- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 13, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Stax
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'."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
- 2.Last Night - The Mar-Keys
- 3.You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell
- 4.Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's
- 5.Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas
- 6.I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
- 7.Candy - The Astors
- 8.Respect - Otis Redding
- 9.You Don't Know Like I Know - Sam & Dave
- 10.I Want Someone - The Mad Lads
- 11.Hold On! I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave
- 12.Let Me Be Good to You - Carla Thomas
- 13.Your Good Thing (Is About to End) - Mable John
- 14.Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd
- 15.B-a-B-Y - Carla Thomas
- 16.Tramp - Otis & Carla
- 17.Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays
- 18.Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King
- 19.Soul Man - Sam & Dave
- 20.(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
- 21.I Got a Sure Thing - Ollie & the Nightingales
- 22.Soul Limbo - Booker T. & the MG's
- 23.I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) - Eddie Floyd
- 24.What a Man - Linda Lyndell
- 25.Private Number - William Bell / Judy Clay
- 26.Who's Making Love - Johnnie Taylor
- 27.I Forgot to Be Your Lover - William Bell
- 28.I Like What You're Doing (To Me) - Carla Thomas
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Time Is Tight - Booker T. & the MG's
- 2.So I Can Love You - The Emotions
- 3.Walk on By - Isaac Hayes
- 4.Do the Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
- 5.Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor
- 6.Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
- 7.Never Can Say Goodbye - Isaac Hayes
- 8.Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
- 9.Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
- 10.Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes
- 11.Son of Shaft - The Bar-Kays
- 12.That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
- 13.I've Been Lonely For So Long - Frederick Knight
- 14.Hearsay - The Soul Children
- 15.In the Rain - The Dramatics
- 16.I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
- 17.Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim
- 18.Dedicated to the One I Love - The Temprees
- 19.If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - The Staple Singers
- 20.Cheaper to Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor
- 21.I'll Be the Other Woman - The Soul Children
- 22.Woman to Woman - Shirley Brown
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.