Spin - p.914.5 stars out of 5
-- "[A] fine introduction to Southern soul's greatest label, form its '60s R&B heyday to its '70s funk science.
Down Beat - p.763.5 stars out of 5
-- "50 songs that belong to one of the most prized vaults in the history of popular music."
Dirty Linen - p.63
"This spectacular set manages to cram 50 amazing tracks onto two CDs. Everything you could possibly want is here..."
Living Blues - p.64
"[A] good introduction to the vibrant southern soul sounds associated with Stax."
No Depression - p.74
"The remastered sound is superb; one marvels at the clarity of Al Jackson's drums in 1969's 'Time Is Tight'."
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Photographers: Bill Carrier; Norman Zieff; Phil Bray; William R. Eastabrook; Maldwin Hamlin.
Unknown Contributor Role: Trevor Churchill.
For those daunted by the idea of wading through the multi-volume COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SINGLES series, this two-CD best-of celebrating the label's 50th anniversary is a much more manageable item. Featuring well-known milestones in the label's history, such as Booker T. & The MGs' "Green Onions," the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There," and Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," and lesser-known gems like William Bell and Judy Clay's "Private Number," Frederick Knight's "I've Been Lonely for So Long," and Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman," STAX 50TH is a well-chosen, informatively annotated overview of one of the 1960s and '70s' finest R&B labels.