What's the funkiest Stax track you can think of?

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What's the funkiest Stax track you can think of?

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Nov 2020, 21:36

Stax was aways funkier than Atlantic, and the funkiest track I know is "Mr. Big Stuff", by Jean Knight. Closely followed by "Who's Making Love?" by Johnnie Taylor.



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Postby Dr. Baron » 09 Nov 2020, 03:14

I think the Jean Knight track is probably it. If you listen to the box sets, you can hear them getting somewhere great in 67 and 68 and knowing about “Mr. Big Stuff” I assumed this would reach a sustained peak in the early 70s, but it really crapped out almost immediately. A tremendous disappointment to me that they didn’t make more records like this one.
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Postby C » 10 Nov 2020, 17:39

Not Stax but I like this (it's fun!)



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Postby Dr. Baron » 10 Nov 2020, 21:59

As far as I can tell, "Knock On Wood" is ground zero for where the Stax records started developing in this way.
The sound on this clip sounds like it's been juiced a little (and made stereo, alas).
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Re: What's the funkiest Stax track you can think of?

Postby Dr. Baron » 10 Nov 2020, 22:05

But Sam and Dave were probably most reliable: "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody," "You Got Me Hummin," "Soul Man," "I Thank You," "Wrap It Up."

"Hip Hug Her" is probably the nastiest thing Booker T did.

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Postby rorebhoy » 11 Nov 2020, 09:41

I guess Mr Big Stuff sounds like an outlier at Stax as it's not really a Stax track per se...wasn't this their first in-licensed hit??

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Postby Nolamike » 17 Nov 2020, 15:48

rorebhoy wrote:I guess Mr Big Stuff sounds like an outlier at Stax as it's not really a Stax track per se...wasn't this their first in-licensed hit??


Yep. Recorded in 1970 at Malaco, in Jackson, Mississippi, at the same session that produced this:



Produced and arranged by Wardell Quezergue, "the Creole Beethoven." He arranged for Dave Bartholomew for ages, and is the guy responsible for the sound on a ton of New Orleans classics. The other big national hits he arranged that everyone knows are "Iko Iko" and "Chapel of Love" by the Dixie Cups, and "Barefootin'" by Robert Parker.
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Postby Nolamike » 17 Nov 2020, 15:59

A bunch of Rufus Thomas stuff is in contention for the title.

For more obscure tracks, this one has always been among the funkier Stax tracks in my book.

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Postby Nolamike » 17 Nov 2020, 16:01

And actually, this may be an even funkier Jean Knight track than "Mr. Big Stuff":

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Re: What's the funkiest Stax track you can think of?

Postby pcqgod » 20 Nov 2020, 01:44

I was reminded of this track today when I pulled my 'Top of the Stax' comp for the first time in ages: "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor.

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Re: What's the funkiest Stax track you can think of?

Postby GoogaMooga » 20 Nov 2020, 04:02

pcqgod wrote: "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor.


Oh, that's a good one. And one of his biggest hits, too!
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