The Stax Solo Recordings

The Stax Solo Recordings

by Judy ClayJudy Clay


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Like the 1993 CD compilation Private Numbers, this disc is divided between tracks cut (separately, not together) for the Stax label by Veda Brown and Judy Clay. This British 2008 release is notably different from the 1993 anthology, including 16 cuts by Brown (where the previous CD had just eight), and nine by Clay that are a little different from the ten found on Private Numbers. First, the ten on Private Numbers included four duets with William Bell and a song from the Uptight soundtrack ("Children, Don't Get Weary") that are not on The Stax Solo Recordings. Similarly, The Stax Solo Recordings has four tracks (three of them previously unissued) not on Private Numbers. And neither of these anthologies has a 1967 Clay single that came out on Stax but was unavailable for licensing. It takes a good deal of scanning the fine print in the liner notes to get the story straight, the upshot being that you need both of these discs if you're to hear as much Clay/Stax material on CD as possible, and that taken together, they still don't cover the entirety of her slim Stax output. Getting past the discographical details to the music, it's fairly strong secondary Stax stuff with a rich, stirring vocal delivery that's certainly superior to the Veda Brown material on the same CD, though not up there with the best of what Stax was cutting at the time. It should also be noted that Clay did a lot of recording (on her own and with duet partners Billy Vera and William Bell) aside from her solo sides for Stax, which represented a relatively small slice of her career as a whole. Still, in combination with the 16 Stax solo tracks by Brown (some also previously unreleased) that are also included, the CD makes a good addition to the collection of Stax specialists, with as comprehensive liner notes as are ever likely to be written about the output of these two singers for the label.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2008
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0296672302232
catalogNumber: 302


  1. Take It off Her (And Put It on Me)
  2. Living a Life Without Love
  3. I Know It's Not Right (To Be in Love with a Married Man)
  4. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
  5. Short Stopping
  6. I Can See Every Woman's Man But Mine
  7. Fever
  8. Don't Start Loving Me (If You're Gonna Stop)
  9. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  10. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
  11. Guilty of Loving You
  12. True Love Don't Grow on Trees
  13. That's the Way Love Is
  14. Who Wouldn't Love a Man Like This
  15. I'll Be Your Shelter (In Time of Storm)
  16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  17. Remove These Clouds
  18. Bed of Roses
  19. It's Me
  20. Since You Came Along
  21. Somebody's Fool
  22. It Ain't Long Enough
  23. Give Love to Save Love
  24. Your Love Is Good Enough
  25. My Baby Specializes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Clay   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Mickey Buckins   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Bobby Manuel   Composer
Jerry Masters   Composer
Larry Pierce   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Larry Robinson   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Veda Brown   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Peter Gibbon   Contributor
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Buddy Turner   Composer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Victor Drayton   Composer
Toni Williams   Composer

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