The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975 The final installment in the story of the ill-fated Stax family of labels is as much a fascinating historical document as it is a booty-shaking… The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975 The final installment in the story of the ill-fated Stax family of labels is as much a fascinating historical document as it is a booty-shaking… R&B
Music Review

The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Genre: R&B

The final installment in the story of the ill-fated Stax family of labels is as much a fascinating historical document as it is a booty-shaking musical explosion: The 213 chronologically arranged songs and xhaustive liner notes detail the last four years of the erstwhile soul powerhouse. Greats like the Bar-Kays, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, and the Staple Singers are a pleasure to rediscover, with enough hits, near-hits, and should-have-been-hits from each to intrigue any fan. Unfortunately, we also witness a label often in search of artistic and financial direction, hitting such low points as an aging Rufus Thomas attempting to cash in on a new dance craze with his cringe-inducing ''Funky Robot.'' Clocking in at over 12 hours, Stax/Volt 3 may not be for everyone, but if you've got an itch for soul that you thought could never be adequately scratched, The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975 might just do the trick. A-

Originally posted Jan 13, 1995 Published in issue #257 Jan 13, 1995 Order article reprints