Stax: Maintaining The Pace

Episode 16

Episode date - August 14, 2015

How Music Changed

    The one problem with starting too fast is the difficulty of maintaining the pace. It was more than admirable to see Stax rebound after tragedy and horrible business outcomes, but the fact is that they simply released too much music too fast.

    In the first half of 1970, the label brought in a load of new artists and new producers, and this affected the consistency of the label’s output, while also alienating the old guard. More changes were afoot for Stax, as label stalwarts like Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper decided to leave the organization. The finances were impressive, but the family-owned feeling that defined the atmosphere of the original label had ceased to exist, and so did the sound that resulted from that warmth.

    Featured tracks include;

    1) Wrapped Up in Love Again – Albert King

    2) Do the Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas

    3) California Girl – Eddie Floyd

    4) Black Boy – Roebuck “Pops” Staples

    5) Guide Me Well – Carla Thomas

    6) Give a Damn – The Staple Singers

    7) Steal Away – Johnnie Taylor

    8) Can’t You See What You’re Doing – Albert King

    Channel 145 - Stax