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Stax Black Music One A Day - Digital Album Releases for June

Stax Black Music One A Day - Digital Album Releases for June magazine cover

Saturday just gone saw the release of the vinyl double Soul Explosion album, which was part of Craft Recordings’ celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stax Records’ “Soul Explosion”

As mentioned Craft are also releasing 30 albums (that's one a day) through out this month of June to commemorate Black History month. Marking the very first digital release of these albums, blurb follows below

In June, to commemorate Black Music Month, Craft will also reissue 30 titles to digital platform 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.

Throughout the remainder of 2019, fans can look forward to several curated playlists, contests and additional releases.


Black Music Month Digital Releases:


Artist: Booker T. & The MGs

Album Title: Soul Limbo

Release Date: 6/1/19


Artist: Various

Album Title: Boy Meets Girl

Release Date: 6/2/19


Artist: Johnnie Taylor

Album Title: Rare Stamps

Release Date: 6/3/19


Artist: Soul Children

Album Title: Soul Children

Release Date: 6/4/19


Artist: Carla Thomas

Album Title: Memphis Queen

Release Date: 6/5/19



Artist: Ollie & The Nightingales

Album Title: Ollie & The Nightingales

Release Date: 6/6/19



Artist: Johnnie Taylor

Album Title: The Johnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues

Release Date: 6/7/19


Artist: The Mar-Keys

Album Title: Damifiknow

Release Date: 6/8/19


Artist: JJ Barnes & Steve Mancha

Album Title: Rare Stamps

Release Date: 6/9/19


Artist: The Mad Lads

Album Title: The Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Lads

Release Date: 6/10/19



Artist: The Goodees

Album Title: Candy Coated Goodees

Release Date: 6/11/19


Artist: The Knowbody Else

Album Title: The Knowbody Else

Release Date: 6/12/19


Artist: Eddie Floyd

Album Title: California Girl

Release Date: 6/13/19


Artist: Rufus Thomas

Album Title: Crown Prince Of Dance

Release Date: 6/14/19


Artist: Mel & Tim

Album Title: Starting All Over Again

Release Date: 6/15/19


Artist: William Bell

Album Title: Phases Of Reality

Release Date: 6/16/19



Artist: The Sweet Inspirations

Album Title: Estelle, Myrna & Sylvia

Release Date: 6/17/19


Artist: The Dramatics

Album Title: A Dramatic Experience

Format: 6/18/19


Artist: John KaSandra

Album Title: Color Me Human

Release Date: 6/19/19


Artist: The Bar-Kays

Album Title: Do You See What I See?

Release Date: 6/20/19


Artist: David Porter

Album Title: Victim Of The Joke? An Opera

Release Date: 6/21/19



Artist: The Rance Allen Group

Album Title: A Soulful Experience

Release Date: 6/22/19


Artist: The Temprees

Album Title: Love Maze

Release Date: 6/23/19


Artist: Frederick Knight

Album Title: I’ve Been Lonely For So Long

Release Date: 6/24/19



Artist: Barbara Lewis

Album Title: The Many Grooves Of

Release Date: 6/25/19


Artist: Little Milton

Album Title: Waiting For Little Milton

Release Date: 6/26/19


Artist: Inez Foxx

Album Title: At Memphis

Release Date: 6/27/19


Artist: Melvin Van Peebles

Album Title: Don’t Play Us Cheap

Release Date: 6/28/19



Artist: Kim Weston

Album Title: Kim Kim Kim

Release Date: 6/29/19


Artist: Various

Album Title: Wattstax

Release Date: 6/30/19


About Craft Recordings:

Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard and Vee-Jay Records, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation-ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Music. For more info, visit CraftRecordings.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify.



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Tomangoes's profile photo


That sure is a whole lot of soul and funk.

Anybody know if any of the releases are new material?


Mike's profile photo


Ed, think you find that while they are the first time in digital format they are just straight forward re-issues of the original albums

at least that's how I read it 👍

daved's profile photo


Some great LPs in that list. Quite a few unexpected ones too - the sort of stuff we like.

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Baz Atkinson's profile photo


The soul explosion sessions had some of the best albums ever made imho,I hope that people who have never had the opportunity to sample these get them in this format,there will simply blow you away.

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While I admire the concept, I don't understand the pricing. For example, the first release, The "Soul Explosion" compilation, is up on Amazon for just short of £34. You can buy originals on discogs for a quarter of this price. So why would anyone want the new one?

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