Entertainment Weekly - pp.67-9
"[The disc] fiercely captures R&B in the years after Motown's heyday and before disco dominated." - Grade: A-
Down Beat - p.763.5 stars out of 5
- "WATTSTAX captures the zeitgeist of the era, from social consciousness to social life."
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Audio Remixer: Stephen Hart .
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Recording information: 08/20/1972.
Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack was issued in tandem with the restored DVD in 2004. Wattstax, referred to as the African-American Woodstock, was held in 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum with over 100,000 in attendance to hear live performances from the then-current roster of Stax Records. This single-disc reissue differs from the original double-disc collection in that it contains full performances of the songs included in the film as opposed to the actual concert, making this a much tighter program. The highlights include the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," the Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft/Feel It," Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You," and the previously unreleased versions of Luther Ingram's "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and Isaac Hayes's climactic rendition of "Theme from Shaft," which alone makes this CD worth the price. ~ Al Campbell