You know the hits. Trust me, even if you're not familiar with the label, if you've heard any soul music at all, you've heard stuff on Stax. As a label, it's up there with the greats. The elite labels that had their own sound and often their own studio. You know what I'm talking about. Sun, Chess, Motown, and the like. The labels with insanely great runs of quality 45s, one after another, for years. The cool thing about the labels with that kind of consistency is that often even the second tier stuff kicks ass.
Boogaloo Time has three posts with a great cross section of Stax stuff, names you'll recognize, some you won't, early and mid-peak. Twenty three in all. Here's just a few. The first one below by Rufus and Carla (Thomas) is the first Stax 45 for both of them. Booker T, of all people, is on sax. The one by Donna Rae and the Sunbeams is down there because it's pre-soul, and actually pre-Stax, It was released in 1960 on Satellite Records, which would became Stax. It's rockabilly. The other two are just oddballs I dig.
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Rufus and Carla - 'Cause I Love You mp3 at Boogaloo Time
Donna Rae and the Sunbeams - Little Fool mp3 at Boogaloo Time Pre-Stax rockabilly on Satellite
Eddie Kirk - Them Bones mp3 at Boogaloo Time
Floyd Newman - Frog Stomp mp3 at Boogaloo Time
4 more Stax mp3s at Boogaloo Time
5 more Stax mp3s at Boogaloo Time
9 more Stax mp3s at Boogaloo Time