Various ‎– The Living Word - Wattstax 2

Stax ‎– STS 2-3018
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Jessie Jackson* Introduction
A2 Kim Weston Lift Every Voice And Sing
Written-By – James W. Johnson*, J. Rosamond Johnson*
A3 The Rance Allen Group Lying On The Truth
Written-By – Carl Smith (2), Marshall Jones (3)
A4 Jimmy Jones (17) Someone Greater Than You And I
Adapted By – Thomas WhitfieldWritten-By – Traditional
A5 The Golden 13 Old Time Religion
Written-By – Dale O. Warren*
A6 The Emotions Peace Be Still
Adapted By – Dale O. Warren*Written-By – Traditional
B1a Richard Pryor Saturday Night
Written-By – Richard Pryor
B1b Richard Pryor Blue Note
Written-By – Richard Pryor
B1c Richard Pryor Back Room
Written-By – Richard Pryor
B2a David Porter Show* Introduction
Written-By – David Porter, Ronnie Williams
B2b David Porter Show* Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)
Written-By – Isaac Hayes, David Porter*
B2c David Porter Show* Can't See You When I Want To
Written-By – David Porter, Ed Lee (2)
B2d David Porter Show* Reach Out And Touch
Written-By – Nickolus Ashford, Valerie Simpson*
B2e David Porter Show* Finale
B3a Richard Pryor Arrest
Written-By – Richard Pryor
B3b Richard Pryor Line Up
Written-By – Richard Pryor
C1a Johnnie Taylor Show* Introduction
C1b Johnnie Taylor Show* Steal Away
Written-By – Jimmy Hughes
C1c Johnnie Taylor Show* Stop Doggin' Me
Written-By – Arthur Snyder, Bettye Crutcher, Don Davis (2)
C1d Johnnie Taylor Show* Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone
Written-By – D. Davis*, J. Wilson*, K. Barker*
C2 Little Milton Walking The Back Streets And Crying
Written-By – Sandy Jones (2)
D1 Richard Pryor Niggers
Written-By – Richard Pryor
D2a The Emotions Group Introduction
D2b The Emotions So I Can Love You
Written-By – S. Hutchinson*
D2c The Emotions Show Me How
Written-By – Isaac Hayes, David Porter*
D3 Richard Pryor Negroes
Written-By – Richard Pryor
D4 The Dramatics Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Written-By – Tony Hester
D5 Richard Pryor Handshake
Written-By – Richard Pryor
D6 Mel & Tim I May Not Be What You Want
Written-By – Ernie Shelby, Phillip Mitchell
D7 Richard Pryor Wino Get A Job
Written-By – Richard Pryor
D8 Isaac Hayes Rolling Down A Mountainside
Written-By – Jacqueline D. Hillard*, Leon Ware

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Side A running time: 30:40
Side B running time: 25:45
Side C running time: 28:07
Side D running time: 27:39

On labels:
℗ 1973, Stax Records, Inc.

On back cover:
℗1973 Stax Records, Inc.

Vernon Gibbs for Essence Magazine.
℗ 1973 Stax Records, Inc., 98 North Avalon, Memphis, USA.

Gatefold cover with printed inner company sleeves.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): (SS-0517)
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): (SS-0518)
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side C): (SS-0519)
  • Matrix / Runout (Label Side D): (SS-0520)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side A): STXS-0591-4 mi SS-0517 mii —L NIX— / SON
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side B): STXS-0592-3 mi SS-0518 mii —L NIX— / SON
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side C): STXS-0593-4 m SS-0519 —L NIX— / SON
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Groove Side D): STXS-0594-4 m SS-0520 —L NIX— / SON

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STS 2-3018 Various The Living Word - Wattstax 2(2xLP, Album, Promo) Stax STS 2-3018 US 1973 Sell This Version
2628 014 Various The Living Word - Wattstax 2(2xLP, Album) Stax 2628 014 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
STS 2-3018 Various The Living Word - Wattstax 2(2xLP, Album) Stax STS 2-3018 US 1973 Sell This Version
STC-2-3018 Various The Living Word - Wattstax 2(2xCass + Box) Stax STC-2-3018 US 1973 Sell This Version
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June 10, 2014
Ha ha ha. "Jessie" Jackson. You crack me up.


September 23, 2013
Side A:
Jesse Jackson talks about nation time and debuts his 'I am somebody' call/response chant
Kim Weston belts out 'Lift Every Voice & Sing' as a hip 3/4 uptown groove
The Rance Allen Group's 'Lying on the Truth' is fast, funky guitar rawk
Jimmy Jones's 'Someone Greater Than You & I' is a slightly subpar 3/4 baritone-led gospel ballad
The Golden 13's 'Old Time Religion' (yes, that one) is rendered as a fast 2/4 with mixed chorus -- some PA feedback
The Emotions's 'Peace Be Still' is a fervid 3/4 ballad with some spoken testifyin', not all that

Side B:
Richard Pryor's piece is listed as having three titles, but it's actually one routine, recorded in studio, about Rick in clubland
The David Porter Show goes like this:
'Introduction' is a trumpet fanfare
'Ain't That Loving You (for More Reasons Than One)' is a raw, punk/disco backbeat thing that isn't as hot as it could be
'Can't See You When I Want to,' his best number here, alternates between 3/4 ballad and manic double-time rocker
'Reach Out & Touch' is some speechifying from DP
'Finale' is a 3/4 band fanfare
Richard Pryor's 'Arrest' and 'Lineup,' also recorded in studio, comprise one hilarious and tragic piece

Side 2A:
The Johnnie Taylor show goes like this:
'Introduction' is just that
'Steal Away' is a very fine backbeater with JT speech and crowd participation
'Stop Doggin' Me' is a decent 6/8 ballad
'Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone' is another very good, menacing uptempo tune
Little Milton's 'Walking the Backstreets and Cryin' is a boring 3/4 blooz shred

Side 2B:
Richard Pryor's 'Niggers' is Rick's short African tribal and post-colonial history treatise, recorded in studio
The Emotions's 'Introduction' is a very short tittyshaker, in which the ladies introduce theyselves. Their two songs are like so:
'So I Can Love You' is five-star summery funk of some subtlety
'Show Me How' is a decent 3/4 ballad
Richard Pryor's 'Negroes': Rick linguistics, extremely funny, rec. in studio
The Dramatics' 'Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get' is the studio recording, a little longer than the single version
Richard Pryor's 'Handshake' is short and hard to decipher, rec. in studio
Mel & Tim's 'I Mya Not Be What You Want' is the studio recording of a dynamite uptown shuffle
Richard Pryor's 'Wino Get a Job' is sad and sublime, rec. in studio
Isaac Hayes's 'Rolling Down a Mountainside' is the studio recording of a very good proto-disco number