WATTSTAX (3-CD Deluxe Edition)
WATTSTAX (3-CD Deluxe Edition) by Stax at Your Free Album. MPN: STX30315. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. It wasn't just the music-it was the connection the groups made with the crowd that made Wattstax such a glorious event. It was the summer of '72 at the LA Coliseum, and this is what they heard: Knock on Wood Eddie Floyd; I'll Take You There Staple Singers; Killing Floor Albert King; Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes; B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas; Do the Funky Chicken Rufus Thomas, plus Little Milton, Bar-Keys even Richard Pryor gets in on it. First domestic release of the entire soundtrack-over three hours!
Product Description & Reviews
It wasn't just the music-it was the connection the groups made with the crowd that made Wattstax such a glorious event. It was the summer of '72 at the LA Coliseum, and this is what they heard: Knock on Wood Eddie Floyd; I'll Take You There Staple Singers; Killing Floor Albert King; Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes; B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas; Do the Funky Chicken Rufus Thomas, plus Little Milton, Bar-Keys even Richard Pryor gets in on it. First domestic release of the entire soundtrack-over three hours! Calling this August 1972 concert comprised exclusively of Stax artists "Wattstock" or even the "black Woodstock" pushes the boundaries of the day-long event past its breaking point. But there is no doubt that Wattstax, held in a jittery post-riot Watts atmosphere, was an iconic cultural milestone deserving of a better recorded legacy than the two double albums that initially emerged from it, both of which were surreptitiously padded with studio tracks to enhance the roster. This three-disc, nearly four-hour-long deluxe 35th anniversary edition gets it right--or more right--by excluding the bogus material, adding a over an hour of previously unreleased music, and presenting it in an expanded package that includes a detailed essay by Stax historian Rob Bowman. The show's gospel aspect is further highlighted with plenty of Staple Singers, the amazing Rance Allen Group, and obscure blues harp player Little Sonny ripping into an instrumental version of "Wade in the Water." Comedy snippets from a young Richard Pryor and Jesse Jackson's opening speech, which appeared in the associated film, could have been excised, but nearly entire sets from Carla and Rufus Thomas, the Bar-Kays, and David Porter are worthy additions. Only the ubiquitous "Theme from Shaft" remains from Isaac Hayes's hour-long closing, but his full performance is available separately. The Emotions, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, and a few others who didn't play the actual festival were recorded at other L.A. venues in the days around the concert, bringing a bit of a spurious element to this otherwise classy souvenir from a historically important and vibrant occasion. --Hal Horowitz
Features & Highlights
R&B / Soul / Blue-Eyed Soul
5.75 x 0.5 x 5 inches
5.12 x 0.87 x 6.14 inches
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