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Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack

  • 1. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics
    2. Oh La De Da - The Staple Singers
    3. Lift Every Voice and Sing - Kim Weston
    4. Lying on the Truth - The Rance Allen Group
    5. Peace Be Still - The Emotions
    6. Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
    7. Son of Shaft/Feel It - Bar-Kays
    8. I'll Play the Blues for You - Albert King
    9. Walking the Back Streets and Crying - Little Milton
    10. Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor
    11. Pick Up the Pieces - Carla Thomas
    12. Breakdown, The - Rufus Thomas
    13. Do the Funky Chicken - Rufus Thomas
    14. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram
    15. Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8614

  • Credits

    Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
    Audio Remixer: Stephen Hart .
    Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
    Recording information: 08/20/1972.
    Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack was issued in tandem with the restored DVD in 2004. Wattstax, referred to as the African-American Woodstock, was held in 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum with over 100,000 in attendance to hear live performances from the then-current roster of Stax Records. This single-disc reissue differs from the original double-disc collection in that it contains full performances of the songs included in the film as opposed to the actual concert, making this a much tighter program. The highlights include the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," the Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft/Feel It," Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You," and the previously unreleased versions of Luther Ingram's "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" and Isaac Hayes's climactic rendition of "Theme from Shaft," which alone makes this CD worth the price. ~ Al Campbell

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (pp.67-9) - "[The disc] fiercely captures R&B in the years after Motown's heyday and before disco dominated." - Grade: A-
    Down Beat (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "WATTSTAX captures the zeitgeist of the era, from social consciousness to social life."
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