The Stax/Volt Revue, Vol. 1: Live in London

Taking a page out of the book of musical road revues as written by Alan Freed and later Berry Gordy over at Motown, the powers-that-be at Stax/Volt upped the ante by taking its stable of artists overseas in the spring of 1967. VOLUME ONE -LIVE IN LONDON is a 10-pack of selections by the label's most notable names performing their biggest hits. Instrumental house band Booker T. & The MG'S and house horn section the Mar-Keys, (who open the show with "Green Onions" and "Philly Dog" respectively) provide tight accompaniment for their singing labelmates throughout the show. Among the highlighted performances are Otis Redding delivering a paint-peeling cover of Sam Cooke's "Shake," Carla Thomas playing to the natives with a soulful take on The Beatles' "Yesterday," and Eddie Floyd killing with a thumping rendition of his smash "Knock On Wood." Sam & Dave, (aka Double Dynamite), grab the lion's share of this performance, turning "I Take What I Want" into a sizzling shuffle, draping "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" in maximum pathos, and bringing the house down with a raucous "Hold On, I'm Comin'."

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