Stax Celebrates Sixty

LTTL enjoying a personalised tour of Stax Records with the late, great Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns

 

CONCORD MUSIC GROUP AND RHINO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE
STAX RECORDS’ 60TH ANNIVERSARY
YEAR-LONG JOINT SALUTE FEATURES MULTIPLE ALBUMS, BOXED SETS AND
LIVE PERFORMANCE RELEASES

 

Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment have announced a joint campaign celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of iconic soul label, Stax Records.

Stax Records began in Memphis Tennessee as Satellite Records in 1957 by Jim Stewart before becoming known as Soulsville, USA with an amazing run of hits and a comaderie between the artists, players and administrators resembling a tight-knit family.  The label’s legendary artists included Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave and Albert King.  The backing bands became world-renowned.

The to-be curated collections of some of the greatest Stax music will be released on new hits compilations, vinyl, digital hi-resolution remasters and deluxe boxed sets.  These releases will showcase the Stax hits, plus rare tracks.

There will be ten low-cost collections, each highlighting one of the label’s biggest stars with twelve tracks and new liner notes.  Throughout the year, the new issues will include a fiftieth anniversary pressing of Redding and Thomas’ King & Queen (Rhino), Melvin Van Peebles’ soundtrack to the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Concord), rarity John Gary Williams from The Mad Lads front man (Concord) and Redding’s 1965 classic The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (Rhino).

Also, the forthcoming four-CD anthology Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) will be released in August 2017 to coincide with the multitalented artist’s 75th birth anniversary.  In addition, both labels will collaborate on a three-CD Stax 60th set, plus a new installment in the critically acclaimed Complete Stax Singles boxed set series.

Volume Four will focus on the diverse nature of the label’s catalog, featuring singles released not only on Stax and Volt, but also Enterprise, Hip, Chalice, Gospel Truth and more.  Both Rhino and Concord will also continue an overhaul of digital releases, re-delivering a handful of popular titles in high-resolution and Mastered for iTunes formats, as well as making many albums available to streaming and digital services for the first time.

“The Stax catalog features some of the greatest and most culturally significant albums and singles of all time and continues to resonate with music fans 60 years later,” says Mark Pinkus, President of Rhino Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Concord’s team on a wide array of new releases fitting of such an important moment in the Stax legacy.”

 

 


Sig Sigworth, Chief Catalog Officer of Concord Bicycle Music, Concord Music Group’s mother company, also notes that “Stax has a great history of bringing people together—songwriters, musicians, singers and fans from around the world.  It’s in this same tradition that we are very pleased to work with Mark and his team to bring together both sides of this incredible catalog while celebrating 60 years of Soulsville, USA.”

The Total Tennessee Tour will be visiting Stax this September.  A very small number of places remain.

 

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Author: Rob Dickens

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