The set includes eight albums from the key period of the label, 1957-1975, featuring some of its best artists. The list includes Booker T. & The MG’s, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Bar-Kay, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King. and William Bell. The albums will include original sleeves and will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The box set will be limited to 1,000 copies.
Vinyl Me, Please had already released three other notable sets in 2019: one set each from the jazz label Blue Note Records, a set titled The Women of Motown, and one from the electronic music label Ghostly International.
As RS notes, “The Story of Stax Records will be accompanied by a six-part exclusive podcast about the history of Stax Records and the records in the anthology; the podcast features interviews with Booker T. Jones, William Bell, Steve Cropper, and journalist Robert Gordon, who also wrote the box set’s extensive liner notes.”
Stax Records themselves have come up with a statement from their VMP Editorial Director and Stax podcast host Andrew Winistorfer, who said: “Stax Records altered the history of American music, and created an entire generation of new superstars from a tiny theater on E. McLemore St. in Memphis, and getting to work with their incredible catalog to create this anthology box set has been a real honor for us. It almost felt like an inevitablity for us to do this: After our Blue Note and Motown anthologies, the most requested box set we’ve had is for us to do one on Stax, since we have a track record with doing amazing work with the Stax catalog for various Records of the Month in our past. These eight albums, in their own small way, chart the voyage of Stax Records from a label based in a garage to arguably the most important soul label of all time.”