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.
Sublabels
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
[1998]
Stax Records
Tenth and Parker
Berkeley, CA 94710

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
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A-006-63361 Hang On Louie  album cover Shirley Brown Hang On Louie(7") Stax 1A-006-63361 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1A 006-63489 Theme From Shaft / (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right  album cover 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 Time Is Tight / Soul Limbo  album cover Booker T.* Time Is Tight / Soul Limbo(7", Single) Stax 1A 006-63490 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1A006-63491 Knock On Wood / Bring It On Home To Me  album cover Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood / Bring It On Home To Me(7", Single, RE) Stax 1A006-63491 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1C 006-90 005 Take Care Of Your Homework / Hold On This Time  album cover Johnnie Taylor Take Care Of Your Homework / Hold On This Time(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-90 005 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 088 I Like What You're Doing (To Me) / Strung Out  album cover Carla Thomas I Like What You're Doing (To Me) / Strung Out(7") Stax 1 C 006-90 088 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 091 I've Got To Have Your Love  album cover Eddie Floyd I've Got To Have Your Love(7", Single) Stax 1 C 006-90 091 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C006-90 109 My Baby Specializes / Left Over Love  album cover William Bell & Judy Clay William Bell & Judy Clay - My Baby Specializes / Left Over Love(7", Single) Stax 1 C006-90 109 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 006-90188 Time Is Tight / Johnny, I Love You  album cover 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
1C 006-90188 M Time Is Tight  album cover Booker T. & The M.G.'s* Time Is Tight (Single) 1C 006-90188 M Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 198 (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay / Top Of The Mountain  album cover 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 Testify (I Wonna) / I Had A Fight With Love  album cover 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 Mrs. Robinson / Soul Clap '69  album cover 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 I Need You Woman  album cover 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 So I Can Love You / Got To Be The Man  album cover 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 My Whole World Is Falling Down / All God's Children Got Soul  album cover 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 Challenge / The Gardner  album cover The Staple Singers The Challenge / The Gardner(7") Stax 1C 006-90 407 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C006-90 408 Love's Sweet Sensation  album cover 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 Don't Tell Your Mama / Consider Me  album cover Eddie Floyd Don't Tell Your Mama / Consider Me(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-90 494 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 006-90 526 M I Could Never Be President / It's Amazing  album cover Johnnie Taylor I Could Never Be President / It's Amazing(7", Single, Mono) Stax 1 C 006-90 526 M Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 006-90 577 Slum Baby  album cover Booker T & The M.G.'s* Slum Baby(7") Stax 1C 006-90 577 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 006-90 714 Why Is The Wine Sweeter / People, Get It Together  album cover Eddie Floyd Why Is The Wine Sweeter / People, Get It Together(7") Stax 1C 006-90 714 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C006-91 059 M Love Bones  album cover Johnnie Taylor Love Bones(7", Single, Mono) Stax, Stax 1 C006-91 059 M Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 006-91 182 Do The Funky Chicken  album cover Rufus Thomas Do The Funky Chicken(7", Single) Stax 1 C 006-91 182 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91 258 California Girl / Woodman  album cover Eddie Floyd California Girl / Woodman(7") Stax 1C 006-91 258 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91 558 Steal Away / Friday Night  album cover Johnnie Taylor Steal Away / Friday Night(7") Stax 1C 006-91 558 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 006-91649M The Time For Love Is Anytime / (I'm Going Back To) Living In The City  album cover 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 I Stand Accused  album cover Isaac Hayes I Stand Accused(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-91 867 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 006-91987 I Am Somebody  album cover Johnnie Taylor I Am Somebody(7") Stax 1 C 006-91987 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 006-91 989 M The Best Years Of My Life  album cover Eddie Floyd The Best Years Of My Life(7", Single) Stax 1C 006-91 989 M Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 048-91723 Memphis Soul Sound  album cover Various Memphis Soul Sound(LP, Comp) Stax, Stax 1C 048-91723 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 052-28 402 Soul Train U.S.A.  album cover Various Soul Train U.S.A.(LP, Comp) Stax 1C 052-28 402 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 024 I've Never Found A Girl  album cover 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 Who's Making Love  album cover Johnnie Taylor Who's Making Love(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 028 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 200 Up Tight (Music From The Score Of The Motion Picture)  album cover 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 Unknown Sell This Version
1C 062-90357 We'll Get Over  album cover The Staple Singers We'll Get Over(LP, Album) Stax 1C 062-90357 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 358 Memphis Queen  album cover Carla Thomas Memphis Queen(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 358 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 062-90 359 The Booker T. Set  album cover 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 Soul Limbo  album cover Booker T & The MG's Soul Limbo(LP, Album, RE) Stax 1C 062-90 680 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1C 062-90 704 Hot Buttered Soul  album cover Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul (Album) 1C 062-90 704 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 062-90 967 Home  album cover Delaney & Bonnie Home(LP, Album) Stax 1 C 062-90 967 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1C 062-91 242 McLemore Avenue  album cover Booker T & The Mg's McLemore Avenue(LP, Album) Stax 1C 062-91 242 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C 062-91 426 The Isaac Hayes Movement  album cover Isaac Hayes The Isaac Hayes Movement(LP, Album, Gat) Stax 1 C 062-91 426 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C062-92 144 ...To Be Continued  album cover Isaac Hayes ...To Be Continued(LP, Album) Stax, Stax, Enterprise, Enterprise 1 C062-92 144 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 C062-92 145 Greatest Hits  album cover Booker T & The MG's Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 1 C062-92 145 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1 SAM 017 Wattstax: The Living Word  album cover Various Wattstax: The Living Word(2xLP, Album, Gat) Stax 1 SAM 017 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
1T1-8495 High On The Blues  album cover Jimmy McCracklin High On The Blues(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Stax 1T1-8495 US 1992 Sell This Version
2SCD-88004-2 Live At The Sahara Tahoe  album cover Isaac Hayes Live At The Sahara Tahoe (Album) 2SCD-88004-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2SCD-88006-2 Black Moses  album cover Isaac Hayes Black Moses (Album) 2SCD-88006-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2SCD-88007-2 Wattstax The Living Word  album cover Various Wattstax The Living Word(2xCD, Comp) Stax 2SCD-88007-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
2SCD-88014-2 Double Feature  album cover Isaac Hayes Double Feature (Comp) 2SCD-88014-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
2SCD-88040-2 The Melvin Van Peebles Collection  album cover 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 Time Is Tight  album cover Booker T. & The MGs* Time Is Tight (Comp) 3SCD-4424-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
3SCD-4432-2 Lifetime - A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues & Gospel 1965-1999  album cover 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 Music From The Wattstax Festival & Film  album cover Various Music From The Wattstax Festival & Film(3xCD, Comp, RM) Stax 3SCD 4440-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
3SCD-88043-2 Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It?  album cover Isaac Hayes Ultimate Isaac Hayes - Can You Dig It? (Comp) 3SCD-88043-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
4E 006-90696 M By The Time I Get To Phoenix / Walk On By  album cover 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 The Stax Story  album cover Various The Stax Story (Comp) 4SCD-4429-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
5C 052Z-62266 Theme From Shaft  album cover Isaac Hayes Theme From Shaft(12", Single) Stax, EMI 5C 052Z-62266 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 006-61653 Can't Give Up A Good Thing / Signed, Sealed And Delivered  album cover 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 Solid Soul 4  album cover Various Solid Soul 4(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 038-62637 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5C 052-60744  Melting Pot  album cover Booker T & The MG's Melting Pot(LP) Stax 5C 052-60744 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 052-62749 Chronicle: Their Greatest Stax Hits  album cover Rufus Thomas & Carla Thomas Rufus Thomas & Carla Thomas - Chronicle: Their Greatest Stax Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 052-62749 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
5C 052-62750 Chronicle - Their Greatest Stax Hits  album cover The Staple Singers Chronicle - Their Greatest Stax Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 052-62750 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
5C 052 62752 Chronicle: Greatest Hits  album cover The Emotions Chronicle: Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 052 62752 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
5C 052-62759 Chronicle  album cover Eddie Floyd Chronicle(LP, Comp) Stax 5C 052-62759 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
5C 062-61376 Hotbed  album cover Isaac Hayes Hotbed(LP, Album, Gat) Stax 5C 062-61376 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5C 252-92145 Greatest Hits  album cover Booker T & The M.G.'s* Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp) Stax 5C 252-92145 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5MP-S8504 Blues For Elvis  album cover Albert King Blues For Elvis(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5MP-S8504 US 1980 Sell This Version
5MP-S8505 Greatest Hits  album cover Booker T. & The M.G.'s* Greatest Hits(Cass, Comp, RE) Stax 5MP-S8505 US Unknown Sell This Version
5MP S8509 Black Moses  album cover Isaac Hayes Black Moses(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5MP S8509 US 1981 Sell This Version
5MPS-8513 I'll Play The Blues For You  album cover Albert King I'll Play The Blues For You(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5MPS-8513 US 1981 Sell This Version
5MP S8517 Albert King Lovejoy(Cass, Album) Stax 5MP S8517 US Unknown Sell This Version
5MP-S8520 Super Hits  album cover Johnnie Taylor Super Hits(Cass) Stax 5MP-S8520 US 1983 Sell This Version
5MPS 8531 The Booker T. Set  album cover Booker T. & The M.G.'s* The Booker T. Set(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Stax 5MPS 8531 US Unknown Sell This Version
5MPS 8536 I Wanna Get Funky  album cover Albert King I Wanna Get Funky(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Stax 5MPS 8536 US 1987 Sell This Version
5MPS-8542 The Best Of The Bar-Kays  album cover Bar-Kays The Best Of The Bar-Kays(Cass, Comp) Stax 5MPS-8542 US 1988 Sell This Version
5MPS 8551 Various Superblues, Vol. 1 All-Time Classic Blues Hits(Cass, Album, Comp) Stax 5MPS 8551 US 1990 Sell This Version
5MPS-8554 Mr. Big Stuff  album cover Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff(Cass, Album) Stax 5MPS-8554 US 1990 Sell This Version
5MPS-8557 Thursday Night In San Francisco   album cover Albert King Thursday Night In San Francisco (Cass, Album) Stax 5MPS-8557 US 1990 Sell This Version
5MPS 8572 Remember Me (22 Previously Unissued Tracks)  album cover Otis Redding Remember Me (22 Previously Unissued Tracks)(Cass, Album, Dol) Stax, Stax 5MPS 8572 US 1992 Sell This Version
5MPS-8574 Starting All Over Again  album cover Mel & Tim Starting All Over Again(Cass, Album, RE) Stax 5MPS-8574 US 1992 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 I'll Run Your Hurt Away  album cover Ruby Johnson I'll Run Your Hurt Away(Cass, Album) Stax 5MPS 8580 US 1993 Sell This Version
5N 052N-60814 The Best Of Isaac Hayes  album cover Isaac Hayes The Best Of Isaac Hayes(LP, Comp) Stax, Stax, Stax 5N 052N-60814 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N052N90413 Soul Children  album cover Soul Children Soul Children(LP, RE) Stax 5N052N90413 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052N-90704 Hot Buttered Soul  album cover Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul(LP, Album, RE) Stax 5N 052N-90704 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 058N-60215 Off The Wall  album cover Fat Larry's Band Off The Wall(LP, Album) Stax 5N 058N-60215 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 156N-60320/21 Chronicle: The Twenty Greatest Hits  album cover Johnnie Taylor Chronicle: The Twenty Greatest Hits(2xLP, Comp) Stax, Stax, Stax 5N 156N-60320/21 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 006-60304 Shouting Out Love  album cover The Emotions Shouting Out Love(7") Stax 5N 006-60304 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 052-60745 Mr. Big Stuff  album cover Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff(LP, Album) Stax, Stax 5N 052-60745 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052-60799 Soul Folk In Action  album cover The Staple Singers Soul Folk In Action(LP, Album, RE) Stax, Stax 5N 052-60799 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052-90680 Soul Limbo  album cover Booker T & The MG's Soul Limbo(LP, Album) Stax 5N 052-90680 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5N 052-91426 The Isaac Hayes Movement  album cover Isaac Hayes The Isaac Hayes Movement(LP, Album, RE) Stax, Stax 5N 052-91426 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 052-92145 Greatest Hits  album cover Booker T & The M.G.'s* Greatest Hits(LP, Comp) Stax 5N 052-92145 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5N 058-60223 Sunshine  album cover The Emotions Sunshine(LP, Album) Stax 5N 058-60223 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5N 058-60230 The Pinch  album cover Albert King The Pinch(LP, Album) Stax, Stax 5N 058-60230 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
5S2-88003 Enterprise: His Greatest Hits  album cover Isaac Hayes Enterprise: His Greatest Hits(Cass, Album, Comp) Stax 5S2-88003 US 1980 Sell This Version
5SCD 88005 Top Of The Stax - Twenty Greatest Hits  album cover Various Top Of The Stax - Twenty Greatest Hits(Cass, Album, Comp) Stax 5SCD 88005 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
5ST-88002 Shaft  album cover Isaac Hayes Shaft(Cass, Album) Stax 5ST-88002 US Unknown Sell This Version