Massive Stax Records Box Set to Include Every 1968 Single Label Released

Stax Records will highlight its 1968 releases with the forthcoming five-disc box set, Stax ’68: A Memphis Story. The massive box set – which includes songs from Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Isaac Hayes, William Bell, and Rufus and Carla Thomas – will feature 134 songs.

The set will comprise every single, both A- and B-sides, the venerable soul label and its sub-labels released in 1968. Classics from the era, including Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay” and Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You,” are included
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Hear Mandy Barnett’s Slinky Cover of Mable John’s ‘More Lovin”

Hear Mandy Barnett’s Slinky Cover of Mable John’s ‘More Lovin”
Anyone who saw singer Mandy Barnett playing the title role in Always… Patsy Cline or heard her splendid 2013 tribute LP to singer-songwriter Don Gibson is already aware of Barnett’s ability to deliver polished Nashville Sound classics with panache. The Tennessee native, who grazed the country charts in the late Nineties with Americana-ready material when that movement was in its infancy, earned considerable praise for her vocal range and should be well-positioned to do the same with regard to the breadth of material on her forthcoming album.

Barnett will end
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The Best Singer You Never Knew

The Best Singer You Never Knew
Los Angeles — In the span of American pop music, few performers have gone as unrecognized as the backup vocalists who harmonize and contextualize the songs of many a heralded lead musician. With "20 Feet From Stardom," some of the most notable finally get their due, but more than a tribute, the film is a recognition of the talent and sacrifice that many of these vocalists have invested in often challenging careers.

With a documentary career that's richly profiled the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, The Rolling Stones and Pearl Jam, Emmy-award winning director Morgan Neville brings an impressive wealth of talent and depth of experience to the project, enhanced by the decades-long perspective of producer and former A&M music exec Gil Friesen, who died late last year.

Departing from the nostalgic star-power of his last film, "Troubadours," profiling Carole King and James Taylor, Neville shines a spotlight
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RZA's 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Gets Killer Soundtrack

RZA's 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Gets Killer Soundtrack
By Bryant Gilmore

From MTV News

With Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth on board, it seems that "The Man with the Iron Fists," Wu-Tang Clan member RZA's feature film debut is destined to be a sure-fire hit, and its soundtrack should be no exception.

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The soundtrack, which drops on October 23, two weeks before the film's premiere on November 2, will feature contributions by RZA's fellow Wu members Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon, Talib Kweli, The Black Keys, and Wu Tang fan and rapper, Kanye West, who reportedly recorded a song called "White Dress."

The soundtrack is to be released on RZA's own Stone Temple Records and distributed through Stax/Red Distribution, and in addition to the new songs, RZA says that fans can expect some newly re-purposed Wu Tang tracks along with some classic Stax music from artists Isaac Hayes, Mable John, and William Bell. To tide fans over,
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'The Man With The Iron Fists' Soundtrack Details Drop, New Tunes From Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys & More

Amidst all the hoity-toity awards fare and sober dramas this fall, RZA will storm theaters with his directorial debut "The Man With The Iron Fists." The film, which looks to be a wickedly over the top martial arts flick delivered the way only a member of the Wu-Tang Clan knows how, will unsurprisingly feature a heavy duty soundtrack to go with it. The tracklist has dropped for the upcoming disc which will be released via RZA's new Soul Temple Records, and he explains the unique approach he took. “We went and got some of The Wu-Tang original songs…we took out a lot of stuff that was in it, and we re-orchestrated it,” RZA said. “Stax also came on board to help us out, and they gave me about 10 of their famous Stax cues, songs from William Bell, from Isaac Hayes, from Mable John. So you’re going to have
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