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STAX INFOS
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WILLIE MITCHELL 1928-2010
(January 5, 2010)


(c) P. Montier, 2003

Great musician and producer Willie Mitchell died today in Memphis at 81. Many Stax musicians debuted or played at his Royal Recording Studio, not far from Stax and it was also the closest to the Stax sound we love so much. Rest in peace, Poppa.

 

AFTER PORRETTA 2009
(November 27, 2009)

A DVD with excerpts from the Porretta Soul Festival held last july has been issued in limited number. If you are interested, email to porrettasoul@libero.it.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY AT STAX
(November 16, 2009)


Originally released in 1974, this album featured the legendary 'Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues', 'My Boy' and 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby'. In addition to the masters, it will contain many outtakes from the Stax Sessions of 1973. The 2 CD's package features a 12-page booklet with all personals and recording details. It will be issued on December 1.

See details at
http://www.elvisnews.com/news.aspx/full-details-good-times-ftd-edition/12165

 

FREDDY ROBINSON RIP
(July 26, 2009)


Blues guitarist Freddy Robinson, who converted to Islam during the 1970s and took the name Abu Talib, died on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 of cancer. Born in Memphis, Talib was 70 years old at the time of his death. Robinson began his recording career in 1962, with albums released by a number of labels, including his hometown's Stax Records with the LP "Off The Cuff".

 

CONCORD REISSUES
(October 17, 2009)

Concord Records have reissued some CD's recently such as Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul and Boy Meets Girl duets album. These were and are still available on the second hand vinyl and CD market and it is not my purpose to present them again as our readers already know them perfectly well, knowing that the so called "remasterings" are just a commercial argument which does not make actually an audible difference. Gone seem the days of the unissued tracks and alternate takes of which our friend Roger Armstrong at Ace Record (UK) had made a specialty. Nowadays, unfortunately, the Stax catalog and its treasures just seem to be another catalog drown in the constellation of labels distributed by Concord...

 

A NEW BOOKER T. CD
(February 6, 2009)

On April 21st, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T will write the boldest, most dramatic chapter of his fifty year career with the release of his searing new album Potato Hole, on Anti Records.

With backing from the Drive-By Truckers and guitar contributions from Neil Young on nine of the album's ten tracks, Potato Hole is the rawest, funkiest music Booker T has recorded since his archetypal hit Green Onions. Booker T plays organ, acoustic and electric guitar on Potato Hole and wrote seven of the album's songs. Potato Hole was recorded last fall in Georgia and California and produced by Booker T and Rob Schnapf.

Track List: Pound It Out / She Breaks / Hey Ya / Native New Yorker / Nan / Warped Sister (click to listen) / Get Behind The Mule / Reunion Time / Potato Hole /Space City.

 

A NEW LIVE OTIS REDDING CD
(August 23rd, 2008)

Although some of the songs have appeared as part of the Ace Records 1,000 Volts series and the long out of print Stax Volt in Europe, Vol. 3, this new Stax collection CD is the first to present the songs in the order they were played on stage in 1967. The set was mixed from the original multi-track tapes by Stephen A. Hart at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.

The album contains seven songs (plus an introduction) taped in London, and another ten (plus an intro) from Paris. The Paris show was longer because, unlike London, there was no 11 p.m. curfew. Featured are live Staples like 'Respect,' 'My Girl,' 'Shake,' 'Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),' and 'Try a Little Tenderness.' Redding even brought a pair of songs with British origins back across the Atlantic - rousing, finger-popping renditions of the Beatles' 'Day Tripper' and the Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.'

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