Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack

Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2004
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218861427
catalogNumber: 8614

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Eddie Floyd   Composer
Luther Ingram   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Don Davis   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Stephen Hart   Remixing
Tony Hester   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Bonny "Mack" Rice   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Prince Rahiem   Composer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Kent Barker   Composer
Jerry Beach   Composer
Fred Briggs   Composer
A. Smith   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jackson   Composer
Sandy Jones   Composer
James Weldon Johnson   Composer

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Wattstax: Highlights from the Soundtrack 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw the PBS broadcast of the film "Wattstax" and it was phenominal. i had to own the CD. And it's not just great music, it's powerful music. The concert not only spoke for black power but power for the people everywhere, rich or poor, black or white, everyone. Although there are some omissions from the original 1972 album I would have liked to see ("I'll Take You There" by The Staples, some of Richard Pryor's comedy bits) the disc is literally flawless. The Emotions (pre "Best Of My Love") are stunning. The Bar Keys hit a home run with the funky "Son Of Shaft" ("I'm the son of a bad mutha...") Rufus Thomas's "Funky Chicken" may seem a little corny by today's standards, but it's all in good fun. capping off the disc is Luther Ingram, who pours his heart and soul into one of his best songs, and Isaac Hayes, whose "Theme From Shaft" is woth the price of the CD alone. If you enjoy Stax artists or soul music in general, "Wattstax" is a must have.