Today 06:04 PM

Any Stax experts.here?

I hope a Stax expert can help me out here.
I'm aware of the split with Atlantic, and the situation whereby Stax 'lost' all their masters up to early 1968.
I believe that Stax still retained all unissued recordings( including alternate versions) from prior to 1968.
I believe it was quite a number of years later that pre 68 ( blue Stax) and post 68 ( Yellow Stax) were issued together on compilations due to record companies merging /licenceing etc.

But I was thrown by a 1969 LP of Eddie Floyd "Rare Stamps" on Yellow Stax which features a lot of Blue Stax ( pre the 68 Split) that Stax no longer owned.
So...is "Rare Stamps" made up of alternate versions of tracks such as "Knock on wood" , " Big Bird", " Raise your hand" etc???
Not the masters owned by Atlantic and unavailable to Stax for releasing.

Today 04:04 PM

Angela BOFILL?!???

Here we go again, yall...Ive yet to hear this from a reputable source, but can anyone confirm what happened this morning? Tributes are pouring in on my Instagram feed...
Today 06:55 AM

Chaka Khan - Demure, as always!!

Love 'ya, Chaka, but ... Well, we can't say you're dishonest! Love the Live lp, btw. You've still got it!

10-16-2020 08:04 AM
Yesterday 01:41 PM

The Four Tops STILL WATER: First 45 Ever With 2 Versions Of The Same Song?

Intriguing release charting exactly 50 years ago in the fall of 1970:

Side One (LOVE)
Side Two (PEACE)

Written by Smokey Robinson and Frank Wilson. Have either discussed this composition? I'm wondering if the two versions reflect two different concepts by each of its two authors? Or what is the recording and releasing of the two versions reflecting ?

Side One:

Side Two:

How did this come about ? These two versions? (Why?)

I find this part of The PEACE version:

P is for privilege of loving and the privilege of being loved.
E is for the ease it gives the soul and the mind.
A is for the absence in your search to find yourself.
C is the calm feeling if you like what you find
E is everlasting. Let this love never cease.

most moving.

I'm curious as to why it wasn't chosen as the "A" side , or at the very minimum, why this 45 wasn't worked by Motown as a split hit with each side sharing air play?
(Did DJs drop the ball on this one by ignoring the b side?)

As for the original inquiry.... these two versions of a song on one 45 ....very unusual to say the least.....are there previous examples (beyond an instrumental version, or a live version)?? From Motown? From any label/ artist? :confused:

Further more , why was it that the album's title SILL WATERS RUN DEEP does not match the single's title (or vise versa) ::confused:

(Also as an aside,
I hear Marvin Gaye's stylizing in his future songs, WHATS GOING ON etc in STILL WATER --- ... does anyone else ?)


Ralph Terrana

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