Various ‎– The Living Word - Wattstax 2

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

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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

Companies, etc.



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:
A2: E.B.Marks Music, BMI
A3 to A6: East/Memphis Music, BMI
B1a, B1b, B1c: Blackrain, Inc.
B2a, B2b: East/Memphis Music, BMI
B2c: East Memphis Music, BMI
B2d: Jobete Music, ASCAP
B3a, B3b: Blackrain, Inc.
C1b: Fame Publishing Co., BMI
C1c: Groovesville Music, East/Memphis Music, BMI, Conquistador Music, ASCAP
C1d: Groovesville Music, BMI
C2: South Memphis Music, East/Memphis Music, BMI
D1: Blackrain, Inc.
D2a: Perv' s Music/Staple Music, BMI
D2b: East/Memphis Music, BMI
D3: Blackrain, Inc.
D4: Groovesville Music, BMI
D5: Blackrain, Inc.
D6: Muscle Shoals Sound Publ. Co. BMI
D7: Blackrain, Inc.
D8: Better Half Music Co., ASCAP

℗ 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.

This is the east coast pressing variant made by Sonic Recording Products, Inc.
as indicated by "SON" etched into the runout matrix areas.

The text placement on the labels is significantly different
from the other US versions.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • 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
2628 014 L Various The Living Word - Wattstax 2(2xLP, Album) Stax 2628 014 L Italy 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