Stax

Stax

Profile:
Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music. Originally known as Satellite (2), the Memphis company was founded in 1959 by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, and took its new name in 1961 from the first two letters of their last names.

Among the many artists who scored hits on Stax and its Volt subsidiary during the Sixties were Rufus Thomas and his daughter Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MG's (an inter-racial instrumental quartet that also served as the label's rhythm section), Mable John, Sam & Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Bar-Kays, The and Otis Redding. Redding's death in December 1967 signaled the end of the first Stax era (which Atlantic distributed and retains distribution rights).

Subsequently the company spawned a new crop of hitmakers, among them Isaac Hayes, the Staples Singers, the Soul Children, The Emotions, the Rance Allen Group, Shirley Brown, Luther Ingram and The Dramatics. The company was sold to Paramount Pictures in 1968 (only to be sold back to Jim Stewart in 1972). It then entered a distribution deal with Columbia Records, only to find out that it was given a raw deal with more Stax product ending up as cut-outs and intentionally given poor marketing and distribution support. Stax was in deep financial trouble with various creditors (particularly the Union Planters Bank in Memphis, from whom Stewart borrowed money to start the company and eventually mortgaged the converted movie theater that was the Stax headquarters) and collapsed, going bankrupt in 1975.

A year and a half later in June 1977, the company's masters and related assets were purchased at an auction by Fantasy, Inc., which periodically revived the Stax and Volt labels for new recordings and reissuing older post-1967 material in addition to releasing previously unreleased pre-March 1968 Stax/Volt recordings, to which it controls the rights.

In 2008, Concord Music Group revived Stax as an active label with new artist signings including Jill Scott, Leela James, Angie Stone, and Nikka Costa.

Labelcode: LC 00914

Dating Stax Records

Atlantic distribution:
1962-1968 (701-726) Mono labels are light blue and stereo labels are yellow. Both have the original stacked record logo.

March 1968-1975:
1968-1972 (2000-2045,3001) Yellow label with blue finger snap logo.
1972-1975 (2046-2047, 3002-3024, 5500 series) Yellow label with brown finger snap logo.

Fantasy releases:
1977-1980s (4100 & 8500 series) Purple and white label with black finger snap logo.

1987 June - September.
STAX 801 - 820 series of 20 Stax 7" re-issues. The vinyl pressings were actually manufactured in France with 4 prong centers but this was officially a UK release and the specially designed Stax company sleeves were British with the distributor's London address details on the back of the sleeve along with information of all the other 19 releases and expected release dates. Copyright dates of the original issues are retained on the labels. Most, if not all, have different B sides to the original issues.

Further pointers : Rondor Music credits - Rondor did not aquire the publishing rights to the East Memphis Music catalogue until sometime in 1981 so any credits for Rondor Music on labels or sleeves mean the release cannot date from earlier.
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Contact Info:
Original label:
926 E. McLemore Avenue,
Memphis, Tennesee
(now the address of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, on the site of the original company headquarters which was demolished in 1989)
On the yellow label with brown fingersnap
Stax Records, Inc., 98 North Avalon, Memphis, USA

Fantasy revivals:
Fantasy Inc.
Tenth and Parker
Berkeley, CA 94710
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A-006-63361 Shirley Brown Hang On Louie(7") Stax 1A-006-63361 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1A 006-63489 Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft / (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right(7") Stax 1A 006-63489 Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
1A 006-63490 Booker T.* Time Is Tight / Soul Limbo(7", Single) Stax 1A 006-63490 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1A006-63491 Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood / Bring It On Home To Me(7", Single, RE) Stax 1A006-63491 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
1C006-90 005 Johnnie Taylor Take Care Of Your Homework / Hold On This Time(7", Single) Stax 1C006-90 005 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 091 Eddie Floyd I've Got To Have Your Love(7", Single) Stax 1 C 006-90 091 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 006-90188 Booker T. & The MG's* Time Is Tight / Johnny, I Love You(7", Single, Mono) Stax, Stax 1C 006-90188 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 198 The Staple Singers (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay / Top Of The Mountain(7", Single) Stax 1 C 006-90 198 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90286 Johnnie Taylor Testify (I Wonna) / I Had A Fight With Love(7", Single) Stax 1 C 006-90286 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 312 M Booker T And The MG's* Mrs. Robinson / Soul Clap '69(7", Single, Mono) Stax 1 C 006-90 312 M Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1c 006-90 375 William Bell, Carla Thomas William Bell, Carla Thomas - I Need You Woman(7", Single) Stax 1c 006-90 375 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C006-90380 The Emotions So I Can Love You / Got To Be The Man(7", Single) Stax 1C006-90380 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C006-90382 M William Bell My Whole World Is Falling Down / All God's Children Got Soul (Single) 1 C006-90382 M Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 006-90 407 The Staple Singers The Challenge / The Gardner(7") Stax 1C 006-90 407 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C006-90 408 William Bell, Mavis Staples William Bell, Mavis Staples - Love's Sweet Sensation(7", Single) Stax 1 C006-90 408 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 006-90 494 Eddie Floyd Don't Tell Your Mama / Consider Me(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-90 494 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90526 M Johnnie Taylor I Could Never Be President / It's Amazing(7", Single, Mono) Stax 1 C 006-90526 M Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 006-90 577 Booker T & The M.G.'s* Slum Baby(7") Stax 1C 006-90 577 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 006-90 714 Eddie Floyd Why Is The Wine Sweeter / People, Get It Together(7") Stax 1C 006-90 714 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C006-91059 Johnnie Taylor Love Bones(7", Single, Mono) Stax, Stax 1 C006-91059 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 006-91 182 Rufus Thomas Do The Funky Chicken(7", Single) Stax 1 C 006-91 182 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91 258 Eddie Floyd California Girl / Woodman(7") Stax 1C 006-91 258 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91 558 Johnnie Taylor Steal Away / Friday Night(7") Stax 1C 006-91 558 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91649M Carla Thomas The Time For Love Is Anytime / (I'm Going Back To) Living In The City(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-91649M Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91 867 Isaac Hayes I Stand Accused(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-91 867 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 006-91987 Johnnie Taylor I Am Somebody(7") Stax 1 C 006-91987 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 006-91 989 M Eddie Floyd The Best Years Of My Life(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-91 989 M Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 052-28 402 Various Soul Train U.S.A.(LP, Comp) Stax 1C 052-28 402 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 024 Eddie Floyd I've Never Found A Girl(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 024 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 028 Johnnie Taylor Who's Making Love(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 028 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 200 Booker T And The M.G.'s* Up Tight (Music From The Score Of The Motion Picture)(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 200 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 358 Carla Thomas Memphis Queen(LP, Album, RE) Stax 1 C 062-90 358 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 062-90 359 Booker T. & The M.G.'s* The Booker T. Set(LP, Album) Stax 1C 062-90 359 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 062-90 680 Booker T & The MG's Soul Limbo(LP, Album) Stax 1C 062-90 680 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 062-90 704 Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul (Album) 1C 062-90 704 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 967 Delaney & Bonnie Home(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 967 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 062-91 242 Booker T & The Mg's McLemore Avenue(LP, Album) Stax 1C 062-91 242 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 062-91 426 Isaac Hayes The Isaac Hayes Movement(LP, Album, Gat) Stax 1 C 062-91 426 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C062-92 144 Isaac Hayes ...to be continued(LP, Album) Stax, Stax, Enterprise, Enterprise 1 C062-92 144 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C062-92 145 Booker T & The MG's Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 1 C062-92 145 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 SAM 017 Various Wattstax: The Living Word(2xLP, Album, Gat) Stax 1 SAM 017 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
1T1-8495 Jimmy McCracklin High On The Blues(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Stax 1T1-8495 US 1992 Sell This Version
2SCD-88004-2 Isaac Hayes Live At The Sahara Tahoe(2xCD, Album, RE) Stax, Stax 2SCD-88004-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
2SCD-88006-2 Isaac Hayes Black Moses (Album) 2SCD-88006-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2SCD-88007-2 Various Wattstax The Living Word(2xCD, Comp) Stax 2SCD-88007-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2SCD-88014-2 Isaac Hayes Double Feature(2xCD, Comp, RM) Stax 2SCD-88014-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
2SCD-88040-2 Melvin Van Peebles The Melvin Van Peebles Collection(2xCD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Stax 2SCD-88040-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
3SCD-4424-2 Booker T. & The MGs* Time Is Tight(3xCD, Comp + Box) Stax 3SCD-4424-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
3SCD-4432-2 Johnnie Taylor Lifetime - A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues & Gospel, 1965-1999(3xCD, Comp) Stax 3SCD-4432-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
3SCD 4440-2 Various Music From The Wattstax Festival & Film(3xCD, Comp, RM) Stax 3SCD 4440-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
3SCD-88043-2 Isaac Hayes Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It?(2xCD, Comp + DVD) Stax 3SCD-88043-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
4E 006-90696 M Isaac Hayes By The Time I Get To Phoenix / Walk On By(7") Stax 4E 006-90696 M 1969 Sell This Version
4SCD-4429-2 Various The Stax Story (Comp) 4SCD-4429-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
5C 052Z-62266 Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft(12", Single) Stax, EMI 5C 052Z-62266 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 006-61653 Soul Children Can't Give Up A Good Thing / Signed, Sealed And Delivered(7") Stax 5C 006-61653 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 038-62637 Various Solid Soul 4(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 038-62637 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5C 052-60744 Booker T & The MG's Melting Pot(LP) Stax 5C 052-60744 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 052-62749 Rufus Thomas & Carla Thomas Rufus Thomas & Carla Thomas - Chronicle: Their Greatest Stax Hits(LP, Comp) Stax, Stax 5C 052-62749 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
5C 052 62752 The Emotions Chronicle: Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 052 62752 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
5C 062-61376 Isaac Hayes Hotbed(LP, Album, Gat) Stax 5C 062-61376 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 252-92145 Booker T & The M.G.'s* Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp) Stax 5C 252-92145 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5MP-S8504 Albert King Blues For Elvis(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5MP-S8504 US 1980 Sell This Version
5MPS-8513 Albert King I'll Play The Blues For You(Cass, Album) Stax 5MPS-8513 US 1972 Sell This Version
5MP S8517 Albert King Lovejoy(Cass, Album) Stax 5MP S8517 US Unknown Sell This Version
5MPS 8531 Booker T. & The M.G.'s* The Booker T. Set(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Stax 5MPS 8531 US Unknown Sell This Version
5MPS 8536 Albert King I Wanna Get Funky(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Stax 5MPS 8536 US 1987 Sell This Version
5MPS 8577 The M.G.'s The M.G.'s(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5MPS 8577 US Unknown Sell This Version
5MPS 8580 Ruby Johnson I'll Run Your Hurt Away(Cass, Album) Stax 5MPS 8580 US 1993 Sell This Version
5N 052N-60745 Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff(LP, Album) Stax 5N 052N-60745 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052N-60814 Isaac Hayes The Best Of Isaac Hayes(LP, Comp) Stax, Stax, Stax 5N 052N-60814 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
5N052N90413 Soul Children Soul Children(LP, RE) Stax 5N052N90413 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052N-90704 Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul(LP, Album, RE) Stax 5N 052N-90704 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 058N-60215 Fat Larry's Band Off The Wall(LP, Album) Stax 5N 058N-60215 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 156N-60320/21 Johnnie Taylor Chronicle: The Twenty Greatest Hits(2xLP, Comp) Stax, Stax, Stax 5N 156N-60320/21 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 006-60304 The Emotions Shouting Out Love(7") Stax 5N 006-60304 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 052-60799 The Staple Singers Soul Folk In Action(LP, Album, RE) Stax 5N 052-60799 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052-90680 Booker T & The MG's Soul Limbo(LP, Album) Stax, Stax 5N 052-90680 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5N 052-91426 Isaac Hayes The Isaac Hayes Movement(LP, Album) Stax, Stax 5N 052-91426 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052-92145 Booker T & The M.G.'s* Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 5N 052-92145 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 058-60223 The Emotions Sunshine(LP, Album) Stax 5N 058-60223 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 058-60230 Albert King The Pinch(LP, Album) Stax, Stax 5N 058-60230 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5ST-88002 Isaac Hayes Shaft(Cass, Album) Stax 5ST-88002 US Unknown Sell This Version
5STX 4106 Bar-Kays Money Talks(Cass, Album) Stax 5STX 4106 US 1978 Sell This Version
5STX 4114 Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5STX 4114 US 1978 Sell This Version
5ST X4120 Soul Children Chronicle(Cass, Comp) Stax 5ST X4120 US 1979 Sell This Version
5STX-4128 Albert King Live Wire / Blues Power(Cass, Album) Stax 5STX-4128 US 1979 Sell This Version
8X-SXATS 1015 Booker T & The MG's The Booker T. Set(8-Trk, Album) Stax 8X-SXATS 1015 UK 1969 Sell This Version
9SCD-4411-2 Various The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 (Comp) 9SCD-4411-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
10SCD-4415-2 Various The Complete Stax / Volt Soul Singles, Vol.3: 1972-1975(10xCD, Comp + Box) Stax 10SCD-4415-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
12STAX 505 Bar-Kays Holy Ghost(12") Stax 12STAX 505 UK 1979 Sell This Version
33 X 010 Booker T & The MG's McLemore Avenue(LP, Album, Gat) Stax 33 X 010 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
45 DW 6821 Carla Thomas Where Do I Go(7", Single) Columbia Stateside, Columbia 45 DW 6821 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
45-M 1 Johnnie Taylor / Ollie And The Nightingales* Johnnie Taylor / Ollie And The Nightingales* - Who's Making Love / You're Leaving Me(7") Stax 45-M 1 Greece 1969 Sell This Version
45-M 2 Eddie Floyd / Johnnie Taylor Eddie Floyd / Johnnie Taylor - Bring It On Home To Me / Take Care Of Your Homework(7", Single) Stax 45-M 2 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
45-M 11 Eddie Floyd Don't Tell Your Mama (Where You've Been) / Consider Me(7", Single) Stax 45-M 11 Greece 1969 Sell This Version
45-M 12 Johnnie Taylor I Could Never Be President / It's Amazing(7", Single) Stax 45-M 12 Greece 1969 Sell This Version
45-M 14 Johnnie Taylor Testify (I Wonna) / It's Your Thing(7", Single, M/Print) Stax 45-M 14 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
45-M 15 Eddie Floyd Why Is The Wine Sweeter / People, Get It Together(7", Single) Stax 45-M 15 Greece 1969 Sell This Version
45-M 18 Johnnie Taylor Love Bones / Mr. Nobody Is Somebody(7", Single) Stax 45-M 18 Greece 1969 Sell This Version
45-M 19 Rufus Thomas Do The Funky Chicken(7", Single) Stax 45-M 19 Greece 1969 Sell This Version

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funkylord

funkylord

November 30, 2014
STXS 2026 - THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP
A SIDE - AIN'T NO NEED OF CRYING
B SIDE - IF I COULD MAKE THE WORLD BETTER
1975
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

September 26, 2014
2325 028 = John Lee Hooker - Thats where its at, D, 1970, Stax / Deutsche Grammmophon, 10 tr. LP
John_Dunbar

John_Dunbar

August 14, 2014
Stax 2325 007 = Delaney & Bonnie - Home, D, 1969, Original