As it evolved from down-home enterprise to corporate soul powerhouse, the Memphis-based Stax/Volt label forged an enormously influential sound and label identity in its quest to be "where everything is everything."
All 213 soul singles released by Stax/Volt in this period (1972-1975) are contained in Volume 3, which like the previous compilations features a panoply of big hits as well as a surprising number of undeservedly obscure gems.
Stax historian (and box co-producer) Rob Bowman tells the whole story in his 47,000-word essay. And the last word on the subject is: The Memphis Sound lives.
Rolling Stone - 12/29/94-1/12/95, p.1884 Stars
- Excellent - "...By this point, Stax had for the most part stopped trying to chase trends and instead concentrated on its strengths: down-home, funky and gritty urban blues..."
Entertainment Weekly - 1/13/95, p.61
"...if you've got an itch for soul that you thought could never be adequately scratched, [THE COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SOUL SINGLES, VOLUME 3: 1972-1975] might just do the trick..."
- Rating: A-
Compilation producers: Bill Belmont, Rob Bowman.
Includes a 60-page booklet with liner notes by Rob Bowman.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1994, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
THE COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SINGLES, VOLUME 3 won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes.
Personnel: Lee Sain (vocals).
Audio Remixer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Recording information: 01/1972-11/1975.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donald "Duck" Dunn; Barry Beckett.