Soul Comes Home: A Celebration of Stax Records

Soul Comes Home: A Celebration of Stax Records


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From the opening track here, a reprise by Eddie Floyd of his hit "Knock on Wood," this reunion concert, held on April 30, 2003, at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis to commemorate the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, kicks immediately into high gear. Stax, which defined and personified the heart of Deep South Memphis soul in the 1960s, collapsed in financial tatters in 1975, and the studio and office building on McLemore Avenue was torn down in 1989, but for this one night at least, the music was hot buttered and cooking again. Everything works here, from the familiar yet still magnificent grandeur of Isaac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" to the wonderfully emotive reading of "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" by Carla Thomas. Even ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald clicks on "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," his tribute to the late Otis Redding. Al Green (who recorded for Stax rival Hi Records) does a warm two-song set here, bringing his energetic gospel best to "Let's Stay Together" and "Love and Happiness," while Solomon Burke tackles another Redding song, "Try a Little Tenderness," and with Al Bell also in attendance, the total of fiery reverends on stage at the Orpheum totaled three, giving the whole evening a kind of gospel revival feel. Booker T. & the MG's, arguably the universe's greatest soul band, turn in a blistering five-minute version of their signature song, "Green Onions," and it is one of the highlights of the evening. As a sort of living, breathing addendum to the Memphis soul scene of the 1960s, Soul Comes Home makes a wonderful testimonial, bringing the past into the present with gritty fervor.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663035124
catalogNumber: 30351
Rank: 144268

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Cropper   Guitar,Musical Direction,Group Member
Warren Haynes   Guitar
Tim Austin   Drums
Ben Cauley   Trumpet,Group Member
Larry "D" Dodson   Vocals,Group Member
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Group Member
Jack Hale   Trombone
Booker T. Jones   Hammond Organ,Group Member
Archie Love   Background Vocals
Bobby Manuel   Guitar
Joe Mulherin   Musical Direction
Lester Snell   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Jim Spake   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Marvell Thomas   Keyboards
Michael Toles   Guitar
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Ernest Williamson   Piano
James Alexander   Bass,Group Member
Patricia Snell   Background Vocals
Toddy Gentry   Guitar,Group Member
Damian Savage   Keyboards
Kirk Smothers   Baritone Saxophone
Ezra Williams   Keyboards,Group Member
Elvis Williams   Keyboards,Group Member
Steve Potts   Drums,Group Member
Michael Anderson   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

James Cleveland   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Green   Composer
Luther Ingram   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Ronnie Caldwell   Composer
Milton Campbell   Composer
Ben Cauley   Composer
Carl Cunningham   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Niko Lyras   Producer,Engineer
Joe Mulherin   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Bonny "Mack" Rice   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Deanie Parker   Producer
James Alexander   Composer
Joseph Broussard   Composer
Harry Connelly   Composer
Milt Lage   Video Director
Robert Katz   Producer
Chuck Mitchell   Logo Design
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Mark Crosby   Executive Producer
Kim Brisco   Logo Design
Philip W. Hack   Producer
Ralph Williams   Composer
Albert Spevak   Producer

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Soul Comes Home: A Celebration of Stax Records 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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People from all parts of the globe ascended on Memphis in late April 2003 for the grand opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music housed in a rebuilt Stax Records at one of the most famous addresses in the world 926 E. McLemore Avenue. For forty years, the timeless and superb recordings that came from this address have had people dancing all over the world. In Europe, for instance, Stax, with their down home groove heavy approach to Soul has arguably had even more of an impact than that of their chief competitor in the '60s, Motown. And now, here these fans were; not only getting to see and hear their heroes, but actually tour the rebuilt studio where Booker T. & the MGs played day after day as the house band behind a slew of spectacular entertainers including Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Blues God Albert King. The folks in charge could not have started things off any better as the great Eddie Floyd kicks the evening off with his 1966 smash "Knock On Wood". Sounding just like a teenager, the sixty-six year old looks great, and it is evident from his constant touring with The Blues Brothers, that he is very much on top of his game. And who's that playing those great licks behind Mr. Floyd? None other than co-writer and MGs' guitarist Steve Cropper. Floyd is followed by Jean Knight and her mega selling 1972 hit "Mr. Big Stuff" and then Stax's first true solo star, William Bell, warms the heart with his timeless first hit "You Don't Miss Your Water". The biggest and probably most pleasant surprise of the night came from former Stax artist Rance Allen. Some knew the name, but few had any idea what they were in store for. With the pipes of an opera singer, Allen (who is a legend in the Gospel field), slayed the audience with "That'll Be Good Enough For Me". He received a delayed standing ovation from the stunned crowd, who looked to be still trying to come to terms with what they just witnessed. There is just no way the CD or DVD could recapture the power of Allen's performance, and the effect he had on the audience (not to mention the artists back stage). This must be what James Brown meant when he talked about breaking out in a cold sweat. There were other Soul stars there who didn't record for Stax, but came to pay homage to the great label, including Percy Sledge. The main attraction of Memphis's other renowned R & B label (Hi Records), Al Green delighted the audience doing, of course, "Let's Stay Together", and also undoubtedly provided one of the night's highlights with his great "Love and Happiness". Another BIG legend was there, The King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke, paid tribute to Stax's biggest star Otis Redding. One has to conclude that Solomon Burke is the ONLY man alive who could dare do "Try a Little Tenderness" after Redding put his stamp on it. The house band for the event was no Booker T. & the MGs, but they were absolutely fantastic. Former Stax session men Bobby Manuel (guitar) and Lester Snell (organ) led the group of who's who's in Memphis including a top-notch horn section, former Bar-Kay guitarist Michael Toles, a great bassist named James Kinnard, and the wonderful former Malaco Records drummer James Robertson. Robertson is the only musician not credited in the CD notes, but he is, without question, the reason everything sounds as great as it does. Their backing behind Mavis Staples's super funky work out of her family's (The Staple Singers) Mack Rice penned hit "Respect Yourself" and Isaac Hayes conducting a brilliant and grand version of his "Theme from SHAFT" make these two of the greatest live performances captured on tape by Soul acts in a long, long time. Hayes is joined by Charles "Skip" Pitts, the original wah-wah guitar player on "SHAFT". There aren't enough superlatives to describe Pitt's playing. He should be a household name. Mavis Staples is joined by her