Various Artists

The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968

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At nine discs and 244 tracks, The Complete Stax-Volt Singles: 1959-1968 is far too exhaustive for casual fans, but that's not who the set is designed for -- it's made for the collector. Featuring every A-side the label released during those nine years, as well as several B-sides, the set is a definitive portrait of gritty, deep Southern soul. Many of the genre's major names -- Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MG's, William Bell, Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, Albert King -- plus many terrific one-shot wonders are showcased in terrific sound and augmented with an in-depth booklet. For any serious soul or rock collector, it's an essential set, since Stax-Volt was not only a musically revolutionary label, its roster was deep with talent, which means much of the music on this collection is first-rate. But if you only want the hits, you'll be better off with a smaller collection, since too much of this set will sound too similar, and sorting through the nine discs will be a monumental task if you only want to hear Otis, Rufus, Carla, and Sam & Dave.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:50
2 2:45
3 2:16
4 2:10
5 2:34
6 2:05
7 2:08
8 2:41
9 2:22
10 2:28
11 2:21
12 2:31
13 2:01
14 2:36
15 2:13
16 2:58
17 2:02
18 2:58
19 2:21
20
2:48
21
2:12
22 2:28
23 2:40
24 2:20
25 2:38
26 2:25
27 2:22
28 20:05
29 2:30

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:50
2 3:15
3 2:25
4 3:03
5 2:25
6 2:30
7 2:20
8 2:30
9 2:25
10 2:31
11 2:40
12 2:38
13 2:30
14 2:52
15 2:12
16 2:30
17 2:30
18 2:05
19 2:23
20 2:59
21 2:30
22 2:35
23 2:15
24
2:14
25 2:12
26 2:30
27
2:35

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:22
2 2:40
3 2:20
4 2:10
5 2:20
6 2:30
7 2:14
8 2:40
9 2:00
10 2:20
11 2:38
12 2:50
13 2:40
14 2:20
15 2:35
16
2:10
17 2:00
18 2:35
19 2:30
20 2:59
21 2:25
22 2:45
23 2:30
24 2:24
25 2:53
26 2:40
27 2:20
28
2:20

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:10
2 2:25
3 2:45
4 2:15
5 2:25
6 2:18
7 1:57
8 2:48
9
2:20
10 2:24
11 2:26
12 2:30
13 2:40
14 2:20
15 2:35
16 2:43
17 2:43
18 2:23
19 2:12
20 2:45
21 2:35
22 2:03
23 2:31
24 2:49
25 2:30
26 2:55
27 2:30

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:30
2 2:37
3 2:45
4 2:35
5 2:20
6 2:43
7 2:06
8 2:25
9 2:20
10 2:40
11
2:26
12 2:36
13 2:31
14 2:20
15 2:37
16 2:35
17 2:55
18 2:37
19 2:20
20 2:14
21 2:59
22 2:43
23 2:20
24 3:00
25
2:05
26 2:40
27 2:30

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 2:30
3 2:45
4 2:30
5 3:00
6 2:52
7 2:53
8 2:50
9 2:55
10 2:49
11 2:40
12 2:25
13 2:42
14 2:36
15 2:48
16 2:37
17 2:30
18 2:35
19 2:40
20 2:44
21 3:20
22 2:31
23 2:50
24 2:37
25 2:32

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 2:50
3 2:50
4 2:30
5 2:30
6 2:20
7 2:55
8 2:19
9 3:14
10 2:10
11 2:22
12 2:49
13 2:30
14 2:30
15 2:40
16 2:50
17 2:18
18 2:48
19 3:00
20 2:18
21 2:25
22 2:33
23 2:44
24 2:55
25 2:39
26 2:03

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 2:21
3 2:40
4 2:50
5 2:41
6 2:25
7 2:40
8 2:25
9 2:38
10 2:25
11 2:10
12 2:45
13 2:40
14 2:48
15 2:57
16 1:55
17 2:50
18 2:38
19 2:36
20 2:31
21 2:20
22 2:35
23
2:47
24 2:35
25 3:20
26 2:35
27 2:55
28 2:45

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:22
2 2:37
3 2:25
4 2:43
5 2:40
6 2:27
7 2:38
8 2:05
9 2:33
10 2:35
11 2:59
12 2:42
13 2:32
14 2:50
15 2:40
16 2:39
17 2:30
18 2:13
19 2:45
20 2:16
21 2:48
22
2:06
23 2:49
24 2:57
25 2:40
26 2:45
27 2:25
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