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PostSubject: Various Artist - Wattstax (1973)   29.01.16 2:50

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In the summer of 1972, Stax Records had an idea that was larger than life. Stax's co-owner, Al Bell, had wanted to expand the soul label's West Coast presence and develop its Stax Films arm. The ideal way to do both was to stage the biggest soul concert in history -- termed by one former staff member “the black Woodstock" -- right in the center of South Central Los Angeles, a vast portion of which had been destroyed by fire in the Watts Riots. The concert, called Wattstax, proved a crowning moment for Stax as 112,000 people united at the Los Angeles Coliseum in a spirit of joy, pride and celebration. The resultant movie was a blockbuster and plays to this date in many music film festivals. And now the original two-LP soundtrack has been expanded to three CDs, including material from the original Wattstax album (which sold seven million copies in the SoundScan era alone) as well as from its sequel, Wattstax: The Living Word, along with samplings from Wattstax-related individual artist albums released in 1972-73.

On August 28, Stax Records -- reactivated by new owner Concord Music Group -- will release the first domestic reissue of the complete Wattstax soundtrack, housed in a collectible Digipack featuring rare photographs and reproductions of vintage Wattstax-era posters. The package also contains a multi-page booklet on the story of Wattstax by noted soul music historian Rob Bowman. List price is $24.98. Digitally remastered from the original tapes, the package is one of the highlights of Stax's 50th anniversary celebration, which has also featured live concerts, a film to be premiered on PBS, a film festival and an array of reissues and DVDs.

The expanded Wattstax volume features many Stax artists whose careers were surging in the early '70s: namely Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, The Emotions, Albert King, Little Milton, The Rance Allen Group, David Porter, The Soul Children, Mel & Tim, Fredrick Knight, Deborah Manning, Little Sonny and Richard Pryor. The set includes such hits as "Respect Yourself," “I'll Take You There," “Gee Whiz," “Theme from Shaft," “Son of Shaft," "Do The Funky Chicken," “Backfield in Motion," “Knock On Wood," “Steal Away" and more -- 47 songs in all on three CDs.

In addition to music from the concert, Stax filmed and recorded its artists all around town in clubs, churches and even in the studio. The expanded Wattstax anthology includes the best of the live festival from Wattstax and Wattstax: The Living Word plus a slew of previously unreleased festival performances, selected tracks from the club and church recordings staged during the week of the festival, and selected bits by comedian Richard Pryor that were recorded at the Summit Club in Los Angeles. Pryor's contributions were originally used in the Wattstax film to connect the music performances with man-on-the- street commentary on issues that were then pertinent to black America. Included also is an introduction by the Rev. Jesse Jackson - himself a Stax spoken-word recording artist at the time.

Wattstax was hoped to be the first step in a series of urban festivals and movies to be produced by Stax, but sequels were never to materialize. The festival hit the zeitgeist of black America at that point in time. And 35 hot summers after the festival, the music sounds as fresh as ever.


Wattstax: The Living Word
is a two-CD document of the all-day festival
of Stax acts in Los Angeles in 1972 contains decent performances by
the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, the Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas,
Albert King, the Soul Children and Isaac Hayes. It's not remarkably
different from what you'll find on those artists' records, however,
and Isaac Hayes does none of his more popular singles, his contribution
being limited to a 17-minute cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine."
Check out the Bar-Kays' outrageous eight-minute soul-rock workout on
"Son of Shaft," though, which goes into some Santana-like grooves in the
middle; Rufus Thomas launches into three dance novelties in a row
("The Breakdown," "Do the Funky Chicken," and "Do the Funky Penguin").
Note: a couple of these cuts (the Staple Singers' "Oh La De Da" and
"Lay Your Loving on Me"), although programmed as if they were recorded
live at the event, are actually versions that were re-recorded in the studio.

Disc 1
1. Dale Warren & The Wattstax '72 Orchestra – Salvation Symphony (7:56)
2. Jesse Jackson – Introduction (5:49)
3. Kim Weston – Lift Every Voice and Sing (3:39)
4. The Staple Singers – Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) (3:39)
5. The Staple Singers – Are You Sure (4:01)
6. The Staple Singers – I Like the Things About Me (5:57)
7. The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself (4:37)
8. The Staple Singers – I'll Take You There (5:16)
9. Deborah Manning – Precious Lord, Take My Hand (4:25)
10. LOUISE MCCORD – Better Get a Move On (4:00)
11. Lee Sain – Them Hot Pants (4:11)
12. Little Sonny – Wade In the Water (4:20)
13. William Bell – I Forgot to Be Your Lover (2:36)
14. Temprees – Explain It to Her Mama (2:49)
15. Frederick Knight – I've Been Lonely (For So Long) (3:53)
16. The Newcomers – Pin the Tail On the Donkey (2:48)
17. Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood (3:38)

Disc 2
1. The Emotions – Peace Be Still (9:06)
2. The Golden 13 – Old Time Religion (3:39)
3. Rance Allen – Lying On the Truth (Live From Wattstax) (3:41)
4. The Rance Allen Group – Up Above My Head (4:01)
5. The Bar-Kays – Son of Shaft/Feel It (9:17)
6. The Bar-Kays – In the Hole (2:56)
7. The Bar-Kays – I Can't Turn You Loose (3:45)
8. David Porter – Introduction (4:03)
9. David Porter – Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) (3:31)
10. David Porter – Can't See You When I Want To (10:26)
11. David Porter – Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) (3:16)
12. Richard Pryor – N****s (2:21)
13. Richard Pryor – Arrest/Lineup (2:39)
14. The Emotions – So I Can Love You (6:09)
15. The Emotions – Show Me How (5:36)

Disc 3
1. Little Milton – Open the Door to Your Heart (7:01)
2. Mel & Tim – Backfield In Motion (5:29)
3. Johnnie Taylor – Steal Away (8:11)
4. Albert King – Killing Floor (3:49)
5. Carla Thomas – Pick Up the Pieces (2:54)
6. Carla Thomas – I Like What You're Doing (To Me) (3:34)
7. Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y (2:50)
8. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) (3:08)
9. Carla Thomas – I Have a God Who Loves (4:44)
10. Rufus Thomas – The Breakdown (Live) (4:36)
11. Rufus Thomas – Do the Funky Chicken (4:34)
12. Rufus Thomas – Do the Funky Penguin (5:51)
13. The Soul Children – I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To (6:53)
14. The Soul Children – Hearsay (7:26)
15. Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft (4:42)





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PostSubject: Re: Various Artist - Wattstax (1973)   31.01.16 14:44

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PostSubject: Re: Various Artist - Wattstax (1973)   01.02.16 22:03

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