20 Single Sides Recorded For Stax On Red Vinyl Double LP!
15 Tracks In Mono & 5 Tracks In Stereo!
The house band at Stax, Booker T. & The MG's were so good, so tight, that each member - guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, drummer Al Jackson, Jr., and keyboardist/bandleader Booker T. Jones - is a legend in his own right. Playing behind such superstars as Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, and Wilson Pickett, the group forever defined the sound of Southern soul. And on their own - man, they just couldn't be topped, with a total of 12 Pop and 15 R&B hits during their unparalleled tenure at Stax. That's why they are the greatest instrumental R&B band of all time...and, not incidentally, a potent symbol of racial integration and harmony from a time when such diverse outfits were rare.
Real Gone Music already brought you 29 of the 49 single sides The MG's recorded for Stax on The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 1; now they're back with the other 20, assembled - for the first time ever! - after a painstaking search for the best sources available, and, like on all of the RGM singles collections, carefully vetted (by engineer Aaron Kannowski) to ensure that the versions you're hearing are exactly what disc jockeys were spinning off their 7-inch singles on to the airwaves back in the day. In this case, that means the first 15 songs on this 2-LP set are in mono, the last 5 stereo, all discographically documented in meticulous fashion by liner note writer Ed Osborne, whose essay maps every move Booker T. & The MG's made during the late '60s through the early '70s and beyond.
But most of all, The Complete Stax Singles Vol. 2 (1968-1974) is one incredible listen, featuring such classic songs as "Time Is Tight", "Soul-Limbo", "Melting Pot", their versions of Domenic Frontiere's "Hang 'Em High", The Beatles' "Something" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson", a bunch of hard-to-find B-sides, and more, all played by basically the best band that ever lived!
This 2-LP set, pressed on red vinyl and housed inside a gatefold jacket, contains some of the greatest and grooviest R&B instrumentals ever recorded.
A question that often gets debated by my fellow vinyl collectors is: What records would you buy for someone who was starting their journey as a music fan? What essentials would be in their starting kit? My answer has changed and evolved over the years, and today, I think it would include both of these double LP collections of all the singles Stax Records released by their incredible house band Booker T. & the M.G.'s. This is the evolution of soul and R&B music through the '60s spread across eight sides of vinyl, with the lean sound of early singles like 'Green Onions' and 'Soul Dressing' giving way to the shaggy influences of psychedelic rock, folk and the greasy music of the Muscle Shoals crew on later cuts like 'Sugarcane' and their cover of 'Something.' The M.G.'s absorbed them all and made them their own with style and hip-swinging joy.
- Double LP
- Red Vinyl
- 20 single sides recorded for Stax
- First 15 tracks in Mono
- Last 5 tracks in Stereo
- Carefully vetted by engineer Aaron Kannowski
- Detailed notes & discography information by Ed Osborne
- Gatefold jacket
- Heads Or Tails
- Hang 'Em High
- Over Easy
- Time Is Tight
- Johnny, I Love You
- Mrs. Robinson
- Soul Clap '69
- Slum Baby
- Sunday Sermon
- Melting Pot
- Kinda Easy Like
- Jamaica This Morning