‘Stax ’68’ 5-CD Box Looks at Pinnacle of Memphis Soul

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Craft Recordings will release the five-CD boxed set Stax ’68: A Memphis Story, on Oct. 19. The collection contains the A- and B-sides of every single released under the Stax Records banner in 1968, including the company’s sub-labels. With a 56-page book including liner notes by Andria Lisle, Robert Gordon and Steve Greenberg, as well as rare and previously unseen photos, the set presents more than 120 songs from this creative period in American music. Some tracks are by soul legends (Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, William Bell, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Johnnie Taylor) and some come from the deeper Stax catalog (Linda Lyndell, The Soul Children, the Mad Lads).

The Stax ‘68: A Memphis Story box set release coincides with two exhibits presented by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tenn.: The Sound of ’68 and Give A Damn! Music+ Activism at Stax Records.

Click here for details on both exhibitions. And click here for the complete track listing.

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