STAX Celebrates 60 Years With Limited Edition 7" Singles Box Set

Craft Recordings (a Concord Records imprint), which recently issued the 3 LP Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings just announced the Stax 7 Box Set, the first release in a year long celebration of the storied label's 60th anniversary.

BBC DJ Richard Searling who, according to the press release for the set was a "driving force" in the U.K.'s 1970's era "Northern Soul scene curated the fourteen song seven 45rpm singles set—an interesting choice given the Memphis-based label's origins.

Searling's choices range from biggies like Carla Thomas and Johnnie Taylor to one-hit-wonders like Roz Ryan and Joni Wilson—some of which turned out to be more popular and better known in the U.K. than in America, which of course explains Searling's involvement in the project.

Here's the line-up (no doubt digitally sourced):

Record One

Side A: I’m The One Who Loves You – Darrell Banks
Side B: Sweet Sherry – J.J. Barnes

Record Two

Side A: I’ll Never Stop Loving You – Carla Thomas
Side B: One More Chance – Margie Joseph

Record Three

Side A: The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy – John Gary Williams
Side B: Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards – Lou Bond

Record Four

Side A: Hey You! Don’t Fight It! – The Montclairs
Side B: The Stars – Barbara Lewis

Record Five

Side A: Friday Night – Johnnie Taylor
Side B: Happy – William Bell

Record Six

Side A: Special Kind Of Woman – Paul Thompson
Side B: You’re My Only Temptation – Roz Ryan

Record Seven

Side A: Can You Win – Charlene &The Soul Serenaders
Side B: (Let Hurt Put You in the) Loser’s Seat – Joni Wilson

The box costs $65 and is available at

fbpearce's picture

Weren't The Dramatics on Stax?

mrl1957's picture

They were on the Volt label...a Stax off-shoot, I think.

Martin's picture

So much vinyl...
So little analogue.

What was it,
Never, in the history of recording,
was so much digital,
passed off as analogue.

Mile High Music's picture

Juno (UK) has sound samples available....