As it evolved from down-home enterprise to corporate soul powerhouse, the Memphis-based Stax/Volt label forged an enormously influential sound and label identity in its quest to be "where everything is everything.”
Its beginnings were recounted in the acclaimed 9-CD boxed set The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968 (82218-2), released by Atlantic in 1991.
The first half of the label’s post-Atlantic history (May 1968 through the end of 1971) was chronicled in Fantasy’s 9-disc package, The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, vol. 2 (1993). Those boom years, during which Stax was flexing its muscles and enjoying remarkable chart successes, set the stage for the ambitious expansion and dramatic denouement of the saga’s third and final chapter, detailed in the 10-CD set at hand.
All 213 soul singles released by Stax/Volt in this period (1972-1975) are contained in Volume 3, which like the previous compilations features a panoply of big hits as well as a surprising number of undeservedly obscure gems.
Stax historian (and box co-producer) Rob Bowman tells the whole story in his 47,000-word essay. And the last word on the subject is: The Memphis Sound lives.