Stax is set to release Soul Explosion double LP reissue

Stax, the venerable Memphis label shaped the sound of soul in the second half of the 2oth century. The Soul Explosion reissue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the label’s make or break moment in 1969.

A reissue is set for release to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Soul Explosion. It was the second coming for Stax, the Memphis based soul label.

As man prepared to set foot on the moon, Stax was finding its feet as a newly independent label. They had just severed ties with Atlantic Records, losing a stable of superstars in the process (Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas among others).

Yet rebuild they did, with a slew of releases from Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers and Albert King among others. This period of frenzied activity was forever known as the Soul Explosion.

The reissue is available for pre-order now via Craft Recordings.