August 29, 2007

BLACKSTOCK LIVES:

Many Soul Legends on Wattstax Soundtrack Reissue: Too damn many to cram into a headline, that's for sure (Pitchfork, 8/22/07)

In the early 70s, Stax Records boasted a roster that comprised a heaping portion of the important funk, soul, and R&B artists of the pre-disco era. And so, with all that talent under a single roof, they held a huge concert in the summer of 1972 right in the center of the then riot-torn Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, an event that history often fondly remembers as "the black Woodstock."

Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, the Bar-Kays, Rufus Thomas, and oh-so-many others threw down on the stage of the Los Angeles Coliseum to a crowd numbering in the six digits. The concert became a film, and the film became a soundtrack, both entitled Wattstax. Now Wattstax is back, flipping the original two LPs into a jam-packed 3CD set featuring 47 tracks culled from the concert itself and select performances that took place in the week running up to the event.


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2007 4:52 PM
Comments

OJ,
Think I sent you the STAX 50th Anniversary Collection. Therefore, no reason not to include the link. Much better music for the money!
Mike

http://www.amazon.com/Stax-Anniversary-Celebration-Various-Artists/dp/B000KP62UM/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-4269949-4032041?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1188438512&sr=1-1

Posted by: Mike at August 29, 2007 8:50 PM
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