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Massive Stax Records Box Set to Include Every 1968 Single Label Released

Collection features songs by Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes

Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included alongside deep cuts from the label’s catalog.

Other notable songs in the set include the Staples Singers’ “Long Walk to D.C.,” which was penned to mark Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington, but became a Civil Rights anthem and tribute following King’s assassination. It also includes Isaac Hayes’ “Precious Precious” and “Going to Chicago Blues,” William Bell’s often-covered “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” and several cuts from Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Rufus and Carla Thomas and many others.

Stax ’68: A Memphis Story will be released on October 19th via Craft Recordings and is available for pre-order.

Stax ’68: A Memphis Story Track List

Disc 1
1. Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”
2. Otis Redding – “Sweet Lorene”
3. Sam & Dave – “I Thank You”
4. Sam & Dave – “Wrap It Up”
5. The Memphis Nomads – “Don’t Pass Your Judgement”
6. The Memphis Nomads – “I Wanna Be (Your Lover & Your Honey)”
7. Shirley Walton – “I Was Born to Love You
8. Shirley Walton – “I’m so Glad You’re Back
9. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – “Lovey Dovey”
10. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – “New Year’s Resolution”
11. Ollie & the Nightingales – “I Got a Sure Thing”
12. Ollie & the Nightingales – “Girl, You Have My Heart Singing”
13. Eddie Floyd – “Big Bird”
14. Eddie Floyd – “Holding on with Both Hands”
15. Bar-Kays – “A Hard Day’s Night”
16. Bar-Kays – “I Want Someone”
17. Johnnie Taylor – “Next Time”
18. Johnnie Taylor – “Sundown”
19. William Bell – “Every Man Oughta Have a Woman”
20. William Bell – “Tribute to a King”
21. Mable John – “Able Mable”
22. Mable John – “Don’t Get Caught”
23. Rufus Thomas – “The Memphis Train”
24. Rufus Thomas – “I Think I Made a Boo Boo”
25. Jeanne & the Darlings – “What Will Later on Be Like”
26. Jeanne & the Darlings – “Hang Me Now”

Disc 2
1. Derek Martin – “Soul Power”
2. Derek Martin – “Sly Girl”
3. Linda Lyndell – “Bring Your Love Back to Me”
4. Linda Lyndell – “Here I Am”
5. Carla Thomas – “A Dime a Dozen”
6. Carla Thomas – “I Want You Back”
7. Kangaroo’s – “Groovy Day”
8. Kangaroo’s – “Every Man Needs a Woman”
9. Isaac Hayes – “Precious Precious”
10. Isaac Hayes – “Going to Chicago Blues”
11. The Mad Lads – “Whatever Hurts You”
12. The Mad Lads – “No Time Is Better Than Now”
13. Otis Redding – “The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)”
14. Otis Redding – “Open the Door”
15. Albert King – “(I Love) Lucy”
16. Albert King – “You’re Gonna Need Me”
17. Johnnie Taylor – “I Ain’t Particular”
18. Johnnie Taylor – “Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire”
19. Eddie Henderson Quintet – “Georgy Girl”
20. Eddie Henderson Quintet – “A Million or More Times”
21. Shirley Walton – “Send Peace and Harmony Home”
22. Shirley Walton – “The One You Can’t Have All by Yourself”

Disc 3
1. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Soul Limbo”
2. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Heads or Tails”
3. Eddie Floyd – “I Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) “
4. Eddie Floyd – “I’m Just the Kind of Fool”
5. Delaney & Bonnie – “It’s Been a Long Time Coming”
6. Delaney & Bonnie – “We Just Been Feeling Bad”
7. Linda Lyndell – “What a Man”
8. Linda Lyndell – “I Don’t Know”
9. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds – “Broadway Freeze”
10. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds – “I Can’t Cry No More”
11. Johnny Daye – “Stay Baby Stay”
12. Johnny Daye – “I Love Love”
13. Bobby Whitlock – “Raspberry Rug”
14. Bobby Whitlock – “And I Love You”
15. Judy Clay and William Bell – “Private Number”
16. Judy Clay and William Bell – “Love-Eye-Tis”
17. Jimmy Hughes – “I Like Everything About You”
18. Jimmy Hughes – “What Side of the Door”
19. The Delrays – “Lollipop Lady”
20. The Delrays – “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”
21. Lindell Hill – “Remone”
22. Lindell Hill – “Used to Be Love”
23. The Aardvarks – “Subconscious Train Of Thought”
24. The Aardvarks – “Unicorn Man”
25. Fresh Air – “Somebody Stole My Gal”
26. Fresh Air – “Somebody Stole My Gal” [Instrumental]
27. Judy Clay – “Bed of Roses”
28. Judy Clay – “Remove These Clouds
29. The Staple Singers – “Long Walk to D.C.”

Disc 4
1. The Staple Singers – “Stay With Us”
2. The Soul Children – “Give ‘Em Love”
3. The Soul Children – “Move Over”
4. Johnnie Taylor – “Who’s Making Love”
5. Johnnie Taylor – “I’m Trying”
6. Rufus Thomas – “Funky Mississippi”
7. Rufus Thomas – “So Hard to Get Along With”
8. Carla Thomas – “Where Do I Go”
9. Carla Thomas – “I’ve Fallen in Love “
10. The Mad Lads – “So Nice”
11. The Mad Lads – “Make Room”
12. Charmells – “Lovin’ Feeling”
13. Charmells – “Sea Shell”
14. Jeanne & the Darlings – “It’s Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul)”
15. Jeanne & the Darlings – “I Like What You’re Doing to Me”
16. Southwest F. O. B. – “Smell of Incense”
17. Southwest F. O. B. – “Green Skies”
18. The Village Sound – “Sally’s Got a Good Thing”
19. The Village Sound – “The La La Song”
20. Eddie Floyd – “Bring It on Home to Me”
21. Eddie Floyd – “Sweet Things You Do”
22. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Hang ‘Em High”
23. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Over Easy”
24. Ollie & the Nightingales – “You’re Leaving Me”
25. Ollie & the Nightingales – “Showered with Love”
26. The Pop Corn Generation – “Kitchy Kitchy Koo”
27. The Pop Corn Generation – “Shake It”
28. Bar-Kays – “Copy Kat”
29. Bar-Kays – “In the Hole”

Disc 5
1. Dino & Doc – “Mighty Cold Winter”
2. Dino & Doc – “A Woman Can’t Do (What a Man Do)”
3. William Bell – “I Forgot to Be Your Lover”
4. William Bell – “Bring the Curtain Down”
5. The Goodees – “Condition Red”
6. The Goodees – “Didn’t Know Love Was so Good”
7. Mable John – “Running Out”
8. Mable John – “Shouldn’t I Love Him”
9. Billy Lee Riley – “Family Portrait”
10. Billy Lee Riley – “Going Back to Memphis”
11. Judy Clay and William Bell – “My Baby Specializes”
12. Judy Clay and William Bell – “Left Over Love”
13. The Soul Children – “I’ll Understand”
14. The Soul Children – “Doing Our Thang”
15. The Staple Singers – “The Ghetto”
16. The Staple Singers – “Got to Be Some Changes Made”
17. Albert King – “Blues Power”
18. Albert King – “Night Stomp”
19. The Epsilons – “The Echo”
20. The Epsilons – “Really Rockin”
21. Rufus Thomas – “Funky Way”
22. Rufus Thomas – “I Want to Hold You”
23. The Generation – “The Children Have Your Tongue”
24. The Generation – “Give Her What She Wants”
25. Daaron Lee – “Who’s Making Love”
26. Daaron Lee – “Long Black Train”
27. Johnnie Taylor – “Take Care of Your Homework”
28. Johnnie Taylor – “Hold on This Time”

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