CD Reviews: Stax Classics – Booker T and The MG’s / Carla Thomas / Otis Redding / Sam & Dave

This new collection of 4 CD’s from Rhino Records salutes Stax Records 60th anniversary with the cream of recordings from the label’s biggest artists.

Booker T and The MG’s collection brings together strong material which have become instrumental standards over the decades including Green Onions, Time Is Tight and Soul Limbo (famously used as the theme for the BBC’s Cricket coverage).

Soul fans will no doubt be familiar with the output of Sam & Dave and Otis Redding whose collections are a great introduction to their material including classics such as Soul Man and Sittin’ On the Dock Of The Bay.

The real gem is the Carla Thomas collection, of which tracks B-A-B-Y and I Like What You’re Doing to Me shine a spotlight on one of the 1960s great female soul vocalists.

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