clay "Private Number"
12. The Staple Singers "Long Walk To D.C."
13. Ollie & The Nightingales "I've Got A Sure Thing"
14. The Bar-Kays "Copy Kat"
1. Booker T. & The MG's "Soul Clap '69"
2. The Staple Singers "Hear My Call"
3. Johnnie Taylor "Save Your Love For Me"
4. Jimmy Hughes "Peeped Around Yonder's Bend"
5. Carla Thomas "Book Of Love"
6. The Mad Lads "These Old Memories"
7. Southwest F.O.B. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
8. The Bar-Kays "Hot Hips"
9. Ollie & The Nightingales "Heartache Mountain"
10. Johnnie Taylor "Twenty Years From Today"
11. Eddie Floyd "It's Wrong To Be Loving You"
12. Judy Clay "It's Me"
13. Booker T. & The MG's "Booker's Theme"
14. Albert King "Left Hand Woman (Get Right With Me)"
BLACK MUSIC MONTH DIGITAL REISSUES JUNE 2019
In June, to commemorate Black Music Month, Craft will also reissue 30 titles to digital platforms—marking the very first digital release of these albums. The titles, which will be released one per day throughout the month, include the 1971 concept album Victim Of The Joke An Opera from acclaimed songwriter and producer David Porter; 1973’s Estelle, Myrna & Sylvia from girl-group The Sweet Inspirations(who backed such acts as Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin) and A Dramatic Experience, the sophomore album by R&B Music Hall of Fame inductee The Dramatics.
Eleven of these titles (from the likes of the Soul Children, Johnnie Taylor and the Mad Lads) are results of the 1969 Soul Explosion sessions. The full list will follow in a separate news item.