Stax/Volt - The Complete Singles 1959-1968 - Volume 1
by Various Artists
The first volume of the God-like Stax/Volt Complete Singles collection chronicles the Satellite years, the period between the label's 1959 inception and the 1962 discovery of West Coast Satellite records and subsequent name change to Stax. The focus here is the father/daughter team of Carla and Rufus Thomas. Rufus is jocular and goofy, while Carla is a weeper, channeling the teen heartbreak of '50s sirens for the soul crowd. The Mar-Kays deliver the classic 1961 instrumental "Last Night," which is arguably the first incarnation of what would become the classic Stax Sound.