Stax Classics

Stax Classics

by Carla ThomasCarla Thomas


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Released as part of Rhino's celebration of Stax's 60th anniversary, Stax Classics is the first American Carla Thomas singles compilation since 2006's Stax Profiles. Where that 2006 set included her biggest hit, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)," this 2017 collection doesn't because the compilers take its title seriously: it only contains songs she recorded at Stax. This means it has "B-A-B-Y" and the Otis Redding duet "Tramp" -- her other two big hits, neither of which were on Stax Profiles -- along with ten other cuts, some of which were singles, some of which were not. What's interesting about Stax Classics is that it contains a lot of songs that don't usually appear on compilations, including "What Is Love?" and "I Play for Keeps," neither of which show up on 1994's gold standard Gee Whiz: The Best of Carla Thomas. Gee Whiz remains the better overall overview because it does contain the title track, but Stax Classics is an excellent listen and the best Thomas comp to be released since that collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2017
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227940607
catalogNumber: 559606
Rank: 79247

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carla Thomas   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Marvell Thomas   Producer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Steve Vance   Art Direction
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Kent Barker   Composer
Fred Briggs   Composer
Don Davis   Composer,Producer
Bob Mehr   Liner Notes
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
McCracklin   Composer
Carl Wells   Composer
Wilia Dean Parker   Composer
Lowell Fulsom   Composer

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