This month brings a very special release for all fans of the Stax label, and of its flagship female artist Carla Thomas in particular.
Our previous, well received volume of Carla's Hidden Gems collected up two dozen unreleased masters recorded between approximately 1961 and 1971. Sweet Sweetheart: The American Studios Sessions and More is the result of Ace's latest vault trawl, with all but two of the featured performances making their debut here.
The first half of the programme spotlights a complete album that Carla recorded with former Stax producer Chips Moman at Chips' American Studios in Memphis in 1970. Stax released two of its tracks as a 45 but the remaining titles have sat in various tape vaults for 42 years.
The balance of the material features tracks and performances recorded in the mid 60s. You may know one or two of these titles but we guarantee you will have never heard the versions used here.
The superb quality of this unissued material beggars belief that it was passed over for release at the time of recording. Better late than never, as they say, and it's always a pleasure to bring such high quality vintage material to catalogue.
A limited edition of 1500 copies.