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Various Artists: More from the Other Side of the Trax Ė Stax-Volt 45 rpm Rarities 1960-1968

Reviewed by Heikki Suosalo

Rating: 7/ 10

(Kent, CDTOP 462; www.acerecords.com; 24 tracks, 60 min.; notes by Tony Rounce)

Barbara & the Browns: I Donít Want Trouble / William Bell: Whatícha Gonnaí Do / Rufus Thomas: Fine And Mellow / The Mar-Keys: Grab This Thing pt 2 / The Premiers: You Make A Strong Girl Weak / Carla Thomas: The Puppet / Rufus Thomas: All Night Worker / Eddie Floyd: Good Love, Bad Love / Barbara Stephens: I Donít Worry / Carla & Rufus: Deep Down Inside / William Bell: Donít Make Something Out Of Nothing / The Mar-Keys: The Dribble / Carla Thomas: Itís Starting To Grow / Rufus Thomas: Talkiní Bout True Love / William Bell: One Plus One / Rufus & Carla Thomas: Never Let You Go / The Four Shells: Reputation / Sir Mack Rice: Mini-Skirt Minnie / Rufus Thomas: Greasy Spoon / Carla Thomas: I Want You Back / The Mar-Keys: The Shovel / William Bell: Iím Waiting On You / The Triumphs: Raw Dough / Carla Thomas: Donít Let The Love Light Leave

† Kent has come up with the second volume of certain Stax single sides, more precisely the largely ignored b-sides of the so-called blue period singles.† The stars of this show are Carla and Rufus Thomas, William Bell and the Mar-Keys.† On his four tracks Rufus either gets bluesy (Fine and Mellow, Talkiní Bout True Love) or makes you dance (All Night Worker, Greasy Spoon), while Carla either brings out her sweet side on a ballad (Itís Starting to Grow) or sings mid-tempo poppy songs (The Puppet, I Want You Back, Donít Let the Love Light Leave).† Their first joint effort is a slow bluesy number called Deep down Inside, and the other one a funky dancer named Never Let You Go.

† Williamís music here is more mellow and melodic, be it laid-back mid-pacers (Whatícha Gonnaí Do, Iím Waiting on you) or tender, easy ballads (Donít Make Something out of Nothing, One Plus One).† The three Mar-Keysí instrumental tracks are simple and punchy dancers, and on this set also the Triumphs - in the line-up of Chips Moman, Marvell Thomas, Booker T. Jones, Lewie Steinberg and Howard Grimes - play on one uptempo, intense instrumental titled Raw Dough, which was the first Volt b-side in 1961.

† Thereís some fascinating music among the rest six tracks, too.† Both The Premiersí You Make a Strong Girl Weak, and Eddie Floydís Good Love, Bad Love are soothing soul ballads, whereas Barbara & the Brownsí I Donít Want Trouble is a rousing dancer.† Memphis music connoisseurs and Stax completists will no doubt grab this CD without any delay (7).

© Heikki Suosalo


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