When Stax Records lost Sam and Dave to Atlantic Records, Stax responded by organizing the Soul Children. With four hard-wailing leads--two male, two female--the Soul Children brought quadruple dynamite to the fervent church-hewn soul formula established by the label's former duo. Recorded between 1971 and '73, mostly in Memphis, the 17 selections on this reissue of the quartet's third and fourth Stax albums are seldom short of incendiary. Included are the group's two biggest hits, the No. 5 R&B "Hearsay" and No. 3 R&B "I'll Be the Other Woman," the latter an ode to infidelity that showcases the aching alto tones of Shelbra Bennett.
J. Blackfoot, Norman West, Anita Louis, Shelbra Bennett